Since the pistol shooting and above all, the Practical shooting (IPSC) increased during 1993, a smaller and lighter sight intended for handguns, Aimpoint Comp, was developed.
After three years of testing and evaluation, U.S. Army accepted a ruggedised version of the Aimpoint Comp model, called CompM, and in 1997 a three year contract was signed with U.S. Army for 100 000 units.
More and more armies showed interest in the new sight and to meet their demands on LED intensity and battery life the so-called XD diode was developed. The new diode increased the intensity by three times and the battery life by five times. At this time Aimpoint introduced its 10 years of warranty on all sights.