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ALPHA TARAC

INTEL

• Engage long-range targets without holdover, range estimation, or thinking.

• Become a marksman, take the thought process out, and just aim center with the Alpha TARAC.

• The Alpha TARAC is a prism wedge that optically shifts your target image higher so you aim higher to compensate for bullet drop.  The result is an instant, long-range zero configured to increase your max point blank (MPB) range.

• If the target exceeds 300 yds or three football fields (refer to Operator’s Manual), deploy the Alpha and aim center.

• Dimensions:
L 2.69″ x W 0.80″ x H 2.43″
L 68mm x W 20mm x H 62mm

• Weight:  5.2 oz

• Colors:  Gun Gray and Desert Rust

“No holdover is necessary.  Just flip it up and engage your target. The Alpha TARAC will increase a unit’s hit probability beyond 300m (Army Standard Qual Range) guaranteeing greater successful target engagements” – REDACTED

ADVANTAGES

• Double hit-rate probability on long-range targets with less than 1 min of training (empirically verified by USASOC).

• Take out the guesswork to neutralize targets faster, with fewer rounds, and in less time open to return fire.

“I tested [the Alpha TARAC] with a Razor 1-6x and EO Tech with 3x magnifier and (….) two new guys with little experience and (…) I gave them a 30sec run down on how the prism worked then had them shoot the course of fire with and without the prism.  With the prism they hit more than twice as many targets (….) It’s a very simple increase in performance (….) Past 350m I had them hold center with the prism and made hits to 500m” – REDACTED

• 100 m zero
Aim center 25 – 480 m
Aim top TGT 490 – 530 m | +60.9% gain

• 200 m zero
Aim center 25 – 500 m
Aim top TGT 510 – 550 m | +52.1% gain

• 300 m zero
Aim center 25 – 550 m
Aim top TGT 560 – 600 m | +40.9%

*Values are munition and barrel length specific.  Refer to Operator’s Manual.

• Take the thought process out to instantly deliver rounds accurately down range before the enemy.

• In crosswinds, hold left or right instead in both x-y planes since DOPE is automatically compensated – much faster and easier.

• Use the same Alpha TARAC across optics, zeroes, munitions, and weapons.

• Over 97% of the weapons used by NATO ranging from 6 – 28 in barrel lengths can be optimized with just three Alphas (over 600 ballistic calculations guarantee accuracy), saving money and guaranteeing complete versatility.  Refer to Operator’s Manual.

Cross-Compatible Optics

• Use the same Alpha TARAC across aiming devices.

• Saves money.

  • Reflex / Red Dot
  • Holographic
  • Prismatic
  • Magnifiers
  • LPVO
  • ELCAN
  • Co-witness
  • Irons (front iron – Alpha – rear iron)
  • Night Vision (behind Alpha)
  • Thermals (in front of Alpha)

• Mount the Alpha anywhere in front of primary optic (distance irrelevant).  See ‘Aiming Devices’ for exceptions.

• The Alpha can flip toward or away from primary optic.

• 1.5″
• 1.93″ Coming Soon

“Versatile in nature, the unit can be utlized with multiple optics (regardless of objective lens size) and on any weapons platform affixed with a picatinny rail system. With no additional training (…) the Alpha TARAC can most certainly shape the battlefield in the favor of the shooter.” – REDACTED

Cross-Compatible Zeroes

• Use the same Alpha TARAC across zeroes.

• One optic; multiple solutions.

“The user can have a unit built to a weapon’s point blank zero and, now, that weapon is immeasurably more lethal in the hands of any soldier.” – REDACTED

• Works with 5.56, 6.5, and 7.62 with 6.0″ – 28.0″ barrel lengths.

*Munition and barrel length specific.  Refer to Operator’s Manual.

• Works with 5.56, 6.5, and 7.62 with 6.0″ – 28.0″ barrel lengths.

*Munition and barrel length specific.  Refer to Operator’s Manual.

• Works with 5.56, 6.5, and 7.62 with 6.0″ – 28.0″ barrel lengths.

*Munition and barrel length specific.  Refer to Operator’s Manual.

• Works with 5.56, 6.5, and 7.62 with 18.0″ – 28.0″ barrel lengths (every inch).

*Munition and barrel length specific.  Refer to Operator’s Manual.

• Works with .50 cal at 45 inches.

*Accuracy tolerance specific.  Refer to Operator’s Manual.

Cross-Compatible Munitions

• Use the same Alpha TARAC across munitions (+600 ballistic combinations calculated to guarantee accuracy).

• One optic; multiple solutions.

“After a short time it became increasingly apparent how easy and capable the system was to use scaled across the wide variety of SOCOM weapon systems. The attractiveness of the system is in its simplicity.  With the operator simply having to mount the optic in front of their main optic system, it is ready to go (….) Most often simplicity boils down to pure effectiveness and (…) a point and shoot methodology is completely embodied by this weapon optic system.” – REDACTED

Ballistically evaluated the following cartridges at 6.0″ – 28.0″ barrel lengths:
 
• 55 gr NATO

• 62 gr M855
• 62 gr M855A1
• 77 gr SMK
• 77 gr TMK

*Refer to Operator’s Manual.

Ballistically evaluated the following cartridges at 16.0″ – 28.0″ barrel lengths (every inch):
 

• 120 gr
• 130 gr
• 140 gr
• 142 gr
• 147 gr

*Refer to Operator’s Manual.

Ballistically evaluated:

Subsonic (9.0″ barrel length)

• 187 gr
• 190 gr
• 208 gr
• 220 gr

Supersonic (16.0″ barrel length)

• 110 gr
• 115 gr
• 120 gr
• 125 gr
• 135 gr

*Refer to Operator’s Manual.

Ballistically evaluated the following cartridges at 16.0″ – 28.0″ barrel lengths (every inch):
 

• 147 gr
• 168 gr
• 175 gr

*Refer to Operator’s Manual.

Ballistically evaluated at 45.0″:
 

• 647 gr
• 750 gr
• 800 gr

*Refer to Operator’s Manual.

Cross-Compatible Platforms

• Use the same Alpha TARAC across platforms:  SMG, SBR, carbine, LMG and heavy machine gun.

• Saves money.

• One optic; multiple solutions.

• Equip a 14.5″ M4A1 with a T2 red dot zeroed at 50 m, a 20.0″ M16A4 with a Razor zeroed at 100 m, a M249 with a EOTECH EXPS3 and 3x magnifier zeroed at 400 m, or a Browning .50 cal zeroed at 500 m – all – with the same 7.5 Alpha TARAC to maximize each platform seamlessly.

*Munition specific.  Refer to Operator’s Manual. 

“The ability of the tacomHQ TARAC optic to be utilized by the lowest common denominator support soldier to a highly trained SOCOM operator is universal and its ability to scale between weapon systems and individuals in invaluable. The TARAC [is] an invaluable tool if added to any SOCOM end users weapon systems and armament” – REDACTED

OPERATOR'S MANUAL

• Click PDF icon to evaluate your setup equipped with an Alpha TARAC.

Select a

  1. Zero
  2. Barrel length
  3. Caliber
  4. Cartridge

See the exact range to deploy the Alpha with your new MPB (Max Point Blank).

• Operator Manual details 600 ballistic combinations across different zeroes, zeroes, calibers, and cartridges in a compact, easy to read format.

• Color coordinated to serve as a quick, cross-compatibility guide.

• Operator Manuals are included with every Alpha TARAC purchase order.

• Size: 5″ x 5″

• Weight: 1.0-oz

TRAINING

• Soldiers/infantry with little to no ballistic experience (and or knowledge) can instantly become designated marksman and double hit-rate probability by just adding the Alpha TARAC.

• Save significant time and money in the classroom and at the range to trying to teach / familiarize complicated holdovers.

• KISS Instruction:  If the target looks farther than three (3) football fields (refer to Operator’s Manual), deploy the Alpha and aim center.

• Use the Alpha TARAC to reduce holds for UTM/SIM (paint) rounds.  Custom values available upon request.

“We ended up going to an urban village to work some CQB (….) traditionally, when shooting UTM/SIM for force on force training you have a significant hold over when shooting much farther than the room you are in.  I decided to try using the Alpha today with paint rounds to see if I could make my CQB distance UTM/SIM hold overs less pronounced. It worked.” – REDACTED

LIMITATIONS

• Hits on a 500 m target with a T2 or EXPS3 and an Alpha TARAC is doable, but magnification makes it easy.

• Pair with optics less than 10x.

DURABILITY

• Material:  6061 or upgrade and have critical components machined from 7075.
• Glass:  Military grade (you can take a screw driver to it).
• Temperature Range:  Subzero – 140° F (built to withstand going from cargo hold temperatures to desert heat in minutes).
• Frozen:  Hinge will not break when completely frozen and forcibly opened.
• Salt water:  Fully resistant.
• Mount:  American Defense QR mount.

SOF Reports

*REDACTED* 13+ years in United States Special Operations Command (USASOC) units. Special Forces Sniper Course level 1 & 2 graduate. Extensive training and operational experience in CQB and long range sniper operations.

The Alpha was utilized for 6 months of operational experience while deployed to the *REDACTED* AOR. Environmental conditions consisted of a mean ambient temperature of 109*F, with extreme wind and dust conditions.

Unit was received a few days prior to deployment. Working through email, Ken Decker,  was extremely helpful in ensuring that the build process was quick and manufactured to the specific needs of the user.

Once deployed, the unit was mounted on a M4 10.3″, 14.5″, and 16″ upper receiver groups (URG). The 10.3″ URG optic consisted of an Aimpoint T-2 Micro, 14.5″ 1-6x ELCAN SPECTRE DR, and the 16″ URG utilized a Leupold Optics MK-6 3-18mm scope.

The Alpha TARAC integrated with each URG seamlessly. The Unit shipped with a quick reference card for 3 different ammo DODIC’s most commonly used by USASOC units for the 3 different URG (User Requested). This was requested to be built for an M4 shooting 5.56mm but after using the unit after only a few hours, it was evident that it would be useful on any of the weapons systems a USASOC unit has.

The tactical mount makes mounting extremely fast and secure. Put it on in front of the optic and it’s ready to go. That simple, no tools required. Ease of use also saves trainers time to train a young soldier on holdovers. No holdover is necessary. Just flip it up and engage your target.

The Alpha TARAC will increase a unit’s hit probability beyond 300m (Army Standard Qual Range) guaranteeing greater successful target engagements. The absolute best feature about this unit, is the ability to customize the unit for any added bias needed to meet operational requirements. This feature is incredibly useful with untrained snipers or precision rifleman. The user can have a unit built to a weapon’s point blank zero and, now, that weapon is immeasurably more lethal in the hands of any soldier.

*REDACTED* 7+ years in United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAETC) graduate, grad of Special Operations Terminal Attack Controller Course (SOTACC) and, Sensitive Site Exploitation Course. Multiple rotations through *REDACTED* and *REDACTED* AOR. Extensive training and real world experience in close quarters battle, direct action, and counter terrorism roles. Multiple assignments to USASOC Crisis Response Force units tasked with AOR CT operations.

The Alpha TARAC was utilized during a *TIME REDACTED* months long deployment to the *REDACTED* AOR conducting direct action operations against a myriad of threat networks during both summer and winter months with operational temperatures dropping into the low teens with highs in the upper 90s to low 100s F, at times extreme dust and wind conditions existed.

Alphas were received during initial month in country. Customer service utilized during the deployment was exclusively email and personal contact through a tacomHQ military rep. The units supplied were tailored towards individual needs of the warfighter, each optic being custom fit to bullet grain/BC and weapon system alike. The micro CQB variant unit was provided for standard M4 with a 50/200 meter zero with 77 grain 5.56 and gave the weapon a 500m zero.

Once the units arrived in country the Alpha TARAC was attached to a 14.5 standard SOCOM modified M4A1 with a Leupold LCO optic. The secondary unit was placed upon a FN 240B 7.62 belt fed machine gun utilizing an ELCAN 6X fixed power optic. Both units shipped with a quick reference guide for multiple common Army DODICs detailing the alternate zeroes provided by the Alphas by type of round and muzzle velocity.

After a short time it became increasingly apparent how easy and capable the system was to use scaled across the wide variety of SOCOM weapon systems. The attractiveness of the system is in its simplicity. With the operator simply having to mount the optic in front of their main optic system, it is ready to go. Due to the operational scope and practice of a special operations unit today, simplicity is of paramount importance for warfighter implementation. Most often simplicity boils down to pure effectiveness and lethality with a point and shoot methodology being completely embodied by this weapon optic system. This fact was proven over a six month period of time with the optic being utilized over varied terrain and distance.

The TARAC provided greater ability for myself and adjacent indigenous/infantry enablers to engage enemy insurgents across distances greater than 300m and within 600m, utilizing point and shoot methodologies rather than complicated holdovers reliant upon range cards or extensive training. The undoubtable reality of the TARAC optic is its ability to effectively and dramatically increase SOCOM units’ lethality and capability at extended ranges, increasing the likelihood of deadly effects upon the enemy.

There was an increased hit probability by both single shot man portable (M4A1) weapon systems as well as belt fed crew served weapons (M240B) as well. The ability of the tacomHQ TARAC optic to be utilized by the lowest common denominator support soldier to a highly trained SOCOM operator is universal and its ability to scale between weapon systems and individuals in invaluable. The TARAC would be an invaluable tool if added to any SOCOM end users weapon systems and armament.

*RANK REDACTED* 3RD Ranger Battalion Assaulter

Initially, I didn’t see much use for [a Alpha on] a carbine, as I knew all my mil holds to 800m with 5.56, 7.62 and WM. I’m someone who hates BDC reticles in ACOGS and Elcans because I could get better hits with holds. I didn’t really see why I’d ever run a Alpha because it’s basically doing the same thing. (Though you’re still holding on a target in the bottom of your field of view with a BDC and not with a Alpha).

I switched to the Alpha on my personal gun about 9 months ago, and that was due to running a 1-6 vortex back to back with and without the Alpha on a UKD range from 25-500m.

I use a 50/200m battlefield zero that way its quasi-point of aim = point of impact to about ~300m and with the Alpha (in 7.5MOA) it gets you on at 400m and lethal to 500. I got decent hit percentage without it, but it took me longer to eyeball the distance. With the Alpha, I just flipped it up when it looked too far and held center mass out to ~500, where I favored high on the target. [The Alpha] Improved my hit probability by about 30% and got me 1st round hits at 400+ (its way more of an obvious difference on someone who doesn’t have dope memorized.. like night and day better). Granted, if I took the time and 12″ drilled the targets, my hits were about the same or slightly better than without the Alpha, but I was going for efficiency of time/total rounds. I then ran the same course with an Aimpoint T2 with a 3x magnifier (with the prism) and actually ended up with my fastest time, mainly due to the ability to switch mag quickly and do center holds without thinking about it.

Its honestly even more useful with thermals. Mainly because, in my experience, when you mag in on a thermal optic, dudes look all Mario Brothers pixelated and your reticle washes out against a bright black and white target image. The ability to hold center takes a lot of the thought process out. The end goal of the optic in general is to take out the guesswork. Honestly, its never going to replace a qualified and proficient marksman. I still don’t technically need a Alpha, I’m just faster with one, so I use it.

My go-to is 7.5 MOA, as it will take a 62gr M855A1 (and 175gr SMK 7.62) in either 25/300 or 50/200 zeroes to 500 or 400m, respectively, AS WELL as take a 100m subsonic .300blk zero to a 100m supersonic zero. Sort of a one- size fits all.

*RANK REDACTED* USASOC

• “We’ve been running the wheels off (….) I’ve gotten sme testing done (tall target test and some range work) and everything works well (….) We’re sold (….) I tested them with a Razor 1-6x and EOTech with 3x magnifier and it nearly doubled hit probability past 400m.  You have a good product line (….) I took two new guys with little experience and used them as my test bed.  I gave them a 30sec run down on how the prism worked then had them shoot the course of fire with and without the prism.  With the prism they hit more than twice as many targets because it removes their need to actually understand how mils work or how to shoot Kentucky elevation (….) It is a very simple increase in performance.  Past 350m I had them just hold center with the prism and made hits to 500m (….) It’s a really good product that allows me to make guys more effective with very minimal training.”

• “We have been running Aimpoint T2 red dots against the Razor 1-6x against the shot clock for short range drills and balancing it against long range capability.  We have pretty well determined through empirical data that everyone is significantly faster with the red dot at short range and we don’t really give up much at all with the Alpha out to 500m compared to the compromise of using a LVPO and being slower at short range.  This whole project has changed a lot about what we thought we knew about what the “best” optical setup is.”

• “I tried something else today because we ended up going to an urban village to work some CQB because winds (….) Traditionally, when shooting UTM/SIM (paint rounds) for force on force training you have a significant hold over when shooting much further than the room you are in.  I decided to try using the Alpha today with paint rounds to see if I could make my CQB distance UTM/SIM hold overs less pronounced.  It worked.  When in a security position, instead of having to hold over the head of a guy at about 50m I was able to hold straight up and shoot.  So, I see an additional capability with the Alpha for force-on-force training with UTM/SIM rounds because you can actually just apply normal holds and shoot instead of having to Kentucky elevation shots two to three rooms deep or having to shoot building to building down/across the street.”

Tony Cowden @tony_cowden

“It really simplifies things if you are not a long-range, sniper with holdovers.  General infantry, if I was a company commander, I would want this issued to all my infantry.  We do not get a lot of time to train.  It is literally, anything after 300, you just flip this up and now you are back to point-of-aim to point-of-impact.  

When I first saw it, I did not see how that would help me – I know my holds.  It’s not a precision weapon system.  When I started reversing the way I was thinking [to] this is more of a issue rifle for the average infantry man – this makes life so simple.  Like I said, if I was platoon Sgt. or company commander, I would want these for all my boys.  That way I could say engagement is past 300 – flip them up.  

If you want, right now, to increase your capabilities with your carbine to the 400-500 m range, you can literally just slap one of these on it, not have to learn any holds or anything, and you will get your hits.  Pretty cool.”

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