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SHOT Show 18 – Wilcox Ind WLS & WMS

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Wilcox showed two shrouds at SHOT Show.

First is the Wilcox Lightweight Shroud.

It is completely new and is 20% lighter than their standard three-hole Shroud.


The other new Shroud is the Wilcox Modular Shroud.

Featuring the same construction as the WLS, it allows the user to configure the Shroud.


The Lanyard can be moved as well as a tie down hole.


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.


SHOT Show 17 – Wilcox Industries / Aviation Specialities Unlimited

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The Aeronox is a new mount designed by ASU and built by Wilcox. The legacy mount is 30 years old with a few bandaids thrown on over the years. It is manufactured from high impact Polymer with little metal and is intended for a 20 year life minimum with reinforcements in high wear areas.

They’ve eliminated the need for a neck cord by incorporated the Wilcox retractable cord. The cord will release at 10Gs just like the mount. Additionally, the mount fits the lines of a flight helmet very closely with cable connections fitting contours.

The Aeronox is a repairable item rather than a disposable item, unlike the legacy mount.  ASU has also introduced a new battery pack to work with the Aeronox. It’s smaller, lighter and eliminates the need for battery cartridges. They’ve also built in mounting points for a counterweight. Like the Aeronox mount, the battery case is repairable.

ASU/Wilcox also offers an adapter for the mount to attach to ground helmets. It incorporates the proper angles to facilitate use of the AVS-9 aviator goggle with a ballistic helmet. The Ground Adapter works on all three hole shroud systems and is light and sturdy.

You can also use any of the components with legacy systems.


AUSA – Wilcox Industries Ruggedized Aiming / Illumination Device

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

In addition to the BOSS we mentioned yesterday, Wilcox also introduced the Ruggedized Aiming / Illumination Device at AUSA.

Powered by a single CR123A battery, the Picatinny rail compatible RAID incorporates a red visible laser, IR laser and variable IR illuminator co-aligned with one windage and elevation adjustment.  Just what the doctor ordered.

In this photo, you can see the adjustment wheel for the IR flood intensity from low, medium or high.  


AUSA – Wilcox Ind Black Out Sighting System

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

The Wilcox Black Out Sighting System was designed specifically for use with a suppressed weapon shooting the .300 AAC Blackout cartridge. In addition to a red dot sight with selectability for Sub- and Supersonic ammo, visible laser, IR laser and IR illuminator.

The red-dot is coaligned with the lasers and illiminator and the switch from Sub- to Supersonic is accomplished with the flip of the lever behind the lens. In the photo, you’ll note it’s set to Sub.

The BOSS is powered by a single AA battery.


Wilcox to develop new US Army Grenadier Sighting System

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Newington, NH – Wilcox Industries Corp. was awarded a contract by the US Army valued at up to $151.8 million for a new day/night sighting device for 40mm grenade launchers. The Grenadier Sighting System (GSS) will serve as a replacement for the previously fielded sights for the M320/M320A1 Grenade Launcher Module (GLM).

The contract includes a short development and indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract line items for production of up to 84,000 GSS units. In addition, the contract incorporates provisions for training and logistical support to the U. S. Military.

“Based upon the product sample and proposal submissions as well as the Government’s pre-award surveys, the GSS contract award is a significant achievement for our company”, said Jim Teetzel, Chief Executive Officer of Wilcox Industries Corp. “The award is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the Wilcox Team along with its partners to provide innovative and flexible solutions to meet unique customer requirements.”

The Wilcox GSS is being developed and produced at Wilcox’s state of the art 190,000 square foot facility located in Newington, NH, with an estimated contract completion date of March 28, 2022.

Wilcox is an innovative leader in design, development and manufacturing of tactical solutions for military, law enforcement and first responders around the world. Wilcox portfolio includes four core product areas: Night Vision Mounting, Small Arms, Hybrid Life Support and Combat Systems. The company prides itself on tailoring solutions for customer’s unique requirements. More information on the company and capabilities can be found at www.wilcoxind.com.

Aviation Specialties Unlimited And Wilcox Industries Partner Up To Built Next Generation Mounts And Battery Packs

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Military aviators in for stronger, lighter, easier-to-use NVG mount system


For more than 30 years, night vision goggle (NVG) helmet mounts and battery packs used in military aviation have experienced few changes. After looking at the strengths and weaknesses, two leaders in aviation innovations, Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) and Wilcox Industries, joined forces to build the next generation of easy-to-operate mounts and battery packs.


Unveiled at Heli-Expo 2016, ASU’s new NVG helmet mount and battery pack is lighter, smaller, easier to setup, and more durable than previous models. One of the most significant improvements allows users to mount NVGs to their helmet more easily with the use of just one hand.

“Operators of the new NVG mount and battery pack will need little or no training,” said Justin Watlington, Chief Pilot at ASU. “The transition will be seamless.”

He added that the companies addressed several issues with the legacy NVG mounts which included reoccurring breakage. “One problem that we saw time and again was cracking and breaking of the sidebars on the goggle mount,” He said. “While working through the Wilcox Industries engineering process, we resolved this and several other issues that resulted in a far more durable mount.”


Unlike current NVG mounts, Justin explained that the new design allows for the replacement of the broken part, not the entire unit and at a fraction of the cost. It’s greater endurance, seamless training transition and reduced wear from day-to-day use is a budget-friendly upgrade.

Testing is already underway on the mount and battery pack, which exceeds DO-275 and Technical Standard Order C-164 standards. ASU anticipates receiving certification in the fall of 2016 and pricing will be announced when full production begins this fall.


USASOC International Sniper Competition Winners Used Wilcox RAPTAR-S

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Not only did 2016’s winning two-man team from Fort Bragg’s 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) use the RAPTAR-S range finder from Wilcox Industries, but so did the second and third place teams.

The annual competition draws sniper teams from domestic and international military units as well as federal and state law enforcement agencies. This year, there were 24 teams, including four foreign teams, descended upon Fort Bragg’s SOF Sniper Course facility, the famous Range 37, in order to determine who’s the best. There were a total of 19 stages which used a combination of time, distance and the unknown, in both day and night, in disctances varying from 25 to 1,000 meters to challenge the competitors.

And it’s in that environment where the RAPTAR-S shines. Not only does it incorporate an Infra-red (IR) laser, visible laser, IR flood and laser range finder (LRF) the RAPTAR-S also features an applied ballistics computer created by their partner nVisti Tactical Innovation which specializes in the field of small arms fire control systems with expertise in laser range finders, ballistics, wind measurement and digital imaging. Through nVisti’s partnership with Applied Ballistics and Accuracy 1st, the company has been responsible for the development and integration of the ballistics, firmware and software for the RAPTAR-S weapon-mounted laser range finder.

The solver’s computations achieve nearly the accuracy of a full 6 degree of freedom model using a three degree of freedom (3DOF) modified point mass numerical solver considering all environmental conditions including average cross-wind or a cross-wind profile. It accounts for all major and minor trajectory variables including the use of measured G7 BC’s and even the option to use custom drag curves for over 400 bullets. The output is shown in MILs, MOAs, or even an ACOG BDC reticle. Included within the system is a ballistic calibration feature allows user to ‘train’ the software to match a specific rifle based on observed impacts at long range. Combined with the over 400 custom measured bullet drag curves (available for syncing via Android or PC), shooters have everything the need to make a much more precise trajectory calculation than any other software available.

Included within the RAPTAR-S, the Applied Ballistics solver measures temperature, pressure, humidity, inclination, cant, heading to the target, and GPS coordinates. By using these sensor readings and the custom drag curves, the solver is capable of producing ballistic solutions that are accurate to within 0.1 mils through the subsonic range of the bullet’s flight.

The ballistic data can be exported to most mobile devices or paired with BAE thermal sights as well as the UTC SWIR HWH-SMS camera. In the case of the latter two systems, the RAPTAR-S provides a ballistic solution to the disturbed reticle.