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EOTech widely used by SWAT units

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by nathan, Apr 20, 2013.

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  1. cbpagent72

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    I work in law enforcement and the short answer is that they are more prevalent because of the significantly lower price in comparison to the Comp M4. Many of the guys that I work with would love to trade in that unreliable eotech for an aimpoint.


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  2. justice06rr

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    ^ Right on.

    Most LE units/departments don't have the funding for Aimpoints or Trijicon's like the Military. I personally like Eotech's as a civilian, but its not the cream of the crop by any means. They do work well in my experience, but If I had a tree made of money I'd be using Aimpoints and Trij
     
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    I recently shot with a Recon Marine who participated in the invasion of Iraq. While he is not a Navy SEAL, he has used Eotechs in combat over the course of the last decade and has formed his own opinions of them. His opinion? He would take one into combat over an Aimpoint. However, on his home defense AR he uses an Aimpoint (T1) because he is oftentimes out of the country and prefers being able to leave the optic on for long periods of time without worrying about the battery dying. Each member of his family has an AR in their gun safe, and each one has an Aimpoint mounted and powered on.

    As to getting the opinion of a SEAL on here? Well, you might, but I have found that most in the special warfare community prefer to not do the whole 'Internet commando' thing. They are more than willing to talk to people about their gear and stuff, they just prefer to do it in person.
     
  4. X-Rap

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    Is the cost difference between EOTech and Aimpoint that significant? Looks like the difference in the NV models could go either way depending upon the vendor.
    I'm no expert but some of the BTDT's I have spoken with have broken it down like this, an EOTech is a fast sight for close up shooting, the ACOG is a good sight for primarily open country (like that in Afghanistan) the aimpoint is the best compromise between the two. All three have complaints and weaknesses as do most tools that are required to fill more than one roll.
     
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    The Aimpoint is not a compromise between an Eotech and an ACOG. If anything the Eotech is the compromise between the other two. It has a smaller center dot that lends itself to more precise shooting while also having a reticle that makes target acquisition quick.
     
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    taliv nailed it in his first response. Lots of departments up until recently went with the EOTechs because they made the bean counters happy. Now that Aimpoint has released the PRO that price difference has shrunk basically to zero and I think we'll see a lot more departments going that route for new purchases or when their EOTechs break.

    The Aimpoint has superior battery life, controls, and durability. It is also always on so there's no fidgeting with buttons when you need to use it. I like the reticle on the EOTech, but I haven't really found a use for the 65MOA circle for my applications.
     
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    I have used Eotech (552 I believe was the model) and Aimpoint CompM2 and M4s. I vastly prefer the Aimpoint since they are much sturdier since I have broken Eotechs, have never broken an Aimpoint.
     
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    This really makes no logical sense. He admits that he prefers the more expensive Aimpoint for his personal rifles and provides reasoning for it, yet prefers to take the EOTech into combat?
     
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    It actually does. When he is overseas he is able to change batteries before going out on a mission. When he is home there is no telling when he will need his rifle so he uses the optic with the longest battery life. He feels like his peripheral vision is less affected by the open style of the Eotech as opposed to the tube style of the Aimpoint.
     
  10. herrwalther

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    The battery life is something the Aimpoints do have going for them. Especially on the CompM4s. The CompM2 used the smaller (DL1/3N?) batteries that needed to be replaced every time you turned around. The CompM4 runs on the ubiquitous AA battery. I put a package fresh lithium AA in my Aimpoint and it stayed on until I turned it off 8 months later.
     
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