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SureFire Field Notes Ep 56: Intro to Night Vision Use with Don Edwards

Friday, March 27th, 2020

In this episode, Don Edwards of Greenline Tactical discusses techniques for getting acclimated with Night Vision, for new users.

Don Edwards is a retired 20+ year veteran of US Army Special Operations. He began his career in 3rd Bn 75th Ranger Regiment where he was a participant in Operation Just Cause. Retired from 20th Special Forces Group where he served as a Team Sergeant, a Weapons Sergeant and Intelligence Sergeant during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has served for five years as the Use of Force training manager and primary instructor at the ATF National Academy in Glynco, GA instructing in tactics and firearms as well. Don has worked as tactical advisor to the Department of Defense since 2008 serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan and is a FLETC certified firearms instructor.

Greenline Tactical was founded, and is run by Don Edwards. Don is the former Director of Training for TNVC and he is considered a leader in Night Vision Operations Training offering real world tactical and defensive training to law abiding civilians, State/Local Law Enforcement officers and SWAT teams as well as Conventional and Special Operations military units around the country.


American Holoptics Press Release Regarding EOTech Acquisition

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

American Holoptics to Acquire EOTech from L3Harris Technologies
Ann Arbor, Michigan (March 24, 2020) – American Holoptics LLC™, a privately-held U.S. company, has signed a definitive agreement with L3Harris™ to acquire EOTech®.The transaction is expected to close mid-2020 and is conditioned on customary closing conditions. American Holoptics is a subsidiary of Koucar Management, whose strategic acquisitions of Elite Defense® and HEL Technologies™ represent a solid foundation of cutting-edge optical science and weapons systems distribution. The American Holoptics leadership team has an exceptionally broad and deep experience providing high-quality products to the global weapons accessory market. In addition, this team has a proven track record of building customer-first and technology-focused organizations. “We’re proud to sign this agreement to join our team and technology with the EOTech brand,” says Matt Van Haaren, CEO of American Holoptics. “EOTech brings together technologically advanced product lines and production capabilities that will integrate well with our existing business and strategically expand our product portfolio. Together we will deliver an all-new level of service, innovation, and integrity to military, law enforcement and civilian users around the world.”


About EOTech®
Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, EOTech designs, manufactures and markets electro-optical products, VUDU rifle optics, thermal devices, and night vision systems. Due to its advanced technology, EOTECH Holographic Weapon Sights (HWS) are among the fastest and most intuitive sighting systems on the planet. This is exactly why you’ll find them on the weapons of America’s most elite law enforcement professionals and special operations warriors. You’ll immediately see the advantage the instant you engage a target. www.eotech-inc.com

About Elite Defense®
Headquartered in Clawson, MI, Elite Defense LLC is a distributor and regulatory compliance manager for over 170 international partners in the small arms weapons and tactical equipment markets. Since its founding in 2007, Elite has represented many of the most sought-after and well-known brands in the industry. Elite has been EOTech’s largest customer in its international sales history and will bring that expertise with it as a member of the American Holoptics team. www.elitedefense.com

About HEL Technologies™
Headquartered in Clawson, MI, HEL Technologies LLC was formed to continue, and complete holographic R&D. HEL Technologies has developed and secured 4 patents related to its Holographic Edge Lighting design that will bring game-changing innovations to the small arms weapon sight market. In addition, HEL Technologies will have the only USA based emulsion lab dedicated to developing new applications for its holographic R&D.

About Koucar Management
Koucar Management, LLC is a privately held, Michigan-based company with a diverse portfolio of holdings and investments. Koucar Management has an investment strategy that firmly focuses on expansion within existing industries, bringing new vitality to acquired businesses and laying the groundwork for new ventures. With their recognized management strengths and ample financial resources, Koucar Management is providing growth capital and other resources to its portfolio of companies. Koucar’s vision is clear; motivated skilled partners & employees, significant financial strength and stability, a willingness to look beyond conventional performance measurements and an untiring commitment to its customers. www.koucar.com

L3Harris To Sell EOTech to American Holoptics, LLC

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

L3Harris has entered an agreement to sell EOTech to American Holoptics, LLC for an as of yet undisclosed amount. Based on Michigan, just outside of Detroit, EOTech manufactures holographic weapon sights as well as a line of telescopic sights under the Vudu line.

Although their Holographic Weapon Sights have been issued for years to USSOCOM and other military and law enforcement organizations, they were infamously sued by the US Department of Justice in November of 2015 due to fraud over performance of the HWS sold to US Government entities at temperature extremes as well as in high moisture environments. The Government also claimed that EOTech failed to disclose testing that demonstrated the inaccuracy issues in those environments. The issue was settled and EOTech conducted a massive refund of consumer purchases sights.

A Safety of Use Message regarding the HWS was issued by the command in 2015 and they began looking for a replacement. Despite this setback, EOTech once again won a SOCOM contract for the Miniature Aiming System–Day Optic with their HWS technology.

Originally purchased by L3 in 2005, EOTech was the only public-facing company in the current L3H portfolio, selling to government and consumer alike. Although the company specializes in precision optics and weapon aiming solutions, this made it the odd man out in the larger portfolio of companies.

During SHOT Show word was that EOTech was for sale with final bids from perspective buyers due in late February. The process is now complete and the new owners are American Holoptics, LLC, an Affiliate of Koucar Management who also own Elite Defense.

We understand that the EOTech brand is not going away but rather is now under new ownership, more in tune with both product and consumer.

TNVC-ABCA (ANVS to BNVS Cable Adapter) for the USSOCOM AN/PVS-31A Now In Stock and Shipping

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Redlands, California — March 19, 2020

Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) is proud to announce that the TNVC-ABCA (ANVS to BNVS Cable Adapter) for the USSOCOM-issued AN/PVS-31A BNVD, also adopted by many law enforcement agencies, as well as the L3Harris GPNVG-18, BNVD-1531, and other night vision devices using the BNVS external power connector is now in stock and shipping!


The TNVC-ABCA provides a cost effective alternative to proprietary OEM power supplies that allows end users to power night vision devices using a BNVS-style external power connection port* using the AB Night Vision Low Profile Battery Pack–Ground Optimized (LPBP-GO) and AI Air/Ground Warrior remote battery packs or other compatible power supplies using the Legacy LEMO connector, and allowing them to use both AA and CR123 batteries allowing for greater flexibility at a much lower cost than the OEM external power supplies.

Most existing ANVS external power supplies such as the AB Night Vision LPBP-GO utilize an ANVIS-style LEMO connector that is not compatible with the BNVS-style connection used on many next generation night vision devices that cannot be used with their night vision devices, frustrating users**. The cost of OEM BNVS-style power supplies can prohibitive, especially when units are lost or damaged or spares are needed.

While many night vision devices have on board battery capabilities, many end users prefer the extended battery life offered by using external power supplies in conjunction with their night vision devices, especially in colder weather, while devices like the GPNVG-18 have no on board battery capabilities. Furthermore, moving the power supply to the back of the helmet in an external power supply can help to counterweight night vision devices mounted on the front of the helmet, improving user comfort and reducing neck strain and fatigue.

The TNVC-ABCA was developed in partnership with the OEM manufacturer of the BNVS power connector, and features a durable, shielded cable and a rubberized BNVS connector housing and uses authentic OEM connectors rather than aftermarket components.

The TNVC-ABCA is available in both 6” and 8” cable lengths to accommodate a wide range of helmet mounting and cable routing configurations (custom cable lengths available via special order), and available individually for $224.98

Both the 6″ and 8″ versions can also be purchased as a package with the AB Night Vision LPBP-GO and popular TNVC Mohawk MK II Gen. 2 in Multicam, Coyote Tan, Ranger Green, Black, Multicam Black, Multicam Tropic, or Multicam Arid for $549.95, a savings of over $100 over buying the components separately.

Dealer and government/agency pricing available. For all product inquiries or retail or dealer sales, please contact sales@tnvc.com. For military, agency, or government sales, please contact govsales@tnvc.com

*The TNVC-ABCA is not compatible with night vision devices using a LEMO connection port, such as the TNV/RNVG or TNV/PVS-14-PBM-A

**The TNVC-ABCA will work with some, but not all Legacy issued aviation (ANVIS) Low Profile Battery Packs due to production variances in issued-LPBPs, and TNVC, INC. cannot guarantee function with all ANVIS battery packs

Leupold Mark 5HD Selected by Army Precision Sniper Rifle Program

Friday, March 6th, 2020

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold & Stevens, Inc., provider of the world’s most rugged, lightweight, and clear riflescopes and reflex sights, is pleased to announce that its Mark 5HD riflescope has been selected as the day optic for the U.S. Army’s Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) program. Like all of Leupold’s riflescopes, the Mark 5HD is designed, machined, and assembled at their Beaverton, Ore. factory.

The U.S. Army Mark 5HD 5-25×56 will come in a proprietary flat dark earth coating and utilize the Army’s patented Mil-Grid Reticle. The Mark 5HD will be mounted on the USSOCOM selected MK22 Mod 0 based on the Barrett MRAD bolt-action multi-caliber system chambered in 7.62×51 mm NATO, .300 Norma Magnum, and .338 Norma Magnum.

“The Mark 5HD has been built from the ground up to deliver the unparalleled performance that the men and women serving our country overseas require,” said Sam Horstman, Director of Military Sales for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “And, like all of our optics, the Mark 5HD has been strenuously tested for durability, and fully meets the extremely high standards that the military demands. Our Soldiers need their optics to perform, and we’re glad to be able to offer a solution that’s built to deliver on those expectations.”

The Mark 5HD has been crafted to redefine accuracy, precision, and optical performance for long-range shooters. Three models – a 7-35×56, 5-25×56, and 3.6-18×44 – are available in both milliradian and MOA configurations. Pick one up and you’ll feel the difference: it’s up to 20 ounces lighter than other scopes in its class. Get behind one and you’ll see the difference, from its superior edge-to-edge clarity to its extreme low-light performance. With three revolutions of elevation adjustment, the Mark 5HD was made to max out the performance of the latest long range rifles and ammunition.

Leupold proudly provides its optics to the United States military, law enforcement, and government agencies across the country, and to the armed forces of many of our nation’s closest allies. No American optics company has held more U.S. military contracts than Leupold.

Waterproof, fogproof, and guaranteed to perform for life, the Mark 5HD is backed by the company’s legendary Lifetime Guarantee.

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

SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Introduces ECHO3 Thermal Reflex Sight with BDX Technology

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

NEWINGTON, N.H., (February 25, 2020) – SIG SAUER Electro Optics is pleased to introduce the ECHO3 Thermal Reflex Sight. The ECHO3 is a direct view thermal sight, utilizing SIG SAUER BDX technology, with the capability to capture images and record video in eight different color palettes.

“The ECHO3 is an ultra-compact, lightweight direct-view thermal sight,” said Andy York, President, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. “The innovative direct-view thermal display on the ECHO3 is a massive improvement over traditional eyepiece style thermals which induce eye fatigue and force the shooter to look through the sight. The ECHO3 allows the shooter to sit back and view the thermal display and when targets are identified, the new BDX reticle technology allows for exact aiming solutions in real time.”

The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ECHO3 is a compact thermal reflex style sight available in a 1-6x or 2-12x magnification, equipped with Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX 2.0), the ECHO3 can be used with 9 different onboard SmartBDC™ ballistic holdover reticles or it can be paired with any KILOBDX rangefinder. The ECHO3 features a motion activated MOTAC™ display that powers up when it senses motion with over 6 hours of continuous runtime, and offers video and image recording in eight color palettes, and six brightness settings. The ECHO3 Includes a quick disconnect mount, with an easy to adjust zoom lens with throw lever attachment.

ECHO3 Thermal Reflex Sight Specs:
• Sensor: 320×240 12UM VOX LIWR Core
• Magnification: 1-6x or 2-12x
• Adjustment Increments: 0.5MOA
• Objective Lens Diameter: 23mm (1-6)/ 40mm (2-12)
• Illumination Settings: 6 Brightness Settings
• Color Palettes: 8 Color Palettes – Red, Red Hot, Black Hot, White Hot, Edge, Tyrian, Iron and Fire
• Overall Length: 4.1 in (1-6) / 4.7 in (2-12)
• Overall Width: 2.6 in.
• Overall Height: 3.1 in (1-6) / 3.6 in (2-12)
• Weight: 14.5 oz. (1-6) / 16.6 oz. (2-12)
• Waterproofing: IPX6
• Battery Life: Greater than 6 hours of heavy usage utilizing two (2) CR123 Lithium Batteries
• Total Elevation Travel: 150MOA x 150MOA
• Assembled In USA

MSRP (1-6x): $3,899.99

MSRP (2-12x): $5,199.99

The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ECHO3 Thermal Reflex Sight will be available this spring for purchase at retailers nationwide and on the SIG SAUER Webstore. Complete product specs and information for the ECHO3 are available at sigsauer.com.

Trijicon Awarded $64 Million Contract for Marine Corps Squad Common Optic

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Trijicon Inc., Wixom, Michigan, is awarded a maximum $64,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the purchase of Squad Common Optic systems, spare parts, training, non-functional units, interim contractor logistics support and refurbishment of test articles.  Work will be performed in Wixom, Michigan, and is expected to be complete by February 2025.  Fiscal 2020 Procurement Marine Corp (PMC) funds in the total amount of $19,077,827 will be obligated immediately following the base contract award.  Delivery order 1 (M67854-20-F-1696) will be awarded in the amount of $48,000; delivery order 2 (M67854-20-F-1697) will be awarded in the amount of $13,237,502; and delivery order 3 (M67854-20-F-1698) will be awarded in the amount of $5,792,325.  PMC funds will expire September 2022.  This contract was competitively procured via Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received.  The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-20-D-1695).

The optic is the Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28.

MCSC Awards Contract to Trijicon to Produce the Squad Common Optic

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020


Six months after seeking industry proposals, Marine Corps Systems Command awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract to Trijicon, Inc., of Wixom, Michigan, Feb. 21 to produce Squad Common Optic systems.

The contract has a maximum ceiling of $64 million, and Trijicon is slated to produce approximately 19,000 units. The purchase also includes spare parts, training, nonfunctional units, interim contractor logistics support and refurbishment of test articles.

Fielding to Fleet Marine Forces will begin in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 and will be completed by fiscal year 2023.

“The Squad Common Optic provides greater lethality compared to the existing system, the Rifle Combat Optic,” said Lt. Col. Tim Hough, MCSC’s Program Manager for Infantry Weapons.

The SCO is a magnified day optic that improves target acquisition and probability-of-hit with infantry assault rifles. The system comprises a noncaliber-specific reticle and incorporates an illuminated or nonilluminated aim-point. Because the optic is variable in power, Marines can identify their targets from farther distances than the RCO.


“The SCO supplements the attrition and replacement of the RCO Family of Optics and the Squad Day Optic for the M27, M4 and M4A1 weapon platforms for close-combat Marines,” said Tom Dever, interim team lead for Combat Optics at MCSC.


Awarding the contract through full and open competition, MCSC saved approximately $8 million across the life of the program, according to Hough. He also noted the speed at which the program office worked to award the contract.

In six months, Dever and his team defined system requirements, developed an acquisition strategy, conducted market research, requested vendor proposals and evaluated them against requirements, and implemented the contract strategy before MCSC awarded the contract.

“Tom Dever and his team had to find novel ways to move quickly with this process,” added Hough.

MCSC is undertaking the largest modernization of the infantry squad in the last 25 years. Hough and Dever emphasized that the contract award is one step in PM IW’s large-scale project to overhaul the Corps’ close-combat forces and improve their lethality.

“While the contract award is great, we’re not done yet,” said Dever. “Success is not found in contracts awarded, but rather it’s measured in confirmed kills. By awarding this contract faster, it expedites our ability to get this system in the hands of Marines to accomplish this end goal. That is what PM IW is all about.”

By Matt Gonzales, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication