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Which optic to put on my rifle

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by madcitycop, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. madcitycop

    madcitycop

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    OK from a patrol point of view need to put an optic on my new Colt. Please stick to this list only.

    i. Eotech models
    1. 552 (A65 Reticle)
    2. 517
    3. 516
    4. 512
    5. XPS 2-0

    ii. Vortex models
    1. Strikefire Red/Green
    2. Strikefire Red only


    go...
     
  2. PhiDeltChicoTCU

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    I'm currently running numero cinco... I'm liking it so far
     

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    I have a 517 and I like it as well. I went with that model because of it using AA batteries (they are available everywhere) and the buttons are on the side for future adding of a magnifier. The 557 in night vision compatible if you ever use NVG's.
     
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    552. I like having to replace batteries w/AA's instead of something else. NVG compatible.
     
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  5. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    I use a 517 on a STAG 2HT top for the full length rail so I can add a 3x magnifier soon.
     
  6. silverado_mick

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    I have a 554, but would jump on a 517 if my need wasn't already filled. The buttons on the 512, 552, etc can be a pain to get to if you have a magnifier or even a BUIS.
     
  7. SPDSNYPR

    SPDSNYPR Zippy's Friend.

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    The XPS without a doubt.

    This is by far the easiest of the list to mount and have plenty of rail space left. It gives you much more flexibility and will fit in rifle racks easier. The new battery mount alleviates one of the weak points of the EO tech that plagued the type (batteries mounted parallell to the line of recoil, which caused problems with the contact springs compressing and breaking). The XPS should solve this, and the battery it takes is very widely available. A friend of mine has one, and it's mucho sexi-o.

    It's the right one.
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    Compare that to what how much rail my 512 eats.
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    Right now, I wouldn't consider the vortex scopes fit for a duty gun. But they're coming along real nicely and may make inroads very soon.
     
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  8. madcitycop

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    Yeah I'm thinking the XPS is my best bet, but now which flip up rear sight to run with it??
     
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    SPDSNYPR Zippy's Friend.

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    magpul. works and is half the cost of most other sights. no-brainer.
     
  10. blueiron

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    EOTech 512 works for me.

    I don't care about rail space and don't want to hang a ton of stuff off of the rifle which will just get hung up on gear or the surroundings.

    What good is a 6.5 pound LE carbine with 9.4 pounds of protrusions and excess all over it?
     
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    SPDSNYPR Zippy's Friend.

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    The big deal to me is if it doesn't have side-mounted buttons, it's better to mount the EO as far forward as possible. The XPS has a smaller footprint, and makes mounting it forward easier. Also - you never know if you might decide to add a magnifier later. Better to have the extra space and not need it. My patrol rifle is still plenty light and simple. But I like having options. The mission drives the gear train, and I might need to add or subtract something later as needed.
     
  12. madcitycop

    madcitycop

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    blue iron I agree just need an optic then a rear sight to co witness.
     
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    SPDSNYPR Zippy's Friend.

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    Oh - and this new one with the throw level mount looks cool.

    Linkity
     
  14. madcitycop

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    ok so I think I'm going to go with the XPS

    so my question for those that use the magpul BUIS can you unscrew the sight and use a trijicon instead of the standard that comes with it???
     
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    I had an Eotech 516 on my rifle for a while, and it was a solid optic. I switched to an aimpoint for the better battery life and controls. My Eotech never quit or anything, and I was just careful to rotate batteries.

    As for a backup sight, I recommend the Troy. It's tough and simple, and I think if you really want it, they make a tritium set for it.
     
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