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SHOT16: New EOTech Vudu Precision Rifle Scopes

Is it time for some Vudu to get rid of some bad juju? EOTech has taken a lot of heat for their holographic sights, and showed up at SHOT Show 2016 with a brand new line of traditional magnified rifle scopes. They're called the Vudu Precision Rifle Scopes, and they look pretty promising.

Eotech told us that these scopes have been in development for years, and the scopes on hand were all prototypes, so final production units may differ. They'll be offered in three different zoom ranges: 1-6x, 2.5-10x, and 3.5-18x. All are first focal plane, and each has a choice of two reticles.

One jaw-dropping spec that we noticed in their literature was a promised battery life of approximately 10,000 hours. Yes, 10,000 hours. Printed right there in their product sheet. We asked them specifically if it was a typo, and they indicated that while the exact electronics package was not finalized, they do expect to have exceptional battery life. That would be amazing with an illuminated etched reticle — we'll keep a close eye on this.

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The 1-6x version has a 30mm tube and 24mm objective lens. Field of view at 1x is 20 degrees and at 6x 3.2 degrees. Eye relief at 1x is 80-100mm and at 6x is 82-102mm. Windage and elevation adjustments are in 0.2 MRAD increments, with a total of plus or minus 15min MRAD. Overall length is 270m and weight is 19.75 ounces. MSRP is expected to be $1,299.

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The 2.5-10x variant has a 30mm tube and 44mm objective lens. Field of view at 2.5x is 20 degrees and at 10x is 3.37 degrees. Eye relief at 2.5x is 87-97mm and at 10x is 86-100mm. Windage and elevation adjustments are in 0.1 MRAD increments, with a total of plus or minus 15min MRAD. Overall length is 357m and weight is 26.8 ounces. MSRP is expected to be $1,549.

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Finally, the 3.5-18x version has a 34mm tube and 50mm objective lens. Field of view at 3.5x is 7.92 degrees and at 18x is 2.02 degrees. Eye relief at 3.5x is 86-100mm and at 18x is 87-100mm. Windage and elevation adjustments are in 0.1 MRAD increments, with a total of plus or minus 15min MRAD. The 3.5-18x also adds adjustable parallax on the left side turret. Overall length is 377m and weight is 33.23 ounces. MSRP is expected to be $1,629.

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As far as controls go, Eotech has opted to go with push button illumination controls. The top button turns illumination on and off, while the side buttons adjust the brightness level up and down. We tend to find rotary controls for illumination to be more intuitive to use — they indicated that their testing showed those types of controls were not as durable in the long run, and they wanted to maintain consistency with the controls on their holographic sights. In either case, the illumination in the prototype units didn't appear to be daylight bright to us, and Eotech reps indicated that production units would be brighter. Additionally, the scopes will automatically turn off after approximately 2 hours to preserve battery life. The prototypes were exhibiting some odd behavior — the Eotech reps stressed again that the electronics package was still in development. Note also that the turrets are exposed, with no locking mechanisms.

Reticle choices in the high magnification scopes include an MRAD or MOA scale or a Horus H59 (not on display so we couldn't check it out).

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The 1-6x scope has a similar reticle configuration as the 1-6X scopes from SWFA — as first focal plane scopes, the perceived size of the reticle changes as you adjust the magnification. When zoomed out at 1x, you see a large circle (similar to the Eotech holographic sights) with a small center reference. As you zoom in to 6x, the large circle disappears from view and the center portion of the reticle comes into view for use at range. One option is a mil scale and the other a circle dot with a BDC scale with marks for 400, 500, and 600 underneath.

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Eotech says the scopes will be available in the summer. They're also reportedly working on a variant more specifically intended for 3-gun type of applications, with a second focal plane reticle better suited for competitors. With this mix of features and pricing, the Vudu scopes should be an attractive option in the marketplace.


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What is the NSSF SHOT Show?

The NSSF SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show) and Conference is an annual event held by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Typically attended by thousands of people from all 50 states and over a hundred countries, it is (quite rightfully) described as the “…world's premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics, and related products and services.

Imagine the Worlds' Fair, but packed with everything from mini-guns and every breed of body armor, bows and boots; from eye pro and ear pro to optics and ordnance, socks to swords…you get the idea. If you'd like to see a sampling of the companies who will be showing at this year's SHOT, there's a live map right here, though it doesn't reflect the organizations set up elsewhere, in hotel suites, etc

View imagery from our coverage of last year's SHOT Show right here.

2016 SHOT Show

January 18 — Media on the Range (numerous shooting facilities in and around Las Vegas)
January 19–22, 2016
Sands Expo and Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
Hours:
Tuesday, January 19 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 20 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 21 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 22 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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