The Eotech G33 is Eotech’s own magnifier for their holographic sights. The G33 is an improved version of previous Eotech magnifiers and offers a lot of interesting and nice features in a smaller package. If you aren’t familiar with Eotech magnifiers they do exactly what you expect, they magnify. This gives shooter another level of versatility when using a non-magnified Eotech optic. EOTech without a magnifier is already a good optic and can be used to out to two hundred yards if you are a skilled shooter, but in combat, it’s unlikely you’ll actually be able to hit a moving target at two hundred yards with just an Eotech.
What I mean by that is the average Eotech optic is not good for anything outside of shooting. This may have some scratching your heads, what else is an optic used for?
In combat, an optic is used to not only get on target but to find your target. A 1x optic like the Eotech does not provide any ability to search and assess for a target. The addition of a magnifier makes it much easier to see your target, to find your target, and even to determine if what you’re looking at is a target or not. A magnifier extends your range in a combat situation effectively out to at least three hundred yards, and at three hundred yards it is possible to hit a man sized target.
The G33 comes in Eotech’s standard, awesome box. This box is basically a waterproof, shockproof, Pelican box with custom foam cutouts to fit the items included. In the box, you, of course, get the magnifier, the mount, and a spacer, as well as an optics cloth and the instruction manual. Installing the mount and spacer is very easy, just two screws. I do suggest some Loctite on each screw, I suggest that with everything with screws that have to do with guns. The recoil of your weapon, however minimal it may be, will loosen screws over time.
The spacers only need to be used with Eotech models that have side buttons or quick detach levers and is not necessary for models without these two features. The mount itself is a quick detach model that also flips the magnifier out of the way when it’s not needed. You can swap which side the magnifier flips too if desired. I’m a right handed shooter and want the mount to switch to the left, and left-handed shooters traditionally like the optic to go to the right.
The magnifier and mounts seem to be very well made and feels sturdy in the hand. The rear of the magnifier features an adjustable diopter that is stiff to turn. This isn’t too important because it’s unlikely to be adjusted in the middle of a firefight. This simply allows the magnifier to customize the focus for their vision.
Installation Process With XPS 2-0
I installed the G33 behind an XPS2-0 Eotech optic. I knew going into this I would have to rezero the optic, or at the very least confirm my zero. Once I zeroed the XPS2-0 I had to adjust the magnifier. The magnifier has vertical and horizontal adjustments. This does not affect your zero but allows you to adjust the reticle back into the center of the magnifier. It makes things a bit easier to use.
The G33 installs extremely easy, it’s a quick detach lever. If you’ve been running an Eotech optic by itself, then you may need to move it forward to accommodate the magnifier. To push the magnifier out of the way all you need to do is apply some pressure the side of the optic and it will swing out of the way.
Magnifier Test Run
To compare how well the optic works with a magnifier and without a magnifier we played a little game. We had three stages, the first was a three limb dueling tree placed at 100 yards away. The plates were Inches. The next was six USPA targets at 50 yards, each with a playing card in the center, the playing card was either a Heart or Club. Heart cards were shoot targets, clubs were no shoots. The next was ten clay pigeons on a berm at 15 yards.
On the first stage hitting the 8 poppers at 100 yards wasn’t what I call difficult. In fact, once I found the sweet spot with the trigger, and recoil I could spin the dueling tree with boring regularity. Without the magnifier, I had to take a lot more time to get the reticle on target. I could still do it, but it took more time, and I couldn’t fall into a rhythm of spinning the plates.
When we moved into the shoot and no shoot stage the magnified optic wasn’t even a challenge. Move the reticle into the chest, spot card, and then shoot or move on. At 50 yards accuracy wasn’t a major issue, but target identification was, and it was easy to identify what was what. Before we started with the nonmagnified optic we did move the cards around to switch it up. At fifty yards I could typically spot the red or black on the card, so I could still swiftly move from target to target. Identification was faster with the magnifier, but target transitions were easier without it.
The last stage at 15 yards was a completely different ball game. At 15 yards the magnifier is somewhat useless. With both eyes opened the target was way too big. Without the magnifier, of course, we could transition much faster, and the targets were much easier to engage, something we predicted.
Throughout our testing the magnifier worked very well, it was crystal clear and stayed in place throughout all of our testing. The magnifier’s ability to simply swap to the right or left makes the optic endlessly versatile. After using the optic and magnifier combined, I honestly don’t want an Eotech without a magnifier option. We ran the stage a third time, swapping between using the magnifier or not using it per shooter preference. The ability to instantly swap gave some surprising results and ultimately gave us the fastest run.
The G33 is an excellent addition to a rifle using an Eotech optic. It does add a new level of versatility to your weapon and it’s optic. The simple addition of the magnifier allows your rifle to become a tool to spot and identify potential targets in better detail while being ready to engage said targets. The magnifier is the same high quality you expect from an optic designed by Eotech.