Why I REALLY Like the ACSS Reticle from Primary Arms…

There are quite a few reasons I like the Primary Arms offerings:  Quality, affordability, durability, eye relief, clarity, and so on.

BUT…..the foundational reason I really like these scopes (I have one on my ‘go to’ AR and one on my semi-precision .308 Savage) is the ACSS reticle.

These scopes are meant to be zero’d at 100 yards, and from there, the Bullet Drop Compensator (BDC) for your caliber let’s you shoot your target without making another scope adjustment.  Saves time, which is really important.

The first pic is on my 1X6 ACSS mounted on my, ‘Go To’ AR.

Now, do I believe I’ll make 800 yard shots with a 62gr m855?  No, but I may make 500 yard shots more times than not with this phenomenal scope from a prone and clear line of sight.  I also am very comfortable with the ‘CQB’ donut.  I also appreciate the 5 mph wind holds for both lateral directions.  And the measuring tool on the right is a great range finder presuming your human target is about 5′ 10″ tall.  Below is a great example of how you can range with it, even though the reticle is a ‘dot’ version, vice the chevron, which I prefer.

Then there’s the 4X14 FFP Illuminated on my humble semi-precision Savage Model 10.

I have no illusions about my .308, even with Berger rounds, being accurate enough OR having enough ‘oomph’ to stop someone/thing at 1000 yards.  If this scope was on a 300 Win?  You bet!

You can also determine range with this fine optic, but you’ll have to do the math, which isn’t so difficult, and if you’re a few hundred yards away and camouflaged, unless the target is sprinting, you’ll more than likely have time to do your calculation.

And that, in a nutshell, is why I’m really taken with these scopes.  I’ve been using them for about 3 years now, and I’m not dissatisfied in the least!

Do I still teach the 25 meter zero?  You bet.  It’s great for straight iron sight shooters, or for zeroing your BUIS.  Even a red dot, depending on the application.  But for optics at the price paid and the clear value, I can’t see not using these fine scopes.

*Disclaimer – I am simply a happy Primary Arms customer – I get nothing from this, or any other write I have done on their products.

13 thoughts on “Why I REALLY Like the ACSS Reticle from Primary Arms…

  1. SemperFi, 0321

    I have 5 of them on my 5.56/.308 carbines now, 2.5x and 3x, best scope reticle made for fast target acquisition and older eyes. Much prefer the horseshoe over the chevron too.

  2. Centurion_Cornelius

    Yep. Good read. I’ve got them on my 16 inch 5.56 carbines and even just now put them on my AR10s, but haven’t shot much 7.62 of late. That will change shortly–got a rifle range pass to use. Me likes the fact they are so dang easy to see and use. Like Semper Fi 0321-above says, if you’ve got older “headlamps,” they are a true blessing. This from a guy weaned on the irons of the U.S. Rifle, caliber .30 M1.

  3. Dirk

    Ok, I don’t have any, can you point me in the right direction, for a purchase. And do I want the 2.5 or the 3.0?

    Ball park costs?


  4. Paul

    If you suffer from astigmatism like me, then the 2.5x prism scope with ACSS is a godsend. Red dot sights look like irregular red snowflakes to me and having an etched reticle that is also illuminated is literally the differnce between night and day.

  5. Georgiaboy61

    Dmitri at Primary Arms is a brilliant designer, who has combined the best of the past with innovative new features and fresh thinking in his creations featuring the ACSS and other leading-edge products. Those designs which feature ACSS offer unparalleled flexibility and innovation in a well-built, economically-priced package. Dmitri even does individual consultation with clients on an as-available, time-permitting basis.If you are having trouble getting your specific load/barrel combination to work with a PA reticle/optic, give him a shout, and if he’s free, he’ll do some calculations and field testing on your behalf. I used to be a Trijicon guy, somewhat anyway, until Dmitri came along and blew them out of the water for 1/5th the price of an ACOG. Sold my ACOG and have never looked back. It was a nice optic, but didn’t perform as well as my PA ACSS optics. See ya! Haven’t looked back since….

    I know a lot of military people with time down range love their ACOGs, but my experience with Trijicon was much less-positive.My particular optic, a TA11H-G 3.5×35 with green horseshoe reticle + BDC (5.56/.223), had the wrong reticle installed at the factory, and Trijicon’s customer service and post-sale support was flat-out lousy. They weren’t interested in helping me solve my problem, but saw no problem keeping my $1400 bucks. They made it clear that I was an after-thought as a civilian – and no mil.gov or LE – customer, so I sold my ACOG and bought more PA gear…. and have never regretted it.

  6. Defensive Training Group Post author

    I’m not using the prisms. Simply the 1X6 on my go to and a 4X14 on my semi-precision bolt gun. Reason being that I really am used to traditional scopes and are very comfortable with them coupled with the fact I have Aimpoint Comp M4’s for my red dots. If I already didn’t have the Aimpoints, I’d try out the prism optics. They have some very expensive scopes, but for me, the mid-level price scopes were very attractive and that’s what I chose. For those who need it, the wWeb site is primaryarms.com

  7. Jaime Craig

    Good reticle, but you left off the kneeling indicator that precedes the walking/running lead.

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