Many gun owners seem to set their eyes on EOTech’s lightest and advanced holographic weapon sight today. As this scope dazzled in the spotlight, our team decided to do an EOTech EXPS3 review to dig further and unveil the reason why it made the firearms community wild.
The EOTech EXPS3 is an operator-grade HWS built for close-quarter engagements with fast-moving targets. It has one-MOA dot and a 65 MOA circle for faster target placement. It delivers two-eyes open shooting and a 7mm raised base for lower iron sight access.
The EXPS 3 also features a quick-release lever for easy installation and removal. It has an aluminum shrouded side button for easier control access of its windage and elevation.
EXPS3 reflex sights come with an auto-shutdown feature and use a CR123 battery in a transverse orientation. Its battery compartment is sealed with an O-ring, making it waterproof and fog proof. It also features an NV capability that works with Gen 1-3 night vision devices.
3 Popular Models
The EXPS3-0 is an operator-grade HWS built for close-quarter engagements. The zero in EXPS3-0 means it only features one-MOA center dot. EXPS3-0 also features side buttons and a locking, adjustable, quick-release lever, making it is easy to install and remove.
This holographic sight is mountable to a 1-inch Weaver or MIL-STD-1913 rail. And at 7 yards, your zero would get to the bottom of its 65 minutes of angle circle.
The EXPS3-2 is a lightweight and non-magnified HWS optical sight designed for Close Quarter Battle (CQB) like all EXPS3 models.
It allows high-speed target acquisition and aiming capability out to 300 meters equal or even better than iron sights.
It features a full field of view that eliminates blind spots. Its controls are inset into the sturdy aluminum housing with no protruding knobs.
EXPS3-4 is another HWS that features adjustable brightness with a 3.25x magnified holographic hybrid sight.
It’s optimized for high-speed close-quarter tactical operations with actual 2-eyes-open shooting for rapid target acquisition.
It has a 68 MOA rounded holographic reticle with four 1-MOA dots. Like the other EXPS3 holographic optics, it also uses CR123 batteries, side buttons that control reticle brightness, and a QD mounting system.
Key Features Explained
This holographic sight projects aircraft-grade hardened aluminum alloy like most EOTech sights. It features an exterior hood design that protects its lens from impacts often encountered during tactical situations. It’s the smallest and most lightweight sight in its class.
This sight is submersible into the water up to a depth of 33 feet. It has an IPX8 rating, protecting the device against water submersion for an extended period of time.  Its internal electronics are encased in resin, guarding the sight against recoil and shock encountered under the most demanding tactical conditions.
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Most reviews regarded this model as one of the most high-quality EOTech holographic sights. It is the most modern HWS series thus far. It features an automatic shutdown feature that could help in conserving its battery life. It also has an auto-battery check when turned on, showing how many batteries are left.
It features an illuminated reticle via a class 2 direct laser emitter.
The use of lasers provides some advantages over a LED-powered red dot sight that make sure a faster target acquisition.
It comes with a 68 MOA red ring with vertical and horizontal stadia, including a single MOA red dot center.
Yes, this optic features an ambidextrous quick-release mount, mountable with a one-inch Weaver or MIL-STD-1913 rail. It makes it easier to remove or install the optic to any compatible mounting system rails. It also has a 7mm raised base that allows a lower third co-witness.
This optic features a re-positioning of the operation buttons to the left side, operating the on/off, NV, and the reticle brightness. The EXPS3 comes with 30 reticle brightness settings. Its reticle buttons are also placed on the side of the optic, making it easier to adjust its current light conditions in a shorter time.
It’s great that all EOTech Extreme series sights get covered by a 10-year limited EOTECH Prestige Warranty, giving them free access to evaluation and repair with any defects in material workmanship.
By that time, you might be thinking of purchasing another EOTech sight.
EOTech EXPS3 - Our Final Verdict
In this EXPS3 in-depth review, we think that this holographic optic is worth the investment. With its lightweight and durable quality, the EXPS3 sight makes a good hunting companion. It is also easy to use because of its side-mounted controls and quick-release mounting system. Aside from these, it is also NV compatible with Gen I up to III, and has an auto-shutdown and auto-battery checker.
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