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Old 01-11-2010, 17:37   #1
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Took the new Eotech to the range....

Took the 1 week old Eotech 517 to the range today. Mounted on a AR15 (M4 CMMG Lower/16" LMT flattop upper). The sight worked fine and does indeed speed up sight acquisition over the iron sights. My issue is the balance it gives to the rifle, I really do not care for the feel of the carbine with the Eotech attached. Feels "top heavy" to me.

Am I the only one who feels this way? I am going to post the Eotech for sale on the forums here as I can not see myself ever getting use to the feel of the AR with the Eotech on it. :( I really wanted to like the Eotech but no go here.

I would like to make clear I am not bashing the Eotech at all, great tool but just not for me. I guess I will go back to the iron sights.

On a bright spot I got my PS90 sighted in with the compact ACOG which I have been meaning to do for awhile What a great little set up that is.

I alos put a Kimber SIS Ultra in layaway. I wanted to get one before Kimber stops production. Seems like a great little 1911.
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Old 01-11-2010, 18:54   #2
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I'm really surprised to hear this. I don't recall hearing this kind of complaint with an EOTech before as there are much heavier optics people mount topside. Why not give it a little more time to wear in on you, like a new pair of shoes? Make sure you use a full 30 rd mag to start shooting with. Ballast, ya' know.
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Old 01-11-2010, 19:05   #3
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I just added a 517 to my AR as well but haven't had the chance to get it to the range. How did you sight yours in?? Im thinking about setting mine dead center @ 50 yards.
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Old 01-11-2010, 19:17   #4
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I just added a 517 to my AR as well but haven't had the chance to get it to the range. How did you sight yours in?? Im thinking about setting mine dead center @ 50 yards.
50 yards just like you are talking about. I can see myself going any farther than that in a defensive situation.
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Old 01-11-2010, 19:20   #5
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I'm really surprised to hear this. I don't recall hearing this kind of complaint with an EOTech before as there are much heavier optics people mount topside. Why not give it a little more time to wear in on you, like a new pair of shoes? Make sure you use a full 30 rd mag to start shooting with. Ballast, ya' know.
Yeah I assumed it was me. I just prefer the simple "streamlined" feel of the AR without the Eotech. I do like the compact ACOG (much smaller than the Eotech in someways) on the PS90, I might go that way someday.
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Old 01-11-2010, 20:34   #6
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50 yards just like you are talking about. I can see myself going any farther than that in a defensive situation.
My thoughts exactly. Thanks.
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Old 01-11-2010, 21:15   #7
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nothing like good ol' iron sights
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Old 01-11-2010, 21:31   #8
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nothing like good ol' iron sights
You know, that about sums up my feelings I guess. I see the benefits of the optics like Eotech and Aimpoints but for now I think I will stick with the iron sights. If the Eotech does not sell I might give it a try at a latter date.
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Old 01-11-2010, 21:41   #9
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If the weight of the EOTech really bothers you I recommend you check out either the Aimpoint T-1 or the Trijicon RMR. Then again, open sights is always a reliable option.
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Old 01-11-2010, 23:10   #10
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Or the XPS.. smallest holo sight EOTech sells
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Old 01-12-2010, 00:00   #11
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Rifle top heavy with an Eotech? Never, ever have I heard that.
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Old 01-12-2010, 00:08   #12
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I guess "top heavy" is not the right term. More out of balance than any real weight issue. It just seems to throw off the handling of the carbine. I think I will try to get use to it before I make any long term judgments on it. I really like the operation of the sight.
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I guess "top heavy" is not the right term. More out of balance than any real weight issue. It just seems to throw off the handling of the carbine. I think I will try to get use to it before I make any long term judgments on it. I really like the operation of the sight.
So.... do you have any pics of your configuration?
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Old 01-12-2010, 00:22   #14
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I don't love the extra weight added by most optics, but the upside of the optic is too great for me to not want it on my primary defensive rifle.
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Old 01-12-2010, 00:33   #15
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I have a week old 517 as well on my M4gery. Didn't feel top heavy or unbalanced at all. I think it is very bulky though and might switch out to the T-1 micro.

How much you want for your 517?
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Old 01-12-2010, 15:22   #16
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Yeah...never heard that either. I have a 5xx (the 2xAA model) on a QD mount that I use on my EBRs...and a Leupold 4.5-14x40 w tac knobs...neither makes the gun feel strange or out of balance to me. I support your decision to give it a while - carry it like that for a week; when you take it off, I bet you'll feel the rifle is off-balance without it. Always something new, never hurts to post.
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