A first of its kind, the Primary Arms 1-6x ACSS riflecope is one of the least expensive 1-6x-power optics on the market — a pittance at just $250 — and it is now available for sale directly through Primary Arms.
Primary Arms is a well-respected brand in inexpensive yet durable and reliable tactical optics. While they don’t have the clout of the Aimpoints and Trijicons of the optics industry, they are highly-regarded as one of the most trustworthy brands when it comes to low-cost glass.
Still, it’s hard to believe that they’re selling a 1-6x riflescope for a fraction of what other companies are selling theirs for. True 1-6x scopes are relatively new and have been particularly hard for optics companies to manufacture, with most models costing well over $1,000. For example, the Leupold Mark 6 is priced right at $2,000 and the Trijicon VCOG runs even more at $2,270.
It’s safe to assume that the scope Primary Arms is offering is not going to perform as well as other 1-6x scopes on the market but when this riflescope costs nearly one-tenth of the price of other variable-power scopes with the same range, it’s clear that they’re not even in the same market.
Even if Primary Arms’ new 1-6x scope is on the dim side, the 1x magnification is more like 1.25x, the reticle gets a little chunky at 6x and the image suffers from some parallax distortion, at just $250 it would be extremely easy to overlook any or all of these shortcomings — no to say that it has any of these flaws.
The scope is new and still needs to be reviewed, tested and proven. But for just $250 there will be many people interested in putting this glass through its paces. So many that Primary Arms has put a cap on purchases, setting a limit at one scope per household.
Obviously this scope has a large appeal to the casual shooter, not just those on a budget. It is for that reason it has a new kind of reticle, the ACSS — Advanced Combined Sighting System — that uses a simplified range-estimating design that is based on estimating the size of a target using the reticle’s scale instead of more complicated tactical or hunting reticles.
The scope is calibrated to work with .223 Remington, 5.56 NATO, 5.45x39mm, .308 Winchester and 7.62 NATO cartridges, which have similar enough flight paths to work with this simplified reticle. The reticle can still be used as a standard bullet drop-compensated reticle.
To sweeten the pot, Primary arms is offering discounted scope mounts if paired with this scope. The savings range from $5 off their most basic $25 mount to $20 off their more expensive options. Some of the mounts cost more than half of what the 1-6x ACSS riflecope does!
Here are the scope’s stats:
- Tube diameter: 30mm
- Red illuminated second focal plane reticle
- Click Value: .5 MOA
- Length: 9.53 inches
- Net Weight: 1.04 lb
- Exit pupil: 10.6mm at 1x, 4mm at 6x
- Eye relief: 122mm at 1x, 99mm at 6x
- Field of view: 92.4 feet at 100 yards at 1x to 15.7 feet at 100 yards at 6x
- Fast focus eyepiece
- Fully multi-coated
- 6063 Aluminum
- 3 Year Factory Warranty
Some people may not be willing to give this scope a try on the basis of its incredibly low price. Others might not like the reticle design or the fact that it’s a second focal plane reticle, which are becoming less popular in the “tactical” markets.
But none of that matters. For less than $300 a person can slap one of these on their AR mount included, and if it performs anywhere near the level of Primary Arms’ other optics than this is going to be one very popular riflescope.
For more information head over to the Primary Arms product page.