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Old May 18th, 2017, 01:39 PM   #1
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Primary Arms 1-8

I have been wanting to try this brand of optic for a while. So I finally broke down and spent the money on 3 Primary Arms optics for testing and possibly to keep for 3 different rifles. I purchased the 5x Prism 308 ACSS for My Bula M14 that I don't have yet, 3x Prism 300Blackout ACSS for my Mini 14 300BO, and the 1-8x Scope with 308 ACSS for my Socom M1A.

This review if you haven't figured it out by now judging by the name of this thread will be about the 1-8x Primary Arms Scope. 5 Things that are great about this optic -



It cost under $400 sent to my door.
Has glass comparable to a $800 optic.
Illuminated reticle.
4 inch eye relief (as any scope in this area should)
It tracks perfectly.



For under $400 this scope is loaded with a great reticle that is quick and easy to use. It has a nice ranging option for those not skilled in Mildot ranging on the right of the reticle calibrated for "Human Sized Targets" and has a chevron with horse shoe for quick acquisition. Now don't get me wrong, I am a Mildot/MRAD guy by heart. But for the intended ranges of the Socom 16 a BDC will do just fine. The BDC of this reticle goes out to 800 Yards which is perfect for my Socom and what I consider the Max range for that rifle anyway.



The optic also has capped turrets which IMO is a great thing. I prefer capped turrets. The turrets under the caps can be turned by hand and require no special tool or coin or anything like that. As stated the scope tracked perfectly. I zeroed the optic then tested it at various revolutions of the turrets to ensure tracking was alright.



One of the turrets has a compartment for a spare battery which I thought was pretty cool.



When it arrived it was quickly installed on my rifle with Vortex rings sitting on a Bassett mounted Socom 16 and taken to the range. Once zeroed according to the scope manual for 2+ clicks of elevation at 200 Yards on the tip of the Chevron it commenced to deliver GGG Lithuanian lead downrange onto 12 inch and silhouette steel targets at 600 Yards with great efficiency. It was a bright and sunny Florida day, the illumination had no problem lighting up the reticle and not washing out. It was crisp and clean. My nephew also landed quite a few hits at 600 doing better than most adults at the range and it was only his 3rd time being at the range.



My one and only complaint for the optic is that the illumination isn't a on/off dial. It has 12 on settings and 1 off setting. But that is nit picking. I can live with that easily

If you are on the fence about Primary Arms optics. Be it the Prism or Rifle Scopes don't worry. They are clear and work well. The prisms while I have not tested them feel very rugged and are just as clear and crisp. Expect two Prism reviews in the future as well.

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Old May 18th, 2017, 01:48 PM   #2
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Can you see anything should the battery die? I'm on the fence about what to put on my Bula. I'm all over the place and want a good all around scope for targets and hunting. I have zero experience with illuminated reticles, everything I currently own is standard reticle or aimpoint. I like the way this looks on the rifle.

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Old May 18th, 2017, 01:51 PM   #3
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This is what it looks like non illuminated.


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Old May 18th, 2017, 02:27 PM   #4
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Great review and pictures. I love my 1-6x, 2.5x prism, and regular micro dot from Primary Arms. The ACSS reticle is fun and fast and the glass is great for the price.

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How forgiving is the eye box?

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Old May 18th, 2017, 07:33 PM   #6
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I just bought the same scope, Bassett mount and Warne rings to mount on my converted Socom II. I used reasoning similar to yours in making this purchase. It sounds like I am going to enjoy shooting with this scope. Thanks...

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Thanks for the review - I've been eyeing that scope myself.

You've put together a darn good looking SOCOM.

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Very complete and informative review, appreciate it.

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You've put together a darn good looking SOCOM.
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Thanks for posting! Is that scope made in China? It has all the elements I look for in a DMR scope; ability to range, ability for holdovers, lightweight, and illuminated. Why other manufacturers can't seem to put this all together in a 1-8 or 1-6 scope priced south of $2000 that is also less than 20 oz. is beyond me. I think this might be the only one. I have a SWFA 1-6HD and I like it except it's HEAVY.

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I think it is made in China. But that doesn't really matter. The whole Made in China thing meaning it is bad is so overrated. It all depends on what design specifications a company ordered from China.

If you order a $50 NCSTAR scope and a $500 scope made in China you can bet the $500 dollar one is going to be a great scope. The Chinese have just as good building ability as we have in most fields. Our companies and companies started here by people overseas order cheap crap made in China instead of the Good or Great stuff made in China to try to sell quantity over quality.

These Primary Arms optics don't have metal shavings in behind the glass or grease and they don't have cheap glass like NCSTAR optics do. They are well built optics. Like another person said "Its 80% of the quality of a Zeiss but only 15-25% of the cost. You would be stupid not to at least consider it."

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I hear ya. I understand it's all in how it's specked out and where the glass comes from. I am considring it for my group buy Bula DMR and it's great to hear it's a quality product.

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I hear ya. I understand it's all in how it's specked out and where the glass comes from. I am considring it for my group buy Bula DMR and it's great to hear it's a quality product.
I would definitely consider it.

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Here is an example of the reticle and glass clarity on my 1-6x

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Here is an example of the reticle and glass clarity on my 1-6x

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