With a 1-8X design and first focal plane reticle, the Trijicon VCOG breaks new ground, becoming the first variable-power optic for the Marine rifleman.

Trijicon just announced the selection of its VCOG (Variable Combat Optical Gunsight) as the U.S. Marine Corps’ Squad Common Optic (SCO). The 1-8x28mm riflescope goes to Marine Corps units in a reported $64 million contract.

Marines Choose Trijicon VCOG

“Our warfighters deserve the very best equipment in defense of our nation,” Trijicon President & CEO Stephen Bindon said. “The Marine Corps’ SCO evaluation process was extremely rigorous, and we are honored that 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.”

The Trijicon VCOG blends features designed for close quarter battle (CQB) and long-distance marksmanship. Firstly, the 1-8x28mm optic utilizes a 7075-T6 aluminum housing, waterproof to 66 feet. The first focal plane reticle allows subtensions and drops remain true at any magnification. Additionally, it features ruggedized electronics. The VCOG also features 11 user-selectable brightness settings, including two night vision settings. An integrated dial fin allows easy rotation through the magnification range, while a near-constant eye relief eliminates the need for head or stock position adjustment. Lastly, an integrated mounting adapter eliminates the need for conventional ring mounts; this allows 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,” said Chuck Wahr, Trijicon’s Global Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “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.”

While the Marine Corps maintained iron sight use for many years, the War on Terror in the early 2000s saw the advent of the Trijicon ACOG. Then the ACOG 4×32 became the Marine Corps’ Rifle Combat Optic, forever changing how Marines trained and engaged combat threats. Now, after more than 1,000,000 ACOGs manufactured, the variable-power VCOG assumes the mantle as the Marines’ primary optic. For more information, please visit trijicon.com.

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