Sightmark Ultra Shot Reflex Sight Survives Police Vehicle Fire

    This extra-crispy Sightmark optic was the only piece of gear to survive an accidental police vehicle fire.

    This extra-crispy Sightmark optic was the only piece of gear to survive an accidental police vehicle fire.

    Since their founding in 2007, Sightmark has become well entrenched in the budget optics category. From red dots to riflescopes, flashlights, and laser sights, the bulk of their product offerings sit well under the $500 MSRP mark. Even their night vision lineup lives at less than $300 MSRP, a fraction of the price commanded by the NODs market’s typical baseline PVS-14 monocular. Given the lower price points usually accompanying Sightmark products, you might not expect much from them. They seem like they may be better suited for rimfires and range toys rather than serious fighting guns and duty rifles.

    This is what the Ultra Shot sight is supposed to look like, when it hasn't been flambéed well-done.

    This is what the Ultra Shot sight is supposed to look like when it hasn’t been flambéed well-done.

    However, at least one law enforcement agency in Sightmark’s home state of Texas would disagree. This unnamed department made a splash with the company’s headquarters when they learned that a police cruiser had caught fire and burned to a crisp, with no equipment surviving the blaze – except one item: a rugged little Sightmark optic. After his Tahoe’s smoldering wreckage had cooled enough to investigate, the officer discovered that his duty rifle’s Ultra Shot – though a bit charred – surprisingly still worked.

    The M-Spec uses a circle dot reticle style that is common in higher-end sights like Eotechs and Holosuns.

    The M-Spec uses a circle dot reticle style that is common in higher-end sights like Eotechs and Holosuns.

     

    Sightmark has issued the following press release about the intrepid optic:

    August 11, 2020 – Sightmark’s Rugged Ultra Shot M-Spec

     

    (MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – On a sweltering summer day, an officer for a Texas law enforcement agency was patrolling in his Tahoe cruiser. Suddenly he smelled smoke and felt heat from the rear of his vehicle. He quickly parked and exited the vehicle, standing guard to ensure that no traffic, innocent civilians or bystanders got too close to the burning vehicle. After a few short minutes, the entire Tahoe was engulfed in flames.

    Upon later inspection, the entire interior was incinerated, and the cause was determined to be accidental. Amidst the ashes, nothing functional remained…except for the officer’s Sightmark Ultra Shot M-Spec, mounted on a rifle in his range bag. Even more amazing, the M-Spec was still fully operational. To quote the law enforcement agency, “We stand fully behind Sightmark products.” Sightmark replaced the burned M-Spec and continues to enjoy a healthy relationship with the law enforcement agency as well as its individual officers.

    Sightmark’s Ultra Shot M-Spec is known for its quality and durability:

    • Rugged Magnesium Alloy Housing
    • Protective Aluminum Shield
    • Withstands recoil up to .50 BMG
    • IP68 Waterproof Rating
    • Dustproof
    • Shockproof up to 8 feet
    • Scratch-resistant lens coating
    • Operates in temperatures from -22 to 160 Fahrenheit

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    Will P

    Former US Army infantryman, lifelong hunter and hobby/sport shooter. Perpetual firearms student, always seeking to become better and learn more. Interested in all shooting disciplines and passionate about all kinds of guns. Contact on Instagram: @WillTFB


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