The SpecterDR's are not as good as EOTechs up close, but EOTechs only excel up close; even with a 3x mag attachment it's still at half the mag of your DR, and the reticle is all blown up. I'm aware that soldiers half my age can probably make 600yd shots with an EOTech, but I certainly can not! Did you know that the DR has iron sights mounted on top of it by default? Also there is a flat spot for mounting a tiny red dot.
So your Elcan SpecterDR unlocks 4 more upgrades:
Flash/reflection killer: http://www.amazon.com/Elcan-Specter-Anti-Reflection-Device/dp/B003UZQ6ZK
- Part of the awesomeness of Elcans is the glass. The anti reflection devices are neat but seriously cut down on light transmission. Unless you're being hunted by other humans, this is a novelty. Maybe I'm missing something though.
Lens covers: Amazon.com : Elcan Bikini-Style Lens Covers For Specter DR 1.5x-6x OSC-SDR6-B : Red Dot And Laser Sights : Sports & Outdoors
- The bikini covers work if you put a red dot on top and also if you use the anti reflection device. The nice "zipper sock" type will not fit correctly in those two scenarios.
Mini reflex sight: (See: Docter Optik, Trijicon, and Elcan now)
- I have not done a ton of research on these. The Docters seem to be the most common, but they are no longer made which to me is a detriment. Trijicon is probably what I'd want, though I just found out that Elcan is making ones now that fit on any of their Specter sites.
Lever upgrades: ([email protected]
- Some folks have issues with the mount levers that ship on the DR's. There was a ****storm kickin up a couple years back about them breaking, etc. I never had a problem with the original levers, but the upgraded version are undeniably better. You can't order them from a website (unless that's changed), but the ARMS folks have some damn fine customer service; just shoot 'em a mail and they'll ask for your CC and shipping info. I've dealt with Lisa Gearin @ ARMS a few times and she is absolutely awesome. I say the Mk2 levers are better because they allow much better adjustment of the... wedges (ramps?) that grip the rail.
In my experience, the DR's are not Aimpoints - the battery will not last for 20 years with the reticle on low. Mine isn't /bad/ with battery, but it's definitely worse than all my other illuminated sites. Can't tell ya why. Hell, maybe it's just because I go "house commando" with the 17 more often than the others. Anyhow, you made a wise purchase!