Tangent Theta: The Best Military-Grade Scope Manufacturer You’ve Never Heard of

By Dickson Ly

As a photographer, I’m naturally interested to follow the latest development of cameras and camera lenses. With glass, the saying “you get what you pay for” truly applies. Similarly, I also want quality optics for my rifles. Optics, like camera lenses, are an investment and should be treated as such. It’s arguable that one should spend the same amount if not more on an optic over the cost of the rifle itself. After all, you cannot hit what you cannot see.

Tangent Theta is a brand that is relatively unknown in the market for rifle optics. They are located in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the Canadian Maritimes. They produce military-grade precision rifle scopes for use in extreme environments. They currently produce three different models: the TT315M, 5-15x50mm scope with 30mm tube; TT315P, 3-15x50mm scope with 34mm tube; and the fan favorite TT525P, 5-25x56mm scope with 34mm tube.

During an industry event a few months ago, I ran into Trevor Publicover who is the Vice President of Sales at Armament Technology Inc. Armament is the master distributor for ELCAN (Ernst Leitz Canada) and Tangent Theta scopes worldwide. I’ve known Trevor over the years meeting him at the Armament booth at SHOT Show, and he was kind enough to invite me to visit Tangent Theta for a factory tour.

I have visited Aimpoint and Meprolight previously, and I was very interested to visit a telescope manufacturer, as almost all scope manufacturers refuse to disclose how their scopes are made because some of the brands do not even produce their own scopes. Due to the lack of industry standard of quality measurements and information, it is one of the most confusing and misinformed product categories in the industry. Not to mention, everyone’s eyes are different so when it comes to image clarity, contrast and resolution, etc., I wanted to see with my own eyes and make my own judgment if their scope is worth the money.

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Andrew Webber is an entrepreneur, the founder of Armament Technology Inc. and President of Tangent Theta. In...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V23N2 (February 2019)
and was posted online on December 14, 2018


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