Less well known than other ELCAN sights, the smaller OS 3x model is now available directly from Midway USA at a discounted price of $699 with free shipping. The original MSRP of this sight was $1099. However, the production of it has ended and Midway USA has acquired the remaining stock of the ELCAN Specter OS 3x optics. ELCAN’s distributor, Armament Technology, will continue providing warranty and repair services for the OS 3x model along with all of the firearms gunsights ever made by ELCAN.
So, you want to know how the OS 3x model compares to the popular Specter DR 1x/4x or the Specter OS 4x model? The good news is that it’s an ELCAN so it’s great optically. I would say it’s at least as good as the Specter DR model at 4x or the OS 4x model. In fact, I was told by one of the ELCAN engineers that the OS 3x is especially good when used together with nigh-vision equipment. The OS 3x is powered by a common CR123 lithium battery and the battery life is 2,000 hours. However, the reticle illumination is not daylight visible.
The ELCAN OS 3x’s reticle. This is the BDC A-model with BDC calibrated for the 62 grain M855 to 800 meters. There’s also a Mil-Dot B-model with just Mil-Dot hashmark in the reticle. On the lower left is the rangefinder marks that are calibrated for torso size targets out to 600 meters. In the center, there are the four Rapid Aiming aids pointing to the crosshair. However, I’m not a fan of those because they make the reticle very busy.
Unlike other ELCAN sights with their external adjustment system, the OS 3x model is the only ELCAN small arms sight that uses an internal adjustment system like just about all other conventional rifle scopes. The adjustment range is 120 MOA with both elevation and windage at 1/2 MOA per click. The Mil-dot B-Model has exposed turrets that allows for quick adjustments instead of the BDC A-model shown in the picture with the capped turrets.
Comparing to Trijicon ‘s 3x30mm compact ACOG models, the 3x ELCAN sight has twice the field of view and it’s better optically. The downside of the ELCAN is it is bigger, heavier, lacks the daylight bright reticle illumination and has no aftermarket mount option. However, an full size ACOG mount base is fairly easy to modify to fit the ELCAN OS 3x.
If you like a gunsight that has great optical performance and is made with top-quality German Schott glass, the ELCAN Specter OS 3x is a good deal for the current discounted price of $699 with free shipping. Keep in mind that this sight does have a few drawbacks such as having a busy reticle, no daylight illumination, and very limited mount options.
ELCAN Specter OS 3x Optical Gunsight Specification:
|Length:||5.31-inch / 135mm|
|Width:||2.56-inch /65 mm|
|Height:||3-inch / 77mm|
|Weight:||14.64 ounces / 415g|
|Eye Relief:||2.6-inch / 66mm|
|Field of View:||6 degrees|
|Power:||1x CR123 Lithium battery|
|Battery Life:||2000 hours|
|Reticle:||Mode A: BDC, Mode B: Mil-dot|
|Adjustment:||1/2 MOA per click|
|Total adjustment:||120 MOA|
|Price:||$699 Midway USA excelsive|