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PS Magazine Reminds You To Keep The Anti-Reflective Device On Your M68 Close Combat Optic

This is a public service message from the Army’s very own PS Magazine.

Soldiers often remove the M68 Close Combat Optic’s (CCO) reflective sight’s anti-reflective device (ARD) because they think they can sight better without it. Then, of course, the ARD goes missing.

Does this make the M68 NMC?

Yes. Step 10 of the PMCS in WP 0012 in TM 9-1240-413-13&P (May 13) says if the ARD is missing or damaged, the M68 is NMC.

Leave the ARD on for two very good reasons:

1. The ARD prevents a reflection from signaling your position to the enemy. That could mean the difference between life and death on the battlefield.

2. The ARD protects the M68’s lens from scratches. If the lens becomes too scratched, you can’t see through it and the sight does you no good.

Units should emphasize to Soldiers they shouldn’t remove the ARD in the field. Armorers can order replacement ARDs with NSN 6650-01-479-5386. They cost a little more than $40.

9 Responses to “PS Magazine Reminds You To Keep The Anti-Reflective Device On Your M68 Close Combat Optic”

  1. d says:

    He! Fuck that ARD.

    • lcpl1066 says:

      Everything they say is true. The ARD will also cause the optic to become foggy and unusable in humid or wet environments.

  2. Doc Ras says:

    The only time my enemy is going to see the reflection from my optic is when I have it aimed at them. Given that the M68 is not a magnified sight, I’m not going to be in a position where I am trying to snipe them from a hide. I am likely already engage by the enemy and my position has already been compromised. The M68 is a reflex optic and seconds count when using it. Trying to find a appropriately adjusted for brightness red dot is difficult enough before you add a massively obtrusive honeycomb. This is just a push to save money caused by soldiers losing them or banging up the CCO threads.

    Just my 2 cents

    • James says:

      Or could be that you don’t always have your it shouldered ,and it kinda wags around like a signal mirror sometimes. They do suck though.?

  3. Ray Forest says:

    $40?? Hey, anyone need to buy an ARD?

  4. Jk says:

    Good luck trying to use your optic in wet/snowy inclement weather.

  5. Luke says:

    The NCO in the photo has bigger problems restinf his barrel rather than his hand guard on that prop. He ain’t gonna hit shit

    • Joglee says:

      He’ll be fine.

      Generally the handguard won’t fit through those tiny slits. You see the same issue with the RIS II, except they have to rest the flash hider on the barricade.