The finalized production version of the Trijicon VCOG (Variable Combat Optical Gunsight) 1-6x24mm at the pre-SHOT Show Media Day at the Range Event. The VCOG will be available to Trijicon dealer shortly after SHOT Show 2014.
The VCOG features a non-protruding battery compartment at the center-line 6-O’clock position. Its integral mount is perfect for the AR-15/AR-10 sight-height. I would probably replace the standard ACOG slotted thumb screw base with a LaRue LT681 QD mounting base and flip it around for more forward off-set and eye relief.
The rheostat on left has six settings for the reticle illumination with the off position between each setting. The capped adjustment turrets offer 90 MOA of total windage and elevation range at 1/2 MOA per click.
The VCOG at 1x magnification. This image shows it features a true 1x magnification. The horseshoe reticle as shown is available with BDC for 55 gr and 77 gr .223 Rem/5.56mm caliber and 175 gr .308/7.62x51mm caliber. The segmented circle reticle variant includes the same 5.56 and 7.62 BDC plus a new 300 Blackout reticle calibrated for 115 gr supersonic load. I am assuming the 300 Blackout reticle would also work for 7.62x39mm out to 450m.
The VCOG at 6x magnification with steel targets at 435 yards. The reticle is located at the first focal plane and changes its size according to the magnification range. At the high settings, the reticle illumination is daylight-visible even in a bright day with a desert background. Due to the use of a large capacity AA battery, the battery life is outstanding at 700 hours on the setting #4.
At just 10 inches long, the VCOG is shorter than many 1-4x scope on the market. Its 24 ounce weight may seems to be a lot but please noted that the scope mount is build into the VCOG. A set of good quality SPR style scope rings typically adds 7-8 ounce weight to other scopes without integral mount. I found the VCOG has a more forgiving eyebox than all the 1-6x scopes, and many 1-4x scopes as well, I have used.