Trijicon TARS: Long-Range Solution from Tactical-S
By John Zent
One of 2012's brightest ideas in sighting solutions is Trijicon's TARS (Tactical Advanced Rifle Scope), an ultra-long-range precision optic made by the Michigan company whose rugged ACOG sight tops battle rifles of American special-ops troops in dangerous venues worldwide. Beside the clear military/LE applications, the 3X-15X-50mm scope will also appeal to long-range hunters and competitors. Like most Trijicon sights, TARS offers reticle illlumination (and four reticle options, including an MOA and the exclusive JW Mil ballistic systems), based on a super-efficient LED powered by one CR2032 battery that will yield 30,000 hours user life.
In my first go with TARS, I fired on 1,000-yard targets at a range outside Las Vegas, and, after missing my first two shots, hit the distant metal plate four times straight. Despite considerable desert mirage, light transmission and image sharpness were superb.
If the robust scope--with its big 34mm tube—proves as durable and foolproof as the ACOG and Trijicon's Accupoint scope--tactical snipers and other long-range sharpshooters will find this newcomer one of the be options available at any price.
The video below features American Rifleman Editor-in-Chief Mark Keefe getting briefed on the TARS, and then taking a few shots of his own.