USSOCOM Select Nightforce for Ranging – Variable Power Scope

    USSOCOM Select Nightforce for Ranging - Variable Power Scope

    Ranging - Variable Power Scope (R-VPS) (Nightforce Optics)

    Nightforce have announced that their Nightforce MIL SPEC ATACR 4-20 has been selected by the US Special Operations Command as part of SOCOM’s Miniature Aiming Systems – Day Optic (MAS-D) Program. The Ranging – Variable Power Scope or R-VPS will be mounted on current semi-automatic combat and sniper support weapons including the MK17, MK20, M110A1 and the yet-to-be-selected MRGG (Mid-Range Gas Gun). The contract award had previously been planned for the 4th Quarter of FY2020.

    Back in 2019 it was announced that SOCOM’s had selected Nightforce‘s MIL-SPEC ATACR 5-25×56 Dayscope and their MIL-SPEC ATACR 7-35×56 Long Range Dayscope for their Precision-Variable Power Scopes requirement.

    Nightforce Optics @ TFB:

    USSOCOM Select Nightforce for Ranging - Variable Power Scope

    Ranging – Variable Power Scope (R-VPS) (Nightforce Optics)

    Here are Nightforce’s specs for the ATACR 4-20×50 F1:

    Magnification Range: 4-20x
    Focal Plane: First Focal Plane (F1/FFP)
    Body Tube Diameter: 34mm
    Overall Length: 13.9 in/353 mm
    Mounting Length: 5.9 in/150 mm
    Weight: 35.2 oz/998 g
    Click Value: .250 MOA or .1 MRAD
    Internal Adjustment Range: E: 130 MOA/38 MRAD – W: 100 MOA/29 MRAD
    Parallax Adjustment: 11 yd–∞
    Eye Relief: 3.5 in/90 mm
    Field of View @ 100 yd/m: 4x: 23.6 ft/7.9 m – 20x: 6.1 ft/2.0 m

    Check out Nightforce Optics’ full press release on the contract below:

    Nightforce Optics is proud to announce that another variant of the ATACR product line has been  selected to fill the Ranging – Variable Power Scope (R-VPS) component of the Miniature Aiming Systems – Day Optic (MAS-D) Program. The MIL-SPEC ATACR™ 4-20×50 F1 will be  integrated as the Mid-Range and the Designated Marksman solutions for US Special Operations Command’s current and future anticipated Semi-Automatic Sniper Weapon Systems. The R-VPS  will round out a complete family of Variable Power Scopes awarded to Nightforce Optics within the MAS-D Program. 

    As part of a life cycle replacement program and capabilities enhancement, the Nightforce MIL SPEC ATACR 4-20 is optimized to provide improved target detection and identification, as well as hit probability, for engagements out to 1200m. 

    “We are both proud and humbled to realize another Nightforce ATACR model selection within  the VPS family of scopes for USSOCOM. While a new benchmark for us, the real benefit is the  continuity it brings to the end user. Now, regardless of weapon system, they will have  commonality in adjustment features and ancillary components ”, said Nightforce’s MIL-GOV LE Business Development Manager, Tod Litt. 

    The Nightforce MIL-SPEC ATACR 4-20 offers excellent performance in intermediate range  target detection as well as reliable mechanical adjustment. The optic feature Nightforce’s  exceptional ED glass, 0.1 Mil-Radian adjustment value for both windage and elevation, the  Horus Vision TREMOR3 reticle, and a tan, hardcoat anodized finish. Like the previous VPS Program solutions the R-VPS is provided as a system, utilizing a purpose-built Nightforce scope  mount and laser range finder integration platform. When employed as a complete solution, the  SOF end-user’s ability to detect, range, and receive a firing solution correlates well with the  semi-automatic weapon capability it is intended to enhance. 

    The new optics are to augment multiple systems in the SOCOM inventory and are intended to support the MRGG (Mid-Range Gas Gun) once it is fielded.  

    For more information on Nightforce Optics, please visit, or for more  details on military contracts, email Glenn Lass, MIL-GOV-LE Program Manager at  [email protected].

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