The U.S. Army’s Mounted Machinegun Optics (MMO) program—the branch’s effort to identify and procure improved sights for the platforms—has selected the Trijicon MGRS (Machine Gun Reflex sight). The units will be mounted on M2/M2A1 .50-caliber weapon systems. Manufacturing will take place at the company’s facilities in Wixom, MI, and is expected to be completed by 2024.
“Trijicon is truly honored to be selected for this program,” said Stephen Bindon, Trijicon president & CEO. “Our goal with the MGRS was to provide the most durable aiming solution for machine gunners while increasing the potential for first-round hits on target. Our team worked tirelessly to achieve this goal and this contract is a testament to their design.”
Forged of 7075-T6 aluminum, the MGRS is designed to withstand the jarring, rapid recoil produced by fixed and turret-mounted machine guns. The MGRS features a large, non-magnified objective lens with a 35-MOA, segmented circle reticle. Centered within the reticle is a 3-MOA dot for precise aiming. A single CR123A battery powers the unit, providing more than 1,000 hours of continuous operation. A three-power magnifier is included for improved target identification.
The MGRS features seven brightness settings, two facilitating the use of night-vision optics and five settings for fast adjustment to match current conditions. A super-bright setting is available for bright daylight.
Zeroing is easy, with 1-MOA adjustment increments and 100 MOA total travel of adjustment. The MGRS includes two interchangeable range knobs ballistically calibrated for use on M2/M2A1 machine guns. When properly zeroed to the weapon platform, the range knob allows the user to dial the correct range as a mechanical Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC) for accurate engagements.
The United States military and many of its allies use Trijicon optics, along with the United States Government and state and local law enforcement. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Wixom, MI.