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Hi-Lux Micro-Max

Hi-Lux Micro-Max

The Hi-Lux line offers good optics at a really good price, with red-dot optics that fit right onto Aimpoint bases and risers. So, you can fit this to a rifle, shot-gun, whatever.

The Hi-Lux Micro-Max is one of my go-to red-dot optics as a beater and loaner. It fulfills the Sweeney Law of Good-Enough Gear. That is, it works well enough to get you through a lot of practice and competition without breaking the bank. Good enough to learn what you do and don’t like about it, and if you break it, it won’t cause you wallet pain. Would SEALs carry it? No, it isn’t expensive enough, and the Micro-Max probably wouldn’t like exiting a submarine on the scuba part of an insertion.

As a basic red dot, the Micro-Max comes with flip-up caps, the power buttons are rubber-sealed, the adjustment caps are wired to the body and have a ridge for turning the knob, and works with your bog-standard CR2032 battery. It has coated glass, but there’s no tint to it, so you don’t have the slight color shift that some optics present to you. It has one choice only of reticles, a two-MOA dot, but if that’s all you need or want, then you’re all set.

It has the expected 50,000 hours run time, it is nitrogen filled, and it has the ½-MOA click adjustment goodness that modern consumers now expect.

If you are looking for mounts for the Micro-Max, it is compatible with all Aimpoint T-1 mounts, so the world is your oyster there. Hi-Lux makes mounts as well, so you don’t have to break the bank on a mount.

For an MSRP of $249, I don’t have any qualms about handing it to someone in a class, someone who has to get a feel for red dots, but hasn’t tried one yet (or who can’t talk the department into it)

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