Why The Marines Chose an LPVO (It Makes Sense)

As a rifle-wielding Corps, the Marines take pleasure in their reputation.

The rifle plays an important role in Marine Corps culture. The Marine Corps works on the underlying notion that “every Marine is a rifleman.”

When it comes to the Marine Corps, rifle qualification has a huge effect on everything from social standing to promotion chances. It is due to this that the Marine Corps’ optics often take a left bend.

The Marine Corps has recently replaced the Trijicon ACOG with an LPVO, which is more compact.

The Marines referred to the VCOG as a “common” sight as it was for the SCO, or Squad Common Optic.

Marines in the combat weapons branch will deploy the VCOG in combination with the M27 IAR rifle, which will become the branch’s standard issue weapon in the future, according to the Marine Corps.

 The Marine Corps will acquire the VCOGs for a total of 19,000 units.

LPVOs will become standard-issue infantry optics for the Marine Corps, joining SOCOM, JSOC, Force Recon, and select marksmen as the first to employ the technology.

Why the LPVO?


LPVOs have become more popular in the previous several years.

A combination of the LPVO’s ergonomics and adjustable magnification makes it the most adaptable rifle battle optic currently available. 

Having a range of 1 to 8 power magnification, the user may swiftly switch between settings to better achieve their task.

Moreover, you may turn an LPVO to 1X and utilize nearly as well as a red dot optic in close quarters fighting.

A Marine’s increased magnification settings make it possible for them to shoot accurately at varying distances if needed to adopt an overwatch position. 

When on guard duty, a Marine may identify threats early and combat them at a broad range of distances because of the LPVO’s advanced detection capabilities.

Our warfighters’ ability to customize their optics using LPVOs is unmatched. It’s no surprise that the USMC has taken note of the LPVO’s popularity among special operations forces.


LPVO scopes have improved greatly in terms of durability. As a result of durability problems, variable optics had hitherto not been considered for broad infantry usage.

This 10X scope was utilized30-ounceby Marine Corps Scout Snipers for many years.

In the optics industry, companies like Trijicon are at the cutting edge. As a result, their optics are bulletproof. The Trijicon ACOG was bulletproof in terms of durability. 

To be honest, this is close to being true. When an AK fire hit the legendary ACOG, it rescued the Marine who was holding it.

With the new VCOG, you get a sturdy, waterproof design that’s fit for the seas.


Marines are better able to identify threats when they have better magnification. Moreover, they may use an 8X power optic to verify they’re staring at danger before firing a shot.

Furthermore, they may now see terrain features up close and personal thanks to the increased magnification provided by this tool.

In the case of an FFP scope, its reticle will expand and contract as the magnification level changes.

Therefore, you may use the reticle’s holdover points at any magnification level and still provide precise results. 

Shooters can adjust for bullet drop automatically thanks to a bullet drop compensator included in the reticle. A similar reticle was incorporated in Trijicon’s ACOG rifle optics.

LPVO Negatives:

One of the biggest disadvantages will be the additional weight and bulk. VCOG has a much larger optic due to its larger size, with an eight-power magnification.

The VCOG is three times longer and more than three times heavier than the ACOG, with a 10.5-inch length and 30-ounce weight differential.

By using LPVOs, you will significantly increase the weight of each of your soldiers.

Consequently, the urge to flee and avoid will be reduced, and more time will be available for direct engagement. It’s unlikely that an LPVO will hold up as long as a more conventional optic.

Although this does not mean that they will be less effective than the original ACOG, they may be a bit more fragile.


The decision by the Marine Corps to switch to LPVO scopes is a good one.

Keeping the Marines as deadly as possible will be aided by the lessons learned from prior battles and an awareness of the future. 

I’m intrigued to see how these optics are received by Marine infantrymen when they become used to them, and how it will change the way Marines battle.

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