TACT3 Accupoint Field Tripod for Stability and Fine Motion Control

    Ashbury Precision Ordnance (APO) Manufacturing is introducing a new model of their tactical tripod: the TACT3 Accupoint.  It is a tripod that “allows fine independent vertical and horizontal movement control of tactical optics weighing up to ten pounds”.  The tripod is a-magnetic and compatible with all electro-optical devices (so you can use it with a digital magnetic compass).

    The Accupoints pan-tilt head provides ±65 degrees of vertical adjustment and affords 360 degrees of horizontal adjustment using large ergonomic 30mm control knobs.  Fine tuning is controlled by two independent smaller knobs that provide approximately 6 degrees of movement in either direction per rotation.  Optics are mounted to the Accupoint tripod head using a quick detachable base plate with a standard ¼-20 TPI bail ring screw.

    They boast more than 20,000 TACT3 Tactical Tripods now in use by the US Department of Defense around the world.  I don’t think we used any of their products when I was down range, but I do remember having some of our optics set up on a portable tripod during S&R missions (which definitely made things easier).

    They have a number of accessories including;

    • an Electro-Optical Rail Grabber Mount,
    • Tactical Interface Mount, and
    • Spotting Scope Accessory Rail.

    It looks pretty bulky and given the price of other tripods in this series, I imagine it will come in above the price point of most casual users (TACT3 GP model: ~$650; the TACT3 QEL is a mere $1091).  Looks like I will have to stick with my budget $20 model from Amazon.

    As of the time of writing I could not find a current listing on their website (I assume it will be on the following page): https://store.ashburyprecisionordnance.com/ShoppingCart.aspx?com=productlist&cid=297&srch=t

    Does anyone here have experience with their products?  Any opinions?

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and runs an on-demand medical staffing business. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

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