EOTech Holographic Weapon Sights
Whenever you hear the name EOTech, you probably think military grade optics because of their prolific use the U.S. Special Operations since 2005. However, they didn’t start out building rugged holographic weapon sights for the USSOCOM.
In 1972 Michigan State established the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, a non-profit research institute. A little over two decades later, this research institute set their sights on commercializing the remote sensing and laser technology they had been developing and began creating spin-off companies.
They are one of those companies focused solely on integrating this new hologram technology into sporting and hunting optics. The first of such optics was released in 1996 and known as the HWS (Holographic Weapon Sight).
Since that first generation, this holographic sight design has been shaped into many different models including the highly popular 512 model.
EOTech 512 and 552
The Model 512 holographic weapon sight was developed after they were acquired by L-3 Communications; one of the largest defense companies in the United States. With improved durability, electronics efficiency, and a reticle designed for quick target acquisition, the 512 is perfect for home defense or even hog hunting.
If a duty-ready optic is what you are looking for, the 552 was designed specifically with the Marines in mind. This model is fully night vision compatible and can be had with the XR308 reticle designed for full auto .308 Winchester use on the M240.
Combined with the G33 magnifier, the 512 or 558 holographic sights are capable of reaching out and hitting targets at medium ranges. Also available are replacement battery caps for the 558 and 512 as well as complete repair kits. However, these optics can be a bit bulky – an issue that was addressed with the release of the XPS line.
EOTech XPS2 and EXPS3 Holographic Sights
The XPS2 holographic sight is the shortest and lightest model available while still retaining all the durability and water resistance with only a slight decrease in battery life.
The EXPS3 model features the same body style but is night vision compatible. The smaller size of these models allow for more room for back up iron sights or the G33 magnifier. This magnifier is fast to deploy when used with the switch to side mount that allows you to go from no magnification to 3x power in a second. While these two models come with integrated picatinny mounting systems, the EXPS models come with quick detach levers.
The EOTech EXPS3 holographic sights were designed to be taller for use with iron sights giving you a lower 1/3rd co-witness. Even though adding a magnifier can increase the effective range of these sights, some people prefer the versatility of a low power variable optic.
Vudu 1-6x Precision Rifle Scope
The Vudu is a 1-6x first focal plane scope designed for the serious 3-gun shooter and hunter. Even though their optics are synonymous with heavy duty military use, the Vudu series takes a more competitive approach while remaining just as durable.
Available with the speed ring reticle, this variable optic is fast at 1x and precise at 6x. The Vudu 1-6x24 FFP scope comes with an attachable lever, so you can quickly change between 1x and 6x on the fly during a competition stage.
The first focal plane design means that your reticle will have accurate hold overs at any magnification level which is great for ranging your target. If you ever want to go long range, the Vudu 2.5-10x44 rifle scope is the one to go with. Whether you are looking for a military style optic or competition style scope, they got you covered.
In 2010, They became part of the Warrior Systems Division of L3 which includes a variety of companies focused on producing aiming, illumination, thermal, and intensified night vision for global customers. They will continue to develop advanced sighting systems for the United States Military and consumers alike to ensure that every customer has a dependable optic.