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Alpha TARAC

“If the enemy is in range, so are you."
- Infantry Journal

Alpha TARAC

“If the enemy is in range, so are you."
- Infantry Journal

“If the enemy is in range, so are you."
- Infantry Journal

600 m Point-Blank Range

"The undoubtable reality of the TARAC optic is its ability to effectively and dramatically increase SOCOM units' lethality and capability at extended ranges" - 7+ yrs USASOC

  • Shoot head / chest without holdover
  • Works without identifying target distance or bullet splash
  • Developed in collaboration with SOF operators

600 m Point-Blank Range

"The undoubtable reality of the TARAC optic is its ability to effectively and dramatically increase SOCOM units' lethality and capability at extended ranges" - 7+ yrs USASOC

  • Shoot head / chest without holdover
  • Works without identifying target distance or bullet splash
  • Developed in collaboration with SOF operators

It's Dope

"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" - 13+ yrs USASOC

  • The Alpha shifts your target image up via glass lens
  • By raising your target higher, you have to aim higher = dope
  • Shift calibrated to specific MOA value
  • It is neither a scope nor a magnifier, and does superimpose a reticle on top of existing reticle

It's Dope

“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” – 13+ yrs USASOC

  • The Alpha shifts your target image up via glass lens
  • By raising your target higher, you have to aim higher = dope
  • Shift calibrated to specific MOA value
  • It is neither a scope nor a magnifier, and it does not superimpose a reticle on top of existing reticle

Compatible Optics

"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." - Corps of Royal Marines

  • Aimpoint
  • EOTech
  • Trijicon
  • ELCANs
  • 1-6/8x Scopes
  • Irons

Compatible Optics

“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.” – Corps of Royal Marines

  • Aimpoint
  • EOTech
  • Trijicon
  • ELCANs
  • 1-6/8x Scopes
  • Irons

Thermals

"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." - 3RD Ranger Battalion Assaulter

  • Compatible with NV and thermals
  • Position between thermal and primary optic

Thermals

“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.” – 3RD Ranger Battalion Assaulter

  • Compatible with NV and thermals
  • Position between thermal and primary optic

No Guess-Work

"The TARAC provided greater ability (...) to engage enemy insurgents across distances greater than 300m and within 600m, utilizing point-and-shoot methodologies rather than complicated holdovers." - 7+ yrs USASOC

  • Aim chest / head out to 600 m
  • If round is low, flip the Alpha and shoot chest / head, again
  • Works without identifying target distance or bullet splash
  • Point and click

No Guess-Work

“The TARAC provided greater ability (…) to engage enemy insurgents across distances greater than 300m and within 600m, utilizing point-and-shoot methodologies rather than complicated holdovers.” – 7+ yrs USASOC

  • Aim chest / head out to 600 m
  • If round is low, flip the Alpha and shoot chest / head, again
  • Works without identifying target distance or bullet splash
  • Point and click

Ballistically Evaluated

"The unit shipped with a quick reference card for 3 different ammo DODIC's most commonly used (...) for 3 different URGs (User Requested) (....) [and] it was evident that it would be useful on any of the weapons systems a USASOC unit has." - 13+ yrs USASOC

  • 5.56, 7.62, and subsonic
  • 10.5, 14.5, 16.0, and 18.0 inch barrels
  • Using Applied Ballistics software
  • Alphas are interchangeable with different zeroes
  • Switch
    - 25/300 to 500m
    - 50/200 to 400m
  • MOA values accurate on a 20" x 20" (man-size) target

Ballistically Evaluated

"The unit shipped with a quick reference card for 3 different ammo DODIC's most commonly used (...) for 3 different URGs (User Requested) (....) [and] it was evident that it would be useful on any of the weapons systems a USASOC unit has." - 13+ yrs USASOC

  • 5.56, 7.62, and subsonic
  • 10.5, 14.5, 16.0, and 18.0 inch barrels
  • Using Applied Ballistics software
  • Alphas are interchangeable with different zeroes
  • Switch
    - 25/300 to 500m
    - 50/200 to 400m
  • MOA values accurate on a 20" x 20" (man-size) target

Barrel
Length

10.5"

10.5"

10.5"

14.5"

14.5"

14.5"

14.5"

14.5"

14.5"

16.0"

16.0"

16.0"

16.0"

16.0"

16.0"

18.0"

18.0"

18.0"

18.0"

18.0"

18.0"

5.56 / .223

55gr NATO
G1 BC.243

62gr M855
G1 BC.304

62gr M855A1
G1 BC.331

55gr NATO
G1 BC.243

62gr M855
G1 BC.304

62gr M855A1
G1 BC.331

69gr SMK
G1 BC.305

77gr MK262
G1 BC.373

77gr TMK
G1 BC.420

55gr NATO
G1 BC.243

62gr M855
G1 BC.304

62gr M855A1
G1 BC.331

69gr SMK
G1 BC.305

77gr MK262
G1 BC.373

77gr TMK
G1 BC.420

55gr NATO
G1 BC.243

62gr M855
G1 BC.304

62gr M855A1
G1 BC.331

69gr SMK
G1 BC.305

77gr MK262
G1 BC.373

77gr TMK
G1 BC.420

Calculated
Velocity

2770 fps

2550 fps

2550 fps

3050 fps

2920 fps

2920 fps

2600 fps

2590 fps

2590 fps

3100 fps

3000 fps

3000 fps

2700 fps

2650 fps

2650 fps

3230 fps

3050 fps

3050 fps

2800 fps

2712 fps

2712 fps

25/300
500 m Zero

9.0 MOA

11.5 MOA

9.0 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

12.5 / 11.5 MOA

9.0 MOA

9.0 MOA

6.0 MOA

7.5 MOA

6.0 MOA

7.5 MOA

9.0 MOA

8.0 / 7.5 MOA

6.0 MOA

6.0 MOA

6.0 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

50/200
400 m Zero

9.0 MOA

11.5 MOA

9.0 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

12.5 / 11.5 MOA

9.0 MOA

9.0 MOA

6.0 MOA

7.5 MOA

6.0 MOA

7.5 MOA

9.0 MOA

8.0 / 7.5 MOA

6.0 MOA

6.0 MOA

6.0 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

100-500
Yd Zero

14.3 / 14.5 MOA

15.5 MOA

14.5 MOA

11.5 MOA

10.5 / 11.5 MOA

10.5 / 11.5 MOA

14.5 MOA

13.0 MOA

11.5 MOA

11.5 MOA

9.5 / 9.0 MOA

11.5 MOA

13.3 / 13.0 MOA

12.5 / 13.0 MOA

11.5 MOA

9.5 / 9.0 MOA

9.5 / 9.0 MOA

9.0 MOA

11.5 MOA

11.5 MOA

11.0 / 11.5 MOA

Barrel
Length

14.5"

16.0"

16.0"

16.0"

18.0"

18.0"

18.0"

20.0"

20.0"

20.0"

20.0"

20.0"

7.62x51 / .308

(AK) 123gr
BC.275

147gr
G1 BC.393

168gr
G1 BC.462

175gr
G1 BC.475

147gr
G1 BC.393

168gr
G1 BC.462

175gr
G1 BC.475

147gr
G1 BC.393

168gr
G1 BC.462

175gr
G1 BC.475

Barnes 130gr
TSX G1 BC.340

Hornady 150gr
SST G1 BC.415

Calculated
Velocity

2350 fps

2680 fps

2580 fps

2430 fps

2740 fps

2620 fps

2480 fps

2800 fps

2700 fps

2600 fps

3250 fps

2950 fps

25/300
500 m Zero

11.5 MOA

9.0 MOA

9.0 MOA

11.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

9.0 MOA

11.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

9.0 MOA

9.0 MOA

4.5 MOA

6.0 MOA

25/300
500 m Zero

11.5 MOA

9.0 MOA

9.0 MOA

11.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

9.0 MOA

11.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

9.0 MOA

9.0 MOA

4.5 MOA

6.0 MOA

100-500
Yd Zero

19.0 MOA

11.5 MOA

11.5 MOA

13.3 / 13.0 MOA

10.5 / 11.5 MOA

11.5 MOA

12.6 / 13.0 MOA

10.8 / 11.5 MOA

11.0 / 11.5 MOA

12.0 / 11.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

8.5 / 9.0 MOA

Speed

Subsonic

Subsonic

Subsonic

Subsonic

SUPERSONIC

SUPERSONIC

SUPERSONIC

SUPERSONIC

SUPERSONIC

.300AAC
Blackout

187gr
BC.505

190gr
BC.437

208gr
BC.648

220gr
BC.650

110gr
BC.305

115gr
BC.284

120gr
BC.358

125gr
BC.320

135gr
BC.274

Calculated
Velocity

1000 fps

1000 fps

1000 fps

1000 fps

2300 fps

2275 fps

2200 fps

2100 fps

2100 fps

Sub-Super
100 m Zero

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

7.5 MOA

25/200
400 m Zero

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

11.5 MOA

11.5 MOA

11.5 MOA

11.5 MOA

11.5 MOA

Sub-Super
200 m Zero

26.0 MOA

26.0 MOA

26.0 MOA

26.0 MOA

26.0 MOA

26.0 MOA

26.0 MOA

26.0 MOA

26.0 MOA

10.5" Barrel

5.56/.223 55gr NATO
G1 BC.243 2770 fps
9.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 62gr M855
G1 BC.304 2550 fps
11.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 62gr M855A1
G1 BC.331 2550 fps
9.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

14.5" Barrel

5.56/.223 55gr NATO
G1 BC.243 3050 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 62gr M855
G1 BC.304 2920 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 62gr M855A1
G1 BC.331 2920 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 69gr SMK
G1 BC.305 2600 fps
12.5 / 11.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 77gr MK262
G1 BC.373 2590 fps
9.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 77gr TMK
G1 BC.420 2590 fps
9.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

7.62x39 (AK) 123gr
BC.275 2350 fps
11.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

16.0" Barrel

5.56/.223 55gr NATO
G1 BC.243 3100 fps
6.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 62gr M855
G1 BC.304 3000 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 62gr M855A1
G1 BC.331 3000 fps
6.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 69gr SMK
G1 BC.305 2700 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 77gr MK262
G1 BC.373 2650 fps
9.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 77gr TMK
G1 BC.420 2650 fps
8.0 / 7.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

7.62x51/.308 147gr
G1 BC.393 2680 fps
9.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

7.62x51/.308 168gr
G1 BC.462 2580 fps
9.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

7.62x51/.308 175gr
G1 BC.475 2430 fps
11.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

18.0" Barrel

5.56/.223 55gr NATO
G1 BC.243 3230 fps
6.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 62gr M855
G1 BC.304 3050 fps
6.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 62gr M855A1
G1 BC.331 3050 fps
6.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 69gr SMK
G1 BC.305 2800 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 77gr MK262
G1 BC.373 2712 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

5.56/.223 77gr TMK
G1 BC.420 2712 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

7.62x51/.308 147gr
G1 BC.393 2740 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

7.62x51/ .308 168gr
G1 BC.462 2620 fps
9.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

7.62x51/ .308 175gr
G1 BC.475 2480 fps
11.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

20.0" Barrel

7.62x51/ .308 147gr
G1 BC.393 2800 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

7.62x51/ .308 168gr
G1 BC.462 2700 fps
9.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

7.62x51/ .308 175gr
G1 BC.475 2600 fps
9.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

Barnes 130gr TSX BT
G1 BC.340 3250 fps
4.5 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

Hornady 150gr SST
G1 BC.415 2950 fps
6.0 MOA Alpha
Range 600m

Subsonic

187gr
BC.505 1000 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Sub-Super 100 m Zero

190gr
BC.437 1000 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Sub-Super 100 m Zero

208gr
BC.648 1000 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Sub-Super 100 m Zero

220gr
BC.650 1000 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Sub-Super 100 m Zero

SUPERSONIC

110gr
BC.305 2300 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Sub-Super 100 m Zero

110gr
BC.305 2300 fps
11.5 MOA Alpha
25/200-400 m Zero

115gr
BC.284 2275 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Sub-Super 100 m Zero

115gr
BC.284 2275 fps
11.5 MOA Alpha
25/200-400 m Zero

120gr
BC.358 2200 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Sub-Super 100 m Zero

120gr
BC.358 2200 fps
11.5 MOA Alpha
25/200-400 m Zero

125gr
BC.320 2100 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Sub-Super 100 m Zero

125gr
BC.320 2100 fps
11.5 MOA Alpha
25/200-400 m Zero

135gr
BC.274 2100 fps
7.5 MOA Alpha
Sub-Super 100 m Zero

135gr
BC.274 2100 fps
11.5 MOA Alpha
25/200-400 m Zero

INFILs

"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." - 7+ yrs USASOC

  • Ideal for urban, rural, and/or mountainous operations
  • Switch from CQB to long range
  • Engage farther, faster
  • INFIL with subs
  • Switch to supersonic w/o a secondary optic or 45s

INFILs

“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.” – 7+ yrs USASOC

  • Ideal for urban, rural, and/or mountainous operations
  • Switch from CQB to long range
  • Engage farther, faster
  • INFIL with subs
  • Switch to supersonic without a secondary optic or 45s

Alpha vs BDCs & LPVOs

"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 utlized a Leupold Optics MK-6 3-18mm scope. The Alpha TARAC integrated with each URG seamlessly." - 13+ yrs USASOC

  • The Alpha can be used with any
    - Zero
    - Caliber
    - Bullet grain weight
    - Optic
    - Magnification up to 15x
    - Submachine gun, assault rifle, or LMG

Alpha vs BDCs & LPVOs

"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 utlized a Leupold Optics MK-6 3-18mm scope. The Alpha TARAC integrated with each URG seamlessly." - 13+ yrs USASOC

  • The Alpha can be used with any
    - Zero
    - Caliber
    - Bullet grain weight
    - Optic
    - Magnification up to 15x
    - Submachine gun, assault rifle, or LMG

Proficiency

500 m Engagement
W/o the Alpha

TacomHQ evaluated five (5) operators of varying skill engage 500 m targets w/o spotter assistance using an EOTech.

0 %
Lethality
1 / 5 Hit Rate
0 s
Time per 500 m Hit
3.1 s per Shot
0 s
Exposed per 500 m Hit
3.1 s per Shot

500 m Engagement
W/ the Alpha

TacomHQ evaluated five (5) operators of varying skill engage 500 m targets w/o spotter assistance using an EOTech.

+ 0 %
Lethality
1 / 2 Hit Rate
- 0 s
Time per 500 m Hit
2.8 s per Shot
- 0 %
Exposed per 500 m Hit
2.8 s per Shot

Warranty

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Made with military-grade glass
  • More scratch resistant than most high-end scopes
  • Built for abuse
  • Functions in the harshest environments

Warranty

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Made with military-grade glass
  • More scratch resistant than most high-end scopes
  • Built for abuse
  • Functions in the harshest environments

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.

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.

COMMAND RESULTS
WITH THE ALPHA

COMMAND RESULTS
WITH THE ALPHA

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