SIG SAUER TANGO6 1-624 Selected for US Army Designated Marksman Rifle

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SIG SAUER TANGO6 1-6×24 Riflescope Selected for US Army Squad Designated Marksman Rifle

The US Army has announced its selection of SIG SAUER’s TANGO6 1-6×24 riflescope for their Squad Designated Marksman Rifle (SDMR). The optic is the final component to be selected for the complete SDMR system that will be put into service for the US Army’s Designated Marksmen.

This isn’t the first time the US Army has shown interest in a Sig Sauer product.

It’s truly an honor to be selected as the official optic for the Squad Designated Marksman Rifle, and it is very humbling to once again earn the trust of the US Army through this selection,” said Ron Cohen, President and CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc. “SIG SAUER is committed to providing the highest quality equipment for the military that surpasses expectations in durability, accuracy, and performance, so they have tools they can rely on for every mission requirement in the defense of freedom.

The ruggedized SDMR TANGO6 1-6×24 riflescope features a Flat Dark Earth (FDE) Anodized aircraft grade aluminum main tube, 762 Extended Range Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC) illuminated front focal plane reticle, an ultra-bright red horseshoe dot for fast daylight target acquisition, locking illumination dial, Power Selector Ring (PSR) Throw Lever, and a laser-marked scope level indicator for mount installation. The TANGO6 1-6X24 SDMR optic is a variant of SIG SAUER Electro-Optics commercially available TANGO6.

SIG SAUER Electro-Optics fuses superior optical designs, advanced electronic technologies, and ruggedized mechanical systems tested to MIL-STD-810G at our R&D and assembly facility in Oregon, USA,” added Andy York, President SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. “We are firmly committed to supporting the US ARMY with this mission-specific riflescope that bridges the gap between close-quarters battle and mid-range tactical engagements.

The Directed Requirement (minimum manufacturing requirement) for the selected SIG SAUER TANGO6 1-6×24 optic is 6,069 units. Funding for the acquisition is set for FY2019. Additional variants of the TANGO6 optic are available commercially from Sig Sauer.

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Rachel Young is a 4x Best Selling Author. She and her husband John co-own an FFL/SOT showroom and machine shop in Tennessee, specializing in ARs, AR parts, and AR accessories.

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  • ShootCommEverywhere ShootCommEverywhere on May 17, 2018

    Why a 1-6x optic for a 7.62mm marksman rifle? If you're going to spend so much money on a new rifle to extend the range of a squad, why top it with an optic that will only give it a very miniscule benefit compared to the 4x ACOGs on the standard M4s? The 3-18x Tango6 would be a far better choice.

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    • Ninoslav Trifunovic Ninoslav Trifunovic on May 22, 2018

      @ShootCommEverywhere Designated marksmen and snipers in military don't have to make first round kills but first round hits. It doesn't matter is it head shot, torso or leg. Anything that will put your enemy out of fight is OK.

  • Tom Tom on May 20, 2018

    Interesting, but there's 3 problems, the first 2 impact every mil-spec item.

    1) Many times you can't get the exact same thing as a civilian, even if the company offers the "same" model, many times there are features, QC checks etc. that simply are not there. The Sig is the perfect example, Sig is going to offer a "civilian version" of their new military sidearm, but it's not the same. The military was getting the 320 trigger upgrades as a standard, the civilian market never did until they started getting bad press. So these Sig scopes might be amazing for the military contract, extra heavy duty parts, more quality control, etc. etc. and then corners cut for the civilian market version. We've already seen Sig do it.

    2) It's still the cheapest qualifying product. There might be products that tested better, but if they were not cheaper they aren't going to be selected. The trick on any government contract is to just meet the requirements and undercut everyone else on price, mostly the later. Price is how Sig got the handgun contract, they were willing to sell them for $207 each, no one else was. I'm not a fan of any Glock but some of the documentation seems to suggest that the Glock performed better, but the government was not willing to pay 30% more for it. As long as they both met the requirements i don't have an issue with that, but it's something to keep in mind.

    3) It's a Sig, Sig is the new Kimber, lots of versions, lots of new products, lots of problems with almost every new product they release (MPX, MCX, 320, 365, the list goes on). They are more marketing and convincing people to buy the new version by making older products obsolete and incompatible with new products, than they are quality. The 320 X-five is a perfect example of proprietary. There are other reflex red dot sights that share the same bolt pattern with the Sig Romeo1, but Sig's slide is cut so you can only use the Sig without an adapter plate. That's not an accident, it's simply to try and force people to buy their red dot. The MCX and MPX are perfect examples of Sig changing products every couple years and being incompatible with previous versions, leaving recent customers in the cold for accessories, etc. Sure you get support if something fails, but nothing else. Not to even mention the ridiculous MSRP prices, you can get a custom made, with top of the line barrel large frame AR build by some of the best builders in the country for the price of a 716 DMR.