Unscrupulous overseas manufacturers and criminal elements in the United States are selling counterfeit L-3 EOTech Holographic Weapon Sights to consumers, as well as police officers and soldiers.
The counterfeiters closely replicated the outside appearance of the L-3 EOTech sights while some included L-3 EOTech Logos and labels to make them appear to be genuine L-3 products.
Unlike the counterfeits, ALL L-3 EOTech holographic weapon sights as well as the consumer models sold by Bushnell are made in the U.S.A.
As one can see in the accompanying photos, the outside appearance is nearly identical. The counterfeiters copied the outside appearance of the L-3 EOTech sight but the counterfeit sights are not clones. The counterfeiters do not have the technology to copy a holographic sight. They simply mimic the operation of the L-3 holographic weapon sight using older "red-dot" technology.
The counterfeits, regardless of model, can be recognized by their curved and reflective optics. The flat, anti-reflection coated optics of the genuine L-3 EOTech sight reflects very little light while the optics of the counterfeits reflects a bright and distorted image of the room light. The reflection from the optics can be used to recognize the counterfeits of any model of the L-3 EOTech holographic sight.
Another feature that distinguishes a genuine L-3 EOTech sight from a counterfeit is the presence of an optical component behind the top part of the front window of the sight. As shown in the photos, one can see an optical component at the top of the front sight window of a genuine L-3 EOTech sight. It rounds off the top edge of the sight window. The lack of the component indicates the sight is a counterfeit.
A real EOTech 552 Holographic sight. Note the imprinted "L3 EOTech" logo. The is no gap in "Enforcement" in the labeling "FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT/MILITARY USE" which is positioned lower in the authentic sight.
Look at the bottom of the sight. Of all the counterfeits identified so far, none have the L-3 EOTech manufacturer and serial number label affixed to the bottom of the sight.
Caution: an Ebay seller has been identified that sells L-3 EOTech labels.
A counterfeit EOTech 552 Holographic sight. Note the "L3 EOTech" logo is absent. The is a gap in "Enforce" "ment" in the labeling:
"FOR LAW ENFORCE MENT/MILITARY USE"
which is positioned higher in the counterfei
This counterfeit 552 sight has the correct spacing in "FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT / MILITARY USE" but is not an authentic EOTech 552 Holographic sight.
Front view of a Model 552 with the sights angled to reflect room light.
The flat, anti-reflection coated optics of the genuine L-3 EOTech sight reflects very little light, while the counterfeit optics reflect the room light.
Rear view of a Model 552 with the sights angled to reflect room light.
The counterfeit is easily detected by the anti-reflection coated optics of the genuine L-3 EOTech sight which reflects very little light.
The real EOTech holographic weapon sight presents a distortion free, parallax free aiming reticle regardless of the part of the sight window through which the reticle is viewed. The counterfeit uses an old red-dot technology, and is distorted.
A counterfeit sight can be identified if there is any light source visibly present when looking through the sight. A user cannot see the laser diode source anywhere in the housing of a genuine L-3 EOTech sight.
This counterfeit sight can be easily identified by the green light source visibly present when looking through the sight and the highly reflective glass.