For more than 10 years and with more than 20,000 units fielded, APO continues to evolve the tactical field tripod platform. Forged on the battlefields of OIF and OEF, combat mission specialists, to include snipers, scouts, reconnaissance, forward observers, forward air controllers and engineers continue to employ TACT3’s to carry out a multitude of combat missions. The original requirement for a MIL-SPEC, rugged single use “amagnetic” tripod for geo-target location missions, has expanded into a family of five models, each with its own unique capabilities. TACT-3 stands for “Tactical Amagnetic Combat Tripod 3rd Generation” and started its life believe it or not, as a battlefield periscope for infantrymen.
The TACT3 Tactical Tripod has truly defined its role with the US Armed Services in
Afganistan and Iraq. In addition to its primary use with the VECTOR multi-purpose binocular laser range finder, the TACT3 is also kitted as a Tactical Tripod Kit by the US Army, take a look at this short orientation video.
Today, the TACT3 is gaining acceptance in the broad commercial shooting sports community with hunters, target shooters, precision rifle competitors, law enforcement surveillance and sniper teams and long range “rock busters”. The single fastest growing user group for the TACT3 outside of the military by far, is the precision rifle shooting community.
TACT3’s provide users with a unique height adjustable and detachable mast that allows optics use from the prone up to the sitting position. Yes, you can even remove the mast on selected models and use it as a monopod complete with hardened tip ground spike. TACT3 tripod heads feature either a detachable or hinged (non-detachable) base plate. The EL models have a vertical fine motion control that moves 6 degrees up or down, with one rotation of a separate control knob.
These tripods are rock solid stable. The apex of the TACT3 tripod base is either
fixed (as with the GP) or engineered with a “terrain leveling gimbal” that allows easy re-adjustment of the optic on un-even terrain. The tripod legs provide a wide stable base, that prevents annoying shaking and tipping in windy conditions. This high strength, lightweight aluminum alloy tripod is hard coat anodized in a dark gray, and can stand up to any weather condition.
The companion Tactical Interface Mount (TIM) is engineered for the Leupold Mark 4, 12-40x60mm Tactical Spotting Scope. The TIM mounts the spotting scope in a non-traditional “under slung” position. This positions the ocular of the spotting scope at its lowest possible position which is essential when observing from a low profile prone position. Designed for use by US Army snipers, the patented TIM also has specially positioned MIL-STD 1913 accessory rail mounts for laser range finders, laser pointers and illuminators.
Today we are even seeing users mount small hand held thermal imagers that provide a true day-night all-weather capability for tactical operations, predator hunting, or the occasional zombie interdiction mission. Those of you that are thermal sensor savvy, may say “wait a minute there cowboy” zombies are the un-dead and don’t have a heat signature. You, my friends, are correct! Wait for it…wait for it…