By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
February 3, 2022
DefenseReview’s (DR) been on a bit of a combat/tactical optics kick lately (see the “Related Articles” section below), but the fact is, the hits just keep on comin’–and let’s face it, good optics are important. Anyway, the latest one is the Trijicon VCOG 1–8×28 Riflescope Commercial SCO combat/tactical scope, which is apparently the exact same optic as the USMC’s Trijicon Squad Common Optic, minus some minor cosmetic changes to its external laser-etched markings, which is understandable.
The Trijicon VCOG 1–8×28 Riflescope Commercial SCO is of course a bit pricey at an MSRP of $3,150.00 USD as of this writing, but it’s got some impressive performance capability, as explained by Trijicon:
The Trijicon 1-8×28 VCOG® (Variable Combat Optical Gunsight) Commercial SCO is a highly rugged, variable magnification riflescope designed for close quarter battle (CQB) and long distance marksmanship. This offering is functionally identical to the USMC Squad Common Optic (SCO) VCOG. With a forged aircraft-grade 7075-T6 aluminum housing, the VCOG® is nearly indestructible. Superior glass provides exceptional clarity and color with zero distortion. The universal segmented circle / MRAD crosshair dot with wind holds reticle is designed for multi-platform use, accommodating multiple calibers, ammunition weights, and barrel lengths. The first focal plane reticle allows subtensions and drops to remain true at any magnification, allowing the shooter to quickly and accurately apply the correct hold. With ruggedized electronics, the LED reticle is robust enough for any application. Powered by a lithium AA battery (provided), the 1-8×28 VCOG offers a battery life of 633 hours at setting 6. Choose from 11 user-selectable brightness settings, 2 night vision settings, 8 day settings, and 1 super-bright setting. An integrated dial fin allows easy rotation through the magnification range, and a near-constant eye relief means no head or stock position adjustments are needed. Waterproof to 20 meters (66 ft.).
Reads pretty impressive.
The Trijicon VCOG 1–8×28 Riflescope Commercial SCO can of course be used for CQB/CQC (Close Quarters Battle/Close Quarters Combat), but it really comes into its own at longer distances of around 300-500 yards, give or take a bit less or a bit more, generally speaking.
DR doesn’t need to tell you that the Trijicon VCOG riflescopes have excellent reputations, and that the Marines wouldn’t choose a combat optic that didn’t deliver for their needs. So, the VCOG 1–8×28 Riflescope Commercial SCO seems like a no-brainer excellent choice for anyone looking for proven 1-8x (power) tactical scope, provided they can afford it.
Oh, and did we mention that it comes with a Larue Tactical LT799 Mount and Tenebraex® Flip Caps? Well, it does.
Defense Review likes Trijicon VCOG’s generally, so we dig the SCO variant of it becoming available to the public. So, if you’ve got the dough, you might just want to check out the SCO</a., ya’ know?
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Toll Free: 1-800-338-0563
Email Contact Page: https://www.trijicon.com/contact-us
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