Tactical Gun Review had the opportunity to handle the new Trijicon VCOG at the NRA Convention in Houston. The first thing that strikes you is “Quality.” This is one finely manufactured optic. The entire unit feels extremely solid. While it is impossible to really evaluate optics in the harsh confines of a convention hall, the eye relief box is generous and the clarity is amazing when viewing the far back dark corners of the hall. Controls are sturdy and you can certainly adjust magnification while wearing gloves.
We discovered several interesting facts about the direction Trijicon is going. First off, expect to see more electronics and less tritium. Of course tritium is widely used in optics for a variety of reasons. However, tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen and is tightly controlled by ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations). The ITAR regulations effectively shut out many worldwide markets for tritium based sights due to the radioactive material. Trijicon is addressing this by going to more battery-powered reticles.
Another interesting fact about Trijicon production is the high level of hand work required to produce the chevron reticle. There is ONE lady at Trijicon who hand files each chevron under a microscope. These are the reasons why Trijicon decided to power the illumination with a common AA battery.
Variable Combat Optical Gunsight specs:
- 1-6 magnification
- First focal plane with 7 reticle choices
- 6 brightness settings on the illuminated reticle
- 7075-T6 aluminum with Mil spec anodized finish
- 90 MOA windage/elevation adjustment in 1/2″ increments
- Waterproof to 66′
- MSRP $2.270
TGR cannot wait to hit the range with the new VCOG. Stay tuned for our field report.