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The Newest Cop Optics
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By Dave Douglas
We live by our eyes. Pretty much everything a cop does these days requires observation and reporting. Whether you know it or not, if you have as little as six months behind the wheel of a police car your observations skills are at least double that of the public. If they’re not, get out now because what you don’t see can kill you.
Even the best observer can use a little help now and then and the best way to augment your bare-eyed observation skills is to enhance them with quality glass. That glass can be nestled atop your patrol rifle, precision long gun or in the patrol car on the seat next to you.
Optics companies are competing for your business and in doing so are continually developing newer and better optics.
Here are some of the better of this year’s crop of glass.
New models of the SixX Series for 2010 are the 2X-12X 40mm, and the 2X-12X 50mm — both sport illuminated reticles. Each model is now available with either the German 3P#4 Illuminated or the proprietary Burris Ballistic Plex Illuminated reticle. These compact profile scopes represent the latest in optical refinement and technology, while delivering the features and optical value Burris has long been known for. Current and new models are available in matte finish.
A new feature in the SixX Series is a fast diopter adjustment. It focuses a shooter’s diopter adjustment approximately five times faster than earlier scopes. New models also offer generous eye relief of 3.5″ to 4.0″. These fully multicoated and index-matched lenses are finished with StormCoat to shed moisture in damp conditions by reducing surface tension on exterior lenses. Flip-up scope covers are included with SixX Series models to further protect the scope from harsh conditions. A rubber power ring allows for fast magnification changes. Additionally, the SixX Series riflescopes are waterproof, shockproof, fogproof, meticulously crafted in the USA and warranted forever. Burris believes its SixX Series scopes will far exceed your expectations.
For more info: www.burrisoptics.com
Bushnell Tactical FFP
The new Bushnell Tactical FFP scope features fully multi-coated lenses with RainGuard HD for 95-percent light transmission in all types of weather.
The scope has a 30 mm tube, finger adjustable target turrets with .1 Mil click values for fine target adjustment. The side focus provides a crisp clear picture at any distance.
The mil-dot reticle is green illuminated along the first focal plane to help in low light shooting conditions and allowing the shooter to utilize the mil-dot reticle at any power. Two models will be available — one in 6-24×50 and the other in 3-12×44.
For more info: www.bushnell.com
EOTech’s new XPS3-2 features a single transverse CR123 battery to reduce sight length. The single CR123 provides three times the battery life and only requires 2.75″ of rail space. Average battery life at full brightness is roughly 500-600 hours.
A simple O-ring and tethered cap allow a better seal and the battery compartment is separated from the base allowing it to hover over the rifle’s delta ring.
It’s available with three different reticle configurations and in a night vision compatible version, the XPS3. The non-NV compatible sight is designated XPS2.
The G23.FTS 3X Magnifier is the 2nd generation of L3 EOTech magnifiers and offers .5″ more eye relief. Windage and elevation adjustments are inside the optic rather than the mount. Fewer moving parts make it even more stable. The G23.FTS has an ARMS release lever allowing quick removal of both the optic and the mount.
For more info: www.eotech-inc.com
Insight Tech-Gear MRDS
Insight Tech-Gear’s Miniture Red Dot Sight (MRDS) is a lightweight, ruggedized reflex sight. It mounts to many existing optics as well as MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny and Weaver-style rails.
The MRDS is available in a non-reflective black or tan finish with either a 3.5 MOA or 7.0 MOA dot size and is easily adjustable for elevation or windage with 1 MOA positive click adjustments. It features an auto adjusting dot intensity or four brightness settings set by the user.
The lens of the MRDS is made from a lightweight, impact resistant polymer with an anti-reflective coating. The housing is molded from advanced polymers for reduced weight without sacrificing operational durability.
The MRDS can be used in any environment. It’s been waterproofed to 66 feet for 2 hours, frozen in ice, drop tested, subjected to 48 hours of salt fog, vibration tested and submitted to extreme temperature shock. It’s operational temperature range is -40o C to 49o C and it passed the MIL-STD 810G environmental testing protocols.
A single 1632 battery powers the unit for 1-year in Auto mode and weighs just 0.85 ounces, including battery. The battery is top-loading meaning no loss of zero when changing batteries.
For more info: www.insighttechgear.com
Leupold Mark 4 1.5-5x20mm MR/T M2
Leupold’s Mark 4 1.5-5x20mm MR/T M2 with an illuminated reticle ensures precision shot placement in even the worst light conditions and it’s night-vision compatible too. This illuminated Special Purpose reticle is ideal in tactical situations, and provides great accuracy for range estimation.
The Mark 4’s Index Matched Lens System delivers crystal clear resolution from edge to edge of the visual field, along with peak image brightness and optimal contrast in low light.
Low-profile turrets are finger-adjustable with .5 MOA windage and elevation adjustments with audible, tactile clicks. It has an engraved Bullet Drop Compensation dial calibrated for 5.56mm/.223 Remington ammo.
The 30mm maintube is built for LE use and flip-open lens covers are standard issue with each Mark 4 MR/T riflescope.
For more info: www.leupold.com
Leupold Mark AR
Leupold’s Mark AR riflescopes are ideal for those who go into harm’s way with AR15/M-16 style rifles. They deliver high performance at a price even a cop can afford. The wide field-of-view at 1.5X combined with the intermediate range precision of 4X make this a perfect selection for close and mid-range shooting. From heavy brush to rolling hills to an intercity alleyway, the Mark AR 1.5-4x20mm has it covered.
The Multicoat 4 Lens System delivers peak light transmission for superior brightness, edge-to-edge sharpness and optimal contrast. Completely waterproof and fog proof, the Mark AR also features a classic lockable eyepiece and tactile power indicator. The scopes are rigorously tested at the Beaverton, Oregon factory under the most demanding conditions. Don’t settle for anything less than bright, accurate, and dependable optics — Leupold’s new AR series will provide that.
For more info: www.leupold.com
NcStar 10X50 Binocular
For 12 years New Century NcStar manufactured optics for some of the best-known names and brands in the optics industry. During that period, New Century brought the NcStar brand to the market as one of the only true, complete factory direct optics and shooting accessory companies in the world.
In the last 18 months they’ve brought over 100 new products to the market — one of the most thorough and diverse product lines. They have shooting products for everyone from the weekend shooter to the demanding needs of military and law enforcement personnel.
The NcStar rubber armored 10 X 50mm BT1050R binocular is a great choice for all field conditions. The large 50mm objective lenses are multi-coated to deliver bright and clear viewing during the critical dawn and dusk periods. It’s fully O-ring sealed and nitrogen filled to handle inclement weather. The BT1050R is tripod adapter compatible and comes with lens caps, a neck strap and carrying case. It’s a good choice for cops and military personnel.
For more info: www.ncstar.com
Nikon Monarch X Binocular
The new Nikon Monarch X binocular series with 45mm objective lenses provide larger exit pupils for increased low light performance, while maintaining the balance and comparable weight of many 42mm models. The Monarch X is available in 8.5×45 for the ultimate in light transfer and 10.5×45 for an ideal combination of power and performance.
By utilizing Nikon’s Dielectric high-reflective multilayer prism coatings, the Monarch X delivers a brighter, more crisp view during critical dawn and dusk periods. The long eye relief (8.5×45=20.6mm and 10.5×45=16.0mm) multi-position click-stop eyecups make using the New Monarch X a simple pleasure for any user-with or without eyeglasses.
The Monarch X also features Nikon’s fully multicoated optics for waterproof and fog proof ruggedness. They also come standard with flip-down objective covers.
For more info: www.nikonsportoptics.com
Steiner Commander Military
Steiner’s legendary binoculars have become the benchmark for long-range observation, target acquisition and surveillance for all five branches of the US Armed Services, numerous elite American government agencies and countless state and local law enforcement agencies. Now they’ve received several important upgrades to help them protect our freedoms.
Now, the mil-spec ISO 9001/2008 tested and approved 15×80 Commander Military compass equipped binoculars have been upgraded with a new NBR (nitrile butadiene rubber) armor coating that is virtually impervious to any invasive compound you might encounter. They’re designed to be the most rugged, strongest military optical and law enforcement instrument ever made.
For more info: www.steiner-binoculars.com
Steiner 10X42 R Tactical
Steiner’s new interference-mirror technology in their 10X42 R Tactical features a silver-mirror technology with selected phase-correcting dielectric coatings on the prisms. This technology and the specially engineered optical elements deliver maximum broadband light transmission with excellent resolution, clarity, color fidelity and image contrast. The new ergonomically designed housing and texturized rubber armoring provide outstanding comfort for prolonged glassing — and it protects the binocular from the harsh environmental conditions. For surveillance use, an optional tripod mount attaches directly to the center axis by standard tripod threads. The 10×42 R Tactical is available at retail stores across the country.
For more info: www.steiner-binoculars.com
rijicon’s new RMR is built to provide optimum red-dot visibility against the target; you can acquire and place hits quickly and more accurately. It offers two illumination configurations. One choice is an innovative automatically adjusting LED insert for brightness in any lighting situation ensuring optimum visibility of the dot. The second option is a dual-illuminated, battery-free model featuring Trijicon fiber optics and tritium. The RMR has adjustments for windage and elevation and an ultra-clear, hard-coated lens.
For more info: www.trijicon.com
The application of optical systems on rifles specifically designed for the law enforcement marksman is a true fit for US Optics. Every optical system is built from the ground up with end user input ensuring the best most accurate system goes out the door.
With a limited lifetime warranty attached to each scope it’s no wonder why US Optics is chosen time and time again by law enforcement agencies.
US Optics original design and engineering platform was for military application. But, early on the design team at US Optics recognized a need for flexibility. They gathered input from top shooters and marksmen from the law enforcement community and focused on the challenges of meeting these needs.
Their SLIM-LINE version of its most popular military line of optical systems was a direct result of input from law enforcement professionals. Over the years the common feedback that came from shooters in LE was that US Optics scopes were too big and awkward for applications in an urban environment. They met this challenge and significantly reduced the profile without compromising features. Simply stated, law enforcement professionals get the durability, repeatability and reliability of a military optical system.
You could darn near hammer nails with these scopes. They are built to last in any environment and that includes the trunk of your cruiser.
For more info: www.usoptics.com
Zeiss Victory 10×56 T* RF
The new Victory 10×56 T* RF laser rangefinder binoculars join the previously introduced 8×45 and 10×45 models in Carl Zeiss’ RF binocular line. They combine premium binoculars with rangefinding capability, LED display and integrated BIS ballistic calculator.
By touching and releasing the ranging button, the Victory RF’s built-in laser rangefinder quickly and accurately provides distance to the target followed by the correct ballistic holdover via their proprietary Ballistic Information System and it’s programmable for 6 different common ballistic trajectories.
The newly designed objective lenses of the Victory 56 RF provide exceptional performance in low light conditions and great image quality that will meet your needs. The large 56mm objective lens enables particularly high light transmittance due to the ZEISS T* multicoating and Abbe-König prism system. It ensures detailed images are bright and clear with rich color saturation. The Victory RF series binoculars have Zeiss’ exclusive, award-winning LotuTec water-repellent coating on the external lenses and feature fluoride in the objective lenses for superior color correction.
For more info: www.zeiss.com/sports