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Army getting a brand new rifle optic for the M4A1 carbine

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  • Army Contract Command has awarded Sig Sauer a contract for a Direct View Optic, a new accessory that will allow soldiers to quickly switch between 1x and 6x magnification.
  • With the DVO, soldiers would be able to target enemy fighters with remarkable accuracy up to 600 meters away, farther than the service’s current optics.
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Get excited: The Army is picking up a new variable-power optic for the M4A1 carbine that’ll let soldiers reach out at further ranges with more accuracy than before.

Army Contract Command has awarded a follow-on production contract to Sig Sauer to furnish the service with a Direct View Optic (DVO), a fresh accessory that will allow soldiers to quickly switch between 1x and 6x magnification, in contrast to the fixed magnification standard on the existing Rifle Combat Optic.

Army units currently deploy with a combination of the RCO for targets at roughly 500 meters and the Close Combat Optic (CCO) for targets at 300 meters, as Military.com previously reported. With the DVO, soldiers would be able to target enemy fighters with remarkable accuracy at ranges of up to 600 meters.

“Variable power magnification optics combine the capabilities of the non-magnified optic’s ability to engage close quarter targets with a fixed-magnification optic’s ability to detect, recognize, identify, and precisely engage targets at extended ranges,” according to the DVO solicitation that the Army issued in August 2019.

Sig Sauer Tango6T 1-6X24 mm rifle scope optic

The Sig Sauer Tango6T 1-6X24 mm scope.


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It’s unclear which Sig Sauer optic the Army has selected to serve as its DVO, but this isn’t the first time the service has purchased a 1-6x optic from the company: In 2018, the service selected the lightweight TANGO6T 1-6X24 mm optic for its new M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle that’s based on the Hechler