It showed up today.
This thing is Bad Ass!
First, I love the design philosophy. What I am replacing is the EOTech + multiplier concept. One of those concepts that sounded great and looked good in the magazines. But in practice, I never took off the multiplier, so it was just a cumbersome 2 component system I could do in 1.
So simplify - and go with a 3X sized power scope. I already decided I didn't want variable power. For low power optics, I prefer just keeping it simple and going fixed. So, that leaves your classic tube style optic, which isn't what I was looking for, or a Trijicon style optic. I like Trijicon. I could probably even afford one. But for my world, $1200 for a 3 or 4X scope is absurd. So, considered Chinese knock-offs. Eventually gave up on that, since I realized they were - Chinese Knock-offs. There are a lot of silly tacticool junk items out there. And they are very heavy.
Then I saw this little gem being promoted. A $250 quality American piece of glass. With a well thought out design, and reticle design. At first I was unsure of the Koala of Death. But we'll get to that.
So it came today. Shipping was $7 - I appreciate being charged a reasonable shipping charge.
The box looks good. Open it up, and it's packaged in some nice packing foam. It's not a hard plastic box like EOTech comes in. But then, I never used that EOTech box again. But anyway, this is a nice box worth keeping - with good reusable foam insert. It comes with 2 Allen wrenches (haven't figure that out yet - but then, I only got it a couple hours ago), a battery, and the scope, along with the removable mount. And some spare screws.
First the mount - I like it! It has a weight reduction design to it that I like. I like the elevation it goes up to.
The scope exudes quality. Good clean edges, good lines, it just looks well made.
I mount the scope. The thumb screws, aren't really. so had to tighten with a wrench. I'm cool with that, but my BUS is a has become questionable, since I can't deploy without tools to remove the scope. It's OK though, I like the lower weight of these bolts anyway.
Put it on and look through, and the optical quality is fantastic. I mean, it's only 2.5X, so it doesn't take much I guess - but really, it is some fantastic quality glass.
Now, to the reticle. When reading up, I thought it was busy. And that's true, it is busy.
But, I swing the rifle around a few times looking through it, and you know... it really works. It works good. It's busy, but only busy in the finery. So if you are doing a fine precision shot at 300 yards, yea, you are going to need a steady fine shot and good light to see your target anyway. And with that setting, the dots show up just fine. But if you are a hurry, the two tiered reflex approach is very interesting. The larger outer ring is great for in-house quick snap shooting to close large things. The finer horse-shoe looks great for shooting at objects 100 yards away very quickly, If you have more time, use the fine sighting dot. But if you don't, you won't even see the fine sighting dot - but you will still hit in the short time you have.
I put in the battery and turned on the red illumination. This is one spot that maybe needs an adjustment. I found the lowest setting of the red illumintion to be bright inside my well-lit home. As in, the correct level of intensity for that. Which means in a darker setting, this is going to be too bright. I would rather they had lower illumination settings, below 1. When you take it up to 11 (Got to love a good sense of humor), it's crazy bright. But hey, out on a desert in the summer sun, I bet that's just what you need - so that's good.
I also like that it comes with flip-up sight covers. They do stick way up there when popped open, so be careful because such things break really easily in handling. Not that it matters, easily replaced. I would have preferred they went with clear covers, but that's not their product - the scope is.
I look forward to taking it to the range and trying this guy out.
Overall, I paid shy of $300 after taxes and shipping - and feel like I got a scope easily worth that. Nobody wrote me back about ordering the anti-flash thing after the fact, but that's OK, I probably don't need it.