By Hunters For Hunters: The New iRayUSA Rico Alpha Thermal Optic
Luke Cuenco 03.15.22
Nighttime hunting is becoming the new way to go for a lot of hunters as both firearms companies, optics companies, and even states are changing the game up to allow hunters access to hunts during more hours of the day or night. Night-time hunters are often forced to go with thermal optics that are either underwhelming or not suited well for hunting. iRayUSA has just introduced their latest thermal optic offering specifically designed for hunters with the new Rico Alpha thermal weapon sight. This new optic has been through years of development with the iRayUSA team with Texas-based hunters and engineers, and iRay thinks that this approach will show through with their latest offering to the hunting community.
Rico Alpha Dedicated Hunting Thermal Optic from iRayUSA
The Alpha is capable of running for 6-hours on a full charge from its lithium-ion battery, can withstand both below freezing and 120+ °F temperatures, and is rated for up to 300 win./7mm mag rifles. The Rico Alpha thermal weapon sight also comes with a 5-year warranty with a 1-week turnaround process. If you’re interested in picking one of the new iRayUSA Rico Alpha Thermal Weapon Sights then you can pick one up from one of iRayUSA’s various dealers beginning in April. The suggested retail price for the Rico Alpha is set at $6,999 meaning this is a premium option for serious night hunters.
“The concept of ALPHA was the idea that started it all for iRayUSA,” stated Angelo Brewer, Director of Operations, iRayUSA. “The ALPHA was the product we wanted as hunters and was designed based on decades of use in the field.” continued Brewer.
The Rico Alpha incorporated many features that night hunters are looking for such as onboard recording capabilities, a 50mm objective lens diameter, 3x optical magnification, 4x digital magnification, a detection range of 2400 yards, and a sensor frame rate of 50hz. The Rico Alpha also includes multiple dynamic reticles, an onboard stadiametric rangefinder, and is completely designed, machined, assemblies, and serviced right here in the USA in the great state of Texas. What are your thoughts on this new optic? Is the price point worth it for a serious nighttime hunter or are there more capable, affordable options out there on the market that might be better suited for the experienced and discerning night hunter? Let us know down in the comments!