Vortex Optics Razor AMG UH-1 Holographic Sight vs Eotech XPS2-2 Review and Comparison
The new Razor AMG UH-1 sight is the first holographic sight from Vortex. The sight absorbed the best of all holographic sights on the market, no less than that - this is how the device is positioned. Well, finally this long-awaited for many shooters sight fell into our hands. Let's proceed to its description, and as a pleasant surprise, compare it with a direct competitor - a very popular holographic sight from the American company Eotech - XPS2-2.
Traditionally, we begin with the purpose of this holographic sight:
The holographic sight is a kind of collimator sight in which the image of the mark is reproduced in space by laser beam, hence the main advantage of such sights from conventional collimators is that the sight mark is not visible from the target side. This can be critical during the assault, when the enemy conducts competent defense, including counter-sniper fights.
Monolithic construction - holographic sights are classified as devices for closed type shooting scenarios, So, they are small in size and weight, also they are filled with inert gas to exclude fogging. This sights are enclosed in a sealed, durable body, that withstands large shock loads, including the recoil of large gauges up to reinforced charges of 12th caliber.
As in most of collimator sights, the phenomenon of parallax is minimized and practically absent, which is critically important in assault operations - where the time for finding, identifying, tracking the target until to its hit should be minimized.
In contrast to the collimator sight in the holographic sights, there is an opportunity of ballistic compensation directly on the mark, and in some models - the possibility of changing the shape of the mark by the shooter.
The holographic sights are ideal for practical shooting, as well as closed ranges hunting - where the distance to the target varies from point blank - up to 50 - 100 meters, and in some cases - up to 150-200 (with a ballistic compensation on the mark).
Disadvantages of this type of sights are - the dependence on the battery and short battery life.
Let’s proceed to the hero of our review - Vortex Razor AMG UH-1, in the course of the review we will compare it with a competitor from Eotech - XPS2-2 sight.
The sight comes in a box with Vortex brand design, made in strict black and white colors. The quality of packaging, ideal as always.
VORTEX RAZOR AMG-UH1 PACKAGE
The Eotech sight is packed in a plastic dark box with the company logo, equipped with two locks, the quality of the box does not cause complaints, but there is no information about the product on it.
EOTECH XPS-2-2 PACKAGE
In contrast to the packaging of its competitor, Vortex has added a lot of useful information about its product to its box. This once again proves the focus of Vortex optics on the average consumer.
VORTEX PACKAGE - TOP VIEW:
VORTEX PACKAGE - SIDE VIEW:
SIGHT AND MARK INFORMATION:
BARCODE AND SIGHT IMAGE:
Let's move to the box contents:
THE BOX FROM VORTEX:
EXTRACT THE MANUAL:
THE CONTENTS OF THE BOX:
THE BOX FROM EOTECH:
EXTRACT THE MANUAL:
THE CONTENTS OF THE BOX:
Let's move on to the sights:
Let's start with the Vortex Razor AMG-UH1 sight.
SIGHT, TOP VIEW:
SIGHT, LEFT VIEW:
The battery compartment and the quick release clip are clearly visible. The battery compartment cover is equipped with a steel cord, which prevents the loss of it.
SIGHT, RIGHT VIEW:
The screws for adjusting the horizontal and vertical corrections, the fixing screw and the battery charging socket in the popular Micro USB standard are clearly visible.
SIGHT, FRONT VIEW:
SIGHT, BOTTOM VIEW:
SIGHT, BACK VIEW:
Controls and the rear lens of the sight are visible (on and off, brightness control).
Separately, it is necessary to talk about sight lenses. They are made of high-quality glass with a multi-layer anti-reflective coating, scratches, dust and dirt resistant. The sight is hermetically sealed and filled with argon gas, which prevents fogging during temperature changes.
Sight controls are located behind the lens, as well as on the side of the sight, they consist of buttons for turning on, increasing and decreasing the brightness and two screws for adjusting the mark vertically and horizontally.
Such controls are conveniently located, but require the gun to deviate from the aiming line - which makes it impossible to adjust the brightness of the mark during shooting. In the scope of the automatic backlight off function to save battery power, it is also possible to use rechargeable batteries of RCR123A or LFP123A standards, as well as their charging using Micro USB chargers (for example, by car cigarette lighter adapter).
CONTROLS (VERTICAL AND HORIZONTALS ADJUSTMENT SCREWS), AND MICRO USB PORT
Each click move mark to 0.5MOA (Minute of Angle) per 100 yards, which corresponds to approximately 3 cm at 100 meters, or more precisely - 2.908 cm at 91.44 meters.
The Vortex optics company, has developed a unique sighting mark specifically for the Razor AMG-UH1:
This mark allows to perform intuitively fast search and target acquisition, has a ballistic correction in the shape of a triangle in the lower part, allowing to hit targets at a distance of 300 meters without making corrections. The central point has a size of 1MOA at 100 yards, which is ideal for accurately hitting the target at a given distance. The 88MOA central circle allows you to find and rapidly hit moving and suddenly appearing targets at a distance up to 100 yards.
The mark has 15 brightness levels. The sight is compatible with night vision devices, it’s possible by using the backlight at the minimum level.
The sight mounting system is compatible with all kinds of rails such as Weaver and Picatinny. Quick-detachable mechanism integrated on one locking lever. There is a fixing screw on the right side of the sight. The process of installing the sight is simple and consists in the following:
1. Push the stopper button and bend the locking lever to yourself.
2. Then set the sight on the weapon’s rail.
3. Slightly pressing on the sight in the direction of the muzzle, close the locking lever pressing it from ourselves, control the fixation of the sight.
4. If the sight is not fixed enough (there is a backlash) - go to step 1, then slightly tighten the fixing screw and continue from step 3.
THE SIGHT MOUNTING: STOPPER BUTTON-1 LOCKING LEVER-2:
THE SIGHT MOUNTING: LOCKING LEVER IN OPEN POSITION:
ABOUT THE RECOIL:
The mount and the sight easily hold the recoil of the 12-caliber rifle ammunition. Currently, the sight is installed on the Vepr12 assault rifle by Molot Arms. After 100 shots, a control shot was made-the result is a stable hit of 50 meters by 12 shotgun caliber. A similar shooting was conducted with the AKM automatic rifle, at a distance of 100 meters, the results are the same.
Now, let’s proceed to Eotech XPS2-2:
EOTECH XPS2-2 OVERVIEW:
Mount fixing screw is visible.
The battery compartment and horizontal and vertical corrections adjusting screws are clearly visible. The battery compartment cover is equipped with a steel cord, which prevents of its loss. Additional charging is not provided for this sight.
The front lens of the sight made of glass and has an anti-reflective coating, which excludes the mark observation from the target side.
Sight controls and the rear lens are visible (on and off, brightness control).
The sight is hermetically sealed and filled with an inert gas, which prevents fogging during temperature changes.
Unlike the Vortex AMG-UH1, Eotech's sight lenses have only anti-reflective coating - there is no multi-layered dirt-resistant coating. In addition, the rear lens of the Eotech sight is made of plastic! The front lens is made of glass.
The Eotech company uses a mark with ballistic compensation in the shape of a point.
The central point has a size of 1MOA at 100 yards, the circle is similar to the sight from the Vortex company, but has a size of 65MOA and is designed for quick search, capture and tracking purposes. The highlight of the aiming mark has 20 levels of brightness. However, at values close to the maximum, illumination is detected along the sides of the sight lens, which is essentially irritated by the shooter.
Sight controls are located behind the lens, as well as on the side of the sight, they are buttons for turning on, increasing and decreasing the brightness and two screws for adjusting the aiming mark vertically and horizontally.
Controls are conveniently located, however, similar to the sight from Vortex, require the gun to deviate from the aiming line - which makes it impossible to adjust the brightness of the aiming mark during shooting. Also the automatic backlight off function is implemented in the scope to save battery power.
CONTROLS (VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL ADJUSTING SCREWS)
Each click moves the mark by 0.5MOA at 100 Yards, which corresponds to approximately 3 cm at 100 meters, or more precisely - 2.908 cm at 91.44 meters.
The sight mounting mechanism is compatible with all kinds of rails such as Weaver and Picatinny. There is no quick fixing, one way or another you have to unscrew the fixing screw. This may sound somewhat uncomfortable, but on the other hand, how often do you need to remove the sight? On the left side of the sight there is a fixing screw. The process of installing the sight is as follows:
1. Set the sight on the weapon’s rail.
2. Slightly pressing on the sight in the direction of the muzzle, then twist the locking screw.
THE AMG UH 1 vs Eotech XPS2-2 COMPARISON:
Let's move to the most interesting, and probably the most difficult in this review - comparison of this sights. So, where do we start? Perhaps, let's start with mounting system.
The Vortex Razor AMG-UH1 has absorbed the most advanced achievements - a quick-release bracket with a lock button and a locking screw, which radically differs it from the simpler mounting system at the Eotech sight, which includes only a locking screw. Undoubtedly, the first plus in the Vortex moneybox!
THE EOTECH XPS2-2 LOCKING SCREW
The Vortex AMG-UH1 mark has a unique shape that incorporates the latest scientific achievements in the field of optical sights, the main difference of this brand from the Eotech sight is the intuitive capture and tracking of the target, especially at distances above 100 meters. In the Eotech sight - mark is simpler, having a ballistic correction in the shape of a point, which somewhat slows down the aiming process. In addition, the Vortex sight mark with the same brightness values is more accurate than the Eotech sightmark, this is clearly seen in the photos below. In addition, the Vortex sight, unlike the Eotech XPS-2-2 sight, is compatible with night vision devices at equal cost. Eotech sights have XPS-3 sights, compatible with night vision devices, however, they have a higher cost.
Another plus in the Vortex moneybox!
MARKS COMPARISON: VORTEX AMG-UH1 (RIGHT) AND EOTECH XPS2-2 (LEFT):
The battery life of the Vortex Razor AMG-UH1 sight is 1500 hours with medium brightness settings and using the CR-123A battery, or 600 hours when using the LFP-123A battery.
The autonomy time of the Eotech XPS2-2 sight is 600 hours, with medium brightness settings and using the CR-123A battery, the use of rechargeable batteries is not recommended. Both sights have automatic shutdown technology, needed to save battery power.
The third plus the Vortex sight!
Dimensions and weight:
Weight of Vortex Razor AMG-UH1 - 334.5 grams, weight of Eotech XPS2-2 - 255 grams. 79.5 grams of difference in favor of the Eotech sight. The water resistance of the sight from Vortex is 80 feet (24.4 meters) in depth, the water resistance of the Eotech sight is 10 feet (3 meters) deep.
Let's move on to the dimensions, the size of the Vortex is 93x41x67 mm. (length/Width/Height). Dimensions of the Eotech - 97x54x64 mm. (length/Width/Height).
The dimensions of the sights are approximately identical, for this point - a draw.
The sight from Vortex has a more modern and in some places futuristic look, overwhelmingly surpassing the competitor from Eotech, whose appearance in places is too ascetic and simple (the screws of fastening are not covered). It's difficult to talk about the comparison of sights on this parameter, as the concept of an ideal species in people is different, but look at the pictures and draw a conclusion by yourself.
The purpose of these sights is shooting at short distances by suddenly appearing, moving targets, the best option for assault groups of special forces, as well as for practice shooters. Sights can be used by hunters, on closed range hunting, however, due to the size and dependence on batteries, they are not always convenient for this.
Both presented sights easily withstand the impact of large calibers, including 12 rifles, unpretentious and have a ballistic correction for firing at medium distances. The sights are water-resistant and are adapted for use in different climatic conditions, filled with an inert gas, which eliminates the fogging of glasses with temperature changes. As for comparison, based on the above-described unconditional winner of the review is the Vortex Razor AMG-UH1 sight, in addition, this sight is currently the best holographic sight on the World market!