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Counterfeits and copies

Counterfeits and copies

We always recommend that you buy your Aimpoint® product from an authorized dealer and keep in mind that if you buy a sight online and the price is too good to be true, then it is probably a copy/counterfeit. Should you have a question or need advice on how to purchase authentic Aimpoint products, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We value our intellectual property very highly

The Aimpoint® trademarks and many of our product designs are protected by patents and registrations throughout the world.

We vigorously defend all of our trademarks, copyrights, designs and patents. We shall take firm and swift action, using all available and appropriate legal means, against any persons found to be dealing in counterfeit copies of our products, violations of our trademarks or unauthorized use of our intellectual property. This may involve both civil and criminal proceedings.

Identify a genuine Aimpoint sight

This is a guide to recognize a genuine Aimpoint sight and thereby identify a counterfeit/copy.

  • The sight shall only have a red dot.
  • The front lens shall always be red when seen from
    the front. Depending on light conditions the lens may appear orange or green but never blue or clear.
  • All new Aimpoint sights are normally black.
    Exception for tan Micro T-2 and orange Micro H-2 in limited edition.
  • All Aimpoint sights are manufactured in Sweden so beware of sights and packages from China or Hong Kong.
  • The sight shall never have solar cells.
  • Non-transparent flip-up lens covers shall have the Aimpoint logo molded into the front.
  • The sight shall always have a serial number on the side.

For product registration and validation of your Aimpoint product, click here.
If you have any doubts about the authenticity of a Aimpoint product, contact us contact us here.

Examples of common Aimpoint® counterfeit models 

Counterfeit sights are most common on the below listed sight models.

Please use the descriptions of what to look out for when buying these models along with an image of the genuine sight model in the list below.

Micro™ collection

Micro T-1™

  • Aimpoint logo is always in black and on the side of the sight
  • The 2 adjustment knobs shall be low, about 4 mm
  • The numbers on the intensity switch shall go from 0 to 12

Micro T-2™

  • Aimpoint logo is always in black and on the side of the sight
  • The top adjustment knob does not extend beyond its protector
  • The top and the side adjustment knob shall look different

For both Micro T-1™ and Micro T-2™ it applies that the Aimpoint logotype shall be black and be located on the side of the sight

CompM4™ / CompM4S™

  • Aimpoint logo is always in black and on the side of the sight and on the battery tube
  • The top adjustment knobs do not extend beyond its protector
  • Design of the intensity switch


  • The Aimpoint logo shall be written with letters raised above the background
  • Aimpoint logo not white
  • Aimpoint logo not in italic
  • Serial number and screws on bottom of magnifier

Drawbacks of counterfeit Aimpoint sights

  • Short battery life
  • Does not maintain zero
  • Does not withstand drops or excessive shocks
  • Does not withstand recoil
  • Does not withstand water or other weather conditions

An example from reality

In July 2017 a two-year case in Spanish courts against the owner of several airsoft stores for selling counterfeit Aimpoint products ends. The individual was sentenced to 6 months in prison and forced to pay thousands of dollars in damages and fines. In 2012, Spanish authorities raided the stores and confiscated the illegal sights.