Vortex unveiled their Razor AMG UH-1 big window reflex sight at the SHOT Show Media day. Technically it’s called a holographic sight since it uses a similar laser reticle projection system like EOTech. The designation of “Razor” in its name means it’s in Vortex’s top-end tactical line of optics, and the “AMG” part of the name means it’s made in USA (even though, it’s laser reticle projection system is made overseas.) I would guess the Vortex’s laser reticle could be from same supplier that also made EOTech’s.
The optical part of the Vortex UH-1 is very different than that of EOTech’s by featuring an angled front lens like the majority of the reflex and red-dot sights, and the laser reticle projection reflects from this angled lens back to the user’s eye. On the left side of the Vortex UH-1 housing is the battery compartment cap for its transversely mounted CR123 battery, which is in the same fashion as both the EOTech XPS/EXPS and Hartman MH-1. The Vortex UH-1’s QD lever seems to be made by Midwest Industries.
The shooter’s view of the Vortex UH-1. I would say the reticle is in the form of a segmented horseshoe with a small triangle on the bottom and three short subtension bars at 12, 3, & 9-o’clock positions, while the center dot is in the size of 1 MOA. I found the reticle is very fast to pick up and it’s definitely daylight bright; however, unlike my EOTech EXPS, the Vortex has a noticeable blue-green tint from the lens. The Vortex UH-1 also seems more tunnel-visioned than the EOTech or Hartman MH-1 to my eye, probably due to its long optical path.
The rear of the Vortex UH-1 has two control buttons, and the user can press either one to turn it on and press both to turn the sight off. The micro USB port on the right is designed for recharging the rechargeable CR123 battery, should you choose to use one with the Vortex UH-1. According to Vortex, the UH-1 is compatible with both the LFP123A and the older RCR123A types of rechargeable CR123 battery, although Vortex recommends the former type with the UH-1. Keep in mind, the battery life will be much shorter with the rechargeable batteries. The windage and elevation adjustments of the Vortex UH-1 are also located on the right side of the housing. Its arrangement of both somewhat resemble that of the EOTech’s, so it could also be using movable mirrors to control the adjustment of the laser reticle projection.
Vortex Razor AMG UH-1 Specfication:
|Power:||1x CR123 battery|
|compatible with rechargable|
|Micro USB power port|
|Battery life:||1200 hours w/ lithum CR123A|