Review VORTEX RAZOR AMG UH 1 GEN 2 [Holographic Sight]

In this short Vortex AMG UH 1 Gen 2 holographic sight review, let's check out its specs, FOV, reticle, mount and more.

At the end of it, you can make a decision whether if this is for you

Core Specs

  • Magnification - 1X
  • Reticle - 1 MOA + 65 MOA Ring [EBR CQB reticle]
  • Adjustment - 0.5 MOA / Click
  • Brightness - 15 DL & 8 NV
  • Battery - CR123A 
  • Construction - Aerospace Grade Aluminum
  • Body Dimension - 3.9" X 2.7"
  • Window Size - 1.35"X 1.15"
  • Weight - 11.6 oz


Unboxing

The packaging is very high quality. Take a look

vortex amg uh 1 packaging
vortex uh 1 gen 2 package list

You get:

First Impression

vortex uh 1 gen 2 side view

The VORTEX AMG UH 1 Huey Gen 2 is a big holographic optic!  

Vortex UH 1 GEN 1 VS GEN 2

  • No USB charging port this time
  • Night vision capable 
  • Increased rear window size
  • More lightening cuts to reduce weight
Vortex amg uh 1 gen 2 kriss vector

Right off the bat, the construction is rock solid and feels sturdy. It's definitely a competitor to the EOTECH holographic sight.

Very nice packaging

Tight tolerance

Very high end coating finish

Core Features

Window Size

vortex amg uh 1 front glass
vortex uh 1 gen 2 rear glass

The window size of UH 1 is slightly larger than the Gen 1 model, however the front lens doesn't funnel outward like the Leupold LCO to reduce the tube effect.

Field Of View

The field of view of this optic feels similar to an EOTech, but the UH 1 feels slightly taller without any view obstruction on the side.

The field of view is large, but the inner wall of the optic can get in the way if the shooter shift the head off center too much. The length of the hood definitely is a factor.

Reticle

The Vortex AMG UH 1 features the EBR CQB reticle. We like this reticle a lot better than the EOTECH's 68 MOA ring because it has open sections that doesn't obscure the target much.

amg ebr cqb reticle

Zero distortion of the image gives the shooter the HUD (Heads Up Display) feel that many people love and talk about.

The reticle just floats in front of the shooter's eye, and makes it very fast for passive aiming.

Precise Aiming - The 1 MOA center dot gives a finer aim for long range shots

Range Estimation - 65 MOA outer ring is big & fast for the eyes to pick up, and it adds range estimation capability for known target sizes. 

CQB Hold Over - The bottom triangle compensates for CQB shots at 10 yards or less. It's similar to using the bottom of the EOTECH 68 MOA ring for offset.

If you are curious about the difference between 68 MOA VS 65 MOA ring, they are the same with minor dimensional difference, and you can read more below:

See 68 VS 65 MOA difference

Brightness Settings

vortex amg uh 1 ebr cqb reticle 2
vortex amg uh 1 ebr cqb reticle

The push button controls are well built, and it's a bit stiff to press sometimes when wearing gloves.

Up, Down & NV buttons are located on the back of the optic instead of the side to eliminate unwanted adjustment when bumped into things.

There are 15 daytime illumination settings and 8 NV settings.

These buttons also control on or off commands.

Reticle Clarity

The holographic reticle is crisp and clean for shooters with good eye sight.

However, for shooters with astigmatism, the reticle will be blurry until vision correction.

However, if none of these techniques have worked for you in the past, we highly recommend checking out a Prism sight.

See the difference between red dot and prism sight

Parallax Performance

No optic is 100% completely parallax free

Generally the parallax shift is more noticeable when aiming at a target close up.

We tested this at 100 yards, 50 yards, 25 yards, 10 yards and 5 yards.


Battery Life

vortex amg uh 1 battery compartment

The battery life lasts ~1500 hrs on mid setting using 1 CR123A battery to power a laser instead of an LED.

Comparing to a red dot with LED technology that can run up to 50,000 hrs. The holosight's major down side is the battery life.

Auto Shutoff

Auto shutoff is also built into the optic to save battery juice after 14 hrs (Only if no button is pressed during that 14 hr period)

The auto shutoff can also be turned off by holding the "-" button for 5 seconds.

Construction

The construction of the UH 1 GEN 2 is rock solid & looks sick. 

You can view as many images online as possible, but once you hold one in your hands close up, you will very quickly realize this thing is something you want to keep for a long time.

vortex uh 1 on x95
vortex uh 1 vertical

Since the holographic reticle projection requires the collimating reflector mirror to bounce the reticle back to the shooter's eye, so the hood of the optic can be a vulnerable part of the optic if excessive point impact is exerted on that area.

Mount

The Vortex UH 1 Gen 2 features a quick release integrated mount to go on any flat top rail system.

The user can also adjust the tension to fit on out of spec top rails.

vortex amg uh 1 qd throw lever

The optic has the fixed 1/3 co-witness height, which works for most AR shooters, but requires a mount riser to get it up to Night Vision height.

NEED TO KNOW: One thing we want to point out is the independent windage adjustment on a spring tension system, which means the whole sight moves while the base mount stays stationary. 

It's like the ELCAN SPECTERDR's base design.

So if the user puts pressure on the sight, it will move then return to zero. Nothing to worry about.

vortex uh1 with micro 3x magnifier

Works with all magnifier scopes

The zero repeatability based on our field testing so far gives us confidence that it will continue to work well. 

As round count increases over time, we will update our thoughts on it's zero retention performance.

Adjustment

vortex amg uh 1 gen 2 turrets

The Vortex AMG UH 1 features 0.5 MOA/click recessed elevation and windage adjustment knobs, and both knobs can be easily adjusted with a flat head screw driver, a coin or a shell casing.

The MOA click value & directions are labeled on the optic to help shooters who may forgot what the click value is in the field without internet connection.

The click gives positive feedback so there shouldn't be any guessing whether you've dialed a click or over dialed without even noticing.

If the turret direction label tends throw you off when zeroing, please check out this guide that talks about why the reticle moves in the opposite direction of the click.

Color Options

The EOTech EXPS3 is available in:

  • Black

To Buy Or Not To Buy?

The Vortex UH 1 Huey Gen 2 holographic sight is by far the best besides the EOTECH EXPS3.

The GEN 2 UH1 is lighter, less lens tint, bigger FOV than the GEN 1 and much more affordable than a $680 EOTECH.

The current street price of the UH 1 GEN 2 is around $499, and you can find better deals by checking out one of our links below:

Besides the HUD like aiming capability, the sight just looks slick for anyone looking for something like this on their firearms.

Pros

  • Rock solid construction
  • Big viewing window for great passive aiming performance
  • QD lever mount with locking feature & adjustable tension screw
  • Mil-spec grade quality from the top to bottom

Cons

  • Short battery life (common with holosights)
  • Tube effect