Sig Sauer Day at Athena Gun Club

It was a day of several firsts: my first time going out to a manufacturer event at Athena Gun Club, first time shooting in about half a year, and the first time that I experienced Athena Gun Club’s Virtual Simulator.

Sig Sauer representatives had a table set up by the Heckler & Koch display, just beside the Virtual Simulator room.

One table featured optics, another handguns, and a third a rifle (Sig MCX) that was taking a break from range time. I had the opportunity to handle Sig’s ECHO1 digital thermal imaging reflex sight, as well as some of their ROMEO line of red dot sights. The representative there told me that their red dot sights are designed to meet the same grade as Aimpoint’s offerings, though I have yet to investigate that claim. Perhaps later. In the meantime, the red dot sights appeared to be well-designed, and I liked the ability to toggle reticles. I also handled the Sig MCX and MPX.

I shot the Sig P220 and the Sig 1911. I shot the Sig P220 first, followed by the Sig 1911. I could have milked my range time and gotten more deliberate practice by loading a single round at a time. In future range sessions, I must continue working my trigger finger and aim for nice, clean pulls.

Sig P220
Sig P220 pictured with loaded magazine
Sig 1911
Sig 1911 pictured with loaded magazine

My setup with each weapon was similar: I began by fully loading the magazine and setting the target to its maximum distance (20 yards). I fired a single round from this distance. After that, I brought the target in to 10 yards, and fired until I had a single round left. At this point, I reset to the maximum distance, and took my final shot.

I followed the live session with a visit to the Virtual Simulator. There were other people in the room who were waiting their turn, and I asked that the man running a simulator show us what we’d be working with. The scenario was simple: shoot simulated steel plates using the gas-blowback Glock 19. The man running the simulator downed them in 2.14 sec, while I ran the same in 2.15.

My paper targets went absent after I set them to aside in the Athena lobby, but that’s just as well. They probably would have gathered dust on a tabletop at home.

Overall, I really enjoyed the event. I showed up pretty late, and suspect that the staff were a little worn out from fielding questions all day, as it showed in their demeanor.

Aimpoint Micro H-1 Mounted Onto My AR-15 Using HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63

With the HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63 on hand, I’m finally ready to mount the Aimpoint Micro H-1 onto my AR-15.

Mount: HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63 ($19.99, Amazon.com)

Aimpoint Micro H-1 next to HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63 mount
The Aimpoint Micro H-1 (standard mount attached) pictured next to the HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63 mount
Aimpoint standard mount, HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63 mount, and Aimpoint Micro H-1
Standard mount removed, and placed beside the HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63 mount

I used Locktite Blue 242 ($5.49, Amazon.com) on the threads of the four Torx T10 screws that secure the optic to the mount.

Aimpoint Micro H-1 and HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63 mount
The Aimpoint Micro H-1 secured to the HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63 mount

The Torx T15 screw that adjusts the clamping pressure from the mount to the rail also functions as a recoil stop. I made sure that it was seated against the notch, such that the mount can’t move backwards when shooting due to recoil-induced vibration.

Aimpoint Micro H-1 and HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63 on AR-15
The entire package, mounted onto my AR-15
Aimpoint Micro H-1 and HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63 on AR-15
Mounted view (controls side)
Aimpoint Micro H-1 and HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63 on AR-15
Mounted view (ejection port side)

I used the iron sights on my rifle as reference, and adjusted the Aimpoint Micro H-1 until the dot was in line with the sight picture as viewed through the iron sights. This should get me on paper, with fine-tuning to come at my next visit to the rifle range.

Order Placed: HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63 T1 Compatible Mount

I wanted to mount my Aimpoint Micro H-1 on my AR-15 without breaking the bank.

The HOLOSUN AL1/3CW1.63 T-1 Compatible Mount ($19.99, Amazon.com) checked all of the right boxes. It raises the optic 1.63″ (41.4 mm) above the rail surface for lower 1/3 cowitness. The riser’s hollow design allows the operator to leverage the backup iron sights in event of optic failure. This struck me as optimal for an optic that needn’t be moved between weapons.

HOLOSUN also offers the HOLOSUN AACW1.4 T-1 Compatible Mount ($19.99, Amazon.com), which raises the optic 1.4″ (35.5 mm) above the rail surface for absolute cowitness.

HOLOSUN’s mounts were built for their red dot sight, the HOLOSUN HS403G ($229.99, Amazon.com). Its mounting base is identical to that of the Aimpoint Micro H-1 and T-1, making these mounts a budget-friendly pick for Aimpoint Micro owners.

Prior to placing an order on this mmount, I considered LaRue Tactical’s QD Aimpoint Micro Mouint LT751 ($107, Amazon.com) and LaRue Tactical’s QD LT660 ($107, Amazon.com). Both of these mounts are immensely popular options for mounting Aimpoint Micro red dot sights to the AR-15 platform.