The XPS2 is the most compact and lightweight holographic sight EOTech has to offer. It is a durable sight and a great alternative to more bulky EOTech holo sights like the 512, 518 or 558.
The sight is available in two versions - the XPS2 and XPS3 (NV compatible). But we’ll be covering only XPS2 in this review.
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EOTech XPS2 Transverse
EOTech XPS2 Specs
Eye Relief: Unlimited
Adjustment Options (Parallax, windage, elevation): W/E - 40 MOA (½ MOA clicks) Parallax unlimited
Type of Reticle: 68 MOA ring with one or two 1 MOA dot
Image of Reticle
Focal Plane: FFP
Objective Lens: 30 x 23 mm
Field of View: 91 feet at 100 yards at 3 inches eye relief
The XPS2 has a lot of pros to offer. Especially when the EOTech line of holographic sights is concerned. These include some external and some internal design features. So let’s check ‘em out.
Compact and Lightweight EOTech Holographic Sight
As mentioned in the opening of this article. The XPS2 is the most compact and lightweight holographic sight EOTech has to offer. This has been achieved by eliminating the need for AA batteries and replacing it with a single CR123 battery. There’s no pull cap now and the battery compartment has a cap tethered to the scope’s body.
Amazing Reticle Design With Auto-Shutoff and Low Battery Lndicator
The XPS2 offers a unique reticle that features a big 68 MOA ring encircling a 1 MOA dot. It can also be two 1 MOA red dots if you choose the other variant for extended range support or use with magnifiers.
The design of this reticle facilitates exceptionally fast and accurate target acquisition for human-sized targets up to a distance of 100 yards. The brightness of this reticle can be adjusted among 20 settings. Plus it blinks 5 times on startup to indicate low battery power. It also has an auto-shutoff feature that activates after 8 or 4 hours of inoperation.
The large 68 MOA ring can also be used to represent shot patterns when using a shotgun.
Rugged and Durable Design
Despite its compact size, the XPS2 is very durable and can withstand harsh recoil and environmental abuse. The sight is submersible in water up to a depth of 10 feet or 3 meters. It can be clubbed quickly and easily with a magnifier to extend the effective shooting range.
The top hood is durable aluminum and will absorb impacts caused by bumping or dropping the rifle/optic.
Like any other optic, the EOTech XPS2 is also not immune to a few drawbacks. They may be few, but they still play a part in affecting your buying decision. Let’s find out what they are.
No Night Vision Compatibility
This sight is offered in two variants. The XPS2 and XPS3. Unfortunately, the variant we are reviewing does not have night vision compatibility. Hence you won’t be able to use it with NV devices which can greatly hamper the tactical/LE usage of this optic.
Uncommon Battery and Comparatively Short Battery Life
The compact design of the XPS2 comes at a price. It uses a CR123 battery which is not as common as an AA or AAA. These batteries can be difficult to find sometimes and are also more costly than the common ones. Another factor is the battery life of this optic which may be acceptable by HW sight standards but is way less when compared with Aimpoint.
Slightly Heavy Than Other Holo Sights
The XPS2 is the lightest offering from EOTech. But it still weighs 9 ounces or 255 grams. Many holographic sights weigh less than that. So it’s not actually a drawback. But a mere consideration.
Best Uses for the EOTech XPS2
The EoTech XPS2 is a holographic sight that is designed for parallax-free quick target acquisition. This sight can serve a multitude of purposes when used in a close, short, or medium range.
This sight is a great optic for hunting any critters that can be shot humanely within a range of 200 yards. The sight can reach far more than that. But we won’t recommend hunting anything beyond that range with a red dot, even when coupled with a magnifier.
It can be used for hunting coyotes, whitetails, elk, moose, or even bears if mounted on a suitable rifle. This sight can also be used with shotguns to bring down turkeys.
The next good use for this sight is close-quarter battles. From law enforcement applications to home defense. This sight offers too many brightness settings to adjust according to the ambient lighting conditions.
However, it is important to note that this sight is not compatible with night vision devices. So it's not a full tactical sight.
The XPS2 is also good for competition use where fast target acquisition and accuracy is key. Since the big 68 MOA ring reticle plays a vital part in offering unmatched accuracy, even when you’re aiming in a jiffy.
Is the EOTech XPS2 Compatible With Any Rifle?
The XPS2 works with most rifles and shotguns. Except for bolt action rifles, muzzleloaders, and double barrel shotguns. You can mount one on those if you desire. But it won’t be very fruitful.
The holographic sight is perfect for sporting rifles/carbines. Or in simpler terms, rifles like AR-15 and AK-45 will find the best use for this scope. For shotguns, you can mount it on any semi-auto or pump action.
What Do I Need to Know About Mounting the EOTech XPS2?
Mounting the XPS2 is very easy and quick. You just have to position it on the rail and screw it down using the thumb screw. The sight mounts to any standard Picatinny or Weaver rail system.
The battery cap and latch have been replaced with a simple O ring. The compartment is located on the base with its cap tethered to the sight. Unscrewing the cap is easy with a quarter.
The sight weighs about 250 grams and has unlimited eye relief. This means that it will neither tip the balance of your rifle nor will be stringent on mounting position. It also consumes only 2-¾ area of rail space and leaves ample space to let you mount a magnifier or scope.
What Makes the EOTech XPS2 Stand Out From the Competition?
The compact design and the reputation of EOTech are what makes this sight stand out from the competition. Apart from that, this sight has a very unique reticle that provides exceptionally fast target acquisition. The battery compartment is now separated from the base and it uses only a single CR123 battery.
The sight can be coupled with a magnifier and it’s dot stays true to its size even on higher magnifications. It can operate in extreme temperatures and is also submersible in water up to a depth of 3 meters.
EOTech 512 vs XPS2
The EOTech 512 and XPS2 have two major features in common. They offer a 68 MOA one or two dot reticle and are not NV compatible. Other than that, the XPS2 is more compact than the 512 and uses a CR123 battery. The 512 uses two AA batteries and is bigger and heavier than the XPS2
EOTech XPS2 vs XPS3
The XPS3 is just an upgraded version of the XPS2. There are only two major differences between the two. The XPS3 is night vision compatible and XPS2 is not. Plus, the XPS3 has a water submersible depth of 33 feet, compared to only 10 feet for the XPS2.
Aimpoint Pro vs EOTech XPS2
The Aimpoint Pro features a closed lens scope type design whereas the XPS2 is an open design. The Pro is more resilient to damage, recoil and offers better water resistance (150 feet) compared to the XPS2 (10 feet). Aimpoint Pro offers lesser brightness settings than the XPS2 but far more battery life (30,000 hours). Plus the biggest difference is that the Pro is NV compatible.
The XPS2 is the most compact and lightweight holographic sight offered by EOTech. It offers a one or two 1 MOA dot encircled in a 68 MOA ring for quick target acquisition. This sight is not compatible with night vision devices. But offers 20 brightness settings to adjust for environmental light. An amazing compact sight for EOTech lovers, competitive shooters, and tactical users.
People Also Ask
Before you buy the EOTech XPS2, take a brisk look at this comprehensively designed FAQ section that covers some major nooks and crannies about the sight.
What Kind of Warranty Does the EOTech XPS2 Come With?
The XPS2 is covered by the EOTech Prestige Warranty against all material and workmanship defects for a period of 10 years from the date of manufacture or purchase receipt. The warranty is transferable and also covers electronics. However, the second half of this period (5 years) will incur a fee of $79 as a bench fee for claims.
How Much Does the EOTech XPS2 Weigh?
The XPS2 weighs 9 ounces or 255 grams. That’s pretty light by EOTech’s standards but more than the standards of some other holographic sight manufacturers.
Can You Use EOTech XPS2 in Low Light?
Yes. As long as you don’t plan on using night vision devices since XPS2 is not compatible with them. It has 20 brightness settings for the reticle that can handle environmental lighting conditions from broad daylight to pitch dark with very less ambient light.
How Long Does the Battery Last on the EOTech XPS2?
The battery on the XPS2 is a CR123 battery and will last for about 600 hours on the number 12 brightness setting. This figure may vary depending upon what setting you use this scope on.
What Is The Difference Between EOTech XPS2 And XPS3?The only difference between these is that the XPS3 offers night vision compatibility and the XPS2 doesn’t. The XPS3 has an extra button on the base, right between the brightness adjustment buttons. Pushing that button activates the night vision compatibility mode.