UH-1 Gen II on an ACR

BARNEVELD, Wis. – When our customers talk, we listen. 

Just look at the brand-new, American made AMG® UH-1® Gen II: Tactically-minded shooters loved the Gen I’s rugged reliability and lightning-quick target acquisition in close quarters, but they craved night-vision compatibility. The AMG® UH-1® Gen II answers that call in a big way.

With four night-vision compatible settings and a dedicated night-vision button, the Gen II is ready to light the way, day and night, keeping the incredibly fast EBR-CQB reticle clear. For quick transitions between night-vision and daylight performance, the Gen II features immediate recall to a shooter’s last daylight setting. 

To make target acquisition even faster, we’ve increased the viewing window’s already generous size. And target acquisition isn’t the only thing that’s gotten faster: A truly toolless battery cover makes battery replacement fast and easy to keep your Gen II up and running.

At the same time, shooters will find all the features that made the Gen I such a powerful tactical solution. The incredibly clean and intuitive reticle is simple and fast, and FHQ™ technology virtually eliminates stray light emissions for stealth movement with no forward signature. Also included is the integrated quick-disconnect mount for easy on, easy off convenience. 

The best part is, Vortex® was able to build all that innovation into a lighter platform, giving shooters even more maneuverability. 

The AMG® UH-1® Gen II proves that when you listen to your customers, great things happen.

$799.99 – AMG®  UH-1® Gen II Holographic Sight

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About Vortex Optics: American owned, veteran-owned, Wisconsin-based Vortex Optics designs, engineers, produces, and distributes a complete line of premium sport optics, accessories, and apparel. Dedicated to providing unrivaled customer service and exceptional quality, Vortex® backs its products with the unconditional, transferrable, lifetime VIP Warranty. Built on over 30 years of experience in the optics industry, Vortex® has emerged as a leader in the optics market.

And now a word from the Editor


Those years back when Vortex originally launched the UH-1 were an interesting time. The UH-1 was the only competitive item to EOTech’s unchallenged domination of the holographic optic market and since competition breeds improvements it was an exciting development.

Unfortunately UH-1 launched with some.. disappointing aspects. There wasn’t anything truly wrong with the few sights I used but for an item meant to challenge EOTech… it.. didn’t. The lenses were incredibly dark, the optic window was on the small end, and about the only thing of note was the differing auto-off time at a more reasonable 14 hours of work.

In short it wasn’t a bad optic but it had nothing to make me jump ship from an EXPS2.

The UH-1 Gen II is taking a shot at the EXPS3. Adding night vision capability, removal of the auto-off feature, and a larger clearer window.


Everyone’s going to ask so I turned it on and tested it. I have had the sight since June 22nd for just such a test and it helpfully died… about 5 minutes ago.

575 Hours

Setting 12 of 14, allowing for use in bright sunlight and against targets of lighter contrast (white paper targets, white/bright finished vehicle, etc.) Exposed to high temp, humidity, and .308 recoil. I used the provided CR123 battery.

Keep a spare battery with you, change it on the 1st of the month, turn it off when done or leave the auto-off on and you’ll be just fine with the UH-1.

I’ve only had it for 575 hours and shot it on a couple of rifles but, so far, there is much to like on the Gen II “Huey”

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.