IT’S NO SECRET that a quality electronic optic for your defensive rifle can easily cost upwards of $600. However Holosun offers a line of optics that I’ve found to be both reliable and affordable.
I covered the Holosun 503CU in the past, and I still love that model. It still serves me well, and I’ve beaten the mess out of it—on purpose. That’s a regular hazard when a company sends me something to review. It still holds zero, and I absolutely love the solar feature because it extends the battery life and even allows the optic to work without a battery in daylight. It also adjusts automatically to ambient light. That’s how an optic should work: thought free, worry free—just shoot.
More recently I’ve been running the 530G-GR Elite (yes the model numbers are confusing and plentiful). It, too, has served me well. The previous 503CU saw a little .223 action and mostly .22LR use, but the newer and beefier 530G resides on my IWI Galil in 7.62x39mm and has taken even more of a beating.
The 530G looks somewhat like a Trijicon ACOG tube. That’s just another feature of Holosun. If you prefer a particular style—RMR, Aimpoint, EOTech, etc—chances are they have an optic that resembles the style of your liking for your aesthetic pleasure.
The titanium tube has a low profile without too much thickness or with a projection lens blocking your view. There is no “lens shift” with angled lenses that make you disoriented like even some high-end brands that I have used.
The glass is clear, and the removable lens caps are surprisingly clear. So much so, that I hardly ever need to flip them up. Most of the time I don’t even realize that they are still down. However, the lens caps do fall off easily when they are open if you bump them against something.
The 530G ships in a well-padded, hard plastic case that looks watertight as well. It also includes a honeycomb-looking, kill-flash lens for the tactical guys, as well as a windage and elevation adjustment tool. It has a regular flathead screwdriver tip with a Torx bit on the other end for adjusting your quick-mount lever tension.
The optic has the same “shake awake” feature that I love so much about Holosun. You’ll always think the optic is on because as soon as you pick it up it, resumes its last setting even though it falls asleep after a few hours of no movement. The brightness adjustment buttons are placed on top of the optic so it’s ambidextrous.
You also have the option of having a 2 MOA dot reticle or a 2 MOA dot with a 65 MOA ring similar to an EOTech. With just the 2 MOA on, the optic has up to 50,000 hour battery life on a single CR2032. The extra 65 MOA ring reduces it to 20,000 hours of use – which is still more than 26 months. The reticle is also available in your choice of red or green models.
Finally the user-friendly price – this 530G can be found on Amazon for under $400, and more simple Holosuns can be found under $200. You can find out more and browse the hundreds of models at www.holosun.com.
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