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Meopta USA Sport Optics Introduces New Optika6 Line of Riflescopes

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

TAMPA, FL, January 16, 2019 – Meopta USA Sport Optics is pleased to introduce the new Optika6 line of premium riflescopes.  This newest Meopta riflescope series features a 30mm tube, 6x zoom, zero-reset turrets and advanced MeoBright lens coating that delivers edge-to-edge clarity and exceptionally bright, sharp images. 

The Optika6 Shooting series is available with numerous first focal plane reticle options, including new DichroTech reticles, which feature battery-free illumination in any light conditions. The Shooting series is available in the following models: 1-6×24, 3-18×50,

3-18×56, 4.5-27×50.  There is also a 34mm 5-30×56 model with ED glass to eliminate chromatic aberration at high magnification.  All Optika6 Shooting series riflescopes feature rubber-armored target turrets for a non-slip grip.

The Optika6 Hunting series is available with numerous reticle options in the second focal plane, including new DichroTech reticles, in the following models: 1-6×24, 2.5-15×44,

3-18×50, 3-18×56 and 4.5-27×50.  The Optika6 Hunting scopes with capped turrets feature rubber-armored metal caps for the perfect combination of durability and functionality.

The Optika6 Shooting and Hunting scopes also come with illuminated reticle options and windage and elevation adjustments in either Mil or MOA. 

All Meopta Optika6 riflescopes are made of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and feature:

– One-piece tube design

–  Zero-Reset setting for quick return to zero

–  Zoom ring with a multi-position throw lever

–  Rear-facing zoom display for easy viewing of power setting from behind the scope

–  Locking turrets

“Our goal is to deliver premium, European-quality optics to hunters and shooters at exceptional price points,” said Randy Garrison, Director of Meopta USA Sport Optics. 

“The Optika6 line of riflescopes does just that while continuing to deliver the excellent low-light performance and optical clarity that has become synonymous with the Meopta brand. We have differentiated our Shooting and Hunting lines to make it easier for consumers to pick the scope that’s right for them, but obviously some hunters will find the first-focal-plane Shooting models more versatile, just as many target shooters will take our second-focal-plane Hunting series to the range.”

Retail Pricing:  From $499 – $899


Meprolight USA Unveil First Augmented Weapon Sight; the MEPRO FORESIGHT

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Meprolight® brings the cutting-edge technology of augmented reality (AR) to weapon sight systems that allow a digital interface projected right on the lens. Meprolight USA® to showcase this newest innovation and only AR sight on the market, at the 2019 SHOT Show.


Middletown, Penn. (January 2019) – Meprolight USA®, the US sales and marketing division of Meprolight®, a world leader in a variety of optic solutions from electro-optics sights, self-illuminated night sights, innovative pistol sights will be unveiling the most radical innovation in weapon sight systems in years at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 22 – 25, 2019. The MEPRO FORESIGHT, the first augmented weapon sight on the market today, provides essential tactical data projected right on the transparent optical lens.


The data, projected in real-time, includes battery level, sensor data, Bluetooth connectivity and a shot counter (future software upgrade). It has five present reticles for various tactical scenarios, a built-in compass and an inside leveler to maximize hitting capability. A built-in sensor allows for automatic brightness adjustment. A digital zeroing mechanism allows the user to load a present zeroing profile from Meprolight’s mobile APP (Android and iOS) through a Bluetooth interface.


The Meprolight MEPRO FORESIGHT APP allows up to 10 zeroing weapon profiles or user profiles. It features up-to-date and the latest MEPRO FORESIGHT firmware a rich reticle database, plus it allows previously stored profiles from the mobile APP to the sight.

The MEPRO FORESIGHT augmented weapon sight powers with a rechargeable battery or USB-C port. The display window dimensions are 1.299” x .787” (33 x 20mm) with an overall dimension of 4.6” x 2.35” x 2.65” (117 x 60 x 68mm) and weighs a mere 9.9 oz. (280 grams). The MEPRO FORESIGHT is a game changer when it comes to optic solutions for the tactical or sport shooter.

Retailers can now order Meprolight® products, including new 2019 products from Meprolight USA®, the US-based division of Meprolight at sales@meprolight.us or call 833-MEPROLIGT (833-637-7654),

Commercially Availability: April 2019


Relentless Speed: Leupold Announces New VX-Freedom Red Dot Sight (RDS)

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold & Stevens, Inc., has announced the arrival of the new VX-Freedom RDS (Red Dot Sight), a game-changing new red dot that’s built tough, performs in extreme conditions, and won’t break the bank. The RDS is everything you need in a red dot and delivers class-leading reliability – and it’s built in the United States at Leupold’s Beaverton, Ore., factory.

A tubular red dot sight built for recreational shooters and hunters alike, the RDS will be available in two distinct models: One features capped precision ¼-MOA click adjustments, the other a precision exposed BDC elevation turret that ships with measurements out to 500 yards for standard 55-grain .223 Rem. ammunition. The RDS is designed to install easily with an included mount that sits at the optimal sight height for use on AR-style rifles. That said, it can also be removed and mounted using any 34mm rings.

“Consumers have been asking for an American-made, value-priced red dot for as long as we’ve been in the marketplace,” said Tim Lesser, Vice President of Product Development for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “The Freedom RDS delivers on that task and more, bringing with it innovative features like the custom BDC elevation turret, allowing end-users to easily dial up for longer shots.”

Both models of the Freedom RDS feature a 1 MOA dot reticle that’s supported by Leupold’s battery-saving Motion Sensor Technology (MST), which puts the sight into a battery-saving standby mode after five minutes of inactivity. When the MST detects motion, it instantly activates the sight, so it’s ready when you are. A manual mode allows the sight to be shut off when not in use.

The scratch-resistant lenses feature Leupold’s Twilight Red Dot System, which delivers standard color consistency and premium lens clarity. The RDS is 100 percent fogproof and waterproof and features 80-MOA of adjustment in both elevation and windage. A 34mm maintube design measures at under 5.5 inches and weighs less than 7 ounces. Its lightweight design helps increase its rugged reliability.

“The RDS features lightweight construction that disperses recoil energy and creates unrivaled durability,” said John Snodgrass, Product Line Manager for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “It’s been tested and verified on our Punisher, and it absolutely lives up to Leupold’s legendary standards for ruggedness. It won’t fail you, at the range or in the field.”

Both RDS models are designed, machined, and assembled in the United States and backed by Leupold’s legendary Full Lifetime Guarantee.

For more information on Leupold® products, please visit us at Leupold.com.

SIG SAUER TANGO6T Riflescope and Mount Adopted by DoD for Special Operations Forces

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Newington, N.H. (January 16, 2019) – The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the selection of the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics TANGO6T 1-6×24 Second Focal Plane (SFP) Riflescope and ALPHA4 Ultralight Mount for use by Special Operations Forces.

The TANGO6T 1-6×24 riflescope, selected by DoD is a second focal plane, ruggedized riflescope with a Flat Dark Earth (FDE) anodized aircraft grade aluminum maintube. The riflescope features an M855A1 Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC) illuminated reticle with holds for CQB to medium range engagements, an ultra-bright red Hellfire™ fiber optic illumination system for fast daylight target acquisition, locking illumination dial, Power Selector Ring (PSR) Throw Lever, and a laser-marked scope level indicator for intuitive mount installation.

“The TANGO6T riflescope line combines ruggedized MIL-SPEC810-G mechanical systems and HDX high definition optical design with advanced electronic technologies,” began Andy York, President, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. “We are firmly committed to supporting the Department of Defense with this riflescope to provide greater adaptability, increased lethality, and enhanced target acquisition for our Special Operations Forces.”

This DoD award was also inclusive of the new ALPHA4 Ultralight Mount which was designed specifically by the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics division for the TANGO6T series of riflescopes to attach to a MIL-STD-1913 rail. The mount is machined from a single piece of 7075 aluminum for added strength and weight reduction, and hardcoat anodized to provide additional environmental protection.

“We are honored to receive an additional award for our TANGO6T series of riflescopes for use with our elite forces, and be recognized for our commitment to providing equipment that performs and adapts to the most critical mission requirements,” added Ron Cohen, President and CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc. “We are also very proud that we were successful in our first submission for our ALPHA4 Ultralight Mount, and that it was recognized for quality and durability through this award.”

The DoD Award for the TANGO6T SFP 1-6×24 SFP Riflescope and ALPHA4 Ultralight Mount is a $12 million, five year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity, firm-fixed-price contract with an expected completion date of July 2023. The riflescopes and mounts will be built at the state-of-the-art SIG SAUER Electro-Optics facility in Wilsonville, Oregon.


TERRAPIN X by Safran Vectronix

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Leveraging the world’s premier laser rangefinding and precision northfinding from Safran Vectronix, Safran Optics 1 is pleased to announce the new, commercially available, TERRAPIN X.

The Class I eye-safe TERRAPIN X offers ranging up to 3280+yd/3000+m. Objects to be ranged are easily viewed through 8x magnification combined with a 28mm front objective lens for maximum light intake and resolution.

Additionally, it features a Built-in Digital Magnetic Compass as well as a unique algorithm to calculate various distances, like the height of a building, or between two objects.

Output is via Bluetooth to a smartphone mobile app or KESTREL® ballistic solvers supporting LiNK protocol or other products.

The housing is made from rubberized and reinforced RYTON® plastics that provide solid protection from water, dust and accidental drops.

While TERRAPIN X is a commercial off the shelf product intended for the consumer market, it’s low cost and availability also make it very attractive for law enforcement and military.

If you’d like to receive a demonstration of the TERRAPIN X at SHOT Show 2019, visit the Safran Optics 1 Booth #30306 at any time. Or, visit the Kestrel Booth #3246 during scheduled demo times:

? Tuesday, January 22
• 0900 – 1000
• 1700 – 1730

? Wednesday, January 23 & Thursday January 24
• 0900 – 1000
• 1600-1700

? Friday, January 25
• 0900 – 1000

If you’d like to request a meeting in the Safran Optics 1 Venetian hospitality suite, email: SHOT2019@optics1.com.

For all in inquiries within the United States, please contact Safran Optics 1 by phone: 603-296-0469, or email: sales@optics1.com.


BE Meyers & Co to Deliver $14M+ Order of LA-22/U to USMC MARCORSYSCOM OIS Program

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Redmond, WA (January 15, 2019) – B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc., a designer and manufacturer of Advanced Photonic Solutions, is delivering an additional $14M+ GLARE RECOIL® (JETDS identifier LA-22/U) eye-safe green laser hail and warning systems for the MARCORSYSCOM (Marine Corps Systems Command) Ocular Interrupter System (OIS) Program. The first delivery is scheduled for April 30th, 2019. This $14M+ order follows multiple orders that have been successfully delivered over the last two years as part of a sole source IDIQ contract.

The LA-22/U is the USMC designated variant of the B.E. Meyers & Co. GLARE RECOIL®, the only Class 2M, eye-safe series of Escalation of Force laser dazzlers for hail and warning, with an NOHD of 0 meters. This industry leading NOHD rating is achieved with B.E. Meyers & Co.’s SmartRange™ technology that identifies the range to target and automatically regulates the power to correspond with output that is safe for that distance. If the target moves, the systems self-regulates power on target accordingly. The GLARE RECOIL® can easily envelope both short-range and long-range target areas through the motorized zoom functions. The GLARE RECOIL® technology was recently spotted in use by the U.S. Marine Corps as a long range, subterranean illuminator during training exercises, highlighting the product’s versatility and value to end-users.

The LA-22/U is available for procurement as NSN 5860-01-657-3893. It is currently in production and being delivered by B.E. Meyers & Co., the sole source provider to MARCORSYSCOM for the $49M IDIQ Ocular Interruption System (OIS) program, contract number M67854-14-D-1040.


PS Magazine Reminds You To Keep The Anti-Reflective Device On Your M68 Close Combat Optic

Monday, January 14th, 2019

This is a public service message from the Army’s very own PS Magazine.

Soldiers often remove the M68 Close Combat Optic’s (CCO) reflective sight’s anti-reflective device (ARD) because they think they can sight better without it. Then, of course, the ARD goes missing.

Does this make the M68 NMC?

Yes. Step 10 of the PMCS in WP 0012 in TM 9-1240-413-13&P (May 13) says if the ARD is missing or damaged, the M68 is NMC.

Leave the ARD on for two very good reasons:

1. The ARD prevents a reflection from signaling your position to the enemy. That could mean the difference between life and death on the battlefield.

2. The ARD protects the M68’s lens from scratches. If the lens becomes too scratched, you can’t see through it and the sight does you no good.

Units should emphasize to Soldiers they shouldn’t remove the ARD in the field. Armorers can order replacement ARDs with NSN 6650-01-479-5386. They cost a little more than $40.

Badger Ordnance Introduces Sniper Lightweight Integrator Combat Kit – Hensoldt

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Badger Ordnance is proud to announce the next evolution of their S.L.I.C.K. line of products, the S.L.I.C.K.-H. (Sniper Lightweight Integrator Combat Kit – Hensoldt)

The S.L.I.C.K.-H. is Badger Ordnance’s answer to electro-optic integration with the Hensoldt Spotter 45/60 spotting scopes. The S.L.I.C.K.-H. provides 4 Picatinny rails hard-mounted directly to the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock positions as well as 3 additional mounting positions on the 45° angles of the Objective Ring for additional rails or S.L.I.C.K. series accessories. The Objective Ring is also back-compatible with the accessory rails from the current issued S.L.I.C.K. (NSN 1006-01-672-7773)for the Leupold M151 Spotting Scope. The S.L.I.C.K.-H. is also equipped with an incredibly rigid removable, folding UNS/Thermal rail that can be adjusted by the user for either left hand or right hand fold. The UNS/Thermal rail features a positive mechanical lock that can be quickly disengaged by simply pulling out on the the rail and rotating to either the deployed or stowed position.

The S.L.I.C.K.-H. includes a rapidly adjustable rail grabber with a ¼-20 threaded hole for Manfrotto style tripod shoes. Also included is an offset Arca-Swiss adapter plate that will allow the end user balancing options when using the S.L.I.C.K.-H. with front mounted UNS/Thermal devices. The offset plate will also accept Manfrotto style tripod shoes for those not using Arca-Swiss ball heads but still needing additional offset. Mil. Spec. Hard Coat Type III Anodized, Tan.

Also new for Badger Ordnance’s 2019 S.L.I.C.K. lineup is the S.A.P. (S.L.I.C.K. Adapter Plate). The S.A.P. provides the end user the ability to direct mount several popular micro sights to the Objective Rings of Badger Ordnance’s S.L.I.C.K. series of mounts. The S.A.P. gives an observer the ability to co-align a micro sight to their spotting scope for rapid target acquisition, without the bulk of a Picatinny S.L.I.C.K. rail or micro sight Picatinny adapter plate. The S.A.P. is offered for Aimpoint T1/T2, Leupold Delta Point Pro, and Trijicon RMR series of micro sights. 

Both the S.L.I.C.K.-H. and S.A.P. are scheduled for a late Q1 release.