A Game-Changer for Optic-Ready Pistols
During our visit to Holosun's booth at the IWA 2023, we had the opportunity to explore their new products, including the highly anticipated Holosun SCS dot sights. SCS stands for Solar Charging Sight. In recent years, mounting a red dot sight on a pistol has become increasingly popular, as it significantly improves target acquisition, follow-up shots, and overall shooting accuracy. Recognizing this trend, the leading minds at Holosun thought, "Why don't we design a dot sight that fits optic-ready pistols directly, eliminating the need for an adapter plate?" To make this vision a reality, they conducted extensive market research to determine the most popular handguns and designed the SCS to fit seamlessly onto them.
The advantages of a direct fit
Since an adapter plate is not needed, the users can mount the SCS as low as possible, resulting in a slim and compact overall profile. Its small size contributes to a non-bulky setup, which is highly desirable, especially for concealed carry and everyday carry enthusiasts. Moreover, the precise compatibility with a certain pistol ensures that the optic does not overlook the handgun’s edges, reducing the possibility of it snagging on clothing. Additionally, the SCS dot sight offers an absolute co-witness with iron sights, which is a significant advantage for shooters accustomed to training with them.
Compatible with popular handguns
Holosun conducted extensive research to identify the most popular optic-ready handguns in the market and designed the SCS to fit directly onto these commonly used firearms. They have been gradually working their way through the list, starting with the Glock MOS, where the optic achieved tremendous success. Currently, the SCS is available for several handguns, including Walther PDP, Heckler & Koch VP9, and Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0. As the demand from owners of other pistol models, such as Glock 43x, continues to grow, Holosun plans to expand its offering step by step. Currently, they do not have a direct dot sight solution for compact pistols like the popular Springfield Hellcat, but the idea of designing one in the near future is under consideration.
A brand-new battery system
Holosun's goal was to enable users to mount the SCS as low as possible, which necessitated some changes to the battery system. They removed the traditional battery compartment, integrating an internal battery instead. This onboard rechargeable battery is powered by a solar panel, allowing it to charge while exposed to sunlight. Although the battery is drained in complete darkness, it boasts a capacity that lasts up to 20,000 hours without charging, ensuring that it should last several years under typical use – Holosun claims that even moderate light is enough for the battery to charge. If the battery requires replacement, customers can send their SCS unit back to Holosun who shall change it.
The familiar features
The SCS models feature Holosun’s Multiple Reticle System, providing users with the ability to toggle between a 2 MOA dot, 32 MOA circle, and circle dot options. Currently, these models are available exclusively with green illumination – Holosun argues that green is easier for the human eye to detect, particularly in conditions of strong lighting where red illumination may be challenging to see. They feature a true 1x magnification for an undistorted view. Furthermore, no tint is visible while looking through the lens, resulting in an even better shooting experience. Constructed from 7075 T6 aluminum, these dot sights are highly shockproof and waterproof.
Coming in April or May 2023
Designing dot sights to fit directly onto popular optic-ready pistols is a brilliant approach, as it results in a highly sought-after low-profile setup. In the future, Holosun plans to introduce SCS models for additional popular handguns, as well as consider developing a dot sight tailored for compact pistols. the cost is to be consistent with the model designed for Glock MOS, which has already been available on the market for some time – around 480 €. Consumers can expect the other versions to become available in April or May 2023.