One of the most sought after optical sights for rifles today is the EOTech 553 holographic sight. The best place to buy this product is from a store that specializes in weapons accessories and sells lots of product so you can get the best price and have access to the most stock – more info on that at the bottom of this article. The Holographic Weapons Sight (HWS) was originally designed for the commercial market, and was adopted by the military a few years after that. It has proven its worth through regular use, many of the new features in this sight were based on feedback from people who use it every day.
The sight is a modified and updated version of the original product that EOTech released to the market in 1996. This model, 553, was specifically designed for the US Special Operations Command. It has a 66 ft. submersion rating, uses CR123 batteries for a more compact size, and was designed primarily as a 1x sight, it also has dual ARMS throw levers for quick mounting and unmounting.
The design and use of the holographic weapons sight is different from traditional tube sights. It is a smaller version of the heads-up display used fighter jets, and is used similarly. The operator of the rifle is able to keep both eyes open and does not have to have their eyes specifically lined up behind the sight, and the holographic laser target indicator will stay on the target no matter where the operator’s head is. This allows for much better situational awareness as well as effectiveness.
The EOTech 550 models of the holographic weapon sights are compatible with night vision equipment. A special night vision setting lowers the brightness of the reticule light, allowing the operator to use the sight with any version of night vision equipment. There are ten different levels of the night vision setting to optimize usability in different conditions. Because the military and law enforcement often operate in low light situations, this is a very useful feature that enhances the effectiveness of the equipment they already have.
The EOTech 553 holographic weapons sight is truly an outstanding and advanced product, designed for the US Special Operations teams, and proven in the field. It has many new features based on the suggestions from users of earlier versions of the product, making it the most advanced version of this type of sight available.
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