Marines Pleased, So USMC Orders $660M More ACOG Rifle Scopes

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ACOG TA31RCO 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. Trijicon Inc. in Wixom, MI calls them ACOG – Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights. Now the USMC’s initial $7.5 million contract has been followed by a multi-year $660 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with Trijicon for Rifle Combat Optics (RCO) fixed 4 power scopes. The TA31RCO will be a slightly modified version of the TA31F 4x ACOG, 6,000 of which are currently in service with the Marine Corps… The ACOGs are internally-adjustable, compact telescopic sights with tritium illuminated reticle patterns for use in low light or at night. They combine traditional, precise distance marksmanship with close-in aiming speed. Designed for use with the M16 family of personal weapons, its mechanical and optical designs are bent to a single purpose: to provide increased hit potential in all lighting conditions – without failure-prone batteries. Although the ACOGs have many features which are very advantageous for military use, they were originally developed by […]

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