Trijicon VCOG


Trijicon has announced their newest optic in their military grade lineup, named the VCOG. VCOG stands for Variable Combat Optical Gunsite, and is a 1-6x LED, adjustable, First Focal Plane (FFP) BDC reticle. While Military Times GearScout has only had an opportunity to handle a prototype model, there was no doubt this is a solid optic, and even as a prototype the glass was as clean and clear as you would expect from Trijicon. 5.56, 300BLK, and .308 reticles are available, and battery life is 700 hours at illumination setting 4 (of 6).


Check out the Trijicon website for additional info, or below for some additional information taken from the company spec sheet.

Overview The Trijicon VCOG (Variable Combat Optical Gunsight) is a rugged variable powered riflescope with an LED illuminated first focal plane BDC reticle. The VCOG is designed for extreme durability and features superior glass quality. The magnification range accommodates CQB and long distance marksmanship. The VCOG is a MIL-spec grade optic, robust enough for any application.

Optic Features:

  • First focal plane reticle; reticle subtensions and drops remain true at any magnification.
  • Superior quality glass lenses provide clarity and light gathering capabilities with zero distortion.
  • Bullet Drop Compensating & Ranging Reticle
  • Forged 7075-T6 aircraft-aluminum-alloy housing provides for a nearly indestructible sighting system.
  • Tested to MIL-STD-810G it’s both rugged and durable.
  • Illuminated Reticle Powered by a single AA battery.
  • Adjustable Brightness Settings
  • Integrated fin on magnification dial allows easy rotation through magnification settings.
  • Integrated mounting adapter eliminates the need for conventional mounting and provides quick-easy mounting to any rail system.
  • 4 in. constant eye relief through all magnifications.
  • Waterproof to 20 meters (66 ft.)
  • Made in the USA


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  1. This doesn’t seem like that big of a deal . Plenty of other people make a similar product at a similar price . The draw of Trijicon products for me has always been their battery-less operation and durability . If they offered this without batteries or updated the available reticles on existing units i would be impressed.

  2. I’m looking to purchase (6) Trijicon RMR Red Dot Sights.
    Maybe something like Trijicon RMR RM04 Dual Illuminated Sight.
    I tried the Leupold 67435 Delta Point, Too much GLARE!

    Here are the weapons:
    Remington 870, 12 gauge, What Mounts to use?
    Remington 870, 20 Gauge. What Mounts to use?
    Smith and Wesson 308/7.62, AR10
    Smith and Wesson 5.56, Tactical, SKU 811041 with a ACOG 6X.
    DPMS Panther Arms, 223.5.56mm, Model A-15
    Sig 220R-45-DSE-TB P220 .45 ACP Elite Dark TB Pistol

    Richard Green
    Fredericksburg, Va. 22405

    • Rob Curtis on

      All of the open top sights are going to have that problem, though I haven’t found the glare to be all that bad. It’s likely a product of the shape of the wider lenses.

      You could look at the Aimpoint T1 Micro. It’s an enclosed red dot optic that withstands weather and stray light a little better. But, it has a short tube which can lead to ghosting and artifacting in some situations.

      There’s no free lunch. You’ll have to decide what’s more important; size, weight or optical and/or environmental performance. When you go more compact, there are tradeoffs.

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