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Always wanted one and finally a great deal became available that made me pull the trigger.  I have read a ton of articles and reviews on these optics and was pretty psyched to finally try one.  Pretty much everything reviewers have mentioned I found to be true although they certainly didn't need me to back them up.

This is the latest gen with a smooth battery cap, a slightly modified 1x to 4x lever and ARMS latest lever QD mounts ( don't start.)  It is in fact built like a battleship.  That solidity makes it also about 23oz.  The glass is crazy clear.  It is made by Lietz, a company known for outstanding surveying equipment.   I have Hensoldt,  S&B, Swarovski and Kahles.  This is their equal...easily.

The reticle, which I tried and failed to take a pic of, is optimized for M855 but can be made to work for others.  The illuminated red dot in the center of the reticle is extremely bright on max setting.  NV settings as well.

The switch from 1x to 4x is instantaneous with a flick of the lever.  At 1x  (,and it is a true 1x) you use it as a red dot for close in.  Should you want 4x just slide the lever and you get 4x instantly.  There is no inbetween.   But what a cool feature.

Only thing I don't like is the Tenebrex lens cover.  It's actually another version of that and since I don’t need it, it's pretty annoying.  Unfortunately,  while it easily unscrews from the front lens, it takes the front lens flip up cover with it.  It won't fit without it.  I'm thinking of cutting the filter out.

Yes, the ARMS mount.   They say it cannot be replaced but obviously they have not met me.  This is ARMS latest gen mount.  It locks up fine.  I'll have to wait to throw some rounds downrange and check return to zero but quite frankly, I have read numerous reports on Canadian Army soldiers beating the living fuck out of these things with no problems.  Maybe our northern brothers can comment on it.

This is not the rifle it is going on.  I have a Colt monolithic upper, a 6945, where it's going to be used.  The eye relief is about 2.75".  I shoot pretty much nose to charging handle so I can make that work.

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Consig,

I have had the same one for  2-3yrs and I love it, but it is heavy and I groaned to about the ARMS, but oh well. I have it mounted on my Sionics duty rifle and whenever I take it out during quals people want o see it. The glass is perfect and the sight is good at night when you loose the red dot in the flash, you still have the etched reticle visible to stay on the target.  

@Community Member posted:

Is the advantage of something like this, vs a traditional low power variable, just the speed at which you can switch between 1x and 4x?  I'm trying to figure out what this brings to the table vs a world of Short Dots and offspring.

You have to think of it in context.  When the Spectre was "popular" in the wild, you had ACOGs, Aimpoints, EoTechs...and to some limited degree of Short Dots in the wild...and that's about it.  Maybe a few 2.5-10x24mm NF's floating about. 

The Short Dot required some degree of scope savvy to operate.  There was no BDC reticle (though it had BDC elevation turrets).  The magnification was not a quick flick of a switch lever.  It's also a scope that had to be mounted in rings/mount and all that good stuff.   To the user that could exploit it, the LPVO had more to offer with the use of the range between 1-4x and was not hamstrung by the the Elcan mount with the external mechanical adjustments and ARMS throwlevers.  #BeerCanShims

To the standard operator, the Elcan could be seen as just a...I got my ACOG capability and my 1x Aimpoint ability...I got all I need.   It had a very decent optics to it and one that was used to the poor eye relief of an ACOG wouldn't struggle with it. 

It certainly wasn't light or cheap either. 

With respect to counselor, it's not really a viable contender today for the the value of the performance/price.  With a Razor HD 2 E 1-6 at nearly 1/2 the price, it's a no-brainer for practical use. 

@Community Member posted:

You have to think of it in context.  When the Spectre was "popular" in the wild, you had ACOGs, Aimpoints, EoTechs...and to some limited degree of Short Dots in the wild...and that's about it.  Maybe a few 2.5-10x24mm NF's floating about. 

The Short Dot required some degree of scope savvy to operate.  There was no BDC reticle (though it had BDC elevation turrets).  The magnification was not a quick flick of a switch lever.  It's also a scope that had to be mounted in rings/mount and all that good stuff.   To the user that could exploit it, the LPVO had more to offer with the use of the range between 1-4x and was not hamstrung by the the Elcan mount with the external mechanical adjustments and ARMS throwlevers.  #BeerCanShims

To the standard operator, the Elcan could be seen as just a...I got my ACOG capability and my 1x Aimpoint ability...I got all I need.   It had a very decent optics to it and one that was used to the poor eye relief of an ACOG wouldn't struggle with it. 

It certainly wasn't light or cheap either. 

With respect to counselor, it's not really a viable contender today for the the value of the performance/price.  With a Razor HD 2 E 1-6 at nearly 1/2 the price, it's a no-brainer for practical use. 

Totally understand the logic.  Fortunately, I am not a standard operator, nor even a substandard operator.  I'm just a broken down attorney.  Thankfully, I am only America's 37th line of defense between The League of Women's Voters and  members of the Professional Cornhole Association.  So should my Elcan fail me, I and it won't be a great loss.  Just avenge me.

I buy things to use in my AO because I ain't going anywhere else anytime soon.  Where I live, I dont know if there is a straight 300 yards anywhere.  I'm not a tinfoil guy at all but lately I've been sleeping with my carbine.  My wife thinks that's ridiculous but I just tell her the couches are brand new and she should be comfortable. 

Like you, I've had a lot of glass.  Truth be told, I'm  thinking of what to part with for the S&B 1-8CC.  But I'm not going to worry about that now.  The Elcan is crystal clear with a great lit reticle.   Heavy yep.  I'm a big boy and I really dont have to run anywhere with it.  Or run at all thank God.  Lol.

The ARMS mount doesn't bother me because I'm not beating the shit out of it.  I already have a plan should it become an issue.

Finally, I think it’s a bargain to get a new, latest gen Elcan for the trade/cash equivalent of $1100.😎

 

 

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