The Trijicon ACOG

It all started in 1986. Before it was “the rifle scope that changed everything”, the Trijicon ACOG was half a pair of binoculars.

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It was in 1986 that Glyn Bindon looked intently at a pair of broken up binoculars and had an idea that would inspire the legendary ACOG. Glyn wondered if moving the prism in a rifle scope could make it more compact than the big bulky scopes on the market, after seeking advice from optical experts, whom all said it would be optically inelegant, Glyn ignored the naysayers and created a working battery free prototype.

Glyn incorporated tritium and found a way to move the prism without lubrication-inside the aluminium spherical seat in the aluminium housing, another feature that was predicted to fail.

What followed was the design and forging of the new aluminium shell that would be tough as nails while still being light and compact, many would later call the ACOG “over-engineered”.

The launch of the ACOG took place in 1987. From the very beginning “follow the light” had dual purposes. Once Glyn discovered that changing the scope’s prism maintained an excellent sight picture and designing around the path of the light created a lighter, more compact design, he chose to celebrate his faith in God by adding a Bible verse reference on the original ACOG’s housing: JN8:12

This refers to: John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”

The first models were not illuminated in daytime like most current ACOGs. They featured black crosshairs for daytime use and a tritium-illuminated red reticle at night, this model was known as the ACOG 4x32 TA01, the same modern-day model is currently used by the South African combat rifle shooters.

At this time, Glyn found difficulty trademarking the name Armson, so he changed the company name to Trijicon (a combination of “tritium” and “icon” with a “j” added to create the three dots. The patent on the ACOG soon followed on February 21, 1989.

ACOG popularity grew steadily over the following years:

1993 - Adopted by German S.W.A.T and tested by U.S. special forces

1995 - U.S. special operations command purchases 12,000 units TA01

1996-1997 - Israeli Special Forces purchased 5,000 ACOG 4x32 scopes for their designated marksmen.

1996-2003 - In 2001 the ACOG 5.5x50 was introduced and the 2.5x20 was adopted as the official optic for the British and Swedish armies’ new light antitank weapon, NLAW. Sadly in 2003 Glyn Bindon passed away, and would not be able to see his invention rocket to the top of the industry.

2004 - It took 18 years to manufacture and sell the first 100,000 ACOG 4x32 scopes, from 1987 to 2005. It then only took 18 months to manufacture the next 100,000. The U.S. marine corps adopted the ACOG as the first ever Rifle Combat Optic (RCO), this multi-year contract included a first delivery order of 104,000 4x32 TA31 scopes.

2005-2007 - U.S. Army chose the Trijicon ACOG 4x32 RCO as their field carry optic. The ACOG 3X30 was launched. Trijicon releases the ACOG 4x32 Enhanced Combat Optical Sight (ECOS) in flat dark earth colour as required by special operations command.

2008-2011 - ACOG 6x48 was created for heavy duty needs of a .50 Cal weapon crew. ACOG 1.5x16 was created for fast moving close quarters tactical operations. In 2009 the 500,00th 4x32 ACOG was produced 2012-2014 - Expanded the ACOG line with battery illuminated reticles, and new illumination colours as well as multiple ammunition matching reticles.

2015 - Generation 2 of the ACOG line with various enhancements was introduced.

2017 - 2017 marks a very special year for Trijicon as this was the year that Trijicon produced it’s ONE MILLIONTH 4x32 ACOG. (Shown Below)

2018-Current - The legend keeps on delivering!

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