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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.”


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.

Enforce Tac – SIG Optics Exhibits USSOCOM Squad-Variable Power Scope Candidate

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

SIG Optics had their contender for the USSOCOM Squad-Variable Powered Scope solicitation. It is a 1-6x intended for use out to 600m. It is seen here mounted to a SIG716-G2.


It is a variant of their commercially available Tango 6 optic, with final assembly in their Oregon plant. Additionally, they manufacture the mount there. The optic also comes with a throw lever installed.


Interestingly, it is a second focal plane scope. The contract had a small business set aside for first focal plane submissions, while the second focal plane versions are a full and open competition. If you’re wondering why there’s even a second focal plane option, it’s because the customer wanted the dot to be crisp and visible, even in full daylight.


The optic is a red dot, with a SOCOM-specified reticle. At the intensity setting, you can lock out the dot.


Although they have not made a final decision on naming convention, you will be able to purchase a version of this optic. Options will include tube color, reticle and first or second focal plane.

SIG Range Day 2018 – P365 Laser Sneak Peek

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Due to its narrow design, the new SIG P365 pistol features a slim-line rail. SIG Optics is introducing a laser in March built specifically for this pistol.

Offered in Red and Green variants, it is actuated via pressure of the middle finger of the button at the grip.

Here is a photo of me shooting the P365 Equipped with the laser.

A 100 lumen light in the same configuration is also on the way as well as a Lima grip which the user can swap pistol frames from the standard frame to one with an integral laser.

SOFIC – SIG Electro-Optics ROMEO4T

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The SIG ROMEO4T is a 1×20 red dot sight with a CR2032 backup and Solar Panel primary power source along the top. Using solar power and battery backup, you can expect in excess of 100,000 hours.

It is made from 7075 Aluminum and comes with a hexnut fastener on the 1/3 co-witness spacer.

Additionally, it is available with one of two sets of four, user selectable reticles (Ballistic Circle-dot and CirclePlex). The sight also comes standard with solid and see through lens covers.

Tested to Mil-Spec 810G, submersible to 20 meters, the is also an “H” model which doesn’t offer the solar power source.