Optics and Sighting Systems

New Optic: Truglo Tru-Tec Xtreme

truglo tru-tec xtreme red dot sight

Truglo announced a new red dot optic as we approach the 2017 SHOT Show. The new optic, called the Tru-Tec Xtreme, is a non-magnifying optic with a variable brightness 2 MOA reticle.

Optics and Sighting Systems

New Optic: Firefield Impulse 1×30 Red Dot with Laser

firefield impulse 1x30 red dot with laser

Firefield announced that it was now shipping its new Impulse 1×30 red dot optic [Manufacturer’s Site | Amazon link] that has a built in red laser. This dual aiming system has an attractive price that includes a built in riser and protective lens caps.

Optics and Sighting Systems

Leupold Mark AR 1.5-4×20 Scope Review

Looking for a variable-power, high-quality scope for your AR-15?  Consider the Mark AR series of rifle scopes from Leupold.  These scopes offer extremely clear optics, excellent magnification and the durability you need when taking a rifle into the field.

leupold mark ar 1.5-4x20

I had a chance to test a Leupold Mark AR 1.5-4×20 with the company’s integrated mounting system recently, and I have been pleased with its performance.

In the Mark AR series, Leupold offers four different magnification scopes:

  • 1.5-4x 20
  • 3-9x 40
  • 4-12x 40
  • 6-18x 40

The glass was extremely clear with no visible imperfections, distortions or clouding.  As a long time photographer, I have a deep appreciation for good glass.  This Mark AR scope was as clear as any I’ve ever used.

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EOTech Zombie II: A Holo Sight for the Coming Apocalypse

EOTech Zombie II

Another new addition to the L3 EOTech family is the Zombie II Holographic Weapon Sight (HWS).  The Zombie I by EOTech brought “un-dead” hunters the unique biohazard reticle.  The Zombie II, Model XPS2-Z2, will have the same biohazard reticle, with 20 different brightness settings.  EOTech advertises this as the same reticle seen in Call of Duty Black Ops II.  The Zombie II will also have the same biohazard symbol on the top of the hood like the Zombie I.

The biggest addition to the Zombie II, over the Zombie I, is the addition of the “Reaper Z” camouflage pattern.  I’m not a real big fan of the Zombie-pocalypse offerings, but this camouflage pattern actually has some potential with me.

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EOTech 300 BLACKOUT Whisper

EOTech-300 BLACKOUT Review


Being a user of this company’s products,  I was interested to see the new EOTech Model 300 Blackout Whisper at the 2013 SHOT Show.  This new holosight was one of two introduced in the XPS2 series of weapon sights.  The other, the XPS2 Zombie II, will be discussed in a future article.

The XPS2 Platform

Officially the model XPS2-300, this new EOTech holographic sight was specifically designed for tactical shooters.  This new Holographic Weapon Sight (HWS) is based upon the XPS2 platform, the smallest HWS offering by EOTech.  The XPS2 is beneficial for more than just its small size, as it only requires (1) CR-123 battery to operate, instead of the (2) batteries in many earlier models.