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Old 12-06-2005, 06:19 PM   #1
 
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Bushnell = Eotech?

Hi all

I'm new here. I've just spent the last week or so reading through many of the back posts, and I am VERY impressed by the high number of knowledgable people who post here. I look forward to learning a lot here in the future.

Bushnell markets what appears to be the Eotech Holosight with their own brand name on it. I'm in a position to buy the Bushnell version at a very nice discount, so I'm wondering what the story is.

Does Eotech market directly to the military and law enforcement while allowing Bushnell to distribute their sight to the general public? Is it the SAME part, or does Bushnell manufacture their own version under license? Is it that the Eotech version is mil-spec while the Bushnell isn't? Does anyone here know?

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John
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Old 12-07-2005, 02:42 AM   #2
 
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I can't tell you if they're the same, but Eo-tech does sell direct to the public, and is the same as military issue. I have one on a Bushy M4 clone, I love the thing, IMHO, it's far superior to an Aimpoint.
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Old 12-07-2005, 09:08 AM   #3
 
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What I was told by a dealer at a funshow is that Bushnell makes their version under license. I havent heard anything bad about them - I say if you can get one for a good price, go for it! Last time I looked, the basic EOTech was going for ~$300
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Old 12-07-2005, 03:24 PM   #4
 
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I can check with my next door neighbor, he's an Eo-Tech sales rep. The one on my M-Forgery is a loaner, the new one coming out after the Shot Show will have a detachable 4X magnifier, that will be the one I buy.

Personally, I don't see why they would let Bushnell build one, especially one that is cheaper. It may be one of your typical gun show BS stories, you know, like the old P on a Garand stock indicates that it was carried by one of Patton's boys. I guess my M14 stock was with Patton as well, or maybe it was a one of a kind Patton commemorative stock
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Old 12-07-2005, 10:56 PM   #5
 
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Ooohhh, a detachable 4x magnifier? I like that idea. I think I will have to get one of those
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Old 12-08-2005, 03:26 PM   #6
 
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Well, I got the lowdown on the Bushnell sight. It is basically the prototype Eo-Tech, It is not anywhere near as advanced as the current manufactured sight, nor is it mounted, or shielded by an alloy, it's all plastic. As well these are older sights, no longer made by either Eo-Tech, or Bushnell. It was necessary for Eo-Tech to make the deal with Bushnell for financial reasons, Eo-Tech was a little fish in a big pool.
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Old 12-09-2005, 03:52 AM   #7
 
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I am very satisfied with my EOtech 512. I would choose that over the bushnell due to it's added shock protection - the "collar" that surrounds the lens - protects the whole rig. AA battery life is very acceptable - about 3 - 4 days with the auto shut off feature.
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Old 12-09-2005, 12:21 PM   #8
 
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Eotech is working great for me. I have to say first off, that the sight would not mount on a SA 3rd Gen rail, due to SA mounts being out of spec. And I mounted it on an ARMS 18, however it was a bit low, so some cases would FTE. I ended up getting an ARMS 17 Adapter, which is a flat quick-detach piece, that makes the eotech sit a bit higher, allowing for the proper clearance.
As far as Eotech Holosight, I would not even consider Bushnell (just my opinion - Why buy Mercury when you can get Ford sort of deal) and it has worked wonderfully. I am able -using quick detach- to always retain zero, and group 2-3 Inches at 100 yards. I really like it also for a more closer range environment, where acquisition is instant and accuracy is outstanding. I also prefer it on top of the receiver, as oppossed to the scout/socom forward mount (provides a much better sight picture for me).
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