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SHOT Show 19 – Quantico Tactical Exhibits Laser Early Warning Detection System

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

The Laser Early Warning Detection System is one of those technologies that is going to save lives. In fact, it was developed by Attollo Engineering from their OMNir technology at the direction of Air Force Research Labs because of a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan where a US aircraft mistakenly bombed US troops.

LEWDS is lightweight and mounts to the top of the helmet or other equipment. It uses a common CR123A battery.

It offers a haptic alert (user programmable) if it is lased with 1064 & 1550nm energy which is generated by:

– Low Eye-safe military laser rangefinders (LRFs) used for precision target locating

– Low frequency gimbal-mounted LRFs

– High frequency handheld LRFs

– PRF-coded Laser Target Markers (LTMs) used for handoff to laser designator systems

– PRF-coded Laser Target Designators
(LTDs) used for guiding laser guided bombs

In addition to direct targeting LEWDS also detects “Danger Close” illumination and is designed to reject false alarms.

LEWDS does not need to be fielded to all. Because it detects Laser energy generated from above, Terminal Attack Controllers and small unit leaders are the best use of the device as they are most likely to have contact with Close Air Support aircraft to alert them they are placing friendly troops in danger.

LEWDS is available from

MOHOC launches LASO Tactical Video Transmitter

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

New product increases video streaming range of MOHOC Cameras

SHOT Show, Las Vegas, NV. MOHOC, Inc., creator of the world’s first military-optimized helmet cameras, today launched LASOTM, a WiFi-based Tactical Video Transmitter to livestream video from MOHOC® Cameras to teammates and command.

Small, rugged and easy-to-use, LASO™ is a two-part booster system that extends the MOHOC® Camera’s existing WiFi streaming distance up to 10 times the stand-alone camera (line-of-sight up to 200m/650ft). The operational benefits for real-time situational awareness include EOD, room clearing, K9, riot control, surveillance, and training.

MOHOC, Inc. Vice President of Product Development, Dan Fuhrman, commented “Since pre-launch at SOFIC and Eurosatory in 2018, tactical operators have successfully deployed LASO™ beta-test units. Thanks to their feedback, the product is now ready for the mass market. As MOHOC’s first Tactical Video Transmitter, LASO™ represents our commitment to pioneer live-streaming video technology specifically developed for defense and law enforcement.”

LASO™ is a rapidly deployed system that requires nothing more than powering on and opening the app. Cable-free and body-worn, LASO™ consists of a transmitter unit that accompanies the operator with the MOHOC® Camera, and a pre-paired viewer unit that stays with those watching the video on phone or tablet through MOHOC’s iOS or Android app.

Launching now at SHOT Show (booth 7110), LASO™ is available for immediate purchase (MSRP $499) at or from authorized MOHOC dealers.

FirstSpear Range Day 19 – Aimpoint ACRO P-1 Optic

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Today was my first chance to shoot with the Aimpoint ACRO P-1 red dot sight for pistols. ACRO stands for Advanced Compact Reflex Optic. Product testing included shock, vibration, temperature span and other environmental stress including 20,000 rounds mounted to a .40 pistol slide.

I found the 3.5 MOA dot easy to acquire and intensity is adjustable via the side mounted buttons. Expect a year’s life from the CR1225.

Leupold Adds 7-35×56 Models to Mark 5HD Riflescope Line

Monday, January 21st, 2019

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has expanded its award-winning Mark 5HD riflescope family with the addition of models that will features a 7-35x magnification range. The new 7-35 models will be available with either milliradian or MOA adjustments and reticles.

The Mark 5HD line has been crafted to redefine accuracy, precision, and optical performance for long-range shooters – and do so in a package that embodies rugged reliability. The 7-35 models deliver those same traits – but with the enhanced magnification range that diehard long-range shooters have demanded.

“From the beginning, the Mark 5HD project team set out to deliver riflescopes that had all the features long-range shooters have been calling for, but in a user-friendly package,” said John Snodgrass, Product Line Manager for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “Shooters across the country have been impressed by what the Mark 5HD’s are capable of, and many have asked when we’d be adding more magnification to the line. We’re ecstatic to be able to deliver 7-35 models to the long-range community.”

In designing the Mark 5HD line, Leupold’s product specialists asked elite shooters what they needed to put accurate fire downrange faster, and used that input to design a riflescope that provides all the tools necessary – in both quality and features – without the unnecessary extras that add weight and cost for consumers. The 7-35×56 models weigh in at just 33 ounces, making the scope significantly lighter than nearly anything else in its class. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it can’t take a beating – quite the opposite. The Mark 5HD’s lightweight construction disperses recoil energy faster and creates unrivaled durability.

Get behind a Mark 5HD, meanwhile, and you’ll see the difference. All models deliver superior edge-to-edge clarity and extreme low-light performance. The Twilight Max HD Light Management System delivers the perfect balance of image color and contrast, light transmission, and glare management. The Mark 5HD is designed with a 35mm maintube for increased adjustment travel, and ships with a high-speed power selector ring featuring an optional low-profile throw lever that provides additional leverage.

The heart of the Mark 5HD is in its ZeroLock adjustments, which provide precise, repeatable tracking with a dead-on return to zero. The M5C3 elevation dials deliver 30-mils of adjustment in 3 turns, at 10-mils per turn on milliradian models, allowing the Mark 5HD to max out the performance of the latest long-range rifles and ammunition. The M1C3 elevation dials deliver over 70 MOA of adjustment in 3 turns on the 7-35×56 MOA models. Visual and tactile revolution indicators are in place to ensure you don’t get lost in the travel, and the auto-lock at zero eliminates the risk of inadvertently moving the dial. The windage adjustment is capped and the zero indicator mark has been relocated on the riflescope’s maintube so you can see it without having to move your head off the stock of the rifle.

The milliradian models Mark 5HD 7-35×56 will be available in six reticle options: H-59, CCH, TMR, Tremor 3, and Tremor 3 Illuminated. The MOA version will be available with an Impact 60 MOA reticle.

All Mark 5HD riflescopes are designed, machined, and assembled in the United States and backed by Leupold’s legendary Full Lifetime Guarantee.

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Unity Tactical Announces FAST Optics Mounts

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Unity Tactical is proud to announce FAST optics mounts as the latest addition to our growing product line. FAST optic mounts are designed to facilitate quicker and more intuitive target engagement and is comprised of several different mounts and accessories.

FAST Mounts will be available for all commonly used/issued optics in the military and law enforcement communities and like all Unity Tactical products, they are packed with smart features.  FAST mounts are machined from 7075-T6, available in Type 3 black or FDE anodizing and can be configured for multiple mounting options.

FAST Micro Mount

Compatible with most optics that feature the ubiquitous Aimpoint Micro footprint, the Patent Pending FAST Micro Mount elevates the capability of your optic.  It securely attaches to Milspec M1913 Picatinny rail via a no-snag dual cross-bolt clamp or optional American Defense Mfg patented QD Auto Lock Lever. Other mounting solutions such as captured ½“ hex nut are available to units on a volume basis. The optical centerline of the mount is a nominal 2.26” above the rail. The increased height of this optic mount works great with NVG’s, gas masks, and heads up shooting techniques while sitting only 1/3” of an inch higher than other popular 1.93” mounts. The mount features built-in, standard 1.42” height, windage-adjustable back up rear iron sight as well as an optional elevation adjustable front sight. The front sight is removable so shooters can utilize the built-in rear sight with a standard front sight for a more traditional sight radius. The FAST Micro Mount eliminates the need for separate rear BUIS, saving weight and space. Weighing in at 3.0 oz, the FAST Micro Mount competes with the lightest optic mount / rear BUIS combos on the market. These are currently in production and will be available late Q1 2019.

MSRP $169



FAST FTC Magnifier Mount

The first ever FTC (Flip-To-Center) magnifier mount is here. Compatible with Aimpoint 3X and some other 30mm tube magnifiers, our Patent Pending FTC Mag Mount swings the optic inboard and down, stowing it almost completely within the receiver’s footprint while not obstructing the sight picture of the red dot optic. This reduces the snag hazard and protects the magnifier. The FAST FTC Mag Mount operates via force-to-overcome, so deployment and stowage is… fast.  It weighs 4.5 oz and is compatible with all FAST red-dot mounts. These are currently in production and will be available late Q1 2019.

MSRP $198



FAST Riser Mount

The FAST Riser is a universal solution for EOTech EXPS, Vortex UH-1, Leupold LCO, and other similarly-sized optics.  The FAST Riser places the optical centerline at a nominal 2.26” and is fully compatible with the FAST FTC Mag Mount. It attaches to weapons via dual cross bolt clamp and can be augmented with an optional offset flip-up iron sight. FAST Risers are currently in production and will be available late Q1 2019.

MSRP $88

FAST Offset Options

The FAST Offset options will initially include a Rear Iron Sight, Trijicon RMR mount, and Aimpoint Micro footprint mount and will be compatible with the Riser, Scope Mount, and ACOG mounts. Our optional offset rear sight is compatible with most offset front sights. Offset mounts are slated for release late 2019. MSRP TBD

FAST Scope Mount

FAST Scope Mounts are slated to be available late 2019.  The testing model shown is a 1.93” height, but may become available in other heights. Designed to achieve a balance of weight and strength, these mounts feature the same offset integration as the riser. MSRP TBD


FAST ACOG Mounts will be available late 2019.  The test model shown is standard height, but may become available in other heights. These mounts feature the same offset integration as the riser.


Please stop by booth 6502 at SHOT SHOW 2019 to test FAST and see our other new products.

Interested dealers should contact us at to get pricing and place pre-orders.

If you are retail customer and interested in these mounts, please visit our website at to sign up for in stock notifications and follow us on social media for more information and release dates.

“All of us here at Unity are extremely excited about this product release as it moves us closer to better accessory integration, especially with FUSION and some other to be announced products. We have a lot planned for 2019.” – Trent Zimmer, President


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 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.

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