Elcan SpecterTR 1x/3x/9x
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The SpecterTR is a 1/3/9x magnification scope giving any shooter the appropriate level of magnification required for any scenario on an AR style platform.
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Armament Technology is very excited to introduce a first for the Shooting Sport and Professional – triple field of view rifle sight that continues on with ELCAN’s tradition of leading optical performance and in the field ruggedness.
The SpecterTR is a 1/3/9x magnification scope giving any shooter the appropriate level of magnification required for any scenario on an AR style platform. The unique three field-of-view design maximizes combat effectiveness by providing precision close quarter, mid-range, and long range engagement capability. The SpecterTR™ rifle sight’s durability, versatility, and extra-long eye relief provides the user with an unmatched advantage on the battle field.
The 1x field-of-view provides a 16° viewing angle and an extremely fast, “both eyes open” target acquisition capability maximized by a red aiming dot and at least 70mm eye relief. The second field-of-view provides a 3x-magnified sight with a field–of-view of 6°, range compensating reticle, and precision mid-range marksmanship capability. In 9x, a crystal clear 2° viewing angle provides unmatched long-range target detection, identification, and engagement capability –all in a compact, lightweight 1264 mm, 829 g (scope and mount) telescopic package.
The magnification of the SpecterTR™ Tri-FOV weapon sight by ELCAN switches easily and quickly using a 3-position dial mounted on the side of the optical housing.
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Elcan SpecterDR Dual Role 1-4x Optical Sight Review
Built like a tank and made as a true battle optic, the Elcan SpecterDR Dual Role 1-4x Optical Sight is definitely something that needs further looking into.
It’s not the most popular military sight on the market, but it takes up a niche role in its field. It also has a “love it or hate it” reputation among shooters. So we couldn’t wait to find out more about what makes this optic tick.
In this review, we’ll run you through all the key features of the Elcan SpecterDR Dual Role 1-4x. Plus, we’ll reveal some pros and cons and then some tips on how to make the most out of this optic – for the range or out in the field.
Never heard of Elcan Optical Technologies?
Dual-threat, two sights…, why are dual sights beneficial, built like a friggin’ tank, does it hold zero, reticle and illumination, the main complaint, other considerations, looking for specific sighting options.
Elcan is a Canadian company based in Midland, Ontario but is owned by the American defense contractor, Raytheon. They make devices aimed towards both civilian and military markets.
If you have heard of Elcan, it’s probably because of its 3.4 x 28-power ELCAN C79 optical sight . This is a highly regarded sight that has gained a strong reputation with regular infantrymen and designated marksmen alike. It also has an adaptable platform that will mount on various rifles in order to function super effectively.
Now let’s move on to the Elcan SpecterDR Dual Role 1-4x Optical Sight…
The most standout feature with this Elcan optic is that it offers 1x and 4x sight options. These are two built-in sights that are easily interchangeable on the optic.
Unlike other optics where you have to adjust to find the 4x setting, this sight incorporates a very easy to use throw lever. The lever shifts only to the 1x or 4x settings, making it a dual magnification sight – not a variable one where you can shift in small increments to various settings.
Since this is a battle sight, it can be assumed that the shooter wants quick reaction optics that work intuitively with their needs in tactical scenarios. The idea of the SpecterDR is to offer you quick targeting options for CQB and mid-range situations with excellent precision . Plus, the SpecterDR is suited for rifles made warfare.
With more traditional variable magnification sights, you have to dial in the new setting, which can take away precious moments in battle. And let’s face it, most of us usually want to find that exact 4x setting anyway, so why bother with any settings in-between?
Another major plus point is that the Elcan SpecterDR Dual Role 1-4x Optical Sight is incredibly strong, durable, and lightweight at just 660 grams.
It uses a hard-anodized aluminum housing that’s built to resist corrosion in harsh elements, and it should keep delivering with high performance in harsh environments . It’s also waterproof to a depth of 66 feet and for a period of two hours.
Furthermore, there are flip-up covers on both sides of the optic. Some of these optics come with an attached screw-in anti-reflective device that has that honeycomb effect. This can be easily removed if you want to experience the full clarity of the glass.
And yes, the glass is beautifully clear, which should be expected for a battle scope in this price range .
This optic has been deemed a very rugged and shock-resistant design. This can’t be more evident when you consider that it does hold zero exceptionally well after heavy drops.
A good way to know if your scope is holding zero just by looking at it is to paint mark it at its zero position. After doing this with the Elcan SpecterDR Dual Role 1-4x Optical Sight, little or no movement can be noticed when it has been dropped. The groupings you can achieve after dropping the optic are usually very much the same as before.
On the 1x CQB sight setting, the eye relief is very forgiving at around 70mm. This optimal eye relief makes it easier for you to target in the various and unpredictable positions you may find yourself in with tactical combat.
We noticed that the eye relief on the 4x setting wasn’t so forgiving. It does require that you hold your eye at a specific point for correct focus. This can be considered as a con for the SpecterDR. Yet, with enough practice and getting to know this optic, overall, we think this is a minor detail in the grand scheme of things.
This optic uses a single CR2032 lithium battery for its LED illumination. This can power it for a minimum of 600 hours, which is very impressive.
It has five brightness settings and five illuminated reticle options. This means that you get five CQB red dot brightness settings to contend with. Plus, you get 1.5 to 6 MOA depending on what setting you are on, and there are two night vision options included in this five brightness level setup.
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The other five brightness settings relate to the illumination of the entire reticle. These include the two night vision settings mentioned, plus there are three which illuminate the reticle in red for use in any conditions which you find them suited for.
The battery compartment is situated within the adjustment knob for the brightness settings. An adjustment tool is provided for you to undo this fully and replace the batteries. The tool is also used for changing the brightness settings without causing any scuffs or scratches to the knob. We do, however, think a screwdriver, shell casing, or even a coin would work just as well.
Since this optic uses a 32mm objective lens, you do get a wide field of view, which is at a 6.5 – 26-degree angle. This is for both the 1x and 4x settings and is very useful when you want to quickly acquire moving targets in a tactical scenario.
The windage and elevation are exposed to the elements. What we mean is the controls, and the actual mechanical process of moving the scope is visible and outside the main housing.
Usually, the scopes and other optics that have windage and elevation adjustments have the mechanism internalized. This is clearly to prevent them from getting damaged and to lock everything into the optic.
Does this present a problem with the Elcan SpecterDR Dual Role 1-4x Optical Sight?
In our opinion – not really. After all, this is a proven battle sight built like a tank. It has been tested thoroughly, and only time would tell whether the exposed aspect of these adjustments makes any difference.
Elcan’s top rival, Trijicon, has this sort of exposure on some of their sights, and this has never been complained about for causing any issues in the field.
Mounting this Elcan optic is very straightforward, using a standard and provided Picatinny rail mount. Also, the parallax is fixed on this system, and there is a VSOR rangefinder built into the dual-thickness ballistic crosshair red dot reticle.
Pros and Cons
- 1x and 4x dual role reticle.
- Intuitive throw lever design.
- Excellent LED brightness settings.
- Night vision included.
- Incredibly rugged and durable design.
- Wide field of view.
- Super clear glass.
- Holds zero well.
- 4x eye relief is unforgiving.
- External windage and elevation adjustments.
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All-in-all, after running through all the features of the Elcan SpecterDR Dual Role 1-4x Optical Sight, we think it’s a winner. The complaints that most people have to do with the external adjustments, which have yet to reveal any deeply concerning issues.
What shines through with this optic are two things that have been done well. First, the throw lever’s adjustable 1x and 4x settings. By alleviating the need for other settings, this makes this scope amazing for close to mid-range combat and with just a flip of a lever. All you have to do is learn each setting. And with thorough practice, you’ll have a responsive setup.
The other strong aspect of this optic is the illumination options, which are varied enough for you to find targets in all sorts of lighting conditions.
Thanks for checking out this Elcan optical sight review. We hope you now have a better idea of what this optical sight is all about.
Happy and safe shooting.
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Norman is a US Marine Corps veteran as well as being an SSI Assistant Instructor. He, unfortunately, received injuries to his body while serving, that included cracked vertebrae and injuries to both his knees and his shoulder, resulting in several surgeries. His service included operation Restore Hope in Somalia and Desert Storm in Kuwait. Norman is very proud of his service, and the time he spent in the Marine Corps and does not dwell on his injuries or anything negative in his life. He loves writing and sharing his extensive knowledge of firearms, especially AR rifles and tactical equipment. He lives in Kansas with his wife Shirley and the two German Shepherds, Troy and Reagan.
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SpecterDR multi-function combat sight is a revolutionary optical design that combines the best of close and precision fire ranged combat features into a single, low profile, dual field-of-view (DFOV) sight. SpecterDR 1-4x with it?s dual-role capability lets soldiers move safely through buildings or confined areas in red dot mode 1x and then instantly switch to 4x to accurately engage enemies at extended range without changing sights. Situational awareness in both magnifications is improved with ultra-wide viewing angles and unmatched viewing in low light conditions.
The SpecterDR dual combat sight is half the weight and twice the capability of carrying two scopes, without compromise to mission effectiveness or reliability.
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The OpticsPlanet Exclusive Elcan SpecterDR 1-4x Sight is a dual-threat optic that provides two unique optics that allow you to navigate both CQB and mid-range situations with precision and speed. Elcan built these Rifle Scopes from lightweight and rugged hard-anodized aluminum that resists corrosive elements to keep delivering powerful results in harsh environments. With the Elcan SpecterDR Dual Role 1-4x Optical Sight equipped, you can instantly switch from a 4x magnified sight to a 1x CQB sight with the simple throw of a lever. Both sights offer identical, optimal eye relief for comfort, and these units are shockproof to withstand the strong recoil from your firearm.
A single CR2032 lithium battery powers this optic for at least 600 hours and lasts for 3,000 hours on average. The Elcan Specter DR scope features an illuminated reticle and red dot for fast target acquisition, even in dark environments. A wide field of view, extended eye relief, and crisp sight picture make this 2-in-1 optic a great choice for a variety of shooting applications. Mount the Elcan SpecterDR 1-4x LED Sight to your MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail to be prepared to take down targets at a variety of distances.
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ELCAN Specter ® TR 1/3/9 Rifle Sight
ELCAN Specter TR 1/3/9 Rifle Sight
The ELCAN Specter ® TR 1/3/9 sight has three field of view and magnification options in one rifle site. Its 1/3/9x magnification scope gives any shooter the appropriate level of magnification required for any scenario on an AR style platform.
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An optical revolution in the connected battlespace – How ELCAN’s SmartOptic will make soldiers safer and more effective
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SmartPhones made communication faster and easier — putting unprecedented capability into users’ hands. This portable hyper-connectivity provides instant access to information and has limitless potential.
The ELCAN Specter ® digital fire control sight, or DFCS, is the first step in the revolution toward intelligent optics that disrupt optical weapon sights like SmartPhones disrupted global communications. The Specter DFCS is ready now and is being used in operational environments with several allied militaries around the world.
“Like the catchphrase used for instant cameras years ago, intelligent optics — or smartoptics — are a point-and-shoot technology,” said Kevin Wagner, senior electrical designer for Raytheon ELCAN, a Raytheon Intelligence & Space subsidiary. “ELCAN digital sights solve problems quicker with less user training required — pushing the battlefield out beyond 600 m.”
Intelligent optics use active technologies like an integrated laser rangefinder to help soldiers solve problems quickly, making them safer and more effective. The smartoptic rapidly calculates distance and translates the data into a ballistic solution.
The ELCAN Specter DFCS sight incorporates rugged, reliable ELCAN optics and advanced sensors — including a laser rangefinder — into a 1-8x zoom scope. Using customized software and a combat-proven ballistic computer chip, the sight calculates a corrected aim-point taking ballistics, distance, humidity, temperature and atmospheric pressure into account. It then evaluates environmental and mission data within seconds and calculates a digitally disturbed reticle. This increases the probability of hitting the target with the first shot, keeping the soldier safer.
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The first electronic computer, https://www.britannica.com/technology/ENIAC , was developed to calculate artillery range tables in WWII. It was enormous and generated so much heat that it needed its own air conditioning system. The system completed calculations quicker and more easily than the manual process, but reprogramming took days. It was difficult to imagine computers that weighed tons and took up entire rooms would one day fit in the palm of your hand and deliver solutions instantly.
“We have the core technology and functionality defined,” said Sean Diening, program management lead for Raytheon ELCAN. “Now we’re working to make it smaller, lighter and use less power. The sight will continue to evolve as the technology does.”
The company is working with strategic commercial partners to leverage disruptive technologies like powered rails, wireless power and augmented reality to add advanced capabilities to the sights while reducing the weight.
In a recent test-range field trial, untrained shooters with conventional optics missed every target at 600, 700m and 800m. With the ELCAN Specter DFCS sight, the same shooters hit the targets 100% of the time.
“I saw this myself,” said Wagner. “My colleague is a novice shooter — he went from not hitting the target with conventional optics at 700m to hitting it on the first shot.”
A differentiator of ELCAN sights is the external-mount zeroing. Rather than require a shooter to zero the rangefinder and the sight independently, the ELCAN rangefinder and optic are co-aligned at the factory. Zeroing remains constant and never has to be completed again. The Specter DFCS is faster to zero and faster to engage.
Improving soldier lethality is a multi-domain challenge, balancing conflicting system requirements like weight and power against the desire to increase capabilities. The ELCAN Specter DFCS 1-8x zoom digital fire control sight enables man-portable capability in the connected battlespace. ELCAN is using a modular approach to smartoptic development.
The next phase of product development will integrate wireless communications and cameras into the sights to allow units and command to share images and information in real-time. Integration of thermal or image-intensified (I 2 ) sensors will enable soldiers to engage 24/7 with one sight.
“ELCAN’s advantage is that we are not just a rifle sight manufacturer, we are an optics innovation centre,” said Wagner. “This next-generation SmartOptic merges our two worlds – the legacy of precision optics combined with research and development to leverage advanced technologies.”
ELCAN’s modular design approach is a multi-year gradient of technology development rather than a fixed horizon. The next steps in ELCAN’s modular design approach will include networked sights, fused sights and advanced sensors.
“Our cross-mission expertise gives us, and our customers, a competitive advantage to future developments,” said Diening. “We are actively investigating how we can incorporate our experience with technologies like LiDAR to push the battlefield out even further to give soldiers an active solution.”
Turning data into usable information – fast
Making the perfect shot takes time — time you don’t always have on the battlefield. Distance amplifies the effect of factors like ballistics and atmospheric pressure. The ELCAN DFCS takes eight data points (temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, range, weapon, ammunition, and weapon pitch and roll attitude) and reduces them down to a single, actionable ballistic solution in a split second.
“The solution at sea level and 25 degrees is different than it is at minus 20 in the mountains,” said Diening. “This sight takes all that information into account. It doesn’t just help soldiers see better and farther, but it also helps soldiers and command make better decisions, faster,” said Diening.
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