Trijicon MGRS Now Shipping to U.S. Army

by Braxton Taylor

Trijicon is now shipping its MGRS (Machine Gun Reflex Sight) to the U.S. Army for the M2/M2A1 .50 caliber weapon system under the Mounted Machine Gun Optic (MMO) program. Manufacturing is being performed in Wixom, MI, and is expected to be completed by 2024.

Forged of 7075-T6 aluminum, the MGRS is designed to withstand the jarring and 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 3X magnifier is included for increased precision, improved first-round hit probability and heightened downrange identification.

The U.S. Army awarded the sighting-system contract to the company in 2021. “Trijicon is truly honored to be selected for this program,” Stephen Bindon, Trijicon president & CEO, said when the agreement was announced. “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.”

The MGRS offers seven brightness settings, two facilitating the use of night-vision optics and five settings for fast adjustment to match current conditions, including a super-bright setting for bright daylight. Zeroing uses 1-MOA-adjustment increments and there is 100 MOA total travel of adjustment. The MGRS includes a ranging dial precisely calibrated for use on the M2/M2A1 machine gun. Additional ranging dials are available for various other weapon platforms. 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.

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