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Friday, May 18th, 2018


Updated – US Army Selects SIG Optic For Squad Designated Marksman Rifle

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Earlier this year, the Army conducted a Limited User Evaluation of the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle. Based on the M110A1 Compact Semi Automatic Sniper System program, SDMR consists of a 7.62 NATO G28 rifle built by Heckler & Koch, equipped with an OSS Suppressor and Harris Bipod. The missing piece was the optic.

The Army’s Program Manager for Soldier Weapons invited industry, through the Tailored Logistics Support program, to submit 1-6x variable optics for the evaluation. They selected the SIG Optics TANGO6 1-6x Optic. It is a front focal optic and may recall that we previously covered this scope during Enforce Tac. Please note that this is not the mount which will be used on SDMR.

This optic was chosen specifically for the SDMR and as of now, the Directed Requirement is 6,069 systems. Funding is set for FY19.

The commercial TANGO6 optic was used by the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Daniel Horner during his win at this year’s USPSA Tactical Division. This marks his 10th win.

Update: We received this information from SIG SAUER.

“It’s truly an honor to be selected as the official optic for the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle, and it is very humbling to once again earn the trust of the US Army through this selection,” said Ron Cohen, President and CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc. “SIG SAUER is committed to providing the highest quality equipment for the military that surpasses expectations in durability, accuracy, and performance, so they have tools they can rely on for every mission requirement in the defense of freedom.”

The ruggedized SDMR TANGO6 1-6×24 riflescope features a Flat Dark Earth (FDE) anodized aircraft grade aluminum maintube, 762 Extended Range Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC) illuminated front focal plane reticle, an ultra-bright red horseshoe dot for fast daylight target acquisition, locking illumination dial, Power Selector Ring (PSR) Throw Lever, and a laser-marked scope level indicator for mount installation. The TANGO6 1-6X24 SDMR optic is a variant of SIG SAUER Electro-Optics commercially available TANGO6.

“SIG SAUER Electro-Optics fuses superior optical designs, advanced electronic technologies, and ruggedized mechanical systems tested to MIL-STD-810G at our R&D and assembly facility in Oregon, USA,” added Andy York, President SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. “We are firmly committed to supporting the US ARMY with this mission-specific riflescope that bridges the gap between close-quarters battle and mid-range tactical engagements.”

NRAAM 18 – Vortex Optics Crossfire

Sunday, May 6th, 2018


The Crossfire is a new red dot sight from Vortex, somewhat similar in appearance and size to Aimpoint’s T-2 micro. The Crossfire features an aluminum body with a hard anodized finish, with o-ring seals to prevent debris and moisture from entering the housing, and lenses with multiple anti-reflective coatings. The 2MOA dot can be adjusted from 11 brightness levels, and the battery life is up to 7000 hours on a single CR2032 battery.

A skeletonized mount is included with the Crossfire, either low mount, or lower 1/3 co-witness.



Saturday, May 5th, 2018

The ROMEO8T was designed to answer a military solicitation. This 1x red dot optic offers a 34mm Viewing window with a 2MOA aiming dot which has four user selectable reticle options.

It has 10 daytime and 2 night vision brightness settings. Adjustments are .5 MOA with total travel from optical centerline of up to 60 MOA. Additionally, they report the ability to retain zero despite temperature shifts, although they haven’t offered us details of those temperature ranges yet.

The ROMEO8T weighs 13.87 oz (388 g) and is IPX8 Waterproof Rating (20m for 2 hours). A CR123a Battery provides 50,000+ hours of battery life on visible setting.

There are two variants (Hunting and Tactical), but both feature a 7075-T6 aluminum housing. The Tactical model also incorporates the steel reinforcement chassis seen in these photos as well as flip caps for sand/debris protection.


SIG Optics Unveils Ballistic Data Xchange

Friday, May 4th, 2018

2018-03-20 SIG_BDX_logo

Ballistic Data Xchange is a new, Bluetooth enabled optics system from SIG Optics. It consists of Telescopic Sight, Laser Range Finder, and Ballistic Data App. BDX facilitates the transfer of ranging data from the Range Finder to their ballistic software package and into the weapon scope which displays your hold. SIG Optics partnered with Applied Ballistics to create a new Bluetooth enabled app called Applied Ballistics Ultralight. The app should be available via Google next week, and Apple Store a few weeks later.

“Connect The Dot”

It’s simple to use. Range the target. The data is sent to the scope via Bluetooth. A blinking LED indicates the hold has been transferred to the scope.vElevation and wind age holds are indicated via the Automated illuminated Holdover Dot on the Reticle.

Interestingly, although this “Digital Focal Plane” is on the second focal plane and dots scale with magnification like a FFP scope.


These illuminated dots on the reticle are situated at 18 Windage points (9 per side) and 72 holdover points equaling 30 MOA on 10x.

BDX is intended for use out to 800 yds with 1 MOA accuracy. Although, you can trick a bit with a 200 yds zero, for longer range shots.

BDX also features LevelPlex, a digital anti-cant system.

Once again, BDX is a hunting platform and SIG introduced KinETHIC to assist with determining whether a shot will be an ethical kill. When enabled, the KinETHIC feature will indicate if the projectile will fall below a preset threshold of energy (Ft/lbs).

BDX Offerings
If the promise of new tech wasn’t enough, BDX enabled gear is the same price as traditional rangefinders and scopes. Rangefinders start at $299, while scopes start at $599.


Products include KILO1400BDX, KILO1800BDX, KILO2200BDX, KILO2400BDX, and the new KILO3000BDX rangefinder binocular. The last twill pair with a Kestrel.


SIERRA3BDX riflescope offerings include 3.5-10x42mm, 4.5-14x44mm, 4.5-14x50mm, and 6.5-20x52mm.

Although BDX was created for the hunter, there’s some technology here worth further exploration.

Press Release

Below is SIG’s press release for additional details:

SIG SAUER® Electro-Optics Transforms Hunting with the launch of BDX™


NEWINGTON, N.H., (May 4, 2018) – The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics division today unveiled their all new Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) rangefinders and riflescopes with integrated Applied Ballistics® and wireless Bluetooth® technology. This groundbreaking BDX technology enables interoperability and key ballistic holdover information to be exchanged wirelessly between SIG SAUER BDX Electro-Optics products. The foundation of the BDX system was designed for simplicity and ease of use. SIG SAUER BDX requires no new learning, and uses the same tools hunters and shooters have been using for years.

How does BDX work? The BDX rangefinder and riflescope system is simple, fast, and intuitive. Simply download the “SIG BDX” app available for Android or iOS smartphones, pair the KILO BDX rangefinder and SIERRA3BDX riflescope, set up a basic ballistic profile, and then you’re ready to shoot or hunt.

Once you are in the field, range your target as you normally would, and the KILO BDX rangefinder will utilize onboard Applied Ballistics Ultralight™ to instantly send your dope to the scope via Bluetooth.
Using your basic ballistic profile the ballistic solution is calculated for your target and will instantly illuminate on the BDX-R1 Digital Ballistic Reticle with windage and elevation holds in the SIERRA3BDX riflescope. A blue LED on the riflescope power selector indicates that the BDX system is paired, and when the reticle has received new ballistic holdover and windage data from the rangefinder.

“Rangefinding riflescopes of the past have had two major shortcomings: they are either big, boxy and heavy, or extremely expensive,” said Andy York, president, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. “The revolutionary and affordable BDX system packs advanced ballistics technology into a simple platform that looks just like the rangefinder and riflescope that every hunter is using today. It is extremely simple to use; range a target, put the digital ballistic holdover dot on target, pull the trigger, impact. Incredibly accurate and extremely simple, just connect the dot.”

The BDX family of rangefinders includes: KILO1400BDX, KILO1800BDX, KILO2200BDX,
KILO2400BDX, and KILO3000BDX rangefinder binocular. These rangefinders include many of the legacy features that the KILO name was built on: Lightwave DSP™ digital rangefinder engine, Hyperscan™ with 4 times per second scan rate, RangeLock™, and the Lumatic™ auto-adjusting display.

Available in 3.5-10x42mm, 4.5-14x44mm, 4.5-14x50mm, and 6.5-20x52mm, the SIERRA3BDX riflescopes have the look, feel, weight, and size of traditional riflescopes.

They feature HD glass for superior resolution and optical clarity, 30mm main tubes, side-focus parallax adjustments, and the LevelPlex™ digital anti-cant system. The BDX-R1 Digital Ballistic Reticle is the evolution of holdover, providing a ballistic solution out to 800 yards with 1 MOA of accuracy.

Rounding out these superior features is SIG SAUER’s kinetic energy transfer indicator: KinETHIC™.

KinETHIC provides assistance in assuring an ethical hunt by indicating when energy on target drops below a threshold that can be set by the hunter using the BDX App.

“Ethics in hunting are a contract we make with ourselves based on the standards we as sportsmen adhere to as a group, what we feel good about personally, and respect for the game and our hunting traditions,” said Andy York president, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. “KinETHIC is a feature that asks the hunter to make an educated and ethical decision beforehand by taking into consideration what the velocity and energy capabilities of your bullet and load are to deliver a killing shot. It then lets you know if the shot you are about to take will fulfill this contract. If not, it provides a visual affirmation to stalk-in closer. Knowing your maximum effective hunting range is more than just knowing what you can hit.”

KILO BDX Rangefinders starting at $299.99 MSRP

SIERRA3BDX Riflescopes starting at $599.99 MSRP

Available at dealers July, 2018.

Darley Defense Days 18 – Trijicon RM06-HRS

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Trijicon is displaying their new RM06-HRS (Handgun Reflex Sight). Based on the Type 2, it is their submission for USSOCOM’s Miniature Aiming Solution – Daylight solicitation.

It features a 3.25 MOA Red Dot and has survived 40,000 slide cycles on a Glock 19 in testing.

Leupold & Stevens, Inc. Sponsors Commissioning of USS Portland

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold & Stevens, Inc., sponsored the commissioning of the USS Portland – the first United States naval ship to be named for Portland, Oregon – on Saturday, April 21.


The San Antonio class amphibious transport is 684 feet long and is crewed by 371 sailors. It is the third USS Portland to have been commissioned by the U.S. armed forces, but the first to exclusively be named for Oregon’s largest city – previous incarnations have paid homage to Portland, Maine, or both cities simultaneously. A staple in the region for more than a century, the Leupold brand was originally founded in Portland before moving its headquarters to nearby Beaverton in 1968.

“Everyone on the Leupold team takes pride in how active the company is within our local community, and we’ve long supported the men and women of the U.S. armed forces,” said Bruce Pettet, president and chief executive officer of Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “The commissioning of the USS Portland was something we were ecstatic to take part in. We want to extend congratulations and our thanks to the ship and her crew.”

Now that the USS Portland has, as naval tradition dictates, been “brought to life” by official ship sponsor Bonnie Amos, it will call San Diego its home port. The ship is expected to be in service for the next 40 years.

“The two previous ships to bear the name Portland distinguished themselves in service to our nation,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a release prior to the commissioning. “I fully expect the future USS Portland will continue that proud tradition, whether delivering humanitarian assistance or the full range of combat capability for many decades to come.”

For more information on the USS Portland, go to USSPortlandLPD27.org.

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

Warrior West 18 – Lockheed Martin Indago Payloads

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

During last Fall’s UAS + Counter UAS Industry Day by ADS, I mentioned Lockheed Martin’s Indago 2 UAV and payload. The Noctus Dual IR payload is now available.

Featuring Dual FLIR Boson IR cameras which provide 640×512 video and 32 deg to 2 degree Field of View zoom, with seamless transition between cameras. Additionally, it incorporates an IR laser pointer. Finally, the payload is paired with real-time Geo location and Geo pointing capability as well as object tracking.