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EMP vs eotech

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by aarond, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. aarond

    aarond Gresham Active Member

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    Couldn't decide quite where to put this, but here it is.

    I'm not exactly an expert in the area of electromagnetic pulse bombs...
    Realistically, what effect(s) would an electromagnetic pulse have on a battery operated optic? (Such as an eotech)
    Are you gonna be flippin over to iron sights?
     
  2. Barefoot343

    Barefoot343 liberalville Active Member

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    I am not sure what other choice you would have unfortunately.
     
  3. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Store It in a Faraday cage?
     
  4. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    You better have sighted in irons on everything, anyway. batteries run down

    Mil spec chips are supposed to be EMP proof but I don't know about Eotech
     
  5. aarond

    aarond Gresham Active Member

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    Right.. I've considered an ACOG for just this reason, but I think (from someone who's barely used either) I'd rather get an eotech.

    As fr the faraday cage, I've heard it'd work, but I don't wanna leave my rifle in a cage forever just in case...

    I think I'll contact eotech and see what they say.
     
  6. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    It's fairly easy to turn your gun safe into an effective faraday cage.

    Insulation and a ground, and you won't have to worry any more.
     
  7. Grunwald

    Grunwald Out of that nut job colony of Seattle, WA Well-Known Member

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    I've heard that you can use a microwave oven to protect equipment from EMP.
    They are already shielded so I you have to do is use them as storage containers.
    A guy on the radio (Jery Doyle) was talking about a friend who's a prepper and who has got a whole bunch of them in his storage room.

    I have not done any research on this so it could be just bunch of bull.
     
  8. Luke2236

    Luke2236 Springfield, Oregon New Member

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    The thing I would be concerned with would be the availability of batteries after an EMP. Look what happened after every natural disaster they are the first things people grab.


    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
     
  9. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Tritium runs down over 12+ years and it will eventually fail, too
     
  10. 4NONISSUE

    4NONISSUE south sound Member

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    When it comes down to it if you can't point and shoot and hit what your aiming at you got bigger problems,Irons or non battery powered optics will be a must when SHTF
     
  11. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Tritium is only necessary for the very low light and night use of an acog, if there are even small amounts of light available, the sight will work.
     
  12. tfbit

    tfbit Eugene, OR Active Member

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    This is what I don't like about ACOGs. I like my investments to last a lifetime with care. I've heard it's $500+ to get the tritium replaced as the factory insists on replacing all the guts.

     
  13. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    And if it is 10 years old when the SHTF?
     
  14. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    I heard the same thing so I tested the theory. Place a cell phone into the microwave and close the door. Now call the cell phone. If it rings like mine did, then it isn't as shielded as I would have hoped. This makes me think they would not be effective for EMP.
    Oh...and if you run the microwave with your phone in there....Darwin will take care of you during shtf anyways. :rolleyes:
     
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  15. nwdrifter

    nwdrifter troutdale oregon Active Member

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    yep, i use a motor size ammo box with the rubber seal. i lined it with styrofoam and the phone doesnt ring
     
  16. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    EMP is about a .00000000001% chance; should not be a concern at all. (UNLESS it were to happen due to a solar burst, which would be also very remote possibility). Our owners haven't spent 50 years setting up a surveillance society of satellites, drones and cameras on every lamp post to see it all destroyed.

    Concern yourself with other more likely scenarios. Earthquakes (esp in PDX), etc.
     
  17. KalamaMark

    KalamaMark Kalama Wa Well-Known Member

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    The tritium in the Acog becomes half as bright as new over 12 years. It becomes half as bright again over(roughly) the next twelve years. In theory, the tritium is 1/4 intensity after 24 years.

    All of this is a moot point in an EMP SHTF situation anyway. The fiber optic works great illuminating the reticle in dimmest possible lighting you could see with your naked eye. I don't shoot what I can't see, and having an illuminated reticle in complete darkness is worthless. If you owned NVG gear, it wouldn't survive an EMP, and you wouldn't have batteries, either.

    Finally, I have heard many tales of excellent customer service by Trijicon, and Tritium vials bein replaced for no charge.

    Be an ACOG hater... I don't care. I have one on my "SHTF, can only take one" rifle.
     
  18. Mac_Fan

    Mac_Fan Beaverton Active Member

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    Believing an EMP to be such a low risk I do not consider it in my SHTF prepping scenarios. However, if you're buying an optic and don't know what the effects would be of an EMP if it were to occur, why take a chance? Buy the ACOG. Sure, it's a lot of money but six months from now that extra cost won't mean a thing. But you'll have the ACOG. Buy once, cry once as they say.
     
  19. Triplebuckshot

    Triplebuckshot Northwest Oregon Member

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    IMHO Trijicon Accupoint 1-4. Made specifically for fast moving target acquisition. I love mine on my AR10. I can easily hit to 400m no worries. More than that an the 4x magnification is a little lacking.
     
  20. ernurse

    ernurse molalla oregon Active Member

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    thats why you always have a backup plan no matter what, so an A3 carry handle or back up iron sights will do you just fine, remember the kiss principle in all things prep related.:paranoid: