ACOGs for the US Army
Major General J.N. Mattis, Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom, called them “the biggest improvement in lethality for the Marine infantryman since the introduction of the M1 Garand in WWII.” The USMC calls them the first-ever Rifle Combat Optic (RCO) of the United States Marine Corps, and placed a $660 million order for up to 800,000 in 2005.
Trijicon Inc. in Wixom, MI calls them ACOG – Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights (R) whose Bindon Aiming Concept(TM) permits a both-eyes-open shooting method in fast moving Close Quarter Battle (CQB) scenarios like urban warfare. The soldier has both eyes open for better identification and fewer mistakes, and once a decision is made it’s just “put the dot on target and shoot” – and leave the batteries at home. Now the US Army calls ACOGs their M150 Rifle Combat Optic, thanks to a significant order…
Although the ACOGs have many features which are very advantageous for military use, they were originally developed by Trijicon without government funding. They’re an excellent example of product development, however, because the US Army has now added itself to the customer roster beside the USMC and US SOCOM, via their M150 Rifle Combat Optic (RCO) program’s 5-year contract for up to 135,000 ACOGs.
ACOGs combine traditional, precise distance marksmanship with close-in aiming speed. The Army is buying internally-adjustable, compact telescopic sights that are dual-illuminated, with tritium phosphor lamp (low light)/ fiber optic (day) system reticle patterns that can function without batteries. The scopes are machined from solid, 7075-T6 aluminum alloy and filled with dry nitrogen filled to prevent fogging, then coatings are added to ensure excellent clarity even under battle conditions, when the soldiers’ eyes may not be perfectly in-line. Highly accurate from muzzle out to 800 meters, the ACOG incorporates a built-in bullet drop compensator tuned to the M16/M4 family of weapons, allowing the shooter to immediately engage threats no matter the distance.
The Army M150 RCO version is a 4x optic that will include a laser filter, Signature Reduction Device (SRD) and pouch for $1,450.00/pcs, excluding the laser filter. Its initial role will be helping small unit sharpshooters engage longer-range targets during combat operations. Trijicon release.