I have been reading some pretty interesting, and positive reports on the EoTech 553.
With it's long battery life from it's 2 x 123 batteries (1100hrs on setting 12), Auto off after 8 or 4 hours, to it's integral ARMS dual throw lever mounts (Repeatable to 1 MOA after remounting), and it military test results, it's a serious contender for the crown on my new XCR.
They are featured in the new American Cop Magazine along with the Aimpoint M4 and the Insite Tech ISM-V.
Has anyone had any dealings with them, experiences comments??
Anything is better than my battery eating EoTech 510. I think I'll stick with Aimpoint, my eyes aren't as good as they use to be & looking through the EoTech I get a lot of fuzz, but not with the Aimpoint.
When you say fuzz, are you referring to the reticule appearing not to be in focus because shooting a 510 last weekend I noticed it was fuzzy too? I thought it was me? Perhaps it's the way the beam hits the lens? Any thoughts?
I own 1 511 and two 512's. I am right eyed with a failing right eye (diabetes), I mount the optics well forward to use boyh eyes. Seems to work out good, and I love the "Circle with Dot" recticle. It is VERY fast getting on target. When I go hunting I ALWAYS put a new set of batteries in this or any kind of optic that uses batteries. The old battries I use for the range where failure doesn't mean disaster. Murphy lives close to ALL of us..... it is just a matter of time before you receive a visit.
As far as a battery-only red dot goes, the Aimpoint battery life is just so much greater, that I just can't see myself getting an Eotech. 50k hours (advertized on my CompM3) is enough to just leave it on all the time if so desired. I'm not sure I would be comfortable with an auto-off feature either... just seems like you're asking to have it go off at just the wrong time. For my next red dot type sight, I'm debating between another Aimpoint, and a Trijicon Tripower.
Not me making them someone who works for a dealer on Arfcom is doing the conversions for $100.
He states the solar panels generate more power than the sight draws from the batteries, so if you use the sight during the day, you'll never be without battery power. This guy's design/modification is awesome I think.
Gives some ammo for the folks who like the Aimpoints over the Eothech due to battery life.
I have been using an Eotech 553 since they first shipped last year. I am still on my original set of batteries with well over 3K rounds and over a year on the sight. I have never let the auto off feature kick in. I love this sight and will get another for my next XCR.
I figured you guys were talking about the 553 and not 533 as I had never heard of a 533 and couldn't find any reference to it online. Here are a few pics of mine mounted.
Love it. I have seen first hand what it can take as far as abuse, Iraq tends to bring out the best and worst in any equipment. The realy cool thing about the Eotech is that the outer circle ring is about the same size as your shot spread when mounted on a shotgun. I saw lots of different optics over there but it seemed like the guys that ended up doing lots of shooting usually had Eotechs. I don't think you can go wrong these days with any set of optics when you are shelling out $400+. I think all the red dots over that price are pretty good. It is like Leupold and Nightforce, both make outstanding optics, just depends what you like.