I see the magnifiers as as another tool in the toolbox. They are a big help in the target identification department. They are great for Military and LE use. For general use, If you don't need magnification, a Red Dot is best, but if you need magnification, a variable scope is better. For the price of an Aimpoint w/magnifier, you can get a Leupy 1.5x5, Leupold CQT, Horus Talon, and Nightforce NXS. The advantage of a good variable scope is that you have BDC Turrets and or BDC Reticle.