$64 Million USMC Squad Common Optic Contract Awarded to Trijicon

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$64 Million USMC Squad Common Optic Contract Awarded to Trijicon

Eary in 2019 the United States Marine Corps issued an RFI (Request For Information) regarding a combat optic for wide distribution among Marine Corps Infantry dubbed the Squad Common Optic (SCO). The RFI included various requests such as specific weight requirements, magnification range, adjustment range and, specific eye relief. You can view the basics of the RFI from our previous article on it here.

$64 Million USMC Squad Common Optic Contract Awarded to Trijicon

$64 Million USMC Squad Common Optic Contract Awarded to Trijicon

Trijicon Inc. has just been announced as the winner of a 64,000,000 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Squad Common Optic system. This awarded contract will include spare parts, training and contractor logistics support during the work in period.

Stephen Bindon, President, and CEO of Trijicon spoke with great gratitude regarding the company being awarded the contract:

Our warfighters deserve the very best equipment in defense of our nation. The Marine Corps’ SCO evaluation process was extremely rigorous, and we are honored that the VCOG was selected to continue the tradition of battle-proven riflescopes that the Trijicon ACOG began in 2004 as the Marine Corps’ first Rifle Combat Optic.

$64 Million USMC Squad Common Optic Contract Awarded to Trijicon

The optic to be delivered seems to be an off the shelf Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28. However, all work will be performed in Trijicon’s Wixom, Michigan location and should be finished up by Early 2025. My gut feeling tells me that we can expect some sort of Low Power Variable Optic (LPVO) to be delivered as it falls into the general requirements set out by the 2019 RFI.

We introduced the VCOG 1-8×28 to the commercial market in early 2019, but its design was inspired by requests from our warfighters. During design, development, and testing, we constantly challenged ourselves to produce a scope that would deliver the performance necessary in the most punishing of conditions

– Chuck Wahr, Trijicon Global Vice-President of Sales & Marketing

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The Marine Corps has allocated $19,077,827 for FY 2020 and will be paid to Trijicon right after the base contract award. Procurement Marine Corp (PMC) funds will be used to pay for each of the individual orders up to the maximum contract agreement throughout September of 2022 when the PMC funds will expire. The entire contract is expected to be fulfilled by early 2025.

$64 Million USMC Squad Common Optic Contract Awarded to Trijicon

Many Marines have commented to me in the past how the switch from Iron Sights to ACOGs made a huge difference in the field when spotting targets or IEDs while on patrol. Given the vast increase in sighting range as well as the variable nature of the alleged optic to be procured, we can expect greater adaptability for each individual marine in the field. What are your thoughts on this new addition to the Marine Corps standard armament? Let us know down in the comments.

$64 Million USMC Squad Common Optic Contract Awarded to Trijicon

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  • Jason Noo Jason Noo on Feb 28, 2020

    For a general issue combat carbine optic... 8x is a bit much, 4x is perfectly adequate, and 6x is plenty. Target ID is important, but there is a point where more magnification is counter productive for the intended use. This is for the average boot on ground, a DMR would be fine with 8x.

    Then there is the weight, even if that is including the mount as well. The VCOG is well made for sure, but seems a bit over built.

    The Leupold mkVI 1-6x is light and tough. Just over 20oz including one of the typical available QD mounts of good reputation. Too bad they are so expensive.

    Also, 1x on a LPVO is not the same as a red dot. People say they are "just as fast", and that is true, only when everything is going fine. Caught in an ambush, knocked on your back, and other situations are real concerns, and the limitations of a LPVO will come out at those times. A small offset RDS like a RMR or ACRO would be good to have.

    With an offset, I like a LPVO, but if I am going that route, I want 6x, if I am going 4x may as well just use an ACOG, even if the eye relief is a bit on the short side. The ACOG is light, at under 10oz, saving you almost a full pound over the lighter models of mounted 4x LPVOs, and are more robust.

    Really the short eye relief is the only real drawback of an ACOG. If they sacrificed some field of view they could increase the eye relief some. Some may complain about 4x being too low.

    I am surprised someone hasn't came up with a clip on device for the fiber optic type to vary ambient light and provide a low power LED for better illumination in falling light conditions. They offer battery powered illumination ACOG models though, so that is an option.

  • El Terryble El Terryble on Mar 01, 2020

    I read these comments, and I’m like “what a bunch of effing idiots.” Have any of ya’ll ever shot a rifle on anything other than a paper target before? I’m not even going to ask if you’ve served in the military, let alone carried a weapon in combat; because if you have, good on you, we’ll always need bullet sponges to sacrifice their lives so that those with higher IQ’s can procreate and perpetuate society. I mean, “why add complexity and weight when iron sights work just fine.” Because, dumbass, scopes increase accuracy, the greater the power of the scope the further you can accurately hit targets. A Grunt with a variable power scope that can function as needed and lay down accurate fire from CQB distances on 1.5x to 600-800m (which was the average engagement distance in Afghanistan) at 8x, is more lethal than one with a fixed 4x ACOG, especially if you’re carrying an IAR, or a rifle in 7.62 NATO or the new mid-caliber ammo the DoD is transitioning to. I carried the ACOG, and it’s a great optic, but just like the 5.56mm round, it’s underpowered and inadequate to meet the needs of the modern battlefield. Let the POG’s and the Army have what they need, Marine Corps Infantry has outperformed it’s sister service counterparts by innovating and adapting, while focusing on the basics like marksmanship.

    I think Marine Corps Systems Command and the Warfighting Laboratory know a little bit more about equipping Grunts than you posers.