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What LPVO Does SOCOM Use in 2024 [Surprising]

L.p. Brezny | Updated February 25, 2024 | Why You Should Trust Us | How We Earn Money
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When looking for an LPVO, you might’ve looked up what the USSOCOM uses. After all, these are people meant to protect the country. It only makes sense that they would use the best LPVOs.

In the article below, we discuss some of those LPVOs to help you make an informed purchase.

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What Types of LPVO Does SOCOM Use?

The United States Special Operations Command uses several types of LPVOs depending on availability, budget, mission requirement, and personal preference, among other factors. Let’s take a look at what LPVO SOCOM uses.

SIG Sauer TANGO 6T 1-6x24mm LPVO

SIG Sauer TANGO 6T mounted on rifle

In 2019, the United States Special Operations Force signed a contract with Sig Sauer, giving them the task of manufacturing a rifle scope for them, the SIG Sauer TANGO 6T 1-6x24mm LPVO. (Reference 1: USSOCOM LPVO)

This scope was purposefully manufactured for the U.S. Army for the squad-level designated marksman rifle system. The army required the scope to have an FFP (First Focal Plane) reticle, be durable, and use a BDC reticle.

One of the features that make this scope great is the 6x advanced optical system that makes a target that’s 600 ft (182.8 meters) away look like it’s just 100 ft (30.4 meters) away. This increases the chances of an accurate shot.

In addition, thanks to the amazing glass clarity, there’s no edge distortion. These scopes undergo impact testing to test their durability and are immersed in water to verify their waterproofing capabilities. 

With other features such as great battery quality and great eye relief, we understand why SOCOM selected this LPVO.

Nightforce ATACR 1-8X24

With features such as an awesome first focal plane reticle and amazing optical clarity, this LPVO is very impressive. In fact, once you use it, you’ll understand why the U.S. Special Operations Command uses it as one of its optics.

Although most variable optics are often accompanied by some level of vulnerability, Nightforce has done its best to minimize any issues by making this scope shock and waterproof.

At lower magnifications, the FC-DMx reticle ensures you have a tiny but bright red dot allowing you to focus. As you increase the magnification, the windage and elevation ladder allows you to take accurate shots in most weather conditions.

Also, the significant eye box reduces scope shadows and any other issues that may prevent you from getting a quick sight picture.

Check out this video for more details on Nightforce ATACR 1-8X24:

Trijicon VCOG

Lastly, we have the Trijicon VCOG. In 2020, the US Marine Corps chose the VCOG 1-8×28 as its optic of choice because it met most of its requirements. (Reference 2: USMC LPVO)

This optic allows for rapid target acquisition, making it ideal for close-quarter battles (CQB). In addition, it also provides precision adjustments, thus making it an excellent scope for long-range marksmanship.

The integrated fin allows you to easily rotate the magnification range, and the constant eye relief means you don’t need to adjust your head or stock position.

With six illumination settings, you can get the exact brightness you desire for different tactical engagements. Also, it’s made of hard anodized construction, enhancing its durability, while the multi-coated glass makes target acquisition easier.

For more reading see our post on the top LPVO reticle options on the market and our write up on LPVO scope maintenance.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What optic does the FBI use?

The optic the FBI uses for most patrol rifles is the Sig Sauer ROMEO4M red dot sight. Red dot sights are preferable for short distances and fast target acquisition in the field. 

What sniper scopes do Navy SEALs use?

Navy SEALs use the Nightforce Advanced Tactical Riflescope as their sniper scope, thanks to its reliable long range and durability in the field. 

What magnification is considered LPVO?

The magnification range necessary to be considered LPVO is a scope starting at 1x on the low end and its highest magnification at either 4x, 6x, 8x, or even 10x zoom. If you buy a rifle scope with a higher maximum magnification, it’s usually designed for long-range shooting (aka sniping). 

What is the best LPVO scope for the money?

We believe the best LPVO scope for the money is the Monstrum Alpha Series because it’s very affordable without feeling “cheap.” Our next best pick for high-value scope is the Primary Arms SLx, thanks in part to the proprietary ACSS reticle.


  1. Steve Balestrieri, USSOCOM Selects Sig Sauer Optics For New Sniper Rifle Scope. Retrieved from https://sofrep.com/specialoperations/ussocom-selects-sig-sauer-optics-for-new-sniper-rifle-scope/
  2. Jim Grant, Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28 Selected as USMC Squad Common Optic. Retrieved from https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/gearscout/beltfed/2020/02/26/trijicon-vcog-1-8×28-selected-as-usmc-squad-common-optic/

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