Best Holographic Sights Reviewed & Rated for Quality
It’s the golden hour and hunting is almost done for the day. Just as you and your friends, family members, or children are about to pack up and head home, there’s a rustling in the bushes. You all stop, taking a sharp inhale before turning and seeing a shape moving off in the distance. Is this the deer you were all tracking earlier? Its gait is the same, but you can’t quite make out the details. Do you risk shooting from such a far distance, or do you and the team creep closer in an effort to get a better shot?
It’s the age-old questions many hunters have battled with: do I risk a miss, or do I risk a startle? While each person has a different opinion on this, we believe that there is a way to improve your chances of a hit without having to brave snapped twigs or scared rabbits. That’s by improving your accuracy ability. One of the best ways to do this is through holographic sights, an item that will only improve your hunting game or firing range aim.
- EOTech Model 552 A.65
- EOTech Model HHS II
- EOTech Model 518
- Multiple Run Times
These holographic sights were created to help improve accuracy when shooting. In a similar fashion to LED target sights, holographic sights improve aim when shooting. They’re helpful for gaining the upper hand on an animal, and won’t set you back very far when learning as the technology is fairly straightforward.
Useful for both beginner hunters and well-seasoned veterans, this is a product that’s truly worth its price. If you’re someone who appreciates a good eye at the shooting range or in the field, this is an item you need to pick up and add to your gear bag. It’s not cheating, either. It’s an enhancement tool for someone who’s already naturally skilled at hunting. Soon all your buddies will be asking what your secret is to getting that perfect shot every time. The only thing left to do is figure out which holographic sight will help you the most.
10 Best Holographic Sights
1. EOTech Model 552 A.65
While this is a benefit of most holographic sights, it’s worth putting in as the first positive just so we’re all on the same page. This holographic sight happens to be able to allow you to aim with both eyes wide open. Being able to utilize both your eyes is kind of a no-brainer when it comes to thinking about the effects there might be on your aiming capabilities. Two eyes are always better than one, as that’s what allows us to judge depth and range. Now you can look at the place you’re shooting without squinting, and with a fully accurate vision of depth.
It’s the little things that matter when it comes to technology like this. Not only are we getting a chance to look at our distance shooting range a little more closely, but we’re also getting the opportunity to shoot in all manner of conditions. While some holographic sights are difficult to see in brilliant sun, this one is fine. The anti-glare ensures you’re viewing in crisp, sharp detail with no sun bounce back.
Cost and Value
This holographic sight has many great features to it, and fits a variety of guns. Some of the reviews also mentioned how there’s been improved battery life for this product. For the avid hunter, this is one holographic sight that’s well worth the initial cost. While it might be a little more expensive than some cheap models, we believe you get what you pay for. Anti-glare, longevity, shatterproof screens and waterproofing up to 33 feet deep? Oh yeah. This is a sight.
Waterproof (33 feet depth)
Adjustment knobs can be tricky/unclear
Brightness must be adjusted with each turn on
2. EOTech Model HHS II
Some folks find that their holographic sights help them to aim, but they don’t help them get any closer visually. We know that it’s hard to invest a lot of money in a product just to find that it doesn’t quite give you the edge you need. Rest assured that this isn’t the case for this product. The magnification factor on this product is huge, and we love the way that it helps improve sight. It magnifies the field of vision 3 times stronger than a basic holographic sight, bringing the target to you (instead of the other way around).
Flip It Like a Pancake
Okay, maybe don’t exactly flip it like a pancake (though with such a strong manufacturing quality you wouldn’t hurt it). One of the specialty features of this item, however, is that it’s able to be flipped or removed simply with a touch. It’s not loose or weak by any means, though. Rather, it’s easy. It’s easy to take it off and put it on another gun, and easy ot side mount it as well. Now that sounds like a ton of options to us! Let’s get flipping.
Cost and Value
At almost twice the cost of our first option, it’s hard for us to say whether it’s worth the whole price or not. Many of the reviews say that they’re incredibly happy with the product and believe it will last them a lifetime full of hard use. If that’s the case, we believe it’s definitely a good sign to go for it. The extra add ons and benefits to this holographic sight compared to others is huge, and we know that the physical benefits like the shorter mounting design will add more value than we would expect. All in all, this is a great product and well worth the cost.
Waterproof, shockproof, and shatterproof
Will not fog
Easy one-touch buttons
Short mounting design
More expensive than most
Must read manual before use to understand the button system
3. EOTech Model 518
It sounds weird, but hear us out. There’s multiple running times because there’s a couple different battery options for this product. Depending on how and when you’re planning on using this product you can change up your battery plans. Only going on a short hunting trip and don’t want to waste a bunch of cash on batteries? Try the 600 hour run time option, which is achieved by using AA alkaline batteries in the sight. Want something that’s more along the lines of 1,000 hours of run time? Opt for the 1.5V lithium AA batteries. The option is yours, and the versatility is huge.
Easy to Use
Something we haven’t really mentioned yet is just how easy these sights are to use. This one in particular is easily set up for success due to its quick mounting and quick detach lever. While it can lock into place, it’s still super straightforward to take off. The best part about this easy to put on and take off capacity? Even if you’re putting it back on quickly and roughly it’s still going to end up within 1 MOA. Reliable, straightforward, and durable. What could be better?
Cost and Value
The simple set up of this product means you’re not going to get a huge amount of extras attached to it. The cost itself is about the same for any of the other averagely priced holographic weapons sights we’ve listed, but with a few less features than some of the others. If you’re looking for a straightforward, foolproof sight, this is the one for you. If you’re a hunter who likes their gadgets and gizmos to come with all the bells and whistles, it might be best to stick with some of the other ones on this list.
Multiple battery options
20 reticle brightness settings
Compatible with night vision
Super easy to attach and unattach
Waterproof (up to 10’)
Some reports of unclear dot
One review said price was not worth the lack of extras
4. EOTech Model 558
Don’t know what a reticle is? You probably haven’t researched the finer points of holographic sights. That’s okay: you don’t have to! That’s why we’re here, so we can tell you all the ins and outs of these sights. Like a laser scope or other scope, a holographic sight also includes those little markings that guide you to locking onto your target. There are different configurations for these, and this holographic sight includes 20 options for reticle brightness settings. No matter what type of daylight there is, you’ll be able to get your perfect scope every time.
This is something that the 558 features that none of our other holographic weapon sights have featured yet. This is a fantastic quality that any winter hunter will love. The sun going down doesn’t need to be the end of your hunting trip. You can now utilize the night vision feature to keep the food gathering going well into the evening. Plus, remember when we talked about all of its different reticle options? There’s 10 more options unique to the night vision feature as well!
Cost and Value
This average cost makes for a pretty decent product whose value could be considered to be equal to or more than its cost. While daytime hunters will probably want a scope that opts for features other than the night vision (for example, fogproof innards or better adjustment knobs) those that like to hunt at night will see the value in this product. Now you can effortlessly switch into night vision mode without having to fiddle with additional hardware or products.
Reticle brightness options
Fair price for the quality
Hits within 1 MOA post-remount
Durable and great battery longevity
Some say it’s too intense for sport shooting or hunting
Larger size than some other weapon sights
5. EOTech Model G33.STS Magnifier
Let’s clarify a little what we were talking about in the first paragraph. This is in fact a weapon sight, but it’s more a magnifier than anything else. The product description on the website says that you’re able to switch between low to high magnifying intensity easily, which is part of why we believe this product is just so good. While the item itself could do with a little more sight capacity (i.e. this product doesn’t actually include a reticle aspect to this sight, instead acting solely as a magnifier), but it’s still a thoroughly essential product for any hunter who’s wanting to make more impressive, farther reaching shots. Or for someone who’s having trouble seeing through the fog.
While some weapon sights are stuck only sticking to one or two different types of guns, this magnifier is able to fit on a variety of products. It’s even compatible in a variety of ways. The STS in its name stands for “Switch to Side”. This is the kind of mount that it is. It’s a mount that’s easily able to be switched to the side of the gun as well as in a normal configuration. It’s also compatible with both normal sights and 7mm raised ones. All you need to do is add on the 7mm riser and you’ll find that the magnifier and the sight are perfectly paired. It’s like a match made in firearm heaven.
Cost and Value
For a product that’s really just a detailed look at one of the features of other full weapon sights, it’s very effective at what it does. It’s able to be attached to many different kinds of weapons, and used in a variety of positions. Not only is this product now able to be sold separately (potentially allowing you to save money on other sights and accouterments), it’s really great quality for what you get. While the price is a little higher than some sights that already include magnifying aspects, sometimes it’s worth it to get that aspect sold separately. By putting this together with another sight that doesn’t feature magnification will result in a super sight. Now that’s a superpower every hunter wants.
Side mounting and easy switching
Adjustable wind/elevation levels
Diopter is adjustable
Quick detach lever
Large field of view
Just for magnification
Some reports of difficulty fitting multiple larger products like this on one rail
6. EOTech Model XPS2-0
Sometimes the recoil on a gun is enough to shatter the weak glass that’s used on cheaper, less reliable weapon sights. Not only is that a waste of money, but it’s also dangerous to you and the friends you’re hunting with. Plus, leaving broken glass in the forest isn’t cool. That’s why it’s important to invest in a weapons sight that has shatterproof glass. The durability is huge, and you’ll be able to keep your mind at ease knowing that there’s less and less worry of damage coming to you or your gun.
We’re not making a comment about the hunter. Rather, we’re making a comment on the way that this sight is mounted. The rail needed to mount this sight is less than the average sight needs. That means there’s much more space to add other cool weapon customizations, as well as attaching other sight-enhancing tools. The three quarter inch of rail space that’s needed to mount this holographic weapon sight is a drop in the bucket compared to other holographic weapon sights that we’ve looked at so far. The best part? EOTech hasn’t compromised their quality at all, making this one of their best designs yet.
Cost and Value
The price point of this holographic weapon sight means it’s sitting in the average range, keeping it from being too out of reach for someone who’s wanting a stronger sight line but doesn’t have an arm and a leg to spend. The quality of EOTech’s work is second to none, no matter which holographic weapons sight you’re looking at purchasing. While the average price might seem high on this list of sights, it’s only due to the fact that they really are of a quality build and are fully worth the cost. This is a great sight option for anyone looking to purchase one.
Short mounting (Only three quarters of an inch)
Very high material quality
Red dots (reticle) appear pixelated without additional magnification
Adds weight to the weapon (especially with additional magnification)
7. Vortex RAZOR AMG UH-1
Technology is a big benefit to our lives, as long as it works when we need it to work. If you’re out in the forest, you don’t want to have to worry about running out of power for your holographic weapons sight. That’s why the dual power options on this sight is so useful. Not only are you able to utilize a regular battery with this product, but you’re also able to charge it via a USB port placed in the sight itself. While this requires the additional purchase of a rechargeable, compatible battery, we think that the cost is worth the money-saving capabilities in the long run.
Just for Reference…
This creative title is actually talking about the reticle and its reference marks. While some reticles have basic reference marks, allowing us to check what we’re shooting and where it’s going, the biggest benefit to this product is that it’s got additional reference marks for a true reticle advantage. These additional sighting marks make it easy to tell where your prey is. Not to mention the additional triangle mark at 6 o’clock, making it easy to instantly mark for communication to your fellow hunting party members.
Cost and Value
Vortex’s model is slightly cheaper than the EOTech products we’ve been looking at, but it seems to be comparable in terms of quality. Considering the fact that it’s got an incredibly versatile, integral rail mount (one that can easily attach to Picatinny rails and cross-bolt scope mounts) we believe that you’re getting more than what you pay for with this sight. While you might feel like you’re taking a risk by not purchasing the EOTech model, this is actually going to serve any serious hunter just as well as the other brand’s models.
USB charge capable
Delicate parts protected by hard shell
Integral rail mount
Compatible with night vision
Additional reference marks
Reports of it not being able to be effectively used at 400 yards (about 100 max)
Reticle could be “more well-defined” according to review
8. EOTech Model EXPS-3
Need to be able to quickly detach it and toss it over to your right hand hunting buddy? This is the holographic sight for you two. Easy to share between guns, as well as shifting it on your own gun, the quick detach lever makes it perfect to use no matter what you’re hunting. Not to mention the fact that the whole piece is adjustable and locking, which means once you put it in a position it’s going to stay there. While the quick detach lever seems like a recipe for disaster, it’s actually locked safe and sound to its position.
Maybe it doesn’t seem like a big deal to anyone else, but we personally love the fact that EOTech has placed their buttons on the side of this product. The way that the buttons are now in easy reach is amazing. There’s no more having to reach around to the front of your holographic weapon sight to try and adjust the settings. That means no more risk of losing focus or adding a fingerprint to the lenses. The side buttons are easily accessible and totally possible to reach without much adjustment of your personal position.
Cost and Value
This product is still in our average range, but it’s certainly climbing quickly into the ranks of our more expensive options on this list. EOTech has really outdone themselves with this product, loading on the extras and high-quality functions that most people have to purchase multiple items to get. We love the way that EOTech is determined to bring hunters the gear they need to succeed. This holographic weapon sight might be a little more expensive than some others, but we believe that it’s well worth the cost for serious and established hunters.
Heavy duty quality
Built in riser
Shatterproof, fogproof, and waterproof
Some prefer sights with single dot reticles rather than this one
9. EOTech Model M512
Sure, most of these do feature a hard coat. They are electronics, after all. However, there’s a difference between hard coats. Not all of them are created equal, which is why we wanted to single this hard coating out. While your average holographic sight might have a slick looking coat, this one is a hard and non-shiny outer shell. This is a benefit when hunting in the sun, as sometimes a shiny coat runs the risk of scaring an animal due to glint or glare.
Some people carry extra batteries with them when they go hunting. To be fair, we never really know how much juice is left in the batteries when we put them in, especially if they were junk drawer batteries. The fear is real for hunters, especially if they’re going out in the evening or heading to the middle of nowhere for a long term shoot. It’s not like there’s a dollar store in the middle of the forest! Luckily for the owners of this holographic sight, the item can work for a thousand hours on two simple AA batteries. No more worries about carrying extra batteries around!
Cost and Value
This is certainly a lower cost than some of the other options we’ve seen, but it doesn’t have as many of the amazing qualities that more expensive sights have. While you’re certainly getting a quality product, it’s not as high tech as the one that scored our second spot. If you’re someone looking for a holographic sight, but haven’t tried working with them before, this is a good option. A beginner hunter will be happy with the quality, and won’t have spent their entire month’s paycheck on something that they might not like.
Hard, non-shiny shell
Reticle intensity adjustable
Waterproof up to 10 feet
1000 hours of use out of 2 AA batteries
Good price for the quality and longevity
Controls on back of sight; hard to adjust
Less features than other sights
10. BEIDOU TRS-25
Does this seem silly? Don’t laugh quite so soon because it can be an actual issue for many people, especially those that are just starting out. Having a bad experience with a holographic weapons sight could mean the end of using them for many hunters; and that’s not fair to the holographic weapons sights of the world! They’re really useful products for those that choose to use weapons, and can improve anyone’s hunting game.
Unlike some of the complex sights of the world, this is a straightforward option that’s truly just a red dot sight. As the lone review says, “no aiming just put the dot on target.” If that’s not a recipe for success, we don’t know what is. While some folks (and definitely more serious hunters) will want a product that features more intense product add-ons and settings options, we believe that this is a valuable piece of tech for those looking for a basic.
Cost and Value
This is dirt cheap compared to some of the other holographic weapons sights we’ve looked at, and it’s certainly a low cost for a reason. While some people are only happy when they have every last extra currently on the market added onto their weapon (or even built into the sight itself), others just want one that will get the job done. That’s where this sight comes in. It’s a niche, yes. But it’s a niche that people need. This is an acceptable holographic weapons sight, and the cost is fair for what you get.
Simple, red dot sight
Both eyes able to be used
Very low price
No extra features
Lens cap, but glass is not laminated or listed as shatterproof
Holographic weapons sights are products that exist for the sole purpose of improving your hunting capabilities. Even the most seasoned and successful hunters can get a benefit from using holographic weapons sights. Many of these weapons sights are a higher price than some people might wish to pay, but trust us when we say that they’re worth it. The quality is incredible, and you’ll be surprised at just how reliably you’ll be able to capture that elusive buck or hit that middle target at the local range. These sights will certainly serve you well, and we hope that you’re able to make an informed decision regarding which one will be best for your next big hunting trip.
Criteria Used in Choosing the Best Holographic Sights
Material and Build Quality
Material and build quality are two things that some people take for granted when looking at weapons products. Some folks think that just because weapons are “heavy duty” products they’re automatically sturdy and good quality. That’s not always the case, especially when we’re looking at the huge amount of variety that’s out there and available for purchase. It’s a good idea to look at reputable brands and manufacturing details in order to truly feel secure in your purchase of a holographic weapons sight.
We were careful to choose brands that are known for their quality products. We’ve also carefully selected all of the holographic weapons sights that can put up with any rough and tumble situations you might get yourself into. Waterproof, shatterproof, and fog-proof are just some of the material and build standards that we focused on including on nearly every option we added to this list. We believe in bringing you the highest quality products, which is why we ensured that the manufacturing and build quality was the top criteria we used to determine which holographic weapons sights we were including.
Features are some of the most important parts of any practical tech, especially when it comes to holographic weapons sights. There are so many features out there that it can be difficult to decide if they actually are needed for your personal hunting style. It can also be hard to judge whether or not they’re worth the price. This kind of product is tricky because so much of what’s needed is up to the actual hunter. If you don’t go hunting in a rainy climate, you might not need any of the waterproofing capabilities.
Due to this diversity of needs, we’ve tried to include a diversity of feature inclusions. Not only do most of these holographic weapons sights come to us with a huge amount of features added on, but it can also be hard to determine whether or not they’re all useful. That’s why we’ve thrown in a few basic options as well.
When trying to decide which holographic weapons sights to include and which ones to leave out, features were an important part of our decision-making process. We’ve given our best efforts towards this, and feel that we’ve crafted a list full of options that encompass all the bells and whistles a hunter could want, while also ensuring there are basic options for those that might just want some red dot magic helping them in the woods.
Price range is incredibly important when it comes to choosing which holographic weapons sight you should be investing in. You’re looking for a product that’s going to last you a long time. You don’t want to waste your hard-earned money on a piece of technology that’s going to let you down when you’re in the middle of the forest stalking that last big buck of the season. Price range is a delicate balance against that kind of durability and reliability, as well as fitting into a certain realm of somebody’s budget.
We purposefully looked at a higher average price point for these holographic weapons sights, as that’s where the highest quality product tends to live. We kept everything within what we felt was a reasonable range for the value and contribution of the product. The accouterments present in these products make them on the whole very much worth the higher price, and we feel that any established hunter would feel the same. While they are more expensive than some of the other options that are out there, it’s for a good reason that we chose them!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will these sights break with intense recoil?
A: Nope! While we can’t speak to the BEIDOU holographic weapons sight’s durability, we’re confident in saying that any of the EOTech holographic weapons sights will withstand any recoil that’s out there. These sights are built with shatterproof glass as well as with shockproof and heavy-duty coating materials. We can assure you that these sights are not going to break with an average gun’s recoil. Many reviews say they can even handle the army’s active attempts to break it. And if they can’t wreck these sights, we’re sure that your recoil isn’t going to hurt them either.
Q: Can this mount to my gun?
A: Most of these sights have a variety of mounting methods that will work with your gun, no matter what type it is. While some holographic weapons sights will require an additional mounting bar or a certain amount of space, many are able to be mounted to any sort of gun. No matter your weapons preference, you should be able to make these holographic weapons sights work for you and your hunting needs.
Q: How effective is it at far range? Close range?
A: Very. At least, that’s what most of these reviews and question answers have been saying. Some of these holographic weapons sights are certainly better suited for far range usage rather than close range. However, there’s a certain amount of close range that’s absolutely enhanced by utilizing the proper holographic weapons sight. The higher the magnification the more effective the far range target capacity will be. The lesser the magnification, the more suited it is for close range. Some of the detailed technical specs even list ranges up to 400 feet for these holographic weapons sights! While it definitely depends on the sight, we believe that these are thoroughly capable of effectiveness at a variety of ranges. Check the individual products for a more detailed response.