Raytheon ELCAN SpecterHR and SpecterDR

Many folks who buy their first home defense crew served machine gun forget that even an 80 lbs gun is still a gun and benefits from high quality optics. If your M2HB is still only equipped with the factory iron sights, look no further than Raytheon ELCAN SpecterHR / SpecterDR combo scope.

SpecterDR atop a SpecterHR at DSEi ’11

Raytheon’s ELCAN SpecterHR is a large (8.35″ x 4.96″ x 6.42″) 1x reflex sight. The 4″x2″ view box combined with infinite eye relief and ballistic compensated reticle is perfect for heavy machine guns. For those of you who don’t believe one scope is enough, the HR is equipped with a picatinny rail for mounting a higher zoom optic. The SpecterDR 1-4x 1.5-6x is the perfect complement to the HR when you need to reach out and touch someone. On the top of the SpecterDR is a fixed aperture sight, just in case your other two sights malfunction.

US Ordnance M2HB at DSEi ’11

UPDATE: Corrected sight zoom level. The 1-4x is a smaller scope.

[ Many thanks to Lionel for the photo. ]

Steve Johnson

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  • KBCraig

    It looks like the base might be a see-through mount, so you’ve got the original sights as well (not to mention handy side rails for a laster on one side, and a cupholder on the other!)

  • Brian P.

    “Home defense…machine gun”? Are you serious, or is that a joke? How the hell does one go about getting a machine gun, and how can that be used for home defense? Unless you’re defending your house from a crowd of zombies or marauding people in a post-apocalyptic situation, I can’t see that as being practical for “home defense”.

    • Brian, it was a joke 😉 But there is nothing (other than local laws) stopping you from using a MG for self defense, not that I would recommend it.

      • Brian P.

        Oh, alright. I thought so. Sometimes, it’s kinda hard to tell with you guys. 😆

  • Ramsey

    Yo Dawg, we put a scope on your scope so you can zoom while you zoom!

    I bet that flexes like crazy under recoil. What a preposterous design.

  • Kelsow

    Just a point of clarification. The SpecterDR pictured on top of the HR is the 1.5-6, not the 1-4

  • SpudGun

    ‘Many folks who buy their first home defense crew served machine gun’ – That’s hilarious! I’m reminded of the family in 1941 with the AA gun in their back yard.

  • Burton

    The height over bore on those optics are terrible! I’ll bet the cheek weld is awful 🙂

  • Clodboy

    “Yo, we heard you like sights, so we put a sight on a Picatinny rail on a sight on a Picatinny rail so you can sight while you’re shooting your 78-year-old machine gun.”

  • Phil

    This is a joke, right??

  • Saint Dude

    Mind you, that’s a 1.5-6×42 sight, the 1-4 is a tad smaller.
    Anyway, it’s certainly a sight to behold, although the 1.5-6 is gonna have some serious height over bore issues.

  • Andrew (European Correspondent)

    Would work okay, if 50 cals were used on tripods as much as they used to be. Now they’re vehicle mounted more often, and the gunner would have to expose themselves more (stand higher in the turret) to use a sight mounted that high on the weapon. It would have been better for them to take this into consideration and mount the primary optic lower, although this configuration still allows for the stock iron sights to be used.

  • Tom327Cat

    Well, those sights will certainly get someones head up where it can be shot off.

  • Roy Rapoport

    Yo dawg, I heard you liked aiming, so I put a scope on your scope so you can aim while you aim.

    (With credit for http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/xzibit-yo-dawg )


  • Lance

    Scopes on way too high. Leopold won the contract for M-2A1 scopes anyway.

  • Lance

    Like the M-60E3 in the back.

  • Sam

    “Many folks who buy their first home defense crew served machine gun…”

    That has to be a joke, right? How many people have an M2?

  • Winston Smith

    I need one of these for my Toyota Hilux. Wait, I need one of these AND a Toyota Hilux.

  • howlingcoyote

    Where is the laser and flashlight?

  • noob

    hmm those are standard Picatinny rails.

    I really want to see somebody post a picture of the ELCAN SpecterHR on a glock optics rail with a leupold HAMR on the ELCAN rail with red dot mounted on top of the HAMR.

    Just because it’s a bad idea doesn’t mean it the Internet doesn’t want to see you it.