SHOT Show is a time for predictions as much as it is for launches. This year I’m seeing exciting signs in optics. Specifically Low Power Variable or LPV’s
In the past few years we’ve moved beyond the first 1-4x LPV’s with the prices on those sliding rapidly lower, even for premium models.
The standard is now 1-6x and Front Focal Plane reticles with 1-8x quickly overtaking.
Let’s look at the field today
Nightforce ATACR plus two additional 1-8’s coming at SHOT.
Trijicon VCOG one of the most durable in the field with a myriad options. Also one of the earliest 1-6’s.
Trijicon AccuPower 1-8 has been a more affordable and still durable option. I could see this folding into a new VCOG.
EOTech VUDU 1-6 another versatile 1-6 that kicked off EOTech’s branch from holosights. I’ve got this one and it is fine piece of glass.
Leupold Mark 8 CQBSS These are prime scopes and Leopold knows it. After using their Mk4 MR/T’s on our Mk12’s I can attest this would have been superior option for DMR rifles.
Specter TR 1/3/9 the Specter DR optics have been a solid combat deployed option in 1-4 and 1-6, this is their three tiered 1-3-9x hitting that higher end of magnification on LPVs.
Primary Arms 1-8x Platinum a well reviewed durable commercial optic.
All except the PA have optics in military circulation and all of them and more will be chasing this.
Office: United States Marine Corps
The Trijicon 1-8 has been tested informally to determine proof of concept. The programs are coming out looking at more standardized testing and setting formal requirements for a mass fielded optical sight capable of working with current and emerging support systems like FLIR, NVGs, and IR laser sights.
LPVs have taken over the competitive field for 3 Gun and its a rare competitor with specific reasons or a match requirement that will preclude their use.
So what am I looking forward too? Like the MHS handguns, better products.
Harder and more durable
Faster with wider FOV’s, more forgiving eye relief, and reduced parallax
Lighter and shorter length.
Increasingly predictive reticles like the ACSS that aid the shooter in rapid target engagement
This could be a very good year for glass.