Archive for the ‘Optics’ Category

Warrior EAST 19 – Leupold LTO-Tracker 2 HD

Friday, July 12th, 2019

The Leupold LTO-Tracker 2 HD is a low-cost, handheld thermal viewer. Many law enforcement and SAR agencies are buying them.

It features 7x zoom and toggling through the six color settings (Hi-Black, Black, Hi-White, White, Hi/Lo Green, and Green) is a snap. It also features beacon mode, a grey scale screen with a red box indicating the warmest area in the field of view.

The tough chassis is made from aluminum and it’s only 5.5 inches long and weighs just 7 ounces.

US Army Seeks Direct View Optics for M4 Carbines

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

The US Army has issued a Prototype Project Opportunity Notice (PPON) for a Direct View Optic. This is a Mid-Tier Acquisition effort to quickly identify, test and procure a 1-6x variable power optic for use with the M4A1 Carbine.

The DVO will be capable of variable power magnification with minimum magnification of 1.0x with no rounding and maximum magnification greater than or equal to 6.0 power.

Rationale: Variable power magnification optics combine the capabilities of the non-magnified optic’s ability to engage close quarter targets with a fixed-magnification optic’s ability to detect, recognize, identify, and precisely engage targets at extended ranges. This allows the Soldier to have both critical capabilities without the limitations of either non magnified or fixed magnification optics.

The Government intends to award up to four independent fixed amount Other Transactional Agreements for DVO prototyping, with the goal of delivering 15 Direct View Optic (DVO) Systems with operator manual, MIL-STD-1913 rail compatible mounting hardware, battery, and cleaning items per awardee to be delivered within 30 calendar days after OTA award date. The Government intends to evaluate and award, based on a trade-off process, up to four fixed amount, stand-alone OTAs.

Based on the results of the prototype testing and updated proposals, the Government intends to conduct an evaluation of successfully completed prototype OTAs and, select one prototype OTA awardee for award of a follow-on production Agreement or contract for a known quantity of 50 DVOs. Although, the Army currently has no requirements beyond the known quantity of 50 DVO systems, the maximum quantity of the follow-on Agreement or contact may be up to 120,000 DVO Systems. The follow-on production Agreement or contract will be for five years and will have Line Item Number (LIN) Range Pricing.

Based on source selection, the Army plans to purchase up to 120,000 optics for use by its close combat forces as well as some room in the contract for other agencies interested in purchasing them as well.

Close Combat Forces are those are most likely to conduct direct combat with the enemy and include Infantry, Cavalry Scouts, and Combat Engineers as well as those who provide them embedded support, such as Combat Medics.

Due to the DVO magnification, one potential threat is that an incoming laser could be magnified to essentially make a safe laser unsafe. Every production contract DVO will be equipped with a Laser Filter Unit (LFU) to mitigate this threat. The LFU is an objective lens end mounted filter produced to a Government specification. Other than that, and the mount requirement, the PPON leaves everything pretty open, allowing the Army to evaluate a wide variety of scopes.

Although the Army is focused on procuring a Next Generation Automatic Rifle and Carbine for these Forces, it will take several years to select these weapons and field them. The DVO will be placed quickly into service to enhance the Soldier’s ability to detect, recognize, identify, and accurately engage targets at extended ranges. The want to increase not only lethality but selectivity as well.

This isn’t the first time the Army has procured a 1-6x Optic. Last year, they selected the SIG Optics TANGO6T for use with the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle variant of H&K’s G28 in 7.62mm NATO. However, there are a lot of great optics on the market. With the Army being pretty open to looking at different options, this could very well come down to production capacity.

Closing date for this PPON is Aug 05, 2019 at 5:00 pm Eastern.

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Meprolight USA Hires General Manager, VP of Sales and Marketing

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Bill Yerby, industry executive, brings 29 years of experience to Meprolight’s USA division.

Middletown, Penn. (July 2019) – Meprolight USA, the US Subsidiary company of Meprolight®, a world leader in a variety of optic solutions from electro-optics sights, thermal sights and devices, self-illuminated sights, and innovative pistol sights, has announced that is has named Bill Yerby as General Manager, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Meprolight USA.

“I am excited to be working with Meprolight,” Yerby commented. “As a global brand that is highly respected in the law enforcement and military markets, I will continue to expand its reputation here in the United States to include our law enforcement and commercial customers.”

“Yerby’s success in building relationships and growing market share in the outdoor industry is well known, and we are pleased to have him on our team,” Assaf Shimron, CEO of Meprolight® added. “We have made a significant commitment to our US customers and the investment in our US division will be sooner realized under the leadership of Bill Yerby.”

Yerby brings 29 years of experience leading high-performance teams specializing in consumer goods for the outdoor sports and recreation markets. As Meprolight USA’s new GM and VP of Sales and Marketing, Yerby will be responsible for growing the law enforcement and retailer networks, developing strategies and increasing brand awareness in the outdoor marketplace.

Most recently, Yerby spent the past 17 years working with Vista Outdoor, Bushnell and Bolle Brands as Director of Sales and Marketing focusing on a wide range of high quality and innovative products for the outdoor enthusiast.

Yerby is well known and respected throughout the outdoor industry. He is a leader with strategic vision and proven execution skills. His energy, enthusiasm, and passion for the outdoor markets have earned him the confidence, respect, and trust of his peers as well as retailers across North America.

Yerby holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing from California State University, Northridge and enjoys many outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, and winter sports.

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Defense Solutions Group – PEQ-15 and NGAL Front Sights

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Developed to satisfy customer requirements, Defense Solutions Group, Inc; in cooperation with Midwest Industries announces the new MI-PEQ15-FS and MI-NGAL-FS front sights. Both are designed specifically for use with the L3 PEQ-15 (ATPIAL) and SOCOM’s new L3 NGAL laser designator and illuminators on M4 and AR15 variants.

Both sights allow the operator a standard M4 sight picture and are the correct “F-Marked” sight height. The included adjustable sight post provides for a full range of zero distances for the weapon. Both are suitable for use as a stand-alone front sight or in conjunction with the devices. MI-PEQ15-FS is retail priced @ $124.95.

-Designed to work with Restricted and Commercial models
-Requires only one rail slot on the handguard
-Mil-Spec “F-Marked” Sight Height for true co-witness ability.
-Full range of sight post adjustment for correct zero distance ability
-M4 Sight Picture
-Includes Steel A2 Front Sight Post Tool
-Uses Standard A2 Front Sight Post
-Compatible With Aftermarket Night/High-Vis Front Sight Posts
-Machined recoil lug
-Steel clamp screw threads into stainless steel Helicoil for maximum strength
-Billet Machined From T6 6061 Aluminum
-Type 3 Hard Coat Anodized
-1.5 MOA per click adjustments
-Weight 1.1oz (PEQ15 model. NGAL weight TBA)



Picture is a pre-production prototype

The MI-PEQ15-FS is in stock and shipping while the MI-NGAL-FS is currently in production and expected to ship by September 2019.

Please contact DSG at 800.382.7571 or for Military and Law Enforcement quotes. MI-NGAL-FS price is currently TBA.

SKD Aimpoint QRP2 Riser Now Available

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

During the USASOC Sniper Comp we gave you a sneak peek of SKD Tactical’s Aimpoint QRP2 Riser.

Intended to fit the Aimpoint PRO or Comp M4 with the factory QRP2 Mount, it was designed for SKD by Arisaka Defense, and uses specifications from Aimpoint factory drawings and Aimpoint factory finish specs. Made from 6061-T651 Aluminum with Mil-A-8625 Type III Class 2 Hard Anodizing, this quality part is MADE IN USA and will provide a lifetime of hard use.

They’ve made it in four of the most popular heights so you can now match your PRO or Comp M4 mounting heights to other setups for only $40.

Additionally, if you purchase your Aimpoint PRO from, you can add a Riser of your choice for only $20!!!

SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Award Winning KILO3000BDX Rangefinding Binoculars Now Shipping

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (June 25, 2019) –SIG SAUER Electro-Optics is pleased to announce the 2019 Industry Choice, Optic of the Year KILO3000BDX Rangefinding Binoculars are now shipping. 

The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics KILO3000BDX Rangefinding Binoculars are the world’s most advanced laser rangefinder binocular.  They can be used on their own or be paired with a Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) Riflescope and SIG BDX app.  The BDX system allows input of ballistics data and environmental conditions to calculate the exact holdover solution to target. This information is displayed in the KILO3000BDX and can be transmitted to any BDX riflescope to display the exact holdover dot.

The KILO3000BDX Features the revolutionary LightWave DSP™ rangefinder engine for extreme speed and distance capabilities, HyperScan™ technology providing 4 range updates per second, and the Lumatic™ display that automatically calibrates display brightness to ambient light conditions.

KILO3000BDX Rangefinding Binocular Specs:

Range: Up to (1500 Deer)(2000 Trees)(5000 Reflective) 

Reticle: Circle

Overall Length: 5.75”

Overall Width: 5.00”

Height: 2.5”

Weight: 31 oz.

Field of View: 320 ft. at 1,000 yards

Eye Relief: 18mm

Objective Lens Diameter: 42mm

MSRP: $1,439.99

Complete product specs and information on the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics KILO3000BDX Rangefinding Binoculars is available at

SIG SAUER Takes Home Pistol Caliber Carbine and Optic of the Year at 2019 Industry Choice Awards

Monday, June 24th, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (June 21, 2019) –SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been recognized with two 2019 Industry Choice Awards. The Industry Choice Awards are awarded to manufacturers based upon a comprehensive independent evaluation by industry experts including competitive shooters, trainers, enthusiasts, law enforcement personnel, and retail associates for fit, form, finish, and functionality.

SIG SAUER was the recipient of the following 2019 Industry Choice Awards:

2019 Industry Choice Award – Pistol Caliber Carbine of the Year: SIG SAUER MPX PCC: The SIG SAUER MPX PCC is a 9mm pistol caliber carbine with a 30-round magazine capacity that’s competition ready right out of the box. The rifle features a Timney MPX trigger, slim M-LOK™ handguard, folding telescoping stock, 3-chamber recoil reducing compensator, ambidextrous controls, and comes optics ready.  Throughout testing the MPX PCC was recognized for its “innovative” features, the reliability to “work flawlessly with all ammo tested,” the ability to “run it very fast at a close range,” and living up to the expectation that it comes, “match ready.”     

 “Recently we redesigned and enhanced the SIG SAUER MPX PCC reducing the overall weight by a pound, along with upgrading the features for performance shooting sports with the input of Team SIG professional shooter Lena Miculek, while maintaining the price point,” began Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc.  “We are especially honored to have the MPX PCC recognized with the 2019 Industry Choice Award Pistol Caliber Carbine of the year and have the quality and value of this rifle recognized by our peers.” 

2019 Industry Choice Award – Optic of the Year: SIG SAUER Electro-Optics KILO3000BDX Rangefinding Binoculars: The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics KILO3000BDX is the world’s most advanced laser rangefinder binocular, they can be used on their own or be paired with a Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) Riflescope and SIG BDX app.  The BDX system allows input of ballistics data and environmental conditions to calculate the exact holdover solution to target.  This information is displayed in the KILO3000BDX and can be transmitted to any BDX riflescope to display the exact holdover dot.  The KILO3000BDX Features the revolutionary LightWave DSP™ rangefinder engine for extreme speed and distance capabilities, HyperScan™ technology providing 4 range updates per second, and the  Lumatic™ display that automatically calibrates display brightness to ambient light conditions..  Industry experts noted in their testing the features of the KILO3000BDX Rangefinding Binoculars including, “the glass is clear and performs well in multiple lighting conditions,” and “the technology to pair with the rangefinder makes this optic phenomenal.”

“At SIG SAUER Electro-Optics we strive to combine the latest innovations in technology with traditional equipment that sportsmen are accustomed to.  The KILO3000BDX Rangefinder Binoculars achieve this balance and we are excited to have this innovation recognized by experts across multiple disciplines in the industry,” concluded Andy York, President, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics.

The 2019 Industry Choice Awards was hosted by Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City, KY, June 14-15, 2019. 

TNVC PVS-14 Non-Powered Bridge Mount-Dovetail (NPBM-D) Now In Stock and Shipping at TNVC!

Monday, June 24th, 2019

TNVC is happy to announce that the new TNV/PVS-14 NPBM-D (Non-Powered Bridge Mount – Dovetail) is now in stock and shipping!

Based on the TNV/PVS-14-PBM-A Powered Bridge Mount, the NPBM-D was conceived to provide lightweight, low-cost option for military and law enforcement customers that already have large fleets of PVS-14 MNVDs (Monocular Night Vision Devices) as well as civilian enthusiasts that may already have PVS-14s and provide them with BNVD capability, offering improved depth perception, increased situational awareness, and PID range.

The TNV/PVS-14-NPBM-D retains the yoke and fastener attachment of the PBM-A that allows the best possible lockup and alignment of dual PVS-14s into a retrofit binocular configuration, and is one of the lightest PVS-14 bridge mount systems currently on the market, weighing in at 2.93 ounces and is constructed from Delrin polymer and 6061 T6 anodized aluminum, and requires no modifications to the host unit and is compatible with all MIL-SPEC PVS-14, AN/PVS-14, TNV/PVS-14, and NG/PVS-14 systems.

The NPBM-D also features independently articulating arms, allowing users to adjust the interpupillary distance (IPD), as well as swiveling one or both monoculars out of the way if the user needs to use their natural vision. This rotating feature, also allows the goggle to stow more closely to the user’s helmet, both distributing the weight more evenly, and allowing the user to maintain a lower profile when the goggles stowed.

With a commercial MSRP of $315, the NPBM-D is available for individual an agency/unit sales and currently in-stock and shipping! Government sales and quote requests can be sent to

The NPBM-D is manufactured in the U.S. out of Delrin polymer and 6061 T6 aluminum.