Holosun had themselves quite a busy four-day showing at SHOT Show 2019. The company unveiled several new products like the HM3X magnifier, the closed reflex rifle sight HS512C and the new gold reticle colour that has been all the rage among a number of like-thinking brands at this year’s exhibit. But that’s not all. Holosun also premiered 2 new titanium-built red dots, HE508T and HE509T.
New Titanium Dots
Holosun HE508T and HE509T are made of an incredibly durable and sturdy Grade 5 Titanium housing. This premium material provides up to 3x more structural strength than the standard aluminium bodies of red dot sights. As far as other physical features are concerned, these dots are not particularly different from their antecedents. They are small enough to be mounted on a pistol and have a waterproof rating of IPX8.
Both models are parallax-free and have an unlimited eye relief which is great news for people who value the comfort of use first and foremost. The elevation and windage adjustment screws allow a POI movement of 50 MOA.
They offer 12 reticle brightness levels, 2 of which are night vision compatible. Speaking of the reticle, once again Holosun made sure that the user can have their pick between the traditional red and ever more popular green reticle illumination colour. The latter option is an effortless solution for people with colour blindness.
As the number ‘500’ in their name indicates, HE508T and HE509T use the multiple reticle system. The user can rely on the standard 2 MOA dot, a circle dot (that is, a 2 MOA dot with a 32 MOA circle around it) or just the 32 MOA circle without the dot. The switch between these reticles can be done at the push of a button.
What Is Different?
Holosun is known as one of the most innovative companies that specialize in red dot sights. They continue to update their catalogue at an almost rapid pace, offering a practically unmatched number of red dot model variants to cater to each and every customer’s individual preferences and needs. With that in mind, HE508T and HE509T models are very similar yet not the same. There are a handful of differences to pay attention to before opting for purchase or one or the other.
Holosun HE508T sports an open frame design and clear glass lens. Its CR2032 battery can last up to 10 years between battery changes, which is twice as much as in the case of HE509T.
In comparison, the HE509T model is built of an enclosed housing. It is powered by both solar cells and a CR1632 battery. The manufacturer promises up to 5 years before the first need for a recharge.
Note that both models come with the Holosun Shake Awake technology. When left powered on after a period of zero movements, these red dots will automatically make a switch from ‘active mode’ to ‘sleep mode’ in order to prevent unnecessary battery drain. Once moved again, the devices will power back on immediately.
Holosun and the Future
Holosun’s rise to one of the most established red dot sight producers was remarkably fast work. With the constant updates of their sales catalogue and affordable pricing, the Chinese company maintains its position on the market.
With all the success, it’s a bit surprising that Holosun has no intention to expand the repertoire beyond red dots sights and laser products. But the company has nothing to fear. The utmost attention they pay to user preferences that greatly vary promises that customers will continue looking out for what Holosun has in store for them.