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Holosun AEMS Red Dot Sight

Holosun recently introduced a new model to their red dot sight lineup called the AEMS (Advanced Enclosed Micro Sight). The Holosun AEMS is a very small and lightweight “micro” red dot sight that offers a larger-than-usual field of view. It can be purchased with either a red or green reticle. The green reticle option will cost slightly more.

Features of the Holosun AEMS

  • Large Field of View (FOV)
  • Unlimited Eye Relief
  • Parallax Free
  • Compact and Lightweight (approximately 5.5 oz including mount)
  • Shake Awake Technology – Motion On with Last Setting Recall
  • Up to a 50,000 Hour battery life (with dot only reticle option)
  • Solar Failsafe
  • Multi-Reticle System (MRS): 2 MOA Dot, 65 MOA Circle, Circle-Dot
  • Clear Flip-down Len Covers
  • Housing made from 7075 aluminum
  • Durable black anodized finish
  • Lens Multi-Coatings

Holosun AEMS Red Dot Sight

Holosun AEMS Specs

  • Multi-Reticle System (MRS): 2 MOA Dot, 65 MOA Circle, Circle-Dot
  • Reticle Color of Red or Green
  • Solar & Battery (CR2032) Power Source
  • Brightness Settings of 8 Daylight and 4 Night Vision
  • Window Size is 1.1″ × 0.87″
  • Dimensions are 2.2″ × 1.54″ × 1.7″
  • Weight of Sight Only is 3.9 oz (without mount); approximately 5.5 oz including mount
  • Adjustment per Click of 0.5 MOA
  • IPX8 – Can be submerged deeper than 1 meter

Holosun AEMS Red Dot Sight

What’s Included with the Holosun AEMS

  • A Proprietary Lower 1/3 Co-witness Mount (currently the only mount offered)
  • Multi Tool to remove battery and adjust windage and elevation
  • Clear Flip-down Len Covers
  • User Manual
  • CR2032 Battery
  • Lens Cloth

Holosun AEMS Red Dot Sight


MSRP is $470.58 for the red reticle, but the street price is about $400.

MSRP is $505.87 for the green reticle, but the street price is about $430.

Holosun AEMS Red Dot Sight

At the Range

It should be no surprise that the AEMS was as accurate as any red dot or holographic sight I’ve ever used. And despite it’s diminutive size and minimal weight, it looks and feels quite rugged. I also like the larger FOV compared to many other traditional tube-style micro red dot sights. Some may say that a larger FOV is irrelevant when you’re shooting properly…that is, you focus on the target, not the reticle, with both eyes open. However, an argument can be made that a larger FOV is better for shooting on the move (running and gunning), and/or from non-traditional/unconventional positions.

Although there is the option to select a dot only reticle (also an option for circle only), I prefer the circle dot reticle (2 MOA Dot, 65 MOA Circle) which is very sharp/crisp. When using any optic, it’s best to have 20/20 vision or to use eyeglasses/contact lenses with the most up-to-date prescription. I also prefer shooting with the lens covers over the glass.

Lens clarity is very good, but it should be noted that there is a slight blue tint from the lens multi-coating. If you don’t like the blue tint, you may have to consider other more expensive options such as an Aimpoint T2 or Trijicon MRO HD (the standard MRO seems to have a blue tint). Eotech holographic sights don’t have a blue tint, but they are much bigger and heavier with far less battery life.

I also like that with the AEMS you don’t see the LED emitter in your field of view, unlike some tube-style red dot sights.

Brightness adjustments (8 daylight and 4 night vision settings) can be easily made from the “+” and “-” buttons on the left side of this optic. I also love the shake awake feature with last setting recall, particularly when using for home defense.

One small issue I noticed was that the Torx cross bolt mounting screw came loose (I’ve also had this happen with a Holosun 510C) after my trip to the range, so I applied blue Loctite to it. The owner’s manual actually recommends using a “non-permanent” threadlocker.

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Final Thoughts

Although this $400 micro sight would hardly be called budget priced, it’s not nearly as costly as the top tier sights from Aimpoint and Eotech. Yes, I love my EXPS3 holographic sights, but they are almost double the weight of the Holosun AEMS, have a fraction of the battery life and cost about $300 more. Another high-end alternative might be the Trijicon MRO HD (because it also has a circle dot reticle option). However, the MRO HD is well over $300 more than the Holosun AEMS and lacks some of the features found on the Holosun AEMS…particularly shake awake with last setting recall. I also prefer “+” and “-” buttons to adjust the brightness levels, rather than knobs.

While I prefer to buy “American” made products whenever possible, I also believe in buying whichever products best meet my needs. Yes, the Holosun AEMS is made in China, but so is just about everything else we use everyday in our lives from computers, to smart phones to appliances.

The bottom line…if you are looking for a quality, lightweight micro red dot optic from a reputable manufacturer with a lot of great features, and at a mid-range price of approximately $400, the Holosun AEMS may be worth considering.



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