Vortex Amg Uh 1 Gen II Review


Innovation is slowly seeping through the optical sights industry and this time it has landed on Vortex; the company has made some major anticipated improvements on the Vortex Amg Uh 1 Gen II, and as usual enthusiasts are not satisfied and still want the unit to incorporate more side controls. The above notwithstanding you better buckle up because this optical sight was made to impress.

Whether you are looking to replace your optical sight or combing the markets for a new one it all boils down to your budget and how much you are willing to spend. Remember that with the optical sights, you get what you pay for, if you want a simple optical sight with the basic features, then a budget of $40 and below will suffice but if you are looking for the professional sights such as the Vortex Uh 1 then you will have to dig deeper into your pocket.

The vortex Gen II has so much to offer and retails at a fair price at least when compared to other optical sights of the same standard. Some of its new features are the enhanced night vision settings, and the new dot and triangle type of red dot, which we will look into detail as the article progresses.

Vortex Amg Uh 1Gen II Review and breakdown

From the outlook, the Vortex gen II is quite bulky and looks heavy, to say the least, but don’t be deceived by the structure, because the sight is not as heavy as it looks and only weighs about 11.0oz. The huge structure is because the sight is a holographic, which when compared to the typical red dot you will notice some differences in how they operate and function.

Even more important is that the sight has been equipped with more advanced technology when compared to your typical red dot and the reason it has embraced the bigger structure. The new UH 1 has additionally shed off a few pounds, for example, if you check at the back, you will notice that some of the material that was on the original gen II at the sides and top have been removed.

Also if you look at the coating on the UH 1, you will notice that it is matte black while the original gen II has some sort of glossy appearance. The latter will in so many ways work against the shooter because a glossy surface reflects light, especially when used under bright sunlight. The matte finish on the Gen II not only enhances the look of the sight but it makes it highly functional when used in situations where there is too much light in the surrounding.

Another important improvement is the incorporation of the night vision button, a feature that was significantly missing in the original gen II. The original gen 2 used a charger thus the unit was fitted with a USB charging port. Now the problem with the above, is that the rubber could get worn out or damaged thus allow water or dirt to seep through and consequently corrode the port, disabling the charging option.

The Uh 1 Gen II has therefore, gotten rid of the USB charging port feature, operability has been enhanced and users have been provided with a tool-less battery compartment, which allows them to easily access the batteries and have them changed in minutes.

What we liked;

  • Has incorporated both the night and daylight settings
  • Changing of the batteries while in the field is easy
  • The sight is light in weight
  • The matte black finish makes the sight more effective
  • The UH 1 can be used with the night vision devices

What we didn’t like;

  • The sight is bulky
  • Price is on the higher side

Vortex Amg Uh 1 Gen II specifications

Vortex Amg UH 1 Gen II
Dot size
Mount type
Weaver/ Picatinny
Brightness settings
15 levels
Eye Relief
Parallax setting
Parallax free

Vortex Amg UH 1 Gen II Features


EBR-CQB is the versatile reticle incorporated in the Uh 1 designed to enable optimal target engagement in the different range scenarios. And to make it more understandable is that the 1 MOA center dot has been configured for precise aiming, the CQB triangle is for use with the close-quarter shots, mostly for 10 yards or less. The outer circle is a 65 MOA known to enable faster target acquisition and for use in ranging, the other visible open sections are to help in minimizing obstructions.

Night vision capability

The Vortex Uh 1 is night vision enabled, and you can easily access this feature by pressing and holding the night vision button. Users are at liberty to adjust the illumination settings, to complement their immediate environment; most importantly is that when in the night vision mode, the reticle will only appear when used with a night vision unit.

Optical performance

Most optical sights come incorporated with about 10 or 12 brightness level settings, but for the Uh Gen 1 you have been provided with up to 15 customizable levels. The sight is additionally parallax free, meaning that the shooter can accurately acquire their target even when moving their head around, as the reticle strictly remains on the target.

Eye relief is unlimited, necessary for rapid target acquisition and the lenses are fully multicoated thus enhance light transmission; the incorporated multiple anti-reflective coating also plays a big role in light transmission.

Design and Build

The Uh 1 features an integrated mount, which makes it easy to attach to any Weaver or Picatinny rail. You will also notice that the sight has cleverly incorporated controls on the rear side which allows users to easily power and click through the intensity levels. The rugged construction has made the Uh 1 gen II, to better withstand recoil and impact.

Shooters who are looking for a submersible sight then this is the perfect unit because it has integrated the O-Ring seals designed to help keep out moisture, dust, and debris, thus making it versatile for use in harsh environments. Still, on the rugged construction, the sight features the Amor Tek, which is an ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating that protects the exterior lenses from oil, dirt, and scratches.

Initially, we mentioned that the sight is equipped with advanced technology the reason why it sports a huge build; the unit, additionally, features, the FHQ technology, necessary for eliminating the stray light emissions. Most holographic sights are exposed to eyepiece glare but with the FHQ feature, it is eliminated.

Lastly, the matte anodized finish keeps the sight safe from corrosion and helps in camouflaging the shooter’s position.

Who is it best suited for?

Given its high performance and the level of new technology incorporated the Vortex Amg Uh 1 Gen II is best suited for individuals in law enforcement, military personnel, and hunters. And from another perspective, it is one of the best sights to use for the close quarters.

Are there any alternatives to the Vortex Amg Uh 1 Gen II

Among the alternatives, we have the Streamlight 69260 TLR-1 HL 1000-Lumen Tactical Weapon Mount, the  EOTECH 512 Holographic Weapon Sight, and the Holosun HS510C 2 MOA Dot Or A 65 MOA Ring

Features of the alternative holographic sights

Holosun HS510C 2 MOA Dot Or A 65 MOA Ring
EOTECH 512 Holographic Weapon Sight
ARWIN Holographic Red Dot Sight
Night vision
8.3 ounces
11.0 oz
Water Resistance
1 meter
Submersible up to 10ft
Brightness settings
4.75 x 3.62 x 3.12
5.6” x 2” x 2.5”
105x 60 x 51
65 MOA circle with 2 MOA dot
1 MOA dot reticle
1 MOA dot, 68 MOA reticle

Final Verdict: So, should you get the Vortex Amg Uh 1 gen ii?

Professional shooters and performance-oriented individuals will have a ball with the Vortex Amg Uh 1 gen II. The above is because it has integrated the most innovative features, in its construction, a good example being the FHQ technology, for the elimination of the stray light emissions, and the advanced Armor Tek technology which is an ultra-hard scratch-resistant coating meant to protect the exterior lens from scratches during transportation or when in storage.


  1. What is the most relevant use for the Vortex Amg Uh 1 Gen II?

The optical sight is especially recommended for use by the military and individuals in law enforcement.

  1. What are some of the new features in the Vortex Amg Uh 1 Gen II?

The sight is night vision enabled complete with 4-night vision settings, and a dedicated NV button.

  1. How has the Uh 1 Gen II raised the competition bar when compared to other sights of its standard?

For one the sight is extremely durable, comes equipped with a large viewing window has a VIP warranty, and a solid quick-release mount.

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Terrence Miller
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