Saturday, September 22, 2012

Eotech XPS2 Zombie Stopper Sight Review

Eotech XPS2 Zombie Stopper Sight Review

Zombies of course require a precise shot to the brain to stop them, so with that in mind precision shot placement on target is more important than ever when you have an infected horde coming to eat you.  As has been proven in military studies, and by the special operations community, Eotech sights help you put shots on target better than just a red dot.  

There is something to that circle-dot reticle, however Eotech decided it could be even better for the suppression of blood thirsty zombie attacks.  Lately there have been some VERY odd happenings such as that dude down in Florida eating that other guy… I would classify him as a zombie considering the shots it took to put the guy down.  I thought perhaps it was time I procure a dedicated zombie attack optic and slapped down the cash for the Eotech XPS2 Zombie Stopper.

FIT, FEEL, FINISH, & FEATURES
Like all Eotech sights, the XPS2 Zombie Stopper is a mighty fine quality sight which can take the beating any horde can dish out as well as any punishment from rough exits as you outrun a few rogue zombies.  The finish is impeccable and fed by only a single transverse loaded CR123 battery. The sight is essentially the widely popular Eotech XPS2 but with biohazard logos and Eotech’s Circle-Dot standard reticle expanded to a biohazard design.  

Absolutely the coolest reticle you will ever shoot from.  Working closely with military contacts, I again returned to the ZNTF (Zombie Neutralization Testing Facility) in Area 51.  We loaded up a couple thousand rounds of Hornady Zombie Stopper ammo and a few other rounds I would curious to test the effectiveness of. Rifles included in testing were my Black Rain Ordnance Fallout-15, Houlding Precision custom AR, Mosin Nagant, and Troy chassised 10/22 with Nordic retractable stock.



The big features I love on Eotechs are that have pristinely clear optics, and unlimited eye relief, and are parallax-free from zero to infinity, so if a zombie suddenly appears in from of you at 5 yards, the 3'-8” of parallax error common on other red dots at that distance will not throw you off your mark and make you into zombie dinner.

At only 3.5”x2”x2.4” and only 8oz, it is both compact and lightweight.  Providing over 600 hours of continuous operation on the normal setting and much longer if the sight is shut down when not in use, you have realistically a 6-12 months of battery life to keep you shooting.

FUNCTION
Functionally there were no surprises; it works just like any XPS2 but with a far cooler reticle. Press either of the rear operation buttons on the sight and the biohazard reticle jumps to life instantly.  The reticle can then be adjusted up or down using the two controls.  To turn the unit off, simply hold down both buttons for more than four seconds. To conserve battery life, the sight auto shuts down after 8 hours on inaction but can be programmed to auto shutdown after four hours.


Yes amazingly this is a real pic of the reticle

Our team found this sight to be a highly versatile on all the firearms tested at the US Military ZNTF.  We found that the sight allowed us to easily make hits on zombies out to 500 yards and occasionally even connect with the brain at those distances.  With a Rock Solid scope mount attached to a Mosin Nagant, the team ran through an entire spam can of surplus 7.62x54R.  The reloads are a little slow on the Mosin without stripper clips, however it proved a violently effective firearms on the rotting zombie flesh.  

The Black Rain and Houlding Precision ARs were the most effective and fastest way to thin the horde-ish herd and the Troy T-22 Chassis 10/22 was extremely fast to shot and actually provided the fastest shooting option for exterminating zombies with head shots. The bio-hazard logo is cool and  we also found it to add a lot of fun to the shoot as well as being a nice little moral booster in a zombie pandemic situation.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I have heard more than a few people emit various four letter words when seeing the price of the XPS2 Zombie Stopper, however it is the same exact quality as a standard XPS2, but with the biohazard reticle and logo. This is no play toy or a dumbed down version, this is a real deal Eotech XPS2 which can handle the recoil of everything from .22LR to .308 and larger calibers.

The XPS2 Zombie Stopper is the right tool for zombie extermination and provides the user with a very fast operating sight build on a proven XPS2 platform.  Whether you are shooting zombies or jsut having a little fun at your local match, the Zombie Stopper Eotech sight will certainly put a smile on your face.

SPECS
New BIOHAZARD reticle
Single transverse 123 battery to reduce sight length
Shortened base only requires at most 2 3/4 inch of rail space
Battery cap is a simple O-ring, tethered cap that offers a better seal
Average battery life at brightness level 12 is roughly 600 hours
Suggested Retail from $559.00



Operation
    Optics: Transmission holography -  parallax free
    Magnification: 1x
    Eye Relief: Unlimited
    Length/Width/Height: 3.5"x 2"x 2.4" (88.9x50.86x60.96)
    Weight: 8oz (227 grams)
    Temperature: -40 to 150 F
    Waterproof: Submersible to 10 ft depth
    Sealing: Fogproof internal optics
    Adjustment (per click): 0.5 MOA (1/2" at 100 yds)
    Adjustment Range: +/- 40 MOA travel
    Mount: 1" Weaver or Picatinny (MIL-STD-1913) rail
    Return to Zero: Repeatable to 2 MOA after re-mounting
    Night Vision Comatibility: none

Heads-Up-Display Window
    Optical Surfaces: Anti-glare coating
    Window Dimensions: 1.20" x 0.85" (30 x 23mm)
    Front Window Material: 1/8" solid glass
    Rear Window Material: Shatter resistant laminate (3/16" thick)
    Field of View (100 yds): 30 yds (28m) at a 4" eye relief

Electrical
    Brightness Adjustment Range: 146,000:1 brightest to lowest
    Power Source: (1) 123 lithium battery
    Battery Life: 600 continuous hours at nominal setting 12
    Brightness Settings: 20 settings with scrolling feature
    Auto Battery Check Indicator: Flashing reticle upon start-up
    Auto Shut-down: At 8 hrs- programmable to 4 hrs




SOURCES
Eotech Inc
www.eotech-inc.com

2 comments:

TshirtFrank said...

I picked up an Eotech xps 2-0 and the 3x multiplier a little while back and I have to say that it was expensive but totally worth it. I have shot a number of different red dots, from cheap to expensive and the Eotechs were my favorite.

Cheers,
Frank
http://www.squidoo.com/eotech-comparison-chart

TshirtFrank said...

I picked up an Eotech xps 2-0 and the 3x multiplier a little while back and I have to say that it was expensive but totally worth it. I have shot a number of different red dots, from cheap to expensive and the Eotechs were my favorite.

Cheers
Frank
http://www.squidoo.com/eotech-comparison-chart