USSOCOM Issues Presolicitation for new Small Arms Optics

Naval Sea Warfare Center Crane (NSWC-Crane) has issued a pre-solicitation notice that it intends to purchase new optics for small arms. It is NSWC Crane’s intent to set requirements for three optical systems on small arms, the Miniature Aiming System – Day Optics (MAS-D) Squad – Close Quarters Sight (CQS) and Clip-On Magnifier (CM). It is anticipated the contract will purchase a minimum of 30 units and maximum is set at 39,300 units. Dollars will vary from $36,000 to $47,160,000, respectively.

It is anticipated the contract will purchase a minimum of 30 units and maximum is set at 39,300 units. Dollars will vary from $36,000 to $47,160,000, respectively. The contract vehicle will be an IDIQ or Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity at a firm fixed price (FFP).

The pre-solicitation notice is typically used to give industry a heads-up on upcoming intentions and often draft specifications for government procurements. The government often uses this mechanism to push technology or a feature set that does not yet exist or could potentially be combined from already existing technologies.

For those of us who have been shooting competition for some time, the solicitations are a common-sense advancement for USSOCOM weapons that the civilian market has enjoyed – and arguably leads. Low-magnification, variable power optics are all the rage for competition and shorter-range applications out to 500 yards.

It’s about time USSOCOM catches up.


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  • CommonSense23

    It’s Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Naval Sea…. oh no I’m sure that’s right 🙂

      • FWIW: Besides the eight Naval Surface Warfare Centers, you also have two Naval Air Warfare Centers and two Naval Undersea Warfare Centers. There is also a Naval Special Warfare Center.

  • James

    At $1200 a pop, that should buy a pretty decent optic setup.

  • Blake

    I picked up a PA 1-6x ACSS scope and paired it with a 45° mounted Vortex Venom and I’m having a hard time not buying the same setup for all of my ARs. It offers by far the most flexibility of any optic setup out there.

    • Gern Blanston

      I’ll have to agree on Primary Arms optics! their acss reticle is amazing! i have the same scope and am going to put their 3x prism with acss reticle on my ar pistol im just about done building. they are amazing optics amd priced right!

    • int19h

      They certainly do seem to have well designed reticles. Chevron/horseshoe with BDC and ranging on their recent 1-…x scopes is particularly nice. I wonder if any “operators operating operationally” are going to take notice eventually.

    • FactChecker90803

      It’s a good combo for civilian use, but doubt the US Military will ever adopt optics from PA or Vortex, there products are all Chinese, Japanese or Philipino Made.

      • Frank

        Those US made scopes are probably made to be targeted for a contract like this. I don’t think they really care what the rest of the companies product line is as long as they find something that meets their requirements.

    • ???

      why have the venom if you already have a 1-6?

  • Brett baker

    Tasco 3-9×32 pronghorn, Firefox red dot, Ncstar 3x magnifier, all in Ncstar mounts.

    • FactChecker90803

      So your saying that the 3 new scopes for the NSWC, should be Japanses ( Taco ), and Chinese Made Ncstar.

      • Haulin’ Oats

        Odds are it will be Leupold, Trijicon, and some Euro-make like Swarovski or Zeiss.

        • FactChecker90803

          The MAS-D, will be the Trijicon TA31ECOS RMR ACOG 4×32 Rifle Scope Tritium & Fiber Optic w/ Red Crosshair

      • Brett baker

        I was joking, felt to lazy to hit😉

    • alex archuleta

      Lol ha! You beat me to it!!

  • alex archuleta

    When is someone in the military going to look at P.O.F. As a serious rifle replacement?

    • CommonSense23

      When someone has a stroke. Why would anyone want that gun.

      • n0truscotsman

        I never understood the fascination for those or LWRC.

        • CommonSense23

          People fall for advertising. It’s been proven time and time again. When it comes to AR15s, external pistons bring a host of issues. And no benefits. Unless you are required to keep your weapon white glove clean for some idiotic reason.

        • john huscio

          The p415 is a well thought out, well put together weapon….that hugeass barrel nut dissipates heat like nothing else……that said, I’m not a huge fan of the obese rails/handguards on those things…….as for LWRC, their piston guns get near universal praise and the IC DI is probably the best DI rifle on the market right now (imo). Great build quality, lightweight, extremely reliable accurate and packed with useful features (ambi everything). Having put a few hundred rounds through one, I’m torn between it and a sig MCX as my one high dollar rifle purchase.

  • Michael Mabey

    Elcan Specter for all.

  • Squirreltakular

    Different strokes for different folks?

    A 3x fixed mag with a easy to see reticle would be great on a short gun.

  • Jeff S

    So, who is using the Vortex Razor 1-6 within SOCOM? I guess those were purchased with unit funds and not SOCOM funding?