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Spiritus Systems Lid Snake V2 Battery Cable Routing Tubes

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The Spiritus Systems Lid Snake V2 is a protective covering for night vision device power cables mounted to helmets. Essentially, Velcro backed, nylon tubes, it is a two-piece design to offer lots of real estate but is sized to be used as a single piece for flight helmets.

You route your cables through the snakes and it’s flexible so you can place the track of the cable where you need on the helmet, even inside the helmet.

The Lid Snake V2 is available in a variety of colors and patterns from TNVC.

Aimpoint Receives US Army Contract for Optical Sights 

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Manassas, VA – March 22, 2017 – Aimpoint, the worldwide leader in reflex sight technology, has been awarded a contract for supply of 30,000 M68 Close Combat Optics (M68CCO) to the U.S. Army. The Aimpoint CompM4s sight is type-classified as the M68CCO when used by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. These sights will be supplied with a killFlash® anti-reflection device, rubber lens covers, and adapters which allow the sights to be deployed on all versions of the M16 rifle, M4 Carbine, and light machineguns such as the M240 and M249.

“Aimpoint has been a trusted supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces since 1997. With the troops counting on us to build the best sights in the world, it’s a job we all take very seriously,” said Brian Lisankie, President of Aimpoint Inc. “The CompM4s is the standard by which all other reflex sights are measured. These optics are designed to function with complete reliability and accuracy under the harshest conditions, and do so with near-legendary levels of ruggedness and dependability.”

Aimpoint produces a complete line of high quality reflex sights for use by military, law enforcement, hunters, and sport shooters. The company also produces electronic fire control systems for use on crew-served weapons. For more information on Aimpoint products, please visit the company’s webpage:

Nightforce Optics Exhibiting at 2017 USASOC Sniper Competition

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Nightforce Optics, Inc., is proud to announce their platinum level sponsorship of the 2017 USASOC Sniper Competition.

Members of the MIL-GOV-LE team will be in attendance to exhibit products and provide support to customers and end-users. Products on display will include MIL-SPEC riflescopes and accessories, which are designed and built for today’s warfighter, and currently in-use around the globe.

This annual competition takes place during the week of March 20, 2017 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Teams from the United States and other allied special operations units will be tested in real-world based events designed by instructors of the Special Forces Sniper Course. Exhibitors will be located in a vendor tent on Range 37 on March 23-24, 2017.

Nightforce is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium sport optics and related products, including riflescopes, spotting scopes and accessories. We are known for our rugged, high-precision engineered designs that are capable of holding up to punishing conditions. Based in Orofino, Idaho, Nightforce has established a benchmark for high-quality, high- performance products that have accompanied soldiers into battle, world champion shooters to the winner’s podium, and helped hunters take the trophy of a lifetime.

Enforce Tac – TILO-3 Headlamp and Thermal Goggle by Andres Industries AG

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

At every show I attend, I run across a product that not only surprises me, but also impresses me. For this year’s Enforce Tac, that product is the TILO-3 Headlamp and Thermal Goggle. This simple, compact device is a IR camera along with head mounted light. To turn this 100g (3.5 oz) camera on, you simply open the front lens cover and it activates. Turn it around the other direction and the white, red and IR lights are controlled via push buttons with multiple functions including SOS and 10 step functions. The Mil/LE version also offers a programming option for the lights which peak at 160 lumens.

The TILO-3 is offered in three variants, a Military/LE version, “Fire Brigade” version for Rescue use, and a Civilian version. The Mil/LE and Civy models will be available in June, while the version for Rescue units is planned for August. Because it’s IR, it can be used during both day and night. The camera is 12 micron with 60 Hz refresh rate for the government models but only 24 Hz for the civilian version. Output selections include white hot, black hot, booster, search, rainbow and false colors, with the field of view listed as 24″ horizontal by 19″ vertical. The device is powered by a CR-123A battery and offers 24 hours with just light use and 2.4 hours for the Mil/LE version and 3 hours for the Rescue and civy models in IR camera mode. The chassis is high impact Polyamid with nanotube reinforcement on the Mil/LE and Rescue models but the Civy version doesn’t have the nanotube reinforcement. The two government versions are IP 68 water resistant while the Civy model is IP 65 although they all incorporate rubber boots around the switches. Shock resistance is MIL STD 810F 516 IV.

The mount affixes to the front lip of the helmet and can be swung out of the way when you require both eyes. There is also a shroud adapter along with Go Pro headbands for low profile use. This photo is of a chassis mockup used for display with a helmet, that is why the prism is clear. Below, is a shot I took of the screen. When it is close to your eye, the screen size appears much larger thanks to the prism eye piece. In actuality, screen resolution is 1746×960 for monochrome and 873×500 for color. The prism is saphire glass on the two government models and plastic for the civilian one.

The TILO-3 is offered in OD for the Mil/LE version, Black for the Civy version, and Red for the Rescue model.

Andres Industries is seeking resellers both in the US and internationally to handle the TILO-3 in their market.

IWA 2017: Meprolight Launches Unique Red Dot Micro Sight

Monday, February 27th, 2017

With quick release and backup night sights, the MEPRO MicroRDS is designed for pistols, rifles, and shotguns

The Company expands operations in the European civilian market with introduction of:
MEPRO MicroRDS Red Dot Pistol Sight, MEPRO RDS Red Dot Rifle Sight, and MEPRO FT BULLSEYE Self-Illuminated Pistol Sight

IWA 2017, Nuremberg, Germany, March 3-6, at the Prima Armi booth, #7A-512
February 27, 2017. Meprolight Ltd. – a leading manufacturer of electro-optical systems, thermal and night vision equipment, Self-Illuminated sights, and Laser Range Finder systems for military, law enforcement and civil applications – launches a unique red dot micro sight with quick release and backup night sights. The MEPRO MicroRDS is designed for pistols, rifles, and shotguns. The Company is expanding its operations in the European civilian market with its MEPRO MicroRDS, MEPRO RDS Red Dot Sight, and MEPRO FT BULLSEYE self-illuminated pistol sight.

According to Benny Kokia, VP Marketing & Sales, “We are pleased to expand our operations in the European shooting enthusiasts market, and to take this opportunity to introduce our new product, which is the only one of its kind in the world – the MEPRO MicroRDS. Whether on pistols or rifles, the sight delivers a Red Dot solution that enables quick and accurate shooting.”

The MEPRO MicroRDS – the latest addition to the MEPRO RDS family – is small, rugged, and energy efficient, with a clear aiming point for all light conditions, and a large display window. For pistols, it serves as the main aiming sight, offering fast target acquisition at close distances. It fits a large variety of handguns thanks to its patented quick release mounting (MEPRO MicroRDS adaptor). The adaptor allows the use of an optical sight alongside a backup tritium sight. There is no need to replace the gun’s slide or to drill holes to install the optical sight. For rifles, it serves as a backup sight for close distances, while the main sight covers medium and long distances.

Kokia continued, “The European civilian market is an important market for us. During the first stage, we’ll market a limited number of products, but the goal is to expand and to offer European customers all of our product lines. As an established market in the area of hunting and civilian shooting – we are convinced that shooting enthusiasts will appreciate the benefits of our products, which offer high quality at competitive prices.”

The company is expanding its operations in the European market with the MEPRO RDS electro-optical red dot sight and MEPRO FT BULLSEYE.

The MEPRO RDS is an energy-efficient, compact, and rugged sight that provides thousands of operating hours while utilizing a single “AA” commercial battery. With its large display window and clearly-defined red dot, the MEPRO RDS ensures rapid target acquisition with both eyes open. Offering numerous easily switchable reticle brightness intensities, the MEPRO RDS fits every hunting scenario, and is compatible with GEN II and GEN III NVGs as well as magnifying scopes. The MEPRO RDS is a civilian of the Mil Spec MEPRO M5, used by the Israel Defense Forces.

The MEPRO FT BULLSEYE is an extremely small, low profile, optical pistol sight. Similar to reflex sights, it provides the shooter with an aim point in the form of an illuminated dot and circle bullseye, enabling intuitive and fast target acquisition. The MEPRO FT BULLSEYE allows instant and accurate shooting in all lighting conditions with no batteries needed. The sight – which fits most existing holsters – needs no front sight and can be easily installed on an existing pistol dovetail.

PM Soldier Weapons Developing Integrated Fire Control for Small Arms Weapons

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The Army’s headline reads, “PM Soldier Weapons developing first integrated fire control for small arms weapons” but anyone in the firearms industry knows that isn’t true. That’s why our headline differs slightly from the article we are sharing.

In fact, the Army has looked at commercial products that already do what they seeking to create.

Consider TrackingPoint which has been available for years. There are other systems as well.

However, it’s good to see the Army developing Programs of Record to field such caoabilities to our Soldiers. What’s more, I’m encouraged to see the Size Weight And Power work that has gone into BOSS.

PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. — What does it take for an Army sniper to accurately hit a person-size target at extreme ranges?

The BOSS is a fully integrated, rifle-mounted (using the Picatinny Rail) automated, full-solution fire-control system for sniper weapons. It has a variable power (6-22x magnification) direct view optic coupled with a precision, eye-safe laser range finder. The system also contains an internal environmental sensor suite, platform orientation inclinometers, and sophisticated ballistic calculator. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

The Army thinks it may have the answer to this challenge in a new integrated fire control sighting system for military sniper weapons called the Ballistically Optimized Sniper Scope or BOSS.

“To improve sniper effectiveness, especially at extended distances, we need to find a way to increase accuracy by reducing aiming errors, and minimize the time for the shooter to figure out where to correctly aim his weapon,” said Regina Stonitsch, Assistant Product Manager for BOSS at Project Manager Soldier Weapons. “We believe the answer could be the BOSS Project.”
“Since sniper rifle and ammunition technologies are unlikely to change considerably in the foreseeable future, we’re concentrating our efforts on developing a revolutionary fire control system that will provide a leap in shooter performance and likewise a big return on investment,” she said.

(Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

The BOSS is a fully integrated, rifle-mounted (using the Picatinny Rail) automated, full-solution fire-control system for sniper weapons. It has a variable power (6-22x magnification) direct view optic coupled with a precision, eye-safe laser range finder. The system also contains an internal environmental sensor suite, platform orientation inclinometers, and sophisticated ballistic calculator.

The ballistic calculator uses range, environmental and weapon orientation data to compute a ballistic solution based on weapon and ammunition. It provides an adjusted aim point in the scope, which the shooter then places on target and fires.

The entire time, the shooter never removes his eye from the scope nor loses his sight picture of the target. This allows the shooter to maintain better situational awareness and avoids extra time and effort in reacquiring the target.

BOSS also provides fail-safe sniper operations in case its power source or electronics fail.

The Army acquired a number of advanced technology demonstrator BOSS prototypes and evaluated them over the past year at numerous military bases and Army test centers.

According to Stonitsch, the BOSS prototypes were sniper-vetted against personnel-size targets out to the maximum effective range limits of our current sniper systems.

However, the system is capable of accurately ranging and calculating the required ballistic reticle for those type targets at a comfortable distance, well beyond effective weapon system (rifle/ammo) engagement constraints.

Collected data shows the BOSS will progressively increase the probability of hit, as a function of range, by nearly an order of magnitude at the most extreme range and can reduce engagement times by 50 percent across all ranges.

The system ballistically supports a variety of weapon and ammunition combinations. Shooters can customize it based on observed firing characteristics, such as measured muzzle velocities and pre-transonic zone zeroing or, in other words, just before the bullet starts transitioning to subsonic speeds.

Soldier load is important, and the BOSS is lightweight, weighing 3.5 pounds. It eliminates the need for the discrete sniper accessory kit items currently carried by snipers that perform the same ballistic computation tasks but weigh twice as much.

The system is part of the Army’s overall effort to invest in new, sophisticated small arms fire control systems to enhance Soldier lethality while reducing cognitive burdens under battlefield stress.

“The BOSS is currently designed for snipers, but its technologies can be easily adapted to other small arms weapon systems,” Stonitsch said. “It could be a game-changer for our Warfighters by taking the guesswork out of aiming and making virtually anyone a marksman with the touch of a button.”
If the Army decides to develop, produce and field the BOSS, it could be available to Soldiers as soon as 2020, she said.

Heads-Ups Navigation, Tracking and Reporting System

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The Heads-Ups Navigation, Tracking and Reporting (HUNTR) system, developed by the Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate at CERDEC, is a capability designed to improve situational awareness. HUNTR displays icons and graphics that are visible within the user’s field of view and on the Soldier’s NETT Warrior end user device by using a see-through heads-up display. During hours of limited visibility, HUNTR also displays graphics and icons on the Soldier’s Enhanced Night Vision Goggle II (AN/PSQ-20A).

Here, we see 1LT Obinna Opara, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment (EXFOR) during the Advanced Expeditionary Warfighting Experiment 2017 Collective Practice at Fort Benning, GA. HUNTR’s rail is obviously inspired by the Ops-Core ARC rail but NVESD has incorporated a camera into the device.

This photo of LT Jonathon Taylor of the British Army’s, 1st Bn, Royal Anglian Regt, briefing BG Mark Odom of the CDLC, ARCIC on HUNTR shows another angle of the system. The rail system currently incorporates an umbilical cable.

U.S. Army photo by Angie DePuydt

Wilcox Industries – FUSION SYSTEM

Monday, February 13th, 2017

I saw the Wilcox Industries FUSION SYSTEM at SHOT Show but there’s so much going on with it that I asked Wilcox for a write up and photos to help introduce it to SSD’s readers.


The Wilcox FUSION SYSTEM™ is a lightweight, modular rifle forearm system that is designed to fit on the Caracal CAR816-A2 and Kale KCR556 rifle platform.


This FUSION SYSTEM offers a streamlined solution to powering mission essential equipment normally requiring numerous individually powered devices. With the FUSION SYSTEM these devices can be powered with (1) one lithium CR123 battery and a reserve battery standing by. It is as simple as a flip of a switch to initiate the reserve battery. The depleted battery can then be hot swapped.


The system is comprised of a integrated reflex sight, laser suite, and Surefire duel spectrum flashlight. A 3X “Aimpoint” multiplier (optional) is featured with a Wilcox flip mount this allows the system to be used as a CQB device or for taking that long shot.


The FUSION SYSTEM optical suite is unique in that it houses a reflex sight, back up iron sight, red visible laser, IR laser, and fixed IR illuminator all factory co-aligned with one windage and elevation knob allowing for easy bore-sighting to the weapon. A dual zero trajectory switch on top of the optic suite allows the end user to zero the weapon for two distances or two ammo types all while maintaining co-alignment. This switch, when turned, automatically cants the optical suit to the proper point of aim point of impact depending on desired ammo and/or ballistics day or night that is desired.


The FUSION SYSTEM incorporates a unique low and high power output level governor. The blue lockout screw requires docking in the off line storage spot that electronically engages the use of the high powered lasers.


The FUSION SYSTEM can also be adjusted “on the fly” using the ambidextrous pressure pads to determine the reflex sight, laser suite, and flashlight brightness. A SureFire dual spectrum light provides both white light at 250 lumens and IR light at 100mw’s.


The installation and removal of the FUSION SYSTEM in the field is effortless, requiring no tools and maintains consistent repeatability and bore-sight retention when cleaning the weapon. The unique triangular silicone pads insulate the operator from the build up of weapon heat experienced with heavy weapon usage. The square silicon pads at the 6 o’clock position can be individually removed to allow a vertical grip assembly to be installed in its place.

TangoDown releases iO Optic Cover for the Trijicon MRO

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

TangoDown introduces the iO Cover for the Trijicon™ MRO optic (iO-002). The cover is sleek, durable and provides a snug fit to keep the elements outside without adding bulk or weight. The solid integral caps provide protection against scratching of the lenses without risk of losing or dropping the caps. The iO-002 caps nest together to prevent them from flopping around while the optic is in use, or while in the ready position while on duty. Additionally, TD iO covers feature an indestructible polyurethane material that takes most spray paints and hydro-dip process.

– Keeps optics body and both lenses protected even in the most extreme and harsh environments.
– One handed operation to open or close caps, covers nest together to prevent snags.
– Durable thermoplastic polyurethane material resists solvents, oils and UV exposure.

OA Length: 2.75” Width: 2.0” Weight: 0.9 oz.

Fits Trijicon™ MRO optics only.
MSRP: $34.95
Color Options: Black or Flat Dark Earth

SHOT Show 17 – Leupold Introduces New Mk 8 Variant

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Leupold Mk 8 is one of the most popular optics on the market. However, it’s expensive and not everyone requires the scope’s illuminated reticle, so Leupold came out with this new model to make it available to more shooters.

It’s still a 3.5-25×56 with Mk 8 construction. They’ve added low-profile M5C2 ZeroLock adjustments and a non-illuminated front focal plane reticle.