Trijicon is family-owned and perhaps best known for supplying the U.S. military with the some of—if not the—finest battle optics in the world. 2011 marked a new branch for Trijicon with introduction of the AccuPin—a premier bowsight for vertical archers. One year later, Trijicon is again making industry waves, this time aiming for horizontal archers with the introduction of the ACOG Crossbow Scope.
“Glyn Bindon started the company back in 1981 and to be honest, he was an engineer who was really ahead of his time. Fortunately, for the shooting world, he was also interested in illuminated reticles and self-luminous gunsights,” said Eddie Stevenson, media representative for Trijicon.
Bindon started out working with Tritium and developed a line of handgun sights. “I would say that was its flagship product. In fact, even today, Trijicon’s tritium gun sight line continues to lead in its category. Eventually, that success was spawned into many other lines of products including the ACOG, which the military has adapted and uses en masse,” stated Stevenson.
After several successful introductions for the U.S. Military and law enforcement groups, Trijicon focused on the sport shooting and hunting markets with the introduction of the AccuPoint line of riflescopes. “Today we have a complete array of reflex-style scopes, long range scopes, hunting optics, battle optics and night sights—and one year ago in 2011, Trijicon moved firmly into the archery market with the AccuPin,” boasted Stevenson.
Trijicon has great positioning within the military, law enforcement, home defense, and tactical communities, but the owners and several employees are also avid hunters and wanted to do more for that community as well. “Trijicon understood the tremendous market hunters provide, and coupled with personal passions for hunting began developing products for hunters,” Stevenson explained. “One of the first things they noticed was the strong enthusiasm of archers for a quality, illuminated sight and set out to provide it with the introduction of the Trijicon AccuPin.”
He continued, “Given Trijicon’s reputation for quality, it did not want to enter the archery market unless it was at the top. There are several really good archery sights that were already on the market, so Trijicon understood that the AccuPin had to break the mold.
“The AccuPin is a high-end, single-pin, ranging-type bowsight. Over the last year or so, archers have really begun to understand and use the AccuPin. It’s one of the few sights that does not require the use of a tape. You actually tune it to the speed of your bow using Trijicon’s BowSync Technology,” explained Stevenson.
The sight pin of the AccuPin uses dual illumination sources. “The triangular aiming device at the top of the pin uses both tritium and fiber optics. Just like all of Trijicon’s other products, it’s always on, all of the time, day or night, 24/7 you’ll have a bright, illuminated aiming point.
“During the first year, sales of the AccuPoint met with Trijicon’s expectations. Although the numbers were not staggering by any means, Trijicon understood that when it decided to deliver the best sight, not a price-point offering,” Stevenson relayed.
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ACOG Crossbow Scope
The crossbow market is one of the fastest growing sectors of the hunting and archery markets. “There are so many high-end, high-tech crossbow companies and products that are coming out season after season and the popularity is booming. Trijicon engineers started looking at the market and the products it already produced when they had an epiphany—the three-power ACOG [rifle sight] would be prefect for crossbows,” recalled Stevenson.
The transition of the ACOG was never meant to be a simple rebranding of the ACOG. “To make the ACOG perfect for horizontal archers, a mechanism needed to be incorporated so it could be adjusted to the speed of the crossbow’s arrow. The solution was to design speed-specific range-finding reticles with hold points from 20 to 75 yards,” Stevenson enthusiastically related.
When choosing a sight, Stevenson had a few points to remember. “This is the ACOG; the battleship of all riflescopes out there. It is what the military uses and tons of other state and federal law enforcement agencies. It’s that rugged, and you have that same toughness now being offered in a platform designed specifically to handle the needs of crossbow shooters.
“The fact that the reticle itself is optimized for the crossbow is significant, but the aiming point is something that no other company out there has. The bright, illuminated, self-ranging reticle gives the hunters three or four different ways to select the aiming point and take the shot when a deer or elk walks into range—all without ever moving your head or reaching for a rangefinder,” Stevenson explained.
For now at least, the reticle is offered only in green. “It could expand over time, but for now green is the only option. It gives a great contrast, everyone seems to like it and it works as great in early morning as it does in late afternoon and against any foliage type thanks to the bright color,” Stevenson said.
Anyone who has ever priced or purchased an ACOG or AccuPin understands the price tag a top-end product brings with it. “There’s no denying it, with Trijicon you get exactly what you pay for. The ACOG Crossbow Scope was designed for archers who buy the best bows and want to top it with the best optic available. After all, you can’t hit what you can’t see.” Stevenson concluded.
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