By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
December 23, 2017
Last updated on 12/24/17.
Earlier this year, at SHOT Show 2017 and SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) 2017, respectively, DefenseReview (DR) filmed some product demos on the Wilcox Industries Fusion AMP Rail powered rail system with a BOSS 300 (or, 300 BOSS) Black Out Sighting System red dot sight combat optic/IR Laser Aimer/Illuminator (with visible laser, as well) and Wilcox Magnifying Optic Mount, comprising a combined system for combat/tactical AR (AR-15) carbine/SBR’s (Short Barreled Rifles), and we came away really impressed with the combined system. Everything in the system is well designed and thought out, particularly when it comes to streamlining and power reliability.
First, the Wilcox Fusion AMP Rail powered rail system looks really good (and let’s face it, looks are important), is pretty streamlined, and sports a secondary/back-up battery pack that automatically kicks in when the first pack gives up, providing reliable power redundancy. The rail allows you to run the Wilcox BOSS 300 combat optic/laser aimer/illuminator (more on that particular item below) and tactical white light (like the excellent SureFire Vampire tactical white/IR light head), with no wires outside to get caught or otherwise cause trouble. The Fusion AMP Rail’s batter pack contains two batteries and a switch on the outside that can be operated quickly to manually switch to the second battery when the first one runs out of juice.
The Wilcox BOSS 300, itself, is pretty spectacular. Assuming it works as advertised, it’s the best-designed and most streamlined red dot sight combat optic and visible/IR laser aimer/illuminator module (combined system) DR’s ever seen, whether it’s for the 300 Blackout (300BLK) cartridge, or the standard 5.56mm NATO (5.56x45mm NATO) cartridge. Not only is it a super-streamlined all-in-one combat optic and visible/IR laser aimer/illuminator, but it sports a manual switch that allows the operator to instantly switch from supersonic to subsonic ammo (and vice-versa), without having to adjust the optic for bullet drop. The BOSS 300 automatically adjusts it for you when the switch is flipped. Pretty slick (and sleek).
But, we’ll let Travis Mitchell talk about the BOSS 300’s advantages, other than its aforementioned sleek, minimalist profile: “The best thing about this feature [BOSS 300 subsonic/supersonic switch] is, it also has…when I zero my red dot, all my lasers are co-aligned. Also, I can go from [supersonic] to subsonic with a flip of a switch. We just designed a new screw in here, so whether my [bullet] drop is 2 inches to 22 inches, I can now control the drop of the supersonic round. Or, I could set this up on an [M4/M4A1 Carbine/SBR], and make it my CQB sight, and then my over-the-beach [OTB] sight. So, if I flip the switch, when I’ve got my…in close, I’ve got a 3 or 7-meter shot, usually you aim at the top of the head, now you can aim center of the target, and hit it where you’re supposed to hit it, instead of [aiming] at the top of the head,” said Mitchell.
As if that’s not enough, the Wilcox Fusion AMP Rail is quick and easy to break down and reassemble, as you can see below (videos).
Oh, and Wilcox also makes a nifty magnifying optic mount, which you can also see demonstrated below.
Defense Review REALLY likes this system, as it looks like the proverbial shiznit.
The following info comes directly from the Wilcox Industries website:
The Wilcox FUSION AMP Rail for the M-4 Type Carbine provides a unique “electrical power management system” to control a line of FUSION accessories that do not feature a battery compartment. The Wilcox FUSION Vertical Grip Module is a Three (3) Volt system that houses a “Quick Change” Grip Power Cassette TM that can be adjusted at any point along the 6 o’clock rail for operational comfort and moves the weapon’s center of gravity for better weapon handling. One quick change of the battery recharges power to all of the attached accessories. The system allows for independent control of the desired accessories and the low-profile design reduces the snag hazard when handling the weapon The electrical conduit on the system is features a robust design that will hold up to the rigors of combat and adverse environmental conditions.
MSRP: $2,235.10 Please call for government pricing.
To purchase this item please call 603-431-1331
Weight: M-4 FUSION AMP Rail TM 0.74 lb, (0.34 kg)
FUSION Vertical Grip TM approx. 0.50 lb, (0.23 kg)
Wilcox / Surefire Weight: FUSION FL Module TM 0.28 lb, (0.13 kg)
FUSION Laser Module TM approx 0.26 lb, (0.12 kg)”
The following information comes directly from the Summit Night Vision Group (SNVG) website:
“WILCOX BOSS 300
Designed specifically for the 300 AAC blackout cartridge, the new BOSS 300 (Black Out Sighting System) features a miniature reflex sight, red visible laser, infra-red (IR) laser and fixed IR illuminator. The BOSS 300 is truly unique allowing the user to shoot both supersonic and subsonic ammunition with the flip of a switch – without having to re-zero the weapon.
WILCOX BOSS 300 (BLACKOUT SIGHTING SYSTEM)
Designed specifically for the 300 AAC blackout cartridge, the new BOSS 300 (Black Out Sighting System) features a miniature reflex sight, red visible laser, infra-red (IR) laser and fixed IR illuminator. The BOSS 300 is truly unique allowing the user to shoot both supersonic and subsonic ammunition with the flip of a switch – without having to re-zero the weapon. This is achieved by co-aligning the reflex sight to the lasers and illuminator which all travel on our patented trajectory switch. Powered by one (1) AA battery this lightweight system delivers repeatable accuracy you can’t find with any other sighting system.
– Compact and lightweight design offers superior performance
– Powered by one (1) AA battery
– Red visible laser, IR laser, fixed IR illuminator and reflex sight
– Lasers/illuminator/reflex all co-aligned with one adjustment
– Ultimate beam clarity for target ID and situational awareness
– Maintains supersonic and subsonic zero with trajectory switch
– Reflex sight features built in back up iron sights (BUIS)
– Adjustable laser/illuminator/reflex sight brightness settings
– Mounts to 1913 style picatinny rails via thumb screws
BATTERY: (1) AA BATTERY
LASER OUTPUT: >7mW
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SPECIFICATIONS PLEASE CONTACT [email protected]
*CALL TO ORDER*”
Company Contact Info:
Wilcox Industries Corp. (Headquarters)
25 Piscataqua Drive
Newington, NH 03801 USA
Wilcox Industries (Virginia Beach Facility)
One Columbus Center, Suite 680
Virginia Beach, VA 23462 USA
Summit Night Vision Group, Inc.
1845 Summit Avenue, Suite 403
Plano, TX 75074 USA
Toll Fee: 800-985-7684 (SNVG)
Email Contact Page: https://www.summitnightvision.com/contact-summit/
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