How To Compare Aimpoint Vs EOTech Sights

The debate of Aimpoint vs EOTech is one that every shooter seems to have an opinion on. The shooting community wants to know, which one makes for the better sight?

In this post we’re going to take an in depth look at what are the key factors that differentiate these optics, and compare two of their flagship models to see how they tack up against eachother.

Why These Sights are Often Compared

The reason Aimpoints and EOTechs are compared so often to eachother is because they have both built a reputation of being high-quality, high-performance sights.

They are two of the most recognizable brand names in optics and have large, dedicated user bases that include military, law enforcement, and civilian shooters who swear by their products. Their popularity comes from users who have seen their accuracy, speed, and consistency improve with one equipped.

At the most basic level, what they have in common is being weapons mounted electronic sights that provide shooters an illuminated reticle to target with. They are compact, light weight, and durable. However, there are a handful of key features that differentiate them from eachother.

As a case study we’re going to highlight the specs of each manufacturer’s most popular model to get some hard numbers. We’ll be looking closer at the Aimpoint PRO and the EOTech XPS2. These are both well known and well tested sights that will showcase their differences well.

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EOTech vs Aimpoint Housing Specs

Specs like size, weight, and dimensions are important to compare between sights for considering how it will work and fit with your particular setup.

housingBoth of these sights are mountable to Weaver or Picatinny rails, making them compatible with all modern day assault and battle rifles. However, Aimpoints will need a specific mount and riser for each one, which is sold separately. There are a number of different mount manufacturers that vary in quality and price.

Aimpoints have a tube style optical configuration, consisting of a cylindrical housing with front and rear lens objective lens. EOTechs have an open style optical configuration, which is simply a flat rectangular objective window surrounded by a protective housing.

The rectangle shape of the EOTech objective is unique to their brand, and something shooters who have only dealt with cylindrical scopes. This shape provides better field of view and sight picture than circular objectives.

The open style allows for a more compact sight, only 3.5″ in length for the XPS. This is about 1.5″ shorter than the PRO, at 5.1″, which requires a longer length to accommodate its internal optics’ focal length.

Keep this in mind if you have limited rail space and are looking to also use backup iron sights, night vision, or a tandem mounted magnifier. The XPS is 3.6 oz lighter than the mounted PRO, which definitely makes a difference in swing speed and fatigue of carrying around.

Projection System

One of the biggest differences EOTech vs Aimpoint sights the projection system that is used to create the illuminated reticle within the optic. They both fall into two different categories: reflex and holographic.

AimpointPRO-5Aimpoints are known as reflex sights, meaning that the the reticle is created from light that is ‘reflected’ into the shooters field of view. This method utilizes an internal LED that shines light onto the front lens acting as a partial mirror. Its curve and focal length are designed so the reflected light narrows into the aimpoint that the shooter sees.

EOTechs are one of the only optic manufacturers that use holographic projection. In this method a laser diode infront of the optical window illuminates a holographic reticle that is etched into the window itself.

Holographic projection offers a number of advantages. Since there is no need for a curved, mirrored lens it means that the objective window can have a rectangular shape and be perfectly clear glass. The reticle can also take on more unique shapes since it is formed by the etched hologram.

However, the one downside of holographic sights is their battery life. Since laser diodes eat up a lot more energy than LEDs, there is clear advantage for reflex sights in this case. Typically a reflex sight can last into the 10K’s of hours while holographic sights only last into the 100’s of hours.

Both sights are near parallax free, meaning they reticle will stay overlayed on the target even as the shooters eye moves location. Shooters can also operate these sights with both eyes open, allowing them ultimate situational awareness to their surroundings.

Reticle Pattern

Reticle pattern can make a big difference in accuracy of shots and target acquisition speed, especially when dealing with non-magnified optics.

Pattern size and shape can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and in between their sight models. These factors can be optimized for different situations, like longer distance shots or CQC.

The Aimpoint PRO has the traditional pattern that is found in most reflex sights, simply a centered dot reticle. At 2 MOA, this reticle provides a small aimpoint that allows for accurate shot placement, and limited bullet spread out to a couple hundred yards.

On the other hand, EOTechs are well known for their unique reticle pattern that you won’t find anywhere else. It is comprised of a 65 MOA ring surrounding a 1 MOA centered dot reticle.

The ring makes for quick target acquisition because it is very easy to catch with your eyes as the gun is being brought into the sight line. At 15 yards the ring covers 10 inches in diameter, a solid area of the average human target, making it ideal for CQC situations.

And the 1 MOA dot is the highest fidelity out of any electronic sights available. It will leave targets unobscured for letting the shooter precisely place their shots.

As far as reticles go we have to say EOTechs’ are the favorite. They can not only reproduce the Aimpoint’s capabilities, but take it further with the additional 65 MOA ring.

So Which is the Better Sight?

As we’ve shown there are a few factors that highlight the differences in the Aimpoint vs EOTech debate. Knowing this, can we determine which one is ‘better’ and put and end to the dicussion?

The truth is that there is more in common between these sights than there are differences. The both provide excellent sighting solutions for most weapons and have shown that through broad military and civilian adoption.

But, looking at the factors above, we have to give the advantage to EOTechs. Their unique form, projection system, and reticle combine to make a sight that edges out Aimpoints in most situations. They take the basics of what Aimpoints provide and expand the capabilities in different ways.

eotech militaryHowever, thats just looking at a few metrics, but what really needs to be considered are the subjective factors that vary from user to user.

Things like personal preference, weapon configuration, shooting style, experience, and intended usage (targets/defense/hunting) all carry the greatest weight when comparing sights to eachother. There is no catch-all solution that will work for everyone, every time.

So if you’re shopping around between an Aimpoint and EOTech, know that the best choice is the one that makes your shots more accurate, your speed increase, and your groupings tighter.

Get out there and do some testing, ask other shooters about, and form your own opinions knowing that everyone else’s are formed by their individual experiences that differ from yours.

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