Undead-UndeadInfidel wrote:I don't think anyone was suggesting an ACOG was BEST for home defense, as stated, they serve best on general purpose weapons. They're a jack of all trades optic.
I didnt say ACOG was best served on general purpose weapons. I used the "home defense" scenario because the marksmanship required is fast, accurate shots at close range. Something the ACOG is very ill suited for. Is it "good enough"? sure. i personally am not willing to bet the lives of the people i love on "good enough". Akin asked a specific question and i was highlighting the pros and cons of the ACOG and red dot sight. The ACOG is a special purpose optic by design. For instance, I was issued an ACOG and when i deployed to Afghanistan I replaced it with an EOTech XPS. 6-7 months later I shot a bad guy in the head from the standing position at about 220yds on my 4th shot with witnesses present. My team and I was then tasked to clear the structure of remaining bad guys. If i would kept my ACOG i would have been able to watch all my misses under magnification and the bad guy would have most likely gotten away. The magnifacation of the ACOG would have magnified the bumps and jumps from my irregular breathing and adrenaline and would have made a good sight picture very difficult to aquire. One of the members of my team was shooting at the same guy and he had an ACOG on his rifle. He later told me that he stopped firing after the 8th round because he was frustrated that he couldnt hit the guy so he just took cover. my mate was bracing hisself against the truck while he was firing. Again, ACOGs are amazing optics. you wont get any argument from me on that. But they do have their place and standing up at 220yds while some booger-eating savage is shooting at you is not where you want to be.