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The NEW Micro6x Magnifier from Vortex Takes Your Red Dot 6x Farther

Friday, January 14th, 2022

BARNEVELD, Wis. – With a red dot, your carbine is already a versatile weapon, giving you the confidence you need to engage close-range targets. But now, there’s a simple way to stretch your effective range, with the new Micro6x Magnifier from Vortex®.

In addition to being the most compact 6x magnifier on the market, the Micro6x Magnifier provides an easy on, easy off flip mount, and everything you need to mount up right out of the box. You can take your pick of three mounting heights, from absolute co-witness, lower 1/3 co-witness, and 1.93 inches with included riser, and the adjustable flip mount easily allows for left- or right-handed use.

The camlock system engages and disengages with direct pressure, allowing you to raise and lower the magnifier quickly and easily, and the system is built to stand up to hard use in the field. Crisp optics round out an all-new way to hit harder and farther than you ever thought possible.

Want to learn more about magnified optics on tactical carbines? Check out our blog, “Making sense of magnified optics on tactical carbines.” Or, take a deep dive into optics to top your AR with “Magnifier + Red Dot vs LPVOs vs Prism Scopes FAQ” on the Vortex® YouTube page.

$549.99 – Micro6x Magnifier

Riton Optics Launches 2022 Product Line

Friday, January 14th, 2022

For Immediate Release

Tucson, AZ (10 January 2022)- Riton Optics is pleased to introduce new products for 2022. Riton has been focused on providing consumers with high quality optics and unmatched service at the industry’s most competitive prices. From their home base in Tucson, Arizona, this Military/Law Enforcement Veteran owned optics company has become the industry’s fastest growing optics company by standing out from the competition in quality, value and service.

1 Conquer 6-24×50 FFP

1 Primal 4-12×50

3 Primal 3-12×56

3 Primal 4-16×44

3 Primal 10×42 Binoculars

5 Tactix 1-6×24 in partnership with Thunder Ranch

5 Conquer 4-28×56

5 Primal 15-45×60 Spotting Scope

7 Conquer 3-18×50 PSR

“We are excited to finally present our new product line for 2022” Riton Optics Founder and CEO, Brady Speth, stated, “We took all of our customer feedback, and our team has created new optics and accessories that I’m proud have the Riton shield.”

Riton will be displaying these new products at Shot Show next week in Las Vegas. For more information on Riton Optics new products for 2022, please see ritonoptics.com.

Armasight Introduces ArmaCORE Self-Contained 320 12 Micron Pixel Thermal Core

Friday, January 14th, 2022

For Immediate Release – Northbrook IL – Pioneer in Thermal Imaging and Night Vision Devices, Armasight begins production of the new ArmaCORE™ Thermal Core as the latest evolution in uncooled thermal imaging technology. Armasight products are Proudly Designed & Built in the USA with U.S. and global components.

The ArmaCORE combines a 12?m pixel sensor, image processing, and interfaces for wireless communication, GPS, internal memory, WiFi and USB streaming capabilities into a single piece of hardware. The self-contained nature of the ArmaCORE creates enhanced reliability in devices, simplified workflow in manufacturing, a significant size reduction, and a 25% reduction in overall weight.

The 12?m pixel ArmaCORE represents a pixel size reduction of 40% over the previous generation of sensors available on the market, translating to improved resolution in devices. This translates to an overall decrease in power consumption of up to 35% giving users longer runtimes with smaller batteries and faster recharge cycles. This reduction in size is achieved while improving the overall quality and scalability of the video image.

With a weight of 7.5g and a 21mm x 21mm x 19mm body, the ArmaCORE represents an industry-leading reduction in space without sacrificing performance. The advanced embedded processing and video analytics, as well as customizable software functionality, gives this small camera big capabilities, including integration with auxiliary sensors, third-party cameras, GPS, and IMU.

Built-in Image Processing

Automatic AGC – Histogram based AGC equalizing the image dynamic range

Automatic FFC – Build in shutter optimizes deep flat field correction

Auto Colorization – Auto pallet colorization is based on 256 color LUT

Enhanced Grayscale based on 14 bit dynamic range

Image stabilization minimizes the effect of shaking

Digital image enhancements include gain, gamma, medium and mean filtering

Onboard image capturing and recording is available to external memory via SD or USB, based on device characteristics. Continuous streaming at 30 FPS over SDIO for Wi-Fi and over USB is a built-in feature of the ArmaCORE. An API is also available for the control of filing systems and image manipulation.

“ArmaCORE provides better performance, a smaller form factor, and a compelling cost profile that allows industry leading manufacturers such as Armasight to create high performance thermals for their customers using US technology at price points unseen before.” said Dmitry Rocklin – Head of Product at Armasight.

The ArmaCORE technology is Designed & Supported in the USA and will be included in future Armasight thermal imaging products. We look forward to the range of new products it will enable OEM partners to develop. Product development testing is now available for OEMs who want to consider powering their products with Armacore.

For more information please visit www.armasight.com

XS R3D Night Sights for CZ P-10 C Optics-Ready and Glock 43, 43x and 48 MOS Pistols

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

Fort Worth, Texas (January 11, 2022) – XS® Sights is pleased to extend its R3D Night Sight offerings for CZ and Glock pistols with the addition of standard height R3D sights for the CZ P-10 C Optics-Ready pistol and suppressor height models for Glock 43, 43x, and 48 MOS pistols.

Available with a bright Orange or Green Glow Dot front sight, the XS R3D has a traditional 3-dot tritium, notch and post sight picture with a notch that is 15% wider than the front sight, allowing more visible light around the front sight. This space, combined with the XS Glow Dot technology, makes it easier to see the front sight in changing light conditions and when shooting on the move. It also aids in faster sight alignment and increased accuracy.

“The Glow Dot technology in our R3D front sight activates even before the tritium is visible, giving those who prefer a 3-dot notch and post sight picture a significant edge in high-stress situations,” said Addison Monroe, Marketing Manager for XS Sights. “The R3D front dot also glows brighter than the two-dot tritium rear which drives your focus downrange and prevents you from mistaking a rear dot for the front sight when your adrenaline is surging.”

Retail Price: $110 to $123

For more information, visit www.xssights.com.

All XS Sights are backed by a 10-year, No Questions Asked Warranty and XS’s 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee.

Armasight Is Back

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

For Immediate Release – Northbrook IL – Armasight® , Trailblazer and Category Leader in Thermal and Night Vision, will officially launch the brand under new ownership and leadership at SHOT Show 2022. Armasight returns to the market in full force with a number of products Proudly Designed & Built in the USA with U.S. and global components, several strategic alliances with key industry players, and exclusive distribution arrangements with The Third Bull & Co. and USIQ, Inc.

Founded in 2011, Armasight was acquired in 2016 and operated by FLIR through the end of 2019, when it ceased operations. In June of 2020, the Armasight brand and intellectual property was acquired and added to the Ecentria portfolio. Armasight will continue the tradition of quality and innovation   in developing and manufacturing products for Military, Law Enforcement, Search & Rescue, Hunting, and Serious Outdoor Recreation.  

Dmitry Rocklin, an industry veteran of over twenty five years, and co-founder and President of Armasight when it was originally founded in 2011, has joined the new company as Head of Product. Armasight has manufacturing, assembly, and product service facilities located in the United States, and leverages numerous aspects of Ecentria’s Platform in its go-to-market strategy.

“Armasight is an excellent fit with Ecentria,” commented Mark Levitin, CEO of Ecentria. “The addition of Armasight’s product development acumen and manufacturing expertise to OpticsPlanet, The Third Bull & Co. and USIQ’s penetration into Consumer, Commercial, and Government channels is the realization of Ecentria’s vision and mission to be Purveyors of Gear™ for those who play, work, and serve with passion.” 

Armasight will showcase multiple new products at SHOT Show 2022 and welcomes the opportunity to meet with Dealers, Government Agencies, and other Armasight partners. The Third Bull & Co. has assumed  exclusive commercial distribution rights for the civilian market, while USIQ, Inc. is the exclusive distributor to US and Foreign Militaries and Government Agencies.  

Come visit Armasight at SHOT Show 2022 in Booth #72349.  

To learn more about Armasight, visit the website at www.Armasight.com

For commercial sales and distribution inquiries, please contact The Third Bull & Co. at www.ThirdBull.com

For domestic or international government sales, please contact USIQ at www.USIQ.com

Introducing the C1 Max from Badger Ordnance

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

The C1 Max is the latest edition to our Condition One Modular Mount lineup. The C1 Max was designed ground up with the precision rifle shooter in mind. Borrowing from and blending our Max 50 Scope Ring and C1 Modular Mount designs, the C1 Max has 1” wide, six screw ring caps for increased coverage and clamp force on your optic.

The C1 Max also uses a low profile hardened steel clamp foot and four machined #10 crossbolts with low-pro T20 heads to ensure your mount stays put under the harshest recoil and conditions. The C1 Max has no forward cantilever for those who find cantilevered designs difficult to achieve eye relief with some optic and short action rail combos.

The C1 Max is compatible with most of the full line of C1 accessories and attachments (there are specific ARC and ACD models for C1 Max) and offers the full range of modularity and customization the Condition One Modular Mounts are known for.

Currently offered in 34mm, 35mm, and 36mm with heights of 1.30” and 1.54” tall with 0 and 20 MOA variants for all.


A New Breed Is Born: Browe Introduces A New Rugged Tactical Mini Red Dot Sight

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Michigan (Jan 1, 2022) – BROWE, Inc. manufacturer of premium quality optical systems for military, law enforcement, hunting and shooting sports has set a new standard in quality, performance, and functionality with the introduction of its new BROWE Micro Reflex (BMR).

“The SOPMOD Program at Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane) set the design standard for the mini red dot (MRD) sights that sought for a new MRD with improved ruggedness, positive adjustment clicks, easier battery change, on/off switch, control of illumination, and waterproof design,” said Brian Browe, president of BROWE, Inc. “The BROWE Micro Reflex meets all SOF Combat Requirements. The rugged design, positive adjustment clicks, battery installation, on/off switch, control of illumination, and the waterproof design has the tactical advantages over of the optics currently on the market. Also, with the trend of optic ready pistols the BMR will give users a significant edge over traditional iron sights.”

Features of BROWE Micro Reflex

• Reticle: 3 MOA Dot

The BROWE Micro Reflex (BMR) is a rugged Tactical Mini Red Dot Sight with large field of view and a 3.0 MOA dot reticle. The BMR is a reflex style optic that was developed for use on pistols, rifles, carbines, and shotguns to provide simple and quick target acquisition for close quarter situations. Precision machined, aircraft grade, 6061-T6 aluminum housing and finished in a matte black hard anodization ensures a lifetime of reliable service. The advanced lens coating and electronic LED combination produces a crisp red dot for target contrast regardless of your lighting conditions. The BMR is IXP-7 rated and is fully sealed and nitrogen-purged to prevent fogging. The digital brightness control is designed with 8 brightness setting. The BMR is powered by a side-loading CR1632 battery and features positive clicks adjustment at 1 MOA per click. Mounting Base Interface uses the common DOCTER® Footprint and low-profile design that co-witnesses with most suppressor height iron sights and is compatible with most optics ready pistol systems. When you require a SIMPLE, INTUITIVE, and EFFECTIVE mini red dot, the BROWE Micro Reflex is the tactical answer you have been waiting for.


US Army’s New IVAS Allows Maximum Mission Awareness In-Transit

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

CAMP ROBERTS, Calif. — Mounted armored vehicles such as the Bradley have long been used as heavy weapons platforms with long range sensors to hunt targets and provide armored transportation to dismounted Soldiers. However, once onboard the vehicle, Soldiers lose visibility of what is happening around them, leaving them ill-prepared to anticipate the changing battlespace upon dismount.

In effort to provide situational awareness while Soldiers are in transport, a cross-enterprise Army team is working to incorporate Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) technology and sensors into vehicle platforms for optimal battlefield visibility at every stage of the mission. The goggle-based IVAS display integrates digital low-light, thermal night vision and high-resolution waveguide technology to create a mixed reality interface for the dismounted Soldier. Therefore, optimizing the system for Soldiers at every stage of a mission — including transport — is critical to ensuring success in future multi-domain operations.

To maximize the integration of IVAS to the Bradley platform specifically, the Army Platform Integration team, comprised of Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier, PEO Ground Combat Systems and Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), executed a third Vehicle Excursion (VE3) test event at Camp Roberts, California in September 2021.

“The goal of platform integration, like the one demonstrated here on the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, is to not only ensure that Soldiers equipped with IVAS don’t lose their enhanced situational awareness while mounted, but to also take advantage of the on-board platform sensors that enable them to see what the combat vehicle sees,” said Maj. Shawn Jones, Platform Integration lead under PEO Soldier Project Manager IVAS.

Soldiers from 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2-7 Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Georgia, came to test the capability and noticed that feeds from the current sensors were more accessible to each Soldier on the platform as they executed Improvised Explosive Device (IED) searches, reconnaissance and complex attack missions.

“The IVAS augmented reality system integrates communications, thermals and night vision to enhance our situational awareness and lethality from within the Bradley,” Pfc. Benjamin Franke said. “It allows everyone to see what the driver, commander and gunner are seeing outside, which gets more eyes-on and increases situational awareness immediately for when we dismount.”

While Soldiers can receive mission updates such as emerging intelligence, terrain and target locations while in transport, they also hope to use the physical advantages of the vehicle platform to maximize their effectiveness upon dismount.

“An individual Solider on ground sometimes has limited visibly of the enemy due to an obstructed line of sight,” said Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Borgic. “But the Bradley is taller and has better optic capability, so dismounts are able to leverage that to see targets while on the ground and make an informed tactical decision.”

“The system lets us get more eyes on our objective so we don’t miss anything, which keeps us all safer,” added Franke. “Some of the exercises required us to scan for IEDs, so having our dismounts onboard also be able to look for those has actually shown to make a difference in our mission success.”

The development of the integrated technology required teammates to reach across lanes of expertise and facilitate the integration of the new modern IVAS with the Bradley. Don Aldea, PM Mounted Armored Vehicles Mechanical and Systems Engineer and Lead Engineer for IVAS Integration, ensured Bradley and IVAS requirements were communicated and developed across the diverse teams.

“It all started when leadership came and asked, ‘When an IVAS-equipped Soldier hops onto a vehicle platform or a Bradley for transport, how do we maintain the connectivity and situational awareness they had on the ground so that combat advantage doesn’t stop just because they are now mounted and moving?’” Aldea said.

It was a complex problem set with requirements and kit that was not easily compatible, he said, but the team’s VE3 user study event was proof of concept that the capability is feasible and operationally delivers increased lethality and survivability. Aldea highlighted some of the main technical features of the system.

“When a Soldier walks into a Bradley wearing IVAS, they can do three main things: SEE, World View and power up,” he said. “We put in interfaces to power and charge their batteries, for SEE we cloned the feeds from the three existing sensors – front DVE [Drivers Vision Enhancer], driver’s CIV [Commander’s Independent Viewer] and gunner’s IBAS [Improved Bradley Acquisition Subsystem] – so the Soldiers can passively view what the Bradley sees through their IVAS HUD [heads up display]. We also integrated radios so we can use all the features of IVAS for a connected mission execution.”

Though Aldea is a systems engineer, he is passionate about the operational capability gap that IVAS mounted on a Bradley will address.

“When Soldiers come up to a position where they are getting ready to deploy outside of the vehicle — as of today they are going in mostly dark and blind,” Aldea explained. “With this integrated technology, they can get map, mission and intel updates enroute. They can see what is around them to strategically position the Bradley and then drop the ramp where they are not in direct fire and execute immediately.

“In World View, they can also know where their brother and sister platforms are, so they can work together, cover more ground and make informed decisions and ad hoc changes on the move all while buttoned up in the Bradley,” Aldea added.

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3rd Infantry Division Soldiers participate in Bradley Vehicle Excursion 3 test event with the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) prototype Capability Set 4 at Camp Roberts, Calif. in September 2021. (Photo Credit: Courtney Bacon)


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3rd Infantry Division Soldiers use the Blackhornet Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) during the Bradley Vehicle Excursion 3 test event with the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) prototype Capability Set 4 at Camp Roberts, Calif. in September 2021. (Photo Credit: Courtney Bacon)


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3rd Infantry Division Soldiers participate in Bradley Vehicle Excursion 3 test event with the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) prototype Capability Set 4 at Camp Roberts, Calif. in September 2021. (Photo Credit: Courtney Bacon)


The DEVCOM night vision lab was also a critical part of the integrated team’s work. Dr. Navin Mathur, IVAS Platform Integration Lead Engineer, explained how the increase in networked and visual accessibility delivers an enhanced solution to the problem set.

“Having a networked End-User Device (EUD), like IVAS on a Soldier in the back of a platform like a Bradley or Stryker becomes invaluable, but it is only part of the solution,” said Mathur. “Not only does the SEE feature allow entire crews to clear a large area within the safety of the vehicle instead of dismounting and being physically exposed, but the physical limitations of the Soldier and platform are significantly minimized through the additional integration of the Army Black Hornet UAS [unmanned aerial system]. The drone feeds into the IVAS HUD which allows visibility on areas that the platform and the dismount can’t physically cover.”

Another notable aspect is the delivery and integration of Soldier power into the vehicle platforms.

“The UBC [universal battery charger] integrated on the platform will reduce the need for Soldiers to carry extra CWBs [conformal wearable batteries] while dismounted on the objective and allow for easy resupply of fresh batteries while mounted,” Mathur said. “Even if the mission is extended, our Soldiers are still powered to execute.”

IVAS is being developed to efficiently deliver relevant mission information and operationally relevant tools to Soldiers at every stage of mission execution. The integration of the technology with platforms and drones extends the combat advantage of a single dismount beyond physical limitations.

“Together it gives the entire force better situational awareness and allows Soldiers to make more informed decisions before dismounting,” said Mathur. “There are no longer gaps in information between mounting, transit and dismounting, which will increase the survivability and lethality for both the platform and the Soldiers.”

The cross-enterprise Platform Integration team plans to conduct a user study with further IVAS integration to Stryker platforms in August 2022.

“This product has the potential to be a force multiplier,” said Franke. “It’ll help bring more vehicles, crews and dismounts home alive and I hope to be able to use it as it continues to develop in the future.”

By Courtney Bacon