Athlon Optics Midas MG31 Magnifier
Everyone who knows me personally knows that I am not the tactical type at all. I always tend to turn to the old and outdated. This does not mean that I do not appreciate or take for granted modern firearms options. After building my own AR15 platform a few years ago, I combined it with a high quality red dot and called it good. I’ve always found that there is a lack of magnification, which makes it feel incomplete, and I previously looked curiously at magnifying glasses. When I stumbled upon Athlon’s impressive and competitive optics, I saw that she was offering one. I recently had the chance to review your Midas MG31. Let’s dive right into the Athlon Midas MG31!
Technical data: Athlon Optics Midas MG31 magnifying glass
After working in a gun store for the past three years, I’ve been exposed to all sorts of nice optics and the idea of a magnifying glass has always appealed to me. I realize you could roll with a 1-8x illuminated rifle scope, but it doesn’t feel quite as convenient to me. It’s one of those things that I really think is a preference. Red dot sights are not perfect precision instruments. For example, if I put a soda can at 50-75 meters and put my point on it, I know I know I’ll hit her, but I don’t know where. Adding a magnification gives you more confidence in your accuracy. I worked with the 3x magnifying glass, but Athlon also offers a 5x magnifying glass. The technical specifications for the Midas MG31 magnifier are given below:
- Enlargement: 3x
- Objective lens diameter: 27.5 mm
- Field of view feet at 100yds: 38.2 ft
- Revolver style: Intern
- Pupillary distance: 2.8 “
- Setting range (MOA): ≥ ± 40
- Center height: 0.9 in
- One size (LxWxH): 4.2 “x 2.0” x 2.1 “
- Weight unit: 9.5 oz
The Athlon Midas MG31 box contains everything you need to properly assemble and maintain the magnifier. This includes a lens cleaning tissue, an instruction manual, an Allen wrench, a riser tube for the magnifying glass, and two sets of screws (one set is longer to be paired with a riser tube). The manual was short but informative.
The Midas MG31 is set to rotate clockwise when not in use, and I mounted it so that it can be rotated counterclockwise in one place to test this. To operate the mechanism that allows you to rock it to the side, you need to pull towards you and rock it. If you were flipped over as tested, you would have to pull forward, which is not only uncomfortable but can also hit your red dot. The manual doesn’t go into that, but it seems more or less like it’s just meant to be flipped to the right.
Midas MG31 properly assembled and turned to the right
The RRP of the Athlon Midas MG31 is $ 299. I’m not an expert, but I feel like this price tag puts it in the lower mid-range in terms of magnifying glasses. That is by no means bad. I think the price is fair for the value received. Especially with their lifetime guarantee, basically no questions are asked. If you break it in some unintentional way, it’s covered! I think that alone makes this look more worthwhile. I think Athlon demonstrates their thoughtfulness in their products with a sample quote from the following website:
“When out in the field or in competitions, you often have to switch between no magnification for close-up speed and magnification for precision shots, depending on the situation. The Athlon 3-Power-Magnifier is mounted behind a conventional red dot sight in order to achieve a magnification if necessary. The mount can be swiveled out of the way when not in use, but can quickly be placed behind the red dot to increase the magnification for longer shots in the central area. With multi-coated lenses and a 30 mm tube for excellent light transmission. Nitrogen purged, shockproof, waterproof and anti-fog.“
Notable Features: Athlon Optics Midas MG31 magnifying glass
The Athlon Midas MG31 magnifier comes with a riser that came in handy when paired with my Generation 1’s red dot Vortex Sparc AR. It was effortless to dial in the center point of the magnifying glass with the easily adjustable wind and height buttons. There wasn’t a time when this was necessary, but if needed the Midas MG31 has a quick-adjust focus ring on the rear.
Assembly: Athlon Optics Midas MG31 magnifying glass
Mounting the Athlon Midas MG31 on my AR15 was a breeze. First of all, you should make sure that the optics you want to magnify are facing far enough for the magnifying glass to be mounted behind it. Simply loosen the fastening screw until the Midas MG31 can be rocked onto your Picatinny rail. The manual was pretty vague about some aspects like the correct inch-pounds to tighten the bracket, but this may have been left out on purpose so that you can tighten it up with your hands as soon as possible for quick removal. Most optical mounts recommend 20 to 30 inch pounds (for the mounting part only; no rings). Athlon recommends taking it to a gunsmith for proper installation if you are not comfortable. They shared this excerpt from the following manual:
“To get the best performance from your gun and Athlon loupe, your loupe must be properly mounted. If you are unfamiliar with the correct procedures for assembling a visor, we strongly recommend having a qualified gunsmith assemble the magnifier.“
Area time: Athlon Optics Midas MG31 magnifying glass
Progress is progress. This is how I felt when I went out of range with the Midas MG31. I’m not a skilled marksman, and if you think a red dot on your gun will make you a sniper, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. To me, red dots are just a fun thing and it was never about being specific. I had to see my red dot again after moving it forward and after that I took a couple of 5-shot groups at 50 yards and was surprised and pleased with my results.
No enlargement on the left. 3x magnification on the right
As you can see in the picture above, the magnifying glass really helped! I had no idea how far away I was without it and by that I definitely knew I was close. Felt like a world of difference as I approached this goal. I’ve tried my best to present the enlargement with a picture, but you can believe that personally everything is much clearer and smoother.
Final thoughts: Athlon Optics Midas MG31 magnifying glass
It’s hard to explain, but I just don’t want to take the Midas MG31 off my gun. It’s super easy to use and use. I never felt it was in the way, even though it rocks on the right side of the gun instead of the left. Not only did it help me see inside my gun, but it also improved my accuracy. It just completes the setup for me and that’s super cool. I would highly recommend looking into this magnifying glass if one is on your list!
Finally, I would like to thank Athlon Optics for letting AllOutdoor and I have the opportunity to try out their Athlon Optics Midas MG31 magnifier. That is always very much appreciated. Also, we would like to know what you all and girls think? Do you think the Athlon Optics Midas MG31 magnifying glass is worth your money’s worth? Would you run to the area with it? Are you using it on an AR build? Let us know all of your thoughts in the comments below! We always look forward to your feedback.