New Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28 Scope: First Look

Trijicon has introduced new 1-8×28 Variable Combat Optical Gunsight (VCOG), on the requests from the US military for an innovative aiming solution having extended magnification range, outstanding glass quality, and rugged design. This new, innovative sight incorporates a forged aluminum body, 8x zoom, and a First Focal Plane reticle, making it perfect for both competition and rough duty use.

For meeting the rigorous demands of duty (be it military, law enforcement, or competitive shooting), the new Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28 Riflescope’s body has been forged from 7075-T6 aircraft aluminum-alloy. The versatile magnification ranging from true 1x power to 8x makes it perfect for long-range applications as well as CQB (Close Quarter Battle). 

This nearly indestructible sighting system comes with a first focal plane reticle that allows users to estimate range rapidly and consequently applies the correct hold throughout the entire range of magnification. The reticles are available in both MOA and MRAD measurements. They feature an illuminated red segmented circle reticle with 120 MOA of total windage and elevation travel. 

Segmented Circle / MOA Crosshair Dot Reticle Segmented Circle / MRAD Crosshair Dot Reticle
Available with: VC18-C-2400001 Available with: VC18-C-2400003

The best part is that this new VCOG sight can be used with all rifle platforms and chamberings. A single AA lithium battery powers the illumination, which has 11 user-adjustable settings (including eight day-settings, two night-settings, and one super-bright setting). 

For maximizing light transmission, the new Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28 Scope comes with lenses that are fully multi-coated with broadband anti-reflective coatings. It, in fact, exceeds the abrasion resistance requirements of the military. VCOG 1-8×28 is a best for combat and hard duty applications because it provides the competition shooters, law enforcement personnel, and military shooters outstanding optical clarity and zero distortion. 

New Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28 Scope comes with an integrated mounting adapter. Therefore, the shooter doesn’t need separate rings for fast and easy mounting to the rail system while maintaining zero. To make this sight a nearly indestructible device, the manufacturer ensured MIL-STD-810G testing protocol at the time of development.


Trijicon VCOG 1-8x28 Red MOA Crosshair Reticle Scope w/ Thumbscrew Mount VC18-C-2400001 CLICK HERE
Trijicon VCOG 1-8x28 Red MRAD Crosshair Dot Reticle Scope w/ Thumbscrew Mount VC18-C-2400003 CLICK HERE

Taking a Closer Look at the Reticle

Segmented Circle / MOA Crosshair Dot Reticle

Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28 Red MOA Crosshair Reticle Scope w/ Thumbscrew Mount VC18-C-2400001 has been incorporated with universal segmented circle/MOA crosshair dot reticle. The best thing about this reticle is that it has been designed in such a way that it can be used with multiple platforms and accommodate a wide range of calibers, barrel lengths, and weights. 

As the reticle is located at the first focal plane, the subtensions as well as drops remain true at all magnification ranges. Therefore, the shooter can apply the correct hold quickly and accurately. No matter which shooting application you use this device, the LED reticle is designed from ruggedized electronics, ensuring amazing output every time.

Best for Use:

  • Military
  • Law Enforcement
  • Competitive Shooting

Segmented Circle / MRAD Crosshair Dot Reticle

This MRAD reticle design is absolutely the same as that of the MOA mentioned above. This reticle is intended for use of the shooters who prefer Mil-Radian calculations over MOA ones. You can use this reticle at Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28 Red MRAD Crosshair Dot Reticle Scope w/ Thumbscrew Mount VC18-C-2400003 with multiple calibers, barrel lengths, and ammunition weights. 

The universal segmented circle / MRAD crosshair dot reticle is designed for multi-platform use, accommodating multiple calibers, ammunition weights, and barrel lengths. The first focal plane reticle allows subtensions and drops to remain true at any magnification, allowing the shooter to quickly and accurately apply the correct hold. With ruggedized electronics, the LED reticle is robust enough for any application.

Best for Use:

  • Military
  • Law Enforcement
  • Competitive Shooting


The list of proprietary Trijicon accessories that you can use with Trijicon VC18-C-2400001 and Trijicon VC18-C-2400003 are:

Accessory Name MPN
Trijicon Quick Release Mount for 3.5x, 4x, and 5.5x, ACOG, 1-6x VCOG, and 1x42 Reflex w/ ACOG Base AC12033
Trijicon Thumbscrew Picatinny Mount TA51
LensPen Optical Component Cleaner and Brush TA56


The new Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28 Riflescope comes with same reticle design but with differing measurements: MOA and MRAD. The LED reticles come with 11 user-selectable brightness settings where two are night-vision setting and nine are day settings (including one super-bright setting for use in extremely bright daylight condition). This Trijicon 1-8×28 VCOG Scope line is powered by a lithium AA battery that provides 633 hours of battery life at setting 6. An integrated dial fin is there in this device, allowing easy rotation across the zoom range. No head/stock position adjustments are required in the Trijicon VCOG 1-8×28 Scope, thanks to the near-constant eye relief. To enable its use at any shooting condition, Trijicon has made this scope waterproof up to 20 meters (or 66 feet).

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