In 1986, Trijicon founder Glyn Bindon, then working for Ford Motor Company as an aeronautical engineer, came up with the idea for a compact rifle optic by shifting the prism located inside of the riflescope. The design he came up with also incorporated tritium that provided target illumination at night without the use of bulky, heavy batteries and fragile electronics. The Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) was born, and it was lighter and more compact than any other optic on the market at the time.
Several years went by before the ACOG came to the attention of the U.S. military. The ACOG was used on several trial rifles during a 1989 test that examined possible replacements for standard-issue M16 and M4 rifles. While no new rifle was selected, the ACOG made an impact on military testers, and soon after, several units were used by troops during Operation Just Cause in Panama.
Throughout the 1990s, Trijicon made a handful of ACOG optics for special military and law-enforcement units, and 36 of the optics were used by U.S. troops in Operation Desert Storm. Between 1987 and 2005, the company had produced 100,000 ACOG optics. All of this changed in 2004, with the adoption of the ACOG as the Rifle Combat Optic of the U.S. Marine Corps. This designation came with a multi-year contract and a first delivery order of 104,000 4x32 TA31 ACOG optics.
Maj. Gen. James Mattis, commander of the 1st Marine Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom, declared that the "ACOG mounted on the M16 service rifle has proven to be the biggest improvement in lethality for the Marine infantryman since the introduction of the M1 Garand in WWII."
Unfortunately, Bindon passed away in October 2003, never having seen the dramatic success of his design.
Enthusiasts can join in the company's celebration of its 1 millionth ACOG optic by taking part in the company's 24-day giveaway, featuring prizes from companies like Smith & Wesson, POF USA, SilencerCo, LWRC International, FN America and many more. Trijicon will provide a grand prize at the end of its 24 days of celebration.
To play, contestants can enter once per day for 24 days. Each day they enter, it makes them eligible for that day's prize drawing. During the final day of the sweepstakes, winners of the daily prizes will be announced every hour. In addition, participants can enter once per hour during all 24 hours on the last day of the sweepstakes, giving them 24 chances at the company's grand prize!
To enter, visit the Trijicon website here.