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philthy209
10-26-2007, 10:36 PM
Are these of any value/quality at all? waist of money?

If you can't afford a real eotech should you even mess with this type stuff or re- evaluate your setup?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tactical-552-Type-RED-GREEN-Dot-Sight-Eotech-Replica_W0QQitemZ120176399756QQihZ002QQcategoryZ66 827QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Calm Down
10-26-2007, 11:21 PM
If you are into shooting airsoft guns these may be "ok". Either continue to use iron sights or save for a moderatly priced scope. You can obtain a desent red dot scope for just over $100. You are almost there, just hold out a bit longer and don't waste your money on a scope you have to question.

philthy209
10-27-2007, 4:12 PM
good point thanks.

arplatform
10-28-2007, 3:24 AM
Are these of any value/quality at all? waist of money?

If you can't afford a real eotech should you even mess with this type stuff or re- evaluate your setup?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tactical-552-Type-RED-GREEN-Dot-Sight-Eotech-Replica_W0QQitemZ120176399756QQihZ002QQcategoryZ66 827QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I import and sell replica scopes in the gun show and web. This is the new 552 which I currently do not have any experience on. I have imported and sold the replica 551. The big difference is the battery (551 - AG13) (552 - 2 AA). Although the 551 works well, sighted in and held zero, it had one major problem and that was the light source. The LED light source was not bright enough to be used in bright daylight. Almost all the 551 replicas I sold were for local PD that did their entries at night. Sold them ten and they liked them but they commented that the daylight issue was not a problem for them. Now with the use of the 2-AA batteries, maybe this problem has been corrected. This would be the chance you will have to take if you purchase. I know from the manufacturer that a solution was in the works but have not heard if it was completed. To my knowledge the 552 is currently not being made by the manufacturer I use, so its operation may or may not work as well as the 551. Chinese manufacturers seem to be striving to improve the product lines but any new item purchased you will have to take the chance that you might have to throw it away.

maxicon
10-28-2007, 10:27 AM
Note that these aren't really Eotech clones, just Eotech lookalikes. A real Eotech uses a laser for the holographic image, while these use an LED like any red dot scope. They're red dots in an Eotech-style housing.

You could get any of a number of cheap no-name red dots for less money, or get a known brand name like the Bushnell or Burris Aimpoint clones for a bit more money. They're still copies, but are from companies who you can contact to support their products if you have any problems.

davedog665
10-28-2007, 2:55 PM
for about 3x the cost you get the real thing i would just do that.

pbrand
10-28-2007, 5:13 PM
if you are on a budget i highly recommend the Bushnell Trophy MP or Burris XTS-135. Get something with a brand name and wrranty.

Teletiger7
11-04-2007, 6:13 PM
I import and sell replica scopes in the gun show and web. This is the new 552 which I currently do not have any experience on. I have imported and sold the replica 551. The big difference is the battery (551 - AG13) (552 - 2 AA). Although the 551 works well, sighted in and held zero, it had one major problem and that was the light source. The LED light source was not bright enough to be used in bright daylight. Almost all the 551 replicas I sold were for local PD that did their entries at night. Sold them ten and they liked them but they commented that the daylight issue was not a problem for them. Now with the use of the 2-AA batteries, maybe this problem has been corrected. This would be the chance you will have to take if you purchase. I know from the manufacturer that a solution was in the works but have not heard if it was completed. To my knowledge the 552 is currently not being made by the manufacturer I use, so its operation may or may not work as well as the 551. Chinese manufacturers seem to be striving to improve the product lines but any new item purchased you will have to take the chance that you might have to throw it away.

Wow! Are you serious???!!!! A actual police agency used these clones!!!! Man, they need to get more funding and get the real thing. I just never imagined actual poffesionals using Chinese imitations. Go figure:rolleyes:!

arplatform
11-05-2007, 4:06 AM
Wow! Are you serious???!!!! A actual police agency used these clones!!!! Man, they need to get more funding and get the real thing. I just never imagined actual poffesionals using Chinese imitations. Go figure:rolleyes:!

The real running joke is the about the name and manufacturer. Most larger companies have their products actually made in China and have their Trade Name placed on the scopes. Bushnell is one, I find it funny that people love the new ACOG lookalike from Bushnell and then crap all over the chinese copies. THEY ARE BOTH MADE IN CHINA. The same company that I bring in replicas from, is the manufacturer of scopes for bushnell, leapers, TASCO and a few others. What this really shows is that some people are actually "Trade Name Snobs". This is not to say they didn't get screwed on a product that was poorly made but not everything from china is crap. Turn in your Motorla Cell phones and bluetooth then. About 50% of my business is from LE and Military personnel. What you need to get when purchasing import items is a support network. Purchase from Hong Kong you get nothing if you have a problem.

pbrand
11-05-2007, 6:16 AM
The real running joke is the about the name and manufacturer. Most larger companies have their products actually made in China and have their Trade Name placed on the scopes. Bushnell is one, I find it funny that people love the new ACOG lookalike from Bushnell and then crap all over the chinese copies. THEY ARE BOTH MADE IN CHINA. The same company that I bring in replicas from, is the manufacturer of scopes for bushnell, leapers, TASCO and a few others. What this really shows is that some people are actually "Trade Name Snobs". This is not to say they didn't get screwed on a product that was poorly made but not everything from china is crap. Turn in your Motorla Cell phones and bluetooth then. About 50% of my business is from LE and Military personnel. What you need to get when purchasing import items is a support network. Purchase from Hong Kong you get nothing if you have a problem.

From Bushnell you get a warranty and customer service though. From my experience you recieve no such support with the clones and further cannot trust the person you bought one from to assist you.

Teletiger7
11-05-2007, 9:29 PM
The real running joke is the about the name and manufacturer. Most larger companies have their products actually made in China and have their Trade Name placed on the scopes. Bushnell is one, I find it funny that people love the new ACOG lookalike from Bushnell and then crap all over the chinese copies. THEY ARE BOTH MADE IN CHINA. The same company that I bring in replicas from, is the manufacturer of scopes for bushnell, leapers, TASCO and a few others. What this really shows is that some people are actually "Trade Name Snobs". This is not to say they didn't get screwed on a product that was poorly made but not everything from china is crap. Turn in your Motorla Cell phones and bluetooth then. About 50% of my business is from LE and Military personnel. What you need to get when purchasing import items is a support network. Purchase from Hong Kong you get nothing if you have a problem.

I heard the Millett scopes are made in China also, which might explain why they are reasonably priced. I got nothing against a good product being made somewhere else as long as the quality is there. I don't wanna waste my money on low quality regardless of where it's made. Labor is cheaper in China so it makes sense that their scopes are cheaper.

maxicon
11-06-2007, 11:12 AM
Most inexpensive scopes are made in China these days, including the name brands. The Millet DMS-1 definitely is, and they're having some QC problems with them, as are GRC, who sell a similar scope with a different reticle in the FFP (reportedly made at the same factory). However, they're standing behind them, and replacing the ones with problems, but there's currently a long wait due to manufacturing delays. Most of the DMS-1 problems don't really affect scope operation.

The Chinese, like the Americans, Germans, Swedes, Japanese, etc., are capable of making high-quality gear if people are willing to define the specs and pay for it. Currently, Americans prefer to buy inexpensive stuff from China, so we get cheap gear with wide tolerances and poor QC (you can get that kind of stuff from Americans, Germans, Swedes, etc. as well).

You can definitely buy nearly identical look-alikes from Bushnell, Burris, and no-name vendors, and you'll pay more for the name brands because they do offer support and warranties, which cost more.

bruce_ventura
11-06-2007, 7:46 PM
QC is what separates the reputable US vendors from the rest. Two US vendors can get the same model scope from the same Asian factory and charge different prices and see vastly different return rates. The difference is the effort put into quality control inthe US. This was discussed in a previous thread: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=732150#post732150

Bruce

Dilinger23
11-06-2007, 8:01 PM
these are garbage my little nephey have one on his airsoft and it broke the same day..sucks..