Tactical Tailor

USSOCOM Selects Nightforce Optics for Precision-Variable Power Scope

United States Special Operations Command has awarded Nightforce a contract for the Precision-Variable Power Scope (P-VPS). This award addresses the precision weapon solution for the USSOCOM Miniature Aiming Sight – Dayscope (MAS-D) family of optics.

Lightforce USA Inc., doing business as Nightforce Optics,* Orofino, Idaho, is awarded a $53,735,930 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a five-year ordering period for Precision-Variable Power Scopes (P-VPS).  This procurement is for the P-VPS Standard and the P-VPS Standard, Long Range.  The P-VPS is a precision direct view optic with continuously variable magnification ranging from 3x to less than or equal to 7x and greater than or equal to 25x continuous zoom for U.S. Special Operations Command.  Work will be performed in Orofino, Idaho, and is expected to be complete by December 2024.  Fiscal 2020 defense procurement funding in the amount of $2,351,124 will be obligated at the time of award and will expire at the end of the current continuing resolution period.  This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website with two offers received.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-20-D-JQ57).

The optics selected for the P-VPS award are the MIL-SPEC ATACR 5-25×56 Dayscope and MIL-SPEC ATACR 7-35×56 Long Range Dayscope l, both manufactured by Nightforce Optics. The P-VPS Dayscopes are designed to improve target detection, acquisition, and identification as well as increase probability of hits during day and night time engagements between 0-1500m and feature the Tremor 3 reticle.

The P-VPS is awarded as a system and in addition to the optic includes the Nightforce MIL-SPEC UltraMount with RAP-I Laser Range Finder attachment bridge, tool kit, and soft case.

Seen above is the 7-35×56 mounted to the Mk22 Advanced Sniper Rifle manufactured by Barrett. In addition to the Nightforce scopes and mounts (NF UltraMount and RAP-i LRF Mount), it includes a suppressor manufactured by Barrett. The ASR is a multi-caliber system capable of firing 7.62mm NATO, 300 Norma Mag and .338 NM.

16 Responses to “USSOCOM Selects Nightforce Optics for Precision-Variable Power Scope”

  1. Tom says:

    Bravo Zulu to the gents at Nightforce! Here’s to years of precise tracking and holding zero!

  2. Israel Hoffman says:

    I still don’t understand why people prefer the Tremor 3.

    • Ed says:

      Maybe because it works exceptionally and Tier One units have been using Horus/Tremor reticles since their inception?? Much praise to Todd Hodnett for his expertise and development of these fine tactical implements.

    • RigsOnGradesKillinToads says:

      And most people don’t unless they are one of the professionals behind the gun that use it as intended on the battlefield. Its a program of record and its the standard for SOF Snipers. And its a very capable tool in the hands of such trained professionals. Just because you don’t prefer it doesn’t make them wrong. Thats really all I have to say about that.

  3. Jeb says:

    I’m unashamedly aroused.

  4. Tom says:

    Leupold protest in ….3….2….1

    • Ed says:

      Leupold is used in SOCOM as well. This NF was picked specifically for the ASR.

      • SVGC says:

        He’s making a lame joke about the sustained protest in regards to SOCOM’s S-VPS program.

        • Tom says:

          These contracts are won on price. Specifying a Tremor3 reticle gives NF a cost head start on any other company submitting.

          • Bill77 says:

            That implies that the award was based on low-bid – it was not and doesn’t explain other contracts where clearly the more expensive item gets awarded.

            As for Nightforce having a “head start” – they (or the customer actually) pay licensing fees just like everybody else. To suggest that they have a leg-up because they don’t have to pay for the reticle is inaccurate just based on how other sales for them have been.

          • RigsOnGradesKillinToads says:

            Its not always just about the lowest cost/price. Depends on the contract; there is Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) where cost is the number one factor and there is Best Value to the Government which rates factors on a scale such as “Technical”, “Past Performance”, “Cost/Price”, “Set-Aside”, “Delivery and Capacity”, etc. Cost/Price to the govt. could be the factor weighed the least. I think its important you know the contract vehicle specifics before you make such assumptions.
            Typically, USSOCOM will structure their contacts as a Best Value to the USG. Makes sense that their contracts would be more about performance than cost; so I would hedge my bets that “Technical” and “Past Performance” were considered a much higher factor than overall cost.

  5. RigsOnGradesKillinToads says:

    SOF snipers….while some already lethal SOB’s are about to be lethaler (yes, its a word I made up) with their new Nightforce 7-35 and STORM II equipped Mk22 (MRAD) in 300 & 338 Norma Mag!
    Die Hadji…..DIE!!!! Good night….for good, you booger eaters!