Since 1996, EOTECH has be- come known for its industry-leading Holographic Weapon Sights (HWS), used by many law enforcement and military organizations, including U.S. Special Operations, elite army and U.S. Marine Corps combat units. By 2016, EOTECH expanded into premium magnified optics offering the same degree of reliability and precision. That lineup expanded greatly in 2020, when EOTECH separated from L3Harris, a defense contracting firm, allowing the company greater agility and independence. Since that time, EOTECH has been quickly developing a reputation for manufacturing stellar optical riflescopes under the Vudu name.
EOTECH’s latest Vudu, the 5-12x 50mm scope is the newest answer to the long-range shooting craze. This is a quality, 34mmtubed optic combining first focal plane (FFP) ranging capabilities with a novel push/pull locking elevation turret system that is also equipped with the company’s EZ Chek Zero Stop, which allows nearly instant return to zero after large elevation corrections. The scope’s controls also allow making any necessary adjustments while on the rifle and making the shot. That’s the very basic nuts and bolts of it, but what struck me at first glance was this scope’s compact dimensions – about 11 inches (without sunshade) in length and weighing a solid 29.5 ounces. EOTECH points out that the short design provides plenty of room for a clip-on night vision or thermal device – which EOTECH also happens to offer.
The Vudu 5-25x 50mm FFP is manufactured in Japan and retails for as low as $2,099, which isn’t exactly a giveaway, but more affordable than many riflescopes in this class and given the same array of user-friendly features. The 5-25x magnification provides a great deal of versatility, from average shots at big game to ex-treme-range shooting at small varmints or steel plates. The design offers generous eye relief for the big boomers, from 2.96 to 3.71 inches at the lower magnifications to 3.27 to 3.63 inches at 25 power. Field of view varies from 23.3 feet at 5x to 4.7 feet at 25x at 100 yards.
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