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Real EO Techs

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by LubeckTech, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. LubeckTech

    LubeckTech Well-Known Member

    Tomorrow I am going to check on a used EO Tech Holosight. The price is $125.00 so I am suspecious and have heard of some Eo Tech marked clones out there. How can I tell if it is real?
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2009
  2. Avenger29

    Avenger29 Well-Known Member

    The fake clones have a sharp reticle vs. the slightly fuzzy/dotish reticle of the real one (sounds strange, but true- real one has holographic laser projection, fake ones use a cheap LED, I think).

    Fake ones have a green reticle that appears when switched to night vision.

    Read this thread over at calguns http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=157584

    It would not be a bad idea to get the phone number for eotech and call them with the serial number and details when you meet the buyer and inspect the unit before purchase.

    Your deal sounds like a fake to me, but YMMV.

    There is also the Bushnell holosight, which is legit.
  3. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    I picked up a real 552 for $150, not unheard of. Great deal if real:D
  4. LubeckTech

    LubeckTech Well-Known Member

    This WAS in fact a real 552 made in 2000 so I pruchased it from the owner who had been using it on a long bow until he had to give up the bow after shoulder surgery. It worked well until I decided to replace the "N" size batteries as he said they were several years old. It died after I put new batteries in. Upon investigation I found there are 2 versions of the "N" style of battery - the 1.5v cell which I needed and there is also a 12v!!!!! version of the same cell package which is what I had picked up. I should have read the package but never dreamed there was a 12v battery in that battery case style. I worked repairing consumer electronics to the component level for 20 years and have been repairing communications electronics for the past 9 years and have never seen anything quite like this. It is repairable and hope EO Tech will take it easy on me as the addition of a zener diode and resistor to the circuit (less than $2 worth of parts) would have prevented the damage.
  5. LubeckTech

    LubeckTech Well-Known Member

    In case anyone has been reading this saga it looks like the EO Tech folks will repair or replaced the sight for $58.00.
  6. G27RR

    G27RR Well-Known Member

    Good news, glad to hear they'll get it fixed up for you. I've been wanting one of those myself but I'd need to find a deal like you got.
  7. bukijin

    bukijin Well-Known Member

    For the benefit of people searching in the future, I would like to point out that the company has a counterfeit notice on their website.

    The main points seem to be
    1/The counterfeits are cheap red dots disgusied as holographic sights. The image distorts near the edge of the sight window wheras a real sight doesn't distort.
    2/The front and rear glass of the counterfeits are curved and reflect light wheras the real are flat and non reflective.
    3/The real sight has a slightly curved "optical component" inside the top edge of the sight window.
    4/Real Eotechs only ever appear red. The night vision mode is so dim it cant be seen with the naked eye.
    5/Real Eotechs have a label on the bottom of the sight.

    Anyway, better follow the link and download the PDF at the bottom of the page. Of course buying new from a reputable dealer is one way to guarantee that you are getting the real thing.

    By the way, the owners manual states in BOLD letters "CAUTION- There is a 12V battery that is approximately the same size as the Type N 1.5V battery. DO NOT USE 12 V battery. They will severely damage the sight."

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