$64 Million Contract Will See Deliveries Commence This Year
The US Marine Corps (USMC) has selected the Trijicon Variable Combat Optical Gunsight (VCOG) 1-8×28 riflescope as its’ Squad Common Optic (SCO), the company announced on 25 February. The $60 million (€55 million) contract award will begin with delivery of units in 2020.
“Our warfighters deserve the very best equipment in defense of our nation. The Marine Corps’ SCO evaluation process was extremely rigorous, and […] the VCOG was selected to continue the tradition of battle-proven riflescopes that the Trijicon ACOG began in 2004 as the Marine Corps’ first Rifle Combat Optic,” commented Stephen Bindon, Trijicon President & CEO.
Specifically designed for Close Quarter Battle and long-distance marksmanship, the VCOG 1-8×28 comprises a nearly indestructible 7075-T6 aluminium housing and is waterproof to 66ft. The first focal plane reticle allows subtensions and drops to remain true at any magnification. Featuring ruggedised electronics, the VCOG includes eleven user-selectable brightness settings, including two for night use. An integrated dial fin allows easy rotation through the magnification range and a near-constant eye relief means no head or stock position adjustments are needed. An integrated mounting adapter eliminates the need for conventional ring mounts, allowing users to quickly and easily mount the VCOG to any rail system.
“We introduced the VCOG 1-8×28 to the commercial market in early 2019, but its design was inspired by requests from our warfighters. During design, development, and testing, we constantly challenged ourselves to produce a scope that would deliver the performance necessary in the most punishing of conditions,” explained Chuck Wahr, Global Vice-President of Sales & Marketing.