Thursday, December 23, 2010

Spetnatz With EoTech Optics?

The KitUp Blog posted this video today of Russian special forces engaged in urban operations - presumably counter-terrorism. Virtually all of their AK's were equipped with what looked like an EoTech holographic optic. They also have some very interesting mounts for these optics. While I'm sure LaRue Tactical has nothing to worry about, I wouldn't mind getting my hands on a set to use with my AK-74.

As they note in the KitUp blog, they don't know whether these are real or knock-offs of EoTechs. Given that the EoTech optic is a controlled item, it would be interesting to know if they are indeed real just who approved their export to Russia. As you can see by EoTech's disclaimer below, they require export licenses. Perhaps this is what Hillary meant by hitting the "Re-Set Button".
This Holographic Weapon Sight must be exported from the United States in accordance with Export Administration Regulations ECCN 0A987. Diversion contrary to U.S. law is prohibited. In accordance with U.S. law (Title 15 CFR part 746 and Supplement No. 1 to Part 774; and Title 31 CFR) resale/re-export or transfer of Holographic Weapon Sight Models 552, 551, 512, 511, 4X magnifier and 3X magnifier to certain designated countries is prohibited without prior written consent of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Holographic Weapon Sight Models 553, 557 and 555 are controlled under U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and may not be exported without proper authorization by the U.S. Department of State.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    I just found this article while tinkering on the internet. FYI, ITAR is designed so that bad guys don't get the good stuff, so that we maintain an edge over terrorists and criminals, Russia may not be a huge ally of the US but more and more things like scopes and guns are going to be exported to them no problem. This doesn't mean that they can get anything ITAR, it's just that the big guys don't sweat the small stuff. Russia and the US are a little past going gun to gun, they're more into the billion dollar satellite that'l analyze any weird comms, etc. ITAR is set up so that we don't sell eotechs, surefire or ACOGs to the little jihadi trying to shoot our heads off.

    PS I check gun blogs on a VERY regular basis and you've been added to the list.