• GOLD Series™ GLx4 NEW PRODUCTS!

    Be the first to experience the new gold standard. Primary Arms Optics is excited to open pre-orders for our much-anticipated Gold Series™ (GLx™) Rifle Scopes. From re-imagined turrets to the crystal-clear glass, these rifle scopes outperform the competition without breaking your budget. It all starts with GLx4: Gold Series rifle scopes featuring a 4x magnification ratio. Intelligently engineered with years of research, GLx4 scopes will change everything you know about mid-priced optics, and you can reserve your scope for day one shipping by pre-ordering today.

    Tailored for mid to long range shooting, the first GLx4 rifle scopes will be available in 3 magnification options: 2.5-10x44mm4-16x50mm, and  6-24x50mm. Every scope features a rugged 30mm body tube, machined from 6061 and 7075 aluminum. Hardened steel components improve the durability and service life of your turrets and scope controls, while the waterproofed body prevents corrosion. Despite all these reinforcements, GLx4 scopes are all under 25oz with battery, making them perfect for extended carry.

    The turrets are a major focus in the Gold Series, as we’ve rebuilt the adjustment ring and zero systems with innovative new hardware. The first thing you’ll notice when turning Gold Series turrets is the consistency between each click. Traditionally, scope turrets use brass adjustment rings, which deteriorate over time. With the Gold Series, we machined ouradjustment rings from solid steel, offering precision that will never fade. In addition, Gold Series turrets come equipped with ZLock™, our patent-pending button lock that empowers shooters to maneuver at full speed without the worry of accidental turret adjustments. ZLock comes improved with ZStop™, our latest return-to-zero system, eliminating overtravel under pressure.

    The moment you look through a GLx rifle scope, you’re met with incredible edge-to-edge clarity with minimal housing to obstruct your peripheral vision. The impeccable glass quality pairs with the Gold Series’ first focal plane design, so you can still identify and range your targets in adverse conditions. Large, forgiving eyeboxes improve sight picture during dynamic or irregular shooting positions, while daylight-bright and IR-compatible illumination settings keep your reticle clear in any environment. Turning the magnification ring is even easier with our adjustment fin, which provides tactile feedback for magnification changes without taking your eye off the target.

    Gold Series rifle scopes use many of our most popular reticles, so you can tailor your optic to your desired application. At launch, each of the GLx4 scopes will come in two reticle options. On the 2.5-10x44mm scope, shooters can choose between the ACSS® Griffin™ MIL and ACSS® HUD™ DMR 5.56 reticles. Moving up to the 4-16x50mm scope, both the ACSS® HUD DMR 308 and R-GRID® 2B reticles provide excellent adaptability across ranges. Finally, for the long-range 6-24x50mm scope, shooters have access to both the ATHENA™ BPR MIL and ACSS® HUD DMR 308 reticles, so you can choose between a refined MIL Grid or our trusted BDC system.

    The Primary Arms Gold Series is the latest in our company’s commitment to our customers. We built ourselves around the goal of making the best optics possible for the price, and the GLx line is a crowning achievement. We know that you’ll be blown away by their quality and rich feature set, even before seeing the price. Primary Arms Gold Series rifle scopes come priced at $749.99 to $899.99 USD, making GLx the premier optics line under $1000. With the first six GLx scopes coming in Q3, your pre-order guarantees your place at the front of the line, so you can rest assured that your favorite scope configuration will be headed to you on release day.

  • PRIMARY ARMS® SILVER Series™ (SLx6) 3-18×50 FFP RIFLE SCOPE NOW AVAILABLE WITH THREE NEW RETICLES

    One of our most popular Primary Arms rifle scopes is about to get even better. The Silver Series (SLx6) 3-18x50mm FFP Rifle Scope is getting three new reticle options. The Athena BPR MIL reticle is now available for purchase, while the MOA-based Hera BPR MOA and intuitive R-Grid 2B reticles are open for pre-order. When these reticles pair with the feature-rich SLx6 3-18x50mm FFP Rifle Scope, the result is an optic with unequaled performance.

    What Makes This Scope So Popular
    A flagship of the Primary Arms Silver Series, the SLx6 3-18x50mm FFP Rifle Scope stands out among the competition with its impressive feature-set. From the ground up, we build this scope for versatility. At 3x magnification, shooters enjoy a large eyebox and daylight bright illumination to draw the eye. As magnification increases, enhanced light transmission and first focal plane design create every advantage for long-range precision shooting. Available in a wide array of reticle configurations, this scope is already a fierce contender for any sharpshooter’s rifle. Three new reticle options signify the latest evolution of this optic, elevating the SLx6 3-18x50mm FFP Rifle Scope for the most decisive applications. 

    The Athena BPR MIL Reticle
    Built for both agility and precision, the Athena BPR MIL Reticle comes without compromise. Using our refined MIL grid, shooters can forego counting clicks when sighting their target. Intelligent ranging brackets provide a rapid distance calculation for engaging targets out to 1,000 yards. If the situation calls for accuracy beyond holds, the Athena BPR’s infinitely precise center chevron can be dialed in for exacting marksmanship. 

    The Hera BPR MOA Reticle
    For those who seek the same performance as our Athena BPR MIL but prefer using Minute of Angle (MOA), Hera BPR MOA reticle was made for you. Our Hera BPR MOA features the same refined grid, ranging brackets, and center chevron as the Athena BPR MIL, but the subtensions use MOA measurements. Otherwise, these reticles share all the same intelligent features and benefits to dominate in long-distance precision. 

    The R-Grid 2B Reticle
    If you want a reticle that thrives up close, we’ve got you covered. Get the best combination of short- and long-range effectiveness with our R-Grid 2B reticle. The illuminated center chevron and bold outer horseshoe stand out at low-power, drawing your eye for rapid target acquisition. As magnification increases, the R-Grid 2B’s refined MIL Grid and ranging brackets come into view, transforming the reticle into a long-distance powerhouse. When it comes to versatility, the R-Grid 2B reticle reigns supreme.

    What Next?
    All three reticles—the Athena BPR MIL, the Hera BPR MOA, and R-Grid 2B— integrate flawlessly with the features of the SLx6 3-18x50mm FFP Rifle Scope. We’re excited to release these new reticle options to the public, and we hope to see everyone putting them to the test. If you’re interested in the new Athena BPR MIL reticle option, new scopes are ready to ship today from primaryarms.com. If you’d like to learn more about the other two new reticles, you can visit our pre-order pages for the Hera BPR MOA and R-Grid 2B. The Hera BPR MOA reticle is expected to release this July, while the R-Grid 2B reticle will follow up shortly after in August. 

    Add some precision and performance to your rifle with a Silver Series™ (SLx6) 3-10×50 FFP scope, equipped with one of these powerful reticles.
    If you ever have any questions about these scopes or any other firearms, products, or accessories, just give us a call at (713)-344-9600 or send an email to info@primaryarms.com. Our dedicated customer service and product specialist teams are here to provide the industry-leading customer service Primary Arms is known for.

  • PRIMARY ARMS OPTICS BEST-SELLER SPOTLIGHT

    When Primary Arms began selling red dot sights over a decade ago, our mission was simple: to offer the best quality optics to our customers at the best possible prices and back them up with outstanding customer service. That mission has never wavered. The result of that mission for you, our valued customer, is unmatched value for your dollar. That value has made Primary Arms one of the fastest growing optics manufacturers in the world. We love what we do, but truth be told, we do it all for you. Bringing you the best in quality and value is what drives us, and when we make something you love, we’ve accomplished our mission.

    We’ve come a long way from those early days selling red dots. In the years since, we’ve added a complete lineup of riflescopes, prism scopes, and more to our brand of optics and we are proud to offer free shipping on your entire order when you purchase any Primary Arms optics including scopes red dot sights or red dot magnifiers from primaryarms.com. Many of the fan favorite scopes are built around the ACSS reticle system, which helps our optics outpace the competition in many practical and tactical shooting applications. We listen to the needs and wants of our customers who shoot with our scopes and we continually innovate to make the products you love even better. We want to shine the spotlight on a handful of our most popular products, each backed by loyal and vocal fans like you that truly believe in the power and precision of Primary Arms Optics.

    RIFLESCOPES

    Low power variable optics (LPVOs) are some of the most popular scopes on the market today. Fast and accurate at low power, this style of scope can give you target acquisition speeds akin to red dot sights. At high power, you get enough magnification and visibility to engage targets out to 800 yards or more. Our most popular low power variable optics come from our Silver Series of scopes, the heart of our lineup. They are the 1-6x24mm First Focal Plane (FFP) scope, 1-6x24mm Second Focal Plane (SFP) scope, and the 1-8x24mm Second Focal Plane scope.

    A large part of what has made these scopes so popular with our customers is the ACSS reticles with which they are equipped. The 1-6x SFP and the 1-8x SFP scopes feature the ACSS 5.56/5.45/.308 Reticle and they are packed with the advanced features that have made ACSS one of the most popular reticle systems on the market. The ACSS reticle’s innovative and intuitive design gives you the ability to range targets at unknown distances and get an accurate bullet-drop-compensating holdover point of aim out to 800 yards without the need to adjust your turrets at all. The reticle also provides moving target leads to take more accurate shots when your target is on the move. Wind holds help you to easily compensate for crosswinds and achieve hits when weather conditions are less than ideal. The heart of the reticle is a bold horseshoe surrounding a center chevron tip. The chevron is more precise than traditional crosshairs because the tip provides an infinitely small point of aim that never obstructs your view of the target. The bold horseshoe naturally draws your eye and gets you on target for quick snap shooting.

    The Silver Series 1-6x FFP scope features the ACSS Raptor Reticle and it was one of the most anticipated optics releases we’ve had so far. Taking full advantage of the first focal plane design, the Raptor reticle is an optimized version of the ACSS system, designed to be fast to acquire at low power, while still maintaining all the advanced features of other ACSS reticles at higher magnification. The same bold horseshoe and center chevron make up the heart of the Raptor reticle, but instead of being a small, central portion of the system, the horseshoe encapsulates the entire reticle. This allows for a sight picture and acquisition speed like a red dot or holosight when the magnification is set to 1x power. The wide field of view, clear glass, and FFP-optimized reticle combine to make one of the most capable LPVOs on the market.

    Being able to quickly go from red-dot-like speed at 1x magnification to 6- or 8-power magnification for precision in one optic is what people love about LPVOs. For these popular scope models highlighted here, as well as nearly 20 others we offer, our engineers have developed a custom magnification throw lever that interfaces with the magnification ring’s integral “fin” and enhances your ability to transition from 1x power to the maximum magnification setting with speed and ease. We call it the Mag-TightTM Throw Lever. It’s machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, Type III hardcoat anodized, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Never worry about finding a magnification lever that fits your favorite Primary Arms LVPO ever again – we’ve made you a custom solution.

    RED DOT SIGHTS

    We built our name and reputation on red dot sights. These Primary Arms red dots are optics you can count on, proven by hundreds of torture tests and customer reviews. The Silver Series Advanced Micro Dots, available in models with either rotary knob (MD-RB-AD) or push-button (MD-ADS) illumination control, are each top-sellers and are packed incredible value. They feature 50,000 hours of illumination at medium brightness settings and they are daylight bright at the highest setting. They are nitrogen purged, waterproof, and shockproof, so you can trust them to perform for years to come.

    PRISM SCOPES

    Prism scopes offer many advantages. The fixed magnification gives you a consistent sight picture and the ease of operation is preferable for many shooting applications. Additionally, prism scopes are one of the most compact and lightweight optic solutions for your rifle. They’re generally more robust and rugged for shooters who want to run their rifles hard and know their optic will hold up, such as on a duty rifle or in a tactical application. Prism scopes feature reticles etched into glass, so even if your battery were to fail or if the illumination is turned off, a high-contrast black reticle is always there – crisp, clear, and ready to perform.

    Primary Arms has prism scopes with many magnification settings to choose from. The Silver Series Compact 1×20 Prism Scope with ACSS Cyclops Reticle (PAC1X-ACSS-CYCLOPS) was another highly anticipated release from Primary Arms. For shooters who want the speed and large field of view of a red dot sight but have an astigmatism or other eye issues that make red dot sights imprecise and hard to use, the etched reticle and 1x power make this prism scope an ideal choice. The ACSS Cyclops Reticle is simple yet retains advanced features that can be found in all the other ACSS reticles. With a dual-purpose ranging ladder that allows for vertical or horizontal target ranging out to 400 yards, the familiar CQB horseshoe, and the ultra-precise chevron center, this 1x power prism scope is more versatile than a red dot sight while retaining the speed and a large field of view. The 1×20 Prism Scope is protected by a lifetime warranty, so if anything were to ever happen to the optic, you can have confidence knowing our in-house customer service team will be there to resolve your issue.

    The Primary Arms Silver Series Compact 2.5×32 Prism Scope with ACSS-CQB-M1 Reticle (PAC2.5X) gives you the ideal amount of magnification for medium range engagement. The outer horseshoe incorporates ranging ladders that can be used vertically or horizontally to range estimate a target’s distance afield. The inner horseshoe serves as a CQB point of aim to get on target quickly, accompanied by an inner dot for more precise shots. Bullet drop compensation is built in below the center dot and is compatible with many different types of ammunition to take fast and accurate shots out to 600 yards.

    Stepping up in magnification to the Silver Series Gen II 3×32 Compact Prism Scope with ACSS-5.56-CQB-M2 Reticle (PAC3X-GENII-ACSS-5.56) gives you even more capability to reach out and record hits at long range. The CQB M2 variant of this ACSS reticle retains all the features found in the M1 version but it adds another method of ranging built into the bullet drop compensation below the center point of aim. Horizontal bars across the BDC ladder correlate to an 18-inch wide target at the given distance. Beside each ranging bar, holdover dots give you the ability to adjust for crosswind at that distance and achieve a higher first-hit probability in suboptimal weather conditions. If you’re the kind of shooter who wants the best capability in all circumstances, the Gen II 3x prism scope features a removable section of Picatinny rail on the top of the body, so you can add a mini reflex sight for CQB and still use the prism scope for shooting at distance – an all-in-one solution on your rifle. The Gen II 3x prism also carries our lifetime warranty.

    All our prism scopes feature removable bases, so whatever your mounting needs or preferences are, for an AR-15AK-47, or even rifles with carry handles, you can make use of these powerful scopes. All are built tough, shockproof, waterproof and fog resistant with super clear glass and forgiving eye boxes to accommodate shooters of all styles and body types.

    Our Primary Arms Optics best sellers could only achieve that status because of shooters like you who use them, love them, and sing their praises. Thank you for putting our products to the test. We’re proud of how hard they work for you and the value they bring to your shooting experience. If you ever have any questions or concerns with your Primary Arms optic, our world-class team of in-house product specialists and customer service representatives are always here, standing by to assist you. Simply give us a call at (713)-344-9600 or send us an email at info@primaryarms.com, and we’ll be glad to help. Thank you again for choosing Primary Arms!

  • INTRODUCING: THE ACSS® AURORA® RETICLE

    EXCLUSIVELY IN THE TRIJICON TA31 ACOG

    In 2016 We teamed up with Trijicon to bring you the revered ACOG prism scope combined with our Advanced Combat Sighting System (ACSS). Just three years later we are doing it again, only this time we developed a new reticle designed specifically for use in the ACOG. Our new ACSS Aurora reticle has been modified to align with the philosophy of use that Trijicon set forth to accomplish with the ACOG. We believe the ACSS Aurora reticle is the icing on the cake that fully realizes the idea of an optic that increases first hit ratio whether at 800 meters or CQB distances. Let us tell you why:

    WHY THE TRIJICON ACOG

    The Trijicon ACOG is a scope that requires no introduction. It is known for exceptional durability and optical clarity and has been a trusted optic for United States soldiers since 1993. 23 years later and this prism scope is still going strong in both the commercial and military markets with only one thing holding it back: the reticle. 23 years after the release of the ACOG and the reticle needed an update to accommodate for the changing dynamic of how soldiers use their rifles. With updated functionality like BDC calculated in 50-meter increments and holds for engaging fast moving targets, this reticle is a perfect match for the ACOG’s purpose-built use cases.

    WHY THE ACSS AURORA IS THE PERFECT MATCH FOR THE ACOG

    While the Aurora may look like the original ACSS reticle, the windage holds and bullet drop compensation are calculated in meters instead of yards. The United States Military and police forces around the world train operators to range and engage targets using meters, so we designed a reticle that is familiar and intuitive for many of you. The BDC also utilizes 50-meter increments for even finer range estimation capabilities than ever before, all while still being extremely fast and easy to use. We’ve even built in the ability to range targets that are partially obscured. With only brief windows of presentation, knowing how far away the target is results in not only more effective fire but the ability to more accurately deploy additional assets as needed.

    Additionally, the new ranging bars located to the sides of the chevron tip reticle can be used as moving target leads. This feature is available on other ACSS reticles, but the difference that sets Aurora apart is the ability to lead targets moving up to 40mph – a feature that is increasingly important for soldiers – utilizing horizontal ranging bars that extend from each side of the chevron tip. The Aurora ACSS reticle is the first Primary Arms reticle designed specifically for military use, so combining it with the TA31 4×32 ACOG was the obvious choice.

    The ACOG’s durability and optical clarity are legendary, and they’ve been a trusted optic for our soldiers for decades. In 2016, Trijicon recognized the utility and capability of our Advanced Combined Sighting System (ACSS) reticle, making it the first 3rd party reticle commercially available in a factory Trijicon optic. We are very proud of that fact and set our team to work on something even better. Now for 2019, we have once again teamed up with Trijicon to bring the ACSS Aurora to the table. Designed from the ground up to wring every bit of performance out of these top-tier combat optics, the ACSS Aurora readily increases first hit probability and decreases time on target dramatically. For the latest and greatest combination of military grade optics and smart reticle design, look no further than TA31 4x ACOG combined with the Primary Arms ACSS Aurora reticle.

    THE SMARTEST COMBAT RETICLE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD

    While many reticles found in an ACOG include some capability to range targets and have some form of integrated BDC, none are equipped with the full set of features or the remarkable ease of use that come along with the ACSS Aurora. We’ve painstakingly developed and engineered this reticle and optic combat system to bring the toughest, most feature-rich performance to the people that demand it the most.

  • PRIMARY ARMS OPTICS ANNOUNCES 3 NEW RETICLES FOR PLATINUM 1-8×24 FFP SCOPES

    PRIMARY ARMS OPTICS ANNOUNCES NEW PLATINUM 1-8X24 FIRST FOCAL PLANE SCOPES WITH ACSS RAPTOR M2, GRIFFIN MIL, GRIFFIN MOA RETICLES

    • Lifetime Warranty
    • Fully engineered and manufactured in Japan
    • Superior Glass Clarity
    • Three new ACSS® Reticles

    HOUSTON, TEXAS – Primary Arms Optics announces three new reticle options for the proven Platinum 1-8×24 First Focal Plane Scope. The ACSS Raptor M2 reticle updates and replaces the original ACSS reticle for 5.56 NATO, .308 Winchester, 5.45×39 and 6.5 Grendel rifles. ACSS Griffin MIL and ACSS Griffin MOA are all-in-one wonders able to maximize precision and speed with any caliber.

    Primary Arms Platinum Series rifle scopes are constructed with uncompromising craftsmanship, toughness, and optical clarity. Fully designed and manufactured in Japan for durability and reliability, they are constructed with high strength aluminum alloy capable of handling heavy recoil and abuse, with enhanced glass clarity that must be seen in person to be truly appreciated.

    Due to the First Focal Plane construction, at 1x magnification the appearance is like a red dot or small ring for unsurpassed speed and a clear field of view. At 8x, the reticle grows to display a chevron aiming point, automatic ranging out to 600 yards, and moving target leads. ACSS Raptor M2 features bullet drop compensation, 5 and 10 mph wind holds out to 800 yards for compatible calibers. ACSS Griffin MIL features a dot grid with 15 MIL vertical and 6 MIL horizontal holdovers. ACSS Griffin MOA features a dot grid with 50 MOA vertical and 20 MOA horizontal holdovers.  Available anodized in matte black, the Platinum 1-8X24 First Focal Plane Scopes are priced at $1299.99.

    • First Focal Plane
    • ACSS Raptor M2 reticle calibrated for 5.56 NATO, .308 Win, 5.45×39, 6.5 Grendel calibers
    • ACSS Griffin Mil and ACSS Griffin MOA reticles work with any caliber
    • Partial illumination in red, visible in bright sunlight
    • Fast focus eyepiece
    • Exit pupil: 11.7 mm to 3 mm
    • Eye relief: 4 in. to 3.8 in.
    • Field of view at 100 yards: 105.8 ft. to 13.3 ft.
    • Black anodized finish
    • Click value: 0.1 MIL (Raptor M2, Griffin MIL), 0.25 MOA (Griffin MOA)
    • Waterproof
    • Fog resistant
    • 34mm tube
    • Flip caps included
    • Lifetime warranty
  • PRIMARY ARMS OPTICS ANNOUNCES NEW 3-18×50 FFP SCOPE WITH ACSS HUD DMR .308 RETICLE

    PRIMARY ARMS OPTICS ANNOUNCES NEW 3-18×50 FIRST FOCAL PLANE SCOPES WITH ACSS HUD DMR .308 AND ACSS HUD DMR 5.56 RETICLES

      • Lifetime Warranty
      • Locking, Resettable Turrets and Replaceable Power Ring Fin
    • Patented ACSS® HUD DMR .308 and HUD DMR 5.56 Reticles

    HOUSTON, TEXAS – The Primary Arms 3-18×50 First Focal Plane scope is one of the most eagerly anticipated precision rifle scopes of the year. Now the wait is over. The 3-18×50 FFP scope with HUD DMR .308 reticle is in stock and ready to ship, and the 3-18x50FFP scope with HUD DMR 5.56 reticle is available for pre-order, with anticipated availability in late November to early December 2018.

    Push the resettable windage and elevation knobs towards the scope tube to lock them, preventing accidental turret clicks. Pull them away from the scope tube to make crisp, repeatable 0.1 MIL adjustments. Control both parallax adjustment and partial red reticle illumination from the same knob location on the left side, freeing up tube space for better mounting flexibility. Keep the reticle crisp, using the quick adjust diopter ring, and reposition the power ring fin to suit your personal preference for maximum leverage when adjusting magnification on the fly.

    The brain of this scope is the exclusive, patented ACSS HUD DMR reticle, proven effective in our 4-14×44 FFP scopes and our 6-30×56 FFP scopes. HUD DMR is a holdover reticle that incorporates target range estimation, bullet drop compensation, wind holds, and advanced moving target leads for three target speeds, all without doing math or physical scope adjustment. Due to the first focal plane construction, the reticle’s calibrations are true at all magnifications. There is no guessing or “Kentucky windage” with HUD DMR—the scope provides detailed, carefully tested holdover points to apply in a wide variety of real world shooting situations. Glass quality is outstanding for a precision scope priced at $499, and the 3-18×50 FFP scope is covered by the Primary Arms lifetime warranty.

      • First Focal Plane
      • ACSS HUD DMR .308 now available, ACSS HUD DMR 5.56 coming soon
      • Partial red reticle illumination is visible in bright sunlight
      • Fast focus eyepiece
      • Exit pupil: 16.2 mm to 2.7 mm
      • Eye relief: 3.5 in. to 3.9 in.
      • Field of view at 100 yards: 36.7 ft. to 6.1 ft.
      • Matte black anodized finish
      • Click value: 0.1 MIL
      • Waterproof
      • Fog resistant
      • 30mm tube
      • Flip caps included
    • Lifetime warranty
  • INTRODUCING THE 1X PRIMS SCOPE WITH ACSS® CYCLOPS™ RETICLE

    Here at Primary Arms, we get pretty excited about bringing new products to you. This one is no different. You all told us exactly what you wanted, and we made it happen. You wanted a prism scope with a powerful ACSS reticle etched into the glass and modular mounting system. It had to have exceptional clarity, be made super tough, and it had to have absolutely no magnification. True 1X power for CQB supremacy.  It’s the Primary Arms 1X Compact Prism Scope with ACSS® Cyclops™ reticle, and we think it’s the most advanced CQB optic available today. Let us show you why your next close quarters rifle scope should be the Primary Arms 1X Cyclops.

    Red Dot Recap

    The “red dot” sight has always been the king of fast sight acquisition. For quick shooting up close where speed is the primary concern, a good red dot can get you on target faster than iron sights. Don’t get us wrong, we love red dots. We built our legacy on red dots. However, they aren’t perfect. There’s only so much you can do with a dot. We think a smarter, more advanced reticle system is just as important in CQB applications as it is when shooting out to longer ranges. Why settle for a just a dot?

    Shooting with the Primary Arms 1X ACSS Cyclops Prism Scope

    There are many shooters who find red dots problematic because they have astigmatism or other issues with how their eye perceives the reflected image of a red dot. A simple dot has enough limitations already, when your eyesight turns it into something undefined and incorrect, the issues with the red dot start to compound. Even if you have 20/20 vision, it’s still possible to run into performance problems with a red dot. So we wanted to build something different.

    The Smart 1x Alternative

    The Primary Arms 1X Compact Prism Scope with ACSS Cyclops reticle excels where the limitations of a red dot start to show. It features a permanently etched reticle like the rest of our line of prism scopes. This means that every shooter will see a crisp, defined reticle when they look through the glass. And a diopter ring on the ocular end ensures that the reticle will be perfectly in focus for your eyesight. The ACSS reticle design is more precise than what is possible with reflected LED emitter technology, and we’ll cover that more thoroughly below. Any optic’s purpose is to provide the highest amount of contrast possible in relation to the target, so we’ve powered the ACSS Cyclops through 11 brightness settings up to daylight bright. At a medium power, the cyclops will run continuously for 3,000 hours. But even if you do lose power, unlike a red dot the Cyclops’s etched reticle still shows up in black. Shooting in a washed out environment, the black reticle can be more useful than an illuminated one to pick up a high-contrast point of aim, giving you more utility in a larger number of situations.

    Looking Through The 1x Prism

    If you’ve run prism scopes on your rifles before, you’re probably used to keeping them pretty close to your eye. For a CQB optic that’s designed for fast target acquisition, we needed eye relief to be as long as we could make it. We stretched Cyclops’ eye relief out to nearly 4 inches, 3.7 to be exact. That’s a full inch more eye relief than our own 3x prism scopes, and 2 inches more than a 4X ACOG. So go ahead, extend that stock out a little, or make some room for your back up iron sights, the Cyclops won’t give you any issues.

    Unlike a red dot, Cyclops does have eye relief and exit pupil specifications. The exit pupil is pretty huge at 13mm, giving this scope a large and forgiving eye box. We built this for fast sight acquisition, so it needed nothing less. Once you have the diopter set to your eyes, you can easily shoot with both eyes open like a red dot, maintaining situational awareness and increasing your speed on target. When you add that capacity for speed to the ACSS Cyclops reticle, what you get is so much more than what a red dot can provide. Allow us to explain further…

    The Smartest Reticle System In The World

    The Horseshoe

    ACSS stands for Advanced Combined Sighting System, and it’s the smartest reticle system in the industry. To be as effective in CQB applications as red dots are, the reticle has to have a simple and intuitive point of aim. The Cyclops achieves this by utilizing the familiar CQB Horseshoe. For targets up close, where speed is everything, just place the horseshoe over the part of the target you want to hit and squeeze the trigger. To quickly hit targets out to 100 yards, just center the target inside the horseshoe and still achieve excellent first round hit probability. The outer edges of the horseshoe also function as moving target leads. For a target moving from right to left, you use the right edge of the horseshoe as your point of aim. The a target moving left to right, use the left edge of the horseshoe.

    ACSS Cyclops Reticle - Bullet Drop Compensation and Ranging Features Explained

    The Chevron and Bullet Drop Compensation

    If you need precision with the Cyclops, we’ve placed the patented ACSS Chevron in the center of the CQB horseshoe. The tip of the chevron provides an infinitely small aiming point that never obscures the target, so you can take a very precise shot when you need to. Sight in your rifle’s point of impact to the chevron tip at 50 yards to create a battle sight zero, meaning the round’s trajectory will impact an inch high at 100 yards before falling back down to the chevron tip at 200 yards. A second tip formed by the underside of the chevron forms a second point of aim, and the bottom of the chevron’s legs forms a third point of aim. How bullet drop compensation works out depends on the caliber. 5.56 NATO and other rounds with equivalent trajectories will reach 400 yards while the slower 7.62×39 and 300 BLK rounds will only make it 300 yards before crossing that point of aim.

    Auto Ranging

    Underneath the horseshoe and chevron are four horizontal ranging bars. These bars offer two methods to quickly estimate your range to a target. To vertically range the target, line up the bottom of the target with the bottom ranging bar and then measure upwards. If the top of the target reaches the highest ranging line, the target is 200 yards away. The other lines indicate 300 and 400-yard distances. The second ranging method is to use the horizontal the width of the ranging lines. Each line correlates to an 18-inch wide target at that specific distance, 200, 300, or 400 yards away. This is useful if you’re estimating the range of a target that’s partially obscured in long grass or behind a rise in the ground, making it impossible to range vertically. The ranging capabilities combined with the ACSS Chevron’s BDC calibration gives you the power to take more intelligent and accurate shots on targets at an unknown distance. For example, if you vertically range a target to approximately halfway between the 200-yard and 300-yard ranging lines, you can use that information to select a point of aim about halfway between the top and bottom chevron tips and give yourself the best possible opportunity to put that round on target.

    The Base Is Not Basic

    The Cyclops is compatible with any standard micro dot mount that you would use with a red dot sight. Because it’s a little larger than red dots, the center of the Cyclops will fall a little higher than a red dot’s would, so always be sure to zero properly. The included Picatinny rail base positions the center of the 1X Cyclops at 1.41 inches above the receiver, the same height as standard AR-15 iron sights. You can remove the base via four Torx screws located underneath. Later this year, Primary Arms will have two spacers available which can be placed between the included base and the scope body to raise the mounting height. PA1X-HM-SPCR-1.535  (PA1X-HM-SPCR-1.535-FDE for FDE version) will place the centerline of the Cyclops 1.54 inches above the receiver rail, or at lower 1/3rd co-witness height. The PA1X-HM-SPCR-1.64 (PA1X-HM-SPCR-1.64-FDE for FDE Version) riser will place the centerline of the optic 1.64” above the receiver rail as an extra tall option. A low mount will place the centerline just 1.05” above the receiver rail will be ideal for shooters using AK-47s and similar configurations.

    Mounting Options for the 1X Prism with ACSS Cyclops Reticle compared with the Advanced Micro Dot

    A Few More Things

    It is possible to use the Primary Arms 1X Cyclops in line, co-witnessing with iron sights like a typical red dot. When placed in line with iron sights, the front sight can be visible through the scope, so if you really want to, co-witness away. But the truth is, you don’t need to. Co-witnessing with a red dot is necessary in case your dot loses power. Even with no power, Cyclops still has a reticle there for you. If you’re insistent on co-witnessing, the iron sights should be zeroed while in line with the Cyclops to make sure your zero is true when you view it through the prism, which does inherently change the way your eye will perceive your iron sights.

    Magnifiers will also work with the 1X Cyclops when placed in the standard configuration behind the prism scope, but you will need to take a little extra time to get the magnifier focused on the reticle to get a crisp picture. When setting up a magnifier for the first time it is important to realize that you are now employing two separate optical systems, and each needs to be calibrated to your eye. We recommend to first adjust the diopter ring on the magnifier to the furthest out position. With the magnifier diopter ring in the furthest out position and in line with the 1X Cyclops, adjust the Cyclops’ diopter ring until the reticle is crisp and clear. Flip the magnifier to the side and check the reticle image unmagnified. If the reticle image is not clear unmagnified, continue to make small adjustments to the Cyclops’ diopter ring with the magnifier in line and out of line until the difference between the two is eliminated or minimalized to fit your needs. For some individuals, this difference may never be eliminated completely, and the Cyclops’ diopter will need a slight adjustment each time the magnifier is moved in line or out of line behind the prism scope. This should be expected, as it is inherent to the unique combination of the two optical systems.

    In addition to the configuration described above, a typical magnifier can be placed in front of the PA 1X prism scope. However, it will introduce a large amount of point-of-aim shift, parallax and overall unreliability of the optical system. We don’t recommend using a magnifier with the 1X Cyclops in this configuration.

    Shooting the Primary Arms 1x Prism with ACSS Cyclops Reticle

    So Good We Guarantee It – For Life

    Lots of company’s warranties cover “manufacture defects” or flaws in workmanship or materials. If there are manufacturer defects present in an optic, it was there when that optic left the warehouse. 15,000 rounds put downrange are not going to magically make a manufacturer defect appear. It was either there, or it wasn’t. At Primary Arms, we believe in what we build. We don’t bring a new product to market until it’s stood up to our exceptionally rigorous testing process, and it doesn’t leave our facility in Houston, Texas to arrive at your door until it’s been inspected by hand. If it can take the abuse we put it through, pass our inspection, and still perform to our exacting standards, only then are we confident that it will absolutely blow away your expectations. We make optics to last a lifetime. Because we’re so confident in that, we stand behind our products for a lifetime. It’s our promise to you. If your Cyclops ever becomes damaged to the point of failure we will repair it for you or send you a new one. No questions asked. So go ahead. Buy with confidence.

    You asked for it, and now it is here. They’re bound to go fast, but they’re here to stay, so get your hands on one as soon as you can and check back often if they’re out of stock. The PA 1X Cyclops is the smartest, most capable CQB optic we’ve ever seen, and we think you’ll agree.

  • Introducing 1-6X24 SFP Scope with new ACSS GRIFFIN MIL Reticle

    HOUSTON, TEXAS – Primary Arms announces the 1-6x24SFP Griffin Mil optic, combining our proven 1-6×24 second focal plane scope body with the new patent pending ACSS Griffin Mil reticle, an all-in-one wonder that can be used effectively with any caliber.

    Our best-selling low power variable optic, the 1-6x24SFP is trusted by thousands of shooters to deliver repeatable performance shot after shot for thousands of rounds. Featuring red reticle illumination, a fast focus eyepiece, and finger adjustable windage and elevation knobs, this tough scope is covered by the Primary Arms Lifetime Warranty.

    Now the 1-6x24SFP is available with the new ACSS Griffin Mil reticle. Calibrated to be true at 6x, the reticle’s features include automatic ranging out to 600 yards, moving target leads, and a 5 x 5 Mil matrix for precision shooting. For common calibers like 5.56 NATO and .308 Winchester, Griffin Mil can be used to compensate for bullet drop from 100 to 600 yards without ever doing math or manually adjusting knobs. In addition, seamless integration with the Mil system means this scope can be used effectively with any caliber when combined with a ballistic calculator.   

    Available anodized in matte black, the 1-6X24FFP ACSS Griffin Mil is priced at $289.99.

    • 1-6x Magnification
    • Second Focal Plane
    • ACSS Griffin Mil reticle works with any caliber
    • Reticle illumination in red, visible in bright sunlight
    • Fast focus eyepiece
    • Exit pupil: 9 mm to 4 mm
    • Eye relief: 3.3 in. to 3.5 in.
    • Field of view at 100 yards: 110 ft. to 19.3 ft.
    • Black anodized finish
    • Click value: 0.5 MOA
    • Waterproof
    • Fog resistant
    • 30mm tube
    • Flip caps included
    • Lifetime warranty
  • NEW 4-14×44 FFP Scope With ARC-2 MOA Reticle

    PRIMARY ARMS OPTICS ANNOUNCES

    4-14×44 FFP Scope With ARC-2 MOA Reticle

    • Precise reticle uses Minute Of Angle calibration
    • .25 MOA-per-click windage and elevation adjustments
    • Red reticle illumination

    HOUSTON, TEXAS – Primary Arms Optics announces the new ARC-2 MOA reticle, calibrated in Minutes of Angle for traditional ranging and engaging using techniques familiar to many American shooters. Primary Arms is releasing this reticle in the proven 4-14×44 First Focal Plane scope body, featuring 0.25 MOA-per-click turrets for very precise adjustments. Full reticle illumination in red is powered by a single CR2032 battery through six brightness settings. The side focus parallax control and a quick-adjust ocular keep the reticle and target crisp and sharp for precise ranging and engaging. The 4-14×44 FFP Scope with ARC-2 MOA reticle is protected by a 3-year warranty and is priced at $229.99.

    4-14×44 FFP Scope With ARC-2 MOA Reticle

    • Magnification: 4-14x
    • First focal plane
    • Objective lens diameter: 36 mm
    • Ocular lens diameter: 44mm
    • Exit Pupil: 11.2 mm to 3.3 mm
    • Eye Relief: 80 mm to 82 mm
    • Field of View: 27.2 ft @ 100 yards at 4x 7.9 ft @ 100 yards at 14x
    • Click Value 0.25 MOA
    • Total windage / elevation adjust: 60 MOA
    • Length: 13 inches
    • Net weight: 24 oz.
    • Red reticle illumination
    • Etched reticle visible with illumination off
    • Fast focus eyepiece
    • Waterproof
    • Nitrogen purged
    • Fog resistant
    • Fully multi-coated lenses
    • 6063 aluminum
    • Uses one CR2032 battery (included)
    • Lens covers included
    • 3-year warranty
  • A Sneak Peek with The Firearm Blog as “Raptor” Prepares to Spread its Wings

    Nick Chen of The Firearm Blog visited the Primary Arms Optics shooting lane at Media Range Day 2018 and experienced the new 1-6×24 First Focal Plane ACSS “Raptor” scope, connecting with steel targets at 500 yards using an ordinary 16” AR-15 carbine and 5.56 NATO ammunition. See his impressions of this upcoming scope at The Firearm Blog.