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.