6 New Optics for 2020

posted on August 17, 2020
Lots of folks just bought new firearms during both the COVID-19 pandemic and recent riotous social unrest. Many of those guns need (or at least should have) an optic mounted. No matter your firearm, budget, intended use or requirements, we’ve got a newly introduced optic for you, including some that don’t need to be mounted on a gun at all. 
ATN | TICO LT 320 25 mm

ATN | TICO LT 320 25 mm
The TICO is a thermal clip-on sight that quickly attaches to your gun and works in conjunction with any daytime scope. It features a Black/White Hot mode. The lightweight unit’s power consumption is low, giving you more than 9 hours of continuous run time. 

Magnification: .5-1X
Objective Lens Diameter: 25 mm
Reticle: N/A
Length: 5.94 inches
Weight: 19.75 ounces
MSRP: $1,799
(800) 910-2862; atncorp.com

ATN | X-Sight LTV 3-9X

ATN | X-Sight LTV 3-9X
The LTV is a digital riflescope offering superior performance at a desirable price point. It features Day and Night modes, records HD video, offers multiple reticles and includes a 3D gyroscope. The LTV is advanced to the point of simplicity, with easy-to-use controls and the unit allows a one-shot zero. ATN’s Obsidian LT Core technology assures long battery life.

Magnification: 3-9X
Objective Lens Diameter: 30 mm
Reticle: Multiple patterns
Length: 12.2 inches
Weight: 26.28 ounces
MSRP: $599
(800) 910-2862; atncorp.com

Bushnell | Equinox Z2 Night Vision Monocular 4.5x40 mm

Bushnell | Equinox Z2 Night Vision Monocular 4.5x40 mm
For those who don’t want to drop the price of a used car on night-vision gear, the hand-held Equinox Z2 provides an affordable alternative. It can record 1080p video day or night, has a built-in IR illuminator to boost ambient light and can stream live to mobile devices.

Magnification: 4.5X
Objective Lens Diameter: 40 mm
Reticle: N/A
Length: 6.46 inches
Weight: 22 ounces
MSRP: $329.99
(800) 423-3537; bushnell.com

Meprolight | NYX 211

Meprolight | NYX 211
This advanced, uncooled thermal sight can be mounted on a rifle or used as a hand-held device and promises to hold zero when switched between those roles. It can also be used day or night and includes a built-in IR laser to aid in hitting your target.

Magnification: 1X
Display Type: OLED; 640x480
Reticle: User selectable
Length: 6.9 inches
Weight: 24 ounces
MSRP: $9,239.99
(717) 985-4488; meprolight.com

Pulsar | Trail 2 LRF XP50

Pulsar | Trail 2 LRF XP50
With thermal detection out to an astounding 2,000 yards, the Trail 2 LRF XP50 offers a full-color display, video and image recording, 3-second startup and much more in a rifle-mounted scope.

Magnification: 2-16X optical, 8X digital
Objective Lens Diameter: 42 mm
Reticle: 4-color-option crosshair
Length: 11.22 inches
Weight: 25 ounces
MSRP: $6,599.99
(817) 225-1310; pulsarnv.com

SIG Sauer | Echo3

SIG Sauer | Echo3
The latest generation of SIG’s excellent compact, thermal reflex sights, the Echo3 features motion-activated power, compatibility with the company’s BDX system for instant reticle adjustments and the ability to record video.

Magnification: 1-6X
Objective Lens Diameter: 23 mm
Reticle: User selectable
Length: 4.3 inches
Weight: 14.3 ounces
MSRP: $3,899.99
(603) 610-3000; sigsauer.com


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