I'll apologize now for this photo. I'll readily admit I am not very
good at shooting
pictures through an optic. After I sized for the photo for the review, I
noticed I had the display turned up a little too much. Honest, it looked
pretty good on the 2" LCD display on the back of my camera when I was trying to
get the photo. <sigh> But, you get the idea. With 20
brightness settings, you really can dial in any intensity you want for a given
condition. This reticle is sized as a 65 MOA circle with a 1 MOA
dot. I find it very easy to use for both accurate longer range
shooting (the 1 MOA dot does NOT cover your target) and for close quarters work.
Shooting reactive steel targets at 15 yards is a snap with this sight.
The user interface for the XPS2-0 is very straight forward. Pushing the
right hand button (up arrow) will turn on the unit and set the auto-off timer
for 8 hours. Turning the unit on using the down arrow sets the auto-off
timer for just 4 hours. Pushing either button, after powered on, will
change the brightness of the reticle. Pushing both buttons together turns
the sight off. This photo gives you a good view of the protective hood
that surrounds the sight body. You can see how it is very well protected
and can survive the environment where today's military personnel are deployed.
Here is the XPS2-0 mounted on my FNH SLP Mark 1. I opted to use the
thumbscrew to mount it to the rail. If it needs to come off, in a hurry,
hunting for the hex wrench won't be necessary.
Here is an earlier model EOTech that was graciously loaned to me, by a
friend, for a test drive. Prior to dropping the $$ on an EOTech, I wanted
to be sure it was what I wanted. Anyway, note the amount of rail this
model consumes compared to the previous photo. The XPS2-0 is mounted a bit
more forward on the trail, but not that much more. This new model uses
just 3 3/4" of rail estate (get it, real estate, rail estate?).
So there it is.....my SLP Mark 1 and its new XPS2-0 holographic weapon sight. Earlier today, I was at the range, getting it sighted in and running some of the tactical shotgun drills we qualify with at Front Sight. It was everything I hoped it would be. Having already used my friend's EOTech, I knew what to expect and I was not disappointed at all. The 1 MOA dot makes it very easy to accurately setup a slug shot. The 65 MOA large circle reticle keeps you on the steel as you transition from one to the next. The EOTech and the Mark 1 make one heck of a shooting combo.
Update: In 2017, I returned my XPS2-0 to EOTech for a full refund of my purchase price. A problem came to light that most likely cost the company lots of bucks. The problem was that many of their sights would not hold zero over the advertised temperature. I personally never noticed the problem while I was living in Arizona, perhaps because of the relatively consistent temperature I saw when I was practicing at the range. After moving to Minnesota, where I can easily see temp swings of well over 100 degrees, between summer and winter, I opted to send it back. To date, I've not replaced the optic. My shotgun was heavily used in Arizona when I was practicing for and attending training classes at Front Sight. I do not go to Front Sight any more so the shotgun sees much less use. It is more likely to be used on varmits found here on the homestead so the need for an optic is greatly reduced.
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