My quest for the perfect optic for my Tavor continues. So far I’ve not been happy with anything I’ve tried and I’ve tried most of the popular high-end solutions. This includes the EOTech EXPS-2, EOTech 512, Aimpoint T1 Micro, Aimpoint Comp M4, Hi-Lux CMR, Trijicon ACOG and even a Aimpoint PRO. Each of these sights are outstanding sights, but I’m not going to settle for anything but the best this time around. What am I defining as the best? Here’s a few things I would like to have in an optic.
- Red dot sight with 1x (non-magnified)
- Ability to go magnified if I choose to
- Capable of both CQB and precision shooting out to 200m
- Battery powered with some sort of backup (solar like the SRS or etched glass reticle)
- Light weight
- Durable – this might be my go to rifle/optic
- Has quick release mount
- Looks like it belongs on the rifle
I’m not asking for too much, right? In essence I want what typically takes two or more sights or accessories to do. Sure, you can magnify a EOTech or Aimpoint, but it requires an additional magnifier that I’ve found to be clumsy at best and down right painful to use at worst. While my beloved Aimpoint’s have batteries that will out live my yellow Labrador, they can still die unexpectedly and at the worst possible moment, then what? If this is a SHTF rifle I may not have access to batteries and now I’m stuck with back up iron sights.
That leaves me with one very expensive option, the ELCAN SpecterDR. The SpecterDR is a U.S. military approved combat optic that is capable of 1x or 4x magnification with the flip of a lever. There’s no need for side folding 3x magnifiers that make using a weapon clumsy. The SpecterDR has an illuminated reticle that can either illuminate the entire crosshair or it can illuminate just a dot in the center. When used with 1x magnification the sight operates just like any other red dot sight out there except if you need to quickly switch to 4x magnification, you can without taking your check off the rifle. The reticle is calibrated for the M4 rifle using M855 ammo so the ranging stadia marks will work perfectly with my Tavor. At 1x power the center dot is a 6MOA aiming point but when switched to 4x the dot becomes 1.5MOA in size for more precise shots. If the battery dies? No biggie because the reticle is a standard black etched system that requires no power to be visible. It even has ARMS quick detach throw levers. The SpecterDR literally does everything you would want in a rifle sight. The only down side is the weight of the thing. It’s 1lbs 7oz! Talk about a tank!
Well, and the price is uncomfortable too… $2,000, that’s as much of my rifle!
Ouch. Yeah, that’s going to leave a mark in the wallet.
Well, here I sit looking at my FDE Tavor with the SpecterDR mounted and I’m thinking it’s sexy, purposeful, offers almost everything I want in a sight… now all I have to do is see how it works for me on the range. Stay tuned to these pages to find out if the ELCAN SpecterDR is the sight I ultimately go with for my Tavor.
Read the follow-up article here: http://www.thebangswitch.com/shooting-the-elcan-specterdr/