I’ve been a big fan of Trijicon’s ACOG series since I first tried it. I use one of the USMC RCOs on the M4 I use most often. Along with a couple of other optical sights, I rate it as the best available for the M4. I don’t use red dot sights as often as I do sights with magnification. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the advantages of the red dot for CQC, but due to my eyes, I don’t see red dots clearly. I normally see multiple dots. I gather from talking to other aging shooters that this is relatively common.
Certain terms in the gun industry are thrown around all too often. Tactical, sniper, Special Ops, milspec, the list goes on and on. So when I first heard of a new company going by the name Templar Tactical and offering an MK-12, I was skeptical. I only resisted the urge to dismiss them outright because they were being recommended to me by a pair of former Marines—one of whom I know very well and respect (we can forgive him for being a Marine, hooah?).