[SHOT 2020] Meprolight’s Heads-Up Display Red Dot – the Foresight

    The Meprolight booth at SHOT is dominated by a large graphic explaining Foresight (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    Meprolight describe their new Foresight optic as a Innovative Augmented Sight. But what does that mean? Externally, it doesn’t look much different from Meprolight’s other red dot sights like the M5 Pro, but internally the hard and software is very different. The Mepro Foresight boasts the a number of features that stand out in the red dot market. It offers an almost computer game-like heads up display.

    A look at the display within the red dot sight – with a compass, level and reticle (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    Not only does the Foresight have a reticle but it also has a compass feature, a leveller and in the near future will also enable round counts to be tracked. The sight is software, rather than hardware, driven with bluetooth connectivity and its own dedicated app – Meprolight, which allows customisation of settings and finer control of the sight’s features. The optic itself weighs 9.9 ounces and is 4.6″ x 2.35″ x 2.68″ in its dimensions.

    The Foresight itself (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    Rather than running on a conventional cell battery it uses a rechargeable battery that can be charged with a USB-C cable. The sight without the app comes with 5 in-built reticles but with the app this grows to 10 with customisable settings.The app is currently available on bother apple and android phones. These reticles and various settings can be set to particular rifles to enable zeros with different weapons to be stored on a smartphone. Meptolight also confirm that the sight works well with magnifiers and further updates will arrive in the future.

    The Meproligjht Foresight (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    The next update is imminent and the most interesting new feature will be the inclusion of a shot counter which will help users track how many rounds you have put through the host gun. The round counter is based on vibration and recoil impulses to provide an accurate round count which might be used for maintenance scheduling. The counter is user defined and will track the round count from use to use of the weapon, even after the sight has been turned off and on with each use. Future features might include an onboard camera or a laser rangefinder built in.

    A look at the exra reticles available for the Foresight on the Meprolight app for the Foresight (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    I asked what had driven the development of the new high-tech red dot, was it a military tender or a civilian enterprise, Jonathan Glazer, a Product Specialist with Meprolight said that “we decided to be proactive rather than reactive” and that the company had an aspiration to develop innovative products.

    A look at the Meprolight app for the Foresight (Matthew Moss/TFB)

    The new Mepro Foresight is available now, you can find out more about it here.

    Matthew Moss

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    TheFirearmBlog.com – Managing Editor
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    Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. He also runs Historical Firearms, a blog that explores the history, development and use of firearms. Matt is also co-founder of The Armourer’s Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms.

    Here on TFB he covers product and current military small arms news.

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