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January 20, 2011
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Lance Eldridge All Law Enforcement is Local
with Lance Eldridge

SHOT Show 2011: Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic

The Swedish company that has pioneered much of today’s red-dot optical technology has released a new sight designed specifically with the law enforcement professional in mind. The new Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO) incorporates a lot of technology for its price, which is expected to be around $440.00, which includes Aimpoint’s QRP2 mount.

Aimpoint’s Darryl Bolke explained that the company designed and built the PRO specifically for law enforcement officers, who often work in adverse conditions.

The PRO, like other tactical reflex sights in Aimpoint’s lineup, is waterproof to 150 feet.

One noteworthy feature is the sight’s mechanical switching mechanism, which allows officers, even when wearing heavy gloves in cold weather, to feel the “click” when making adjustments. There’s even a little give in the adjustment knobs, reducing the chance that the sight’s settings would change in case the officer drops the weapon with the mounted sight.

The sight has a 2 MOA red dot that the developers believe to be best suited for engaging CQC and distant targets.

The battery life is up to three years, and Darryl suggested that officers turn on the sight and leave it on, as it needs more battery power to turn the sight on and off than leaving it on. Additionally, this technique means that officers don’t have to remember to turn the sight on when the situation heats up.

Another feather that helps officers counter problems associated with high stress is that the transparent rear lens cover (it comes with integrated front and rear covers) allows officers to use the sight, with both eyes even, even when both covers are closed.

About the author

Retiring after nearly 22 years of active duty in the Army, Lance Eldridge worked as the director of a law enforcement training academy and served as a rural patrol deputy and patrol officer in Colorado. While in the military, he held leadership positions in a variety of organizations and has written extensively about US military strategy, operations, and history. He is a graduate of the US Army's Command and General Staff College and the Norwegian Staff College. He holds a Masters Degree in History and a Masters Degree in Strategic Intelligence. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in national security strategy, European regional security, US history, and terrorism. He now works in northern Virginia.

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