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Old November 15, 2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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Eotech vs. Leupold Prismatic

I own several Eotechs for my rifles and use them recreationally. (target and hunting).
I have an opportunity to purchase the Leupold Prismatic for about $330 and as the price is good I wanted to see if anyone have experience with both and what is:
-) the operational differences?
-) Is one proven better than the other?
-) Why

Basically, why did Leupold build the Prismatic 1x when there's already the battle proven Eotech?

I love Leupold, but didn't they just build an "i can to? part that is very expensive?

Thoughts on the Prismatic and its performance/comparison are appreciated.
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Old November 16, 2012, 06:21 AM   #2
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I haven't used one, but I have looked into both pretty extensively One upside with the leupold is that the glass is etched as well as having the red dot, so it is usable without batteries.
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Old November 16, 2012, 08:40 AM   #3
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I've owned both.
Prismatic pros:
Doesn't need batteries for daytime use, wide FOV, good glass/light gathering, very rugged, generous eyebox, illumination module easy to activate, finger-adjustable W/E, adjustable focus for a sharp reticle.

Prismatic cons: Eye relief, parallax, mount could be better (aftermarket mounts available, though), changing brightness levels requires multiple button presses, short battery life (appx 250-300hrs on the lowest level, my own tests), uncommon battery.

Eotech pros:
Excellent circle-dot reticle provides both speed & precision, wide FOV, multiple battery options available.

Eotech cons: Buttons slow to activate/adjust, relatively short battery life, 100% dependent upon batteries, many more reported problems (delaminating HUDs, loss of zero, loss of nitrogen purge, battery springs compressing over time leading to recoil-induced failure, laser emitter coming loose, electronics failure requiring removal of batteries to reset/fix.

I love the Eotech's reticle but I no longer trust them and would take a Prismatic over Eotech any day of the week despite its limitations.
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