Holosun Paralow HS503G Red Dot Sight - ACSS Reticle
- HS503G-ACSS overview with Dimitri Mikroulis
- HS503G Red Dot ACSS by SuperSetCA
- ACSS CQB micro explained by Dimitri Mikroulis
- Holosun 503G Review by MrGunsNGear
- Holosun ACSS Red Dot Review by Sootch00
The ACSS features three BDC dots underneath the chevron, allowing an unprecedented 600 yards of bullet drop compensation in 7.62 NATO or 5.56 NATO calibers. Auto ranging and wind leads are also incorporated into this smart reticle. A CQB horseshoe grabs the eye instantly for close quarters shooting and also approximates the spread pattern of 00 buckshot at 25 yards. The retical for this sight is a central 2 MOA dot, centered in a 65 MOA circle with four positioning points. The diameter of the circle reticle represents approximately 5'5" at 100 yards 170cm at 100m.
The HS503G is a proven micro dot sight with an auto-on function that switches on the power with a slight movement of the sight. It comes with a 1913 Picatinny base which is removable, revealing an Aimpoint Micro-compatible base underneath. It also comes with the lower 1/3rd co-witness riser mount shown in the photos.
Primary Arms Exclusive! This is the only place to get Bullet Drop Compensation to 600 yards, wind holds and auto ranging all in a micro red dot!
Using "zero" ranges of 25, 50, or 100 yards, the ACSS BDC is compatible with the following calibers:
- 5.56 NATO / 5.45x39 from 100 to 600 yards
- 300 BLK / 7.62x39 from 50 to 450 yards
- 12 gauge 1 oz. slug from 25 to 150 yards
- 7.62x54R from 100 to 600 yards
- 7.62 NATO / .308 Win from 100 to 600 yards
- 300 BLK 220 gr subsonic from 50 to 150 yards
- .22LR 40 gr from 50 to 175 yards
- 9mm carbine 115gr from 25 to 200 yards
Ratings & Reviews
Hands down best tactical sight for the money
by Adam -
Did a great deal of reading and YouTube research before going with this optic. I'm candidly thrilled with the capability of precision. I'm using it without the magnifier and shooting 1 MOA dependably. And yes, the reticle is small, but very usable. Great battery life.
Waste of money
by B -
Not even worth 1 star. Not able to make out the chevron, could not make out the bdc, it looks like a big asterix covers the whole retical. Maybe I just received a broken unit, but that does not matter when you had a big range weekend you are looking forward to. I should have trusted my instincts when it said made in china. I will be sending this back first thing Monday morning.
Great Red Dot! (but not great windage/elevation turrets)
by peter -
GOOD<br>- ACSS reticle in a red dot is basically the best thing ever. This reticle is perfect. In fact, I hope Aimpoint/Trijicon puts this in their small red dots. Combined w/ a magnifier, this is a seriously great carbine optic<br>- Battery life - I've had mine on for over 7 months now (with the horseshoe on for most of that). No noticeable dimming. Seems to be as advertised.<br>- Nice mount - Screw requires a T10 torx, but it is very repeatable and holds zero. Taken it off and put it back on more than 20 times and it stays true.<br>- Bright day daytime visible<br><br>BAD<br>- Squishy wind & elev. YMMV, but my elev knob in particular has almost no positive clicks as it is turned. It's usable, it holds zero, and adjustments are 1/2 MOA. However, it is very squishy and sometimes there is no click at all. This is not a deal killer by any means, but this is where the price point shows, and is also why I didn't give the HS503G 5 stars.<br>- No retention for windage/elevation caps. These are easy to lose.
Initially very excited about this optic. Clarity was great and more crisp than other red dots I own. However with only 200 rounds of 556 something must have shaken a circuit loose in the optic because it is no longer functioning. A battery change did not fix the problem. Sent it back to PA hoping I just got a dud unit. Hopefully a more positive review will follow with the replacement unit.
Buy it!!! You will be totally satisfied!!!
by Joey -
Wow!! Simply awesome. Hard to believe the couple of poor reviews. Mine is much better that what I expected for $220. I'm sure there are a few bad ones but Primary Arms will fix that in a hurry so its hard to believe.
Exceeded my Expectations
by Daniel -
Pros<br>- Stands up to hard abuse.<br>- Horseshoe makes a night and day difference for CQB target acquisition<br>- Looks great through Night Vision<br>- Works great for 5.56 and .308. Works even better for .300 BO<br>Cons<br>-Slight orange glare if the sun hits it just right while a witch is performing a spell to try and through you off your game<br><br>If you're thinking about spending money on an Aimpoint, Trijicon, or Eotech, then don't. You're reading this review because you're having second thoughts about spending that much money on an optic, so buy this Holosun instead. The glass and reticle are incredibly clear. The horseshoe does a better job for CQB than Eotech, the ACSS reticle does as good of a job as a Trijiconfor reaching out, and the battery life is on par with an aimpoint. If you're worried about ruggedness, then don't. This sight has been run through the gauntlet and the dings and dents I have put in it have not caused it to lose zero once or not turn on.
Sold my MROs and Aimpoints
While this is a budget friendly optic, the build quality is exceptional for the price point. I beat up my optics by throwing them in my bags, accidently dropping my firearms, tossing multiple firearms and items in my bags. I travel to and from indoor and outdoor ranges in temperatures ranging from 10f to 105f and not once during my year of ownership has my original 50/200 zero strayed or been lost on any of my Holosun optics. In my year of ownership, I have not yet needed to change my battery.
<br>The lens objective is 20mm. The glass is clear with little to no blue/green tint and handles sun glare extremely well during my bright outdoor shooting adventures. The reticle brightness even goes plenty bright to shoot outdoors in the bright sun during any time of the day. I seriously have no complaints on how it handles the sun. Both (to my eyes) seem to be a true 1x for magnification.
<br>Seriously, I'm a huge fan of Holosun and sold my Trijicon MROs and Aimpoint's for these.
Update to earlier post - 11/15/2016 4:25 pm
Bought two of these Sights
<br>1. Put one on a DP-12 shotgun. The ring and chevron are perfect for this weapon. Groups of 1" @ 25ys (slugs).
<br>2. 2nd sight is on a .300 BO pistol. I did add the following :
<br>--Primary Arms Advanced 3X Long Eye Relief Magnifier, Black PA3XLER-AD. It is functional as close as 15ft. 100yds is unbelievably clear! I'm not a great shot, but my normal group at 50- 1/2", and 100- 1.5".
<br>--Primary Arms Quick Detachable Flip To Side Mounts - Standard Height, Black PAQDMQF-01. This is NOT "slap to the side" mount, but I don't need that. It is "move to the side" and that works for me.
GREAT OPTIC GREAT PRICE GREAT SERVICE = HAPPY
by Aj -
Couldn't be happier very nice optic nice features love the chevron priced just right... have a PA 6X Magnifier with QD mount sighted in at 100yds 1/2 moa grouping. Touchin 2in plates at 200yds in no time . Primary Arms customer service is amazing will be coming back !
Mount broke after two shots
by Raghorn -
So far the site works great. Fit and finish on par with my T1 and T2. The red dots crispness is as good if not better than the T2 (which is improved over the T1) and much better than the eotech that this sight is replacing. If it proves to be as durable as the aimpoint then it will be a great sight for years to come.
<br>Now the one big negative ......the mount. It looks great, fits great, but broke after two shots on a 300BLkout. Took two sight in shots, then reached up to remove the elevation cap and the sight fell off the gun into my hand. The screw broke off half way thru the threads in the base of the mount. I used and FAT wrench to torque it to about 20-25in/lbs and used blu 242 thread locker on install. SO needless to say I am extremely disappointed in the mount. Do yourself a favor and order a LaRue, Midwest or American Defense mount when you order this sight and you won't waste a trip to the range.
<br>5 stars for the red dot and 1 star for the mount.
by Larry -
Was a little wary after other red dot experiences. After a couple of range days this red dot is my new best friend. Plenty of adjustment for bright or dim days. BDC is absolutely dead on at extended ranges. I will be buying a couple more of these without a doubt. Great to see a product that delivers as advertised. Great job Holosun and Primary Arms!!!!
16" 308 barrel
I mounted this red dot on a DPMS Gen 2 Recon. I zeroed as instructed, 1 inch high @ 100 yards for a 308. I ran a biathlon with this set up and it came through like a champ! 300, 400, 500 yard shots were a breeze using the appropriate dots. The chevron handled everything closer. I absolutely love this red dot!
Fantastic Product. Fun to Shoot With.
I'll keep it short. Great product. Put it along side a Primary Arms 3x magnifier and I couldn't be happier. Easy to use and accurate. Haven't had any issues with it.
I've taken it to work and absolutely loving the optic. The mount, though, came loose relatively quickly. I'm wondering what mounts people would recommend to keep the optic at the exact same height (in order to be able to continue to use my 3x magnifier).
<br>Once I resolve the mount issue, this optic is definitely coming with me on my next deployment.
This is the future of red dot sights.
by John -
I love this sight so much I've bought THREE of them. The ACSS reticle is an absolutely brilliant idea. It's like a chevron Acog with true 1x magnification. The chevron tip is so crisp and sharp that it feels like the limit of precision is only up to your eyes or magnifier, not the sight itself -- unlike every other red dot or holo sight on the market, where the large dot gets in the way of precise shooting.<br><br>To give you an idea, I've used in the past: EOTech, Aimpoint, Meprolight RDS Pro, Trijicon MRO, etc. This optic is better than ALL of them in terms of the reticle. The only thing I'm not 100% confident about yet is durability until I stress test them personally (which takes a long time).<br><br>And the cherry on top? It's cheaper than all the other military grade optics. Time will tell if it holds up, but there is certainly nothing lacking in fit and finish vs for example an Aimpoint T2.
Overall . Great optic
by Michael Jones
Was disappointed when I first got it
<br> Chevron wasn't clear at all . Must have been the lighting indoors . Put it on and took it out to zero it and the reticle was clear , although a lot smaller than I thought it'd be . Think I'm going to get the magnifier , just not sure which one . Overall , I really like it . Was only able to take it out to 75 yards , but it's a great red dot for the money
Chevron not clear at all
by Michael Jones
Just received the dot for Christmas. I had high hopes for the chevron reticle , and was very disappointed. I cannot see the chevron sight at all . Looks like a dot . Even my son , with much better eyes can't see it . Don't know if I got a bad unit or what . Other than that , it seems well made .
Think I was sent a demo unit!
by Kevin Niven AZ Cowtown Range
I just received my HS503G ACSS And have to say, I'm a little disappointed. It seems I was sent a used unit or a demo. Battery already installed in the scope, scratch on battery cover and little dusty and smudged. I'm hopefull I didn't buy a returned unit.
<br>From PA: There shouldn't have been a return in general circulation, but we want you to be 100% happy. Contact us so we can swap it out.
I Took a Chance
by Steve -
Fantastic red dot. I have had ssues with some red dots over the years because of my astigmatism, and have gotten some prism scopes as a result.<br><br>I took a chance on this one hoping that the reticle design might make a difference, and I'm glad I did. This reticle design seems to have less of a negative effect with my astigmatism and I'm thrilled with this optic. Obviously, everyone's eyes are different, so YMMV.
Good to go
In my honest opinion which isn't an expert one for the price you can't beat this little red dot. It's packed with features and does its job what more can you ask for. Consistently hitting a 6 inch paper at 100 yards with my Tavorx95. Its also built very solid in my opinion it doesn't feel or look cheaply made like a lot of others in this value price range. I'm probably ordering another Holosun dot here in the near future and the customer service at Primary Arms is top notch.
The ACSS rectical is totally useless with out at least 2-3 power magnification.... False advertising dont fall for it ! Now with the magnification its a totally awsome ! But i dont want the additional weight ! Disappointing beyond belief !!!!
unbelievable for that price. got to test it out at the range today and it works flawlessly. i had ordered the hs403b and returned it because the dot was not sharp and it was distracting and the battery tray was sub par. this fixed all of those. reticle is tack sharp even in bright daylight with brightness all the way up. battery know is on the side under a screw cap and build is very robust for the price. other than reliability of the name it makes me wonder why other sights are so much more expensive.
Looks good so far!
After some research on red dots and the like I bought two of these when they came in stock. Unlike many people I'm not using an AR at least one is going on an FAL. The higher mount will allow use of irons underneath fairly well if its mounted close to the rear sight. I liked the lower mount as its closer to bore axis. The reticle looked too small at first but once I mounted it on a rifle it was much better. I have not zeroed it yet so it still remains to be proven with repeated 308 recoil. I'm an iron sight rifleman but at some point our eyes stop working as easy and this sight seems to be just the ticket: a fine illuminated aiming point with calibrated aiming points for the distances I can actually SEE. The motion activation Is a good feature. I do have to admit I distrust electronics and technologically advanced gear as I expect it to fail when truly needed. But i'll give this sight a good evaluation and see how it does.
Was having a lot of trouble deciding whether I wanted this or the 1-6x. I love how quick a red dot is. I wanted the distance of a scope. While a scope is better served trading long shots this particular red dot with a magnifier is actually a worthy competitor. That would be a ridiculous thing to say with any other red dot. This one will obviously not be as ideal when taking a long shot but imagine having the reasonable ability to do so but then have ask the advantages and more of a red dot. The reticle is freaking sweet. With the circle dot it is very fast acquisition close range. At long ranges the chevron is awesome at finding that pin point you want to shoot to. Next thing. On a second focal plane scope the reticle is only really accurate on its last setting. So all the other power settings you have to toggle through to get to it are fine and all...but personally I'd rather just slap my magnifier over this red dot and be there immediately. I have the primary arms 3x ler. I plan on getting the 6x on a quick detach just for kicks. I'm loving the red dot. Get whatever you want...the 1-6x is still in my future but for now I got third and am glad I did. Get one of the two...heck get both. No regrets.
Great product and great customer service by Primary Arms as usual!
Received this red dot earlier this week and took it out to the range today. After shooting about 300 rounds I can say that I like this sight a lot. The ACSS reticle and the glass itself are crisp and clear. For the money spent I am definitely pleased. Beyond that I received it within 3 days of placing my order. A+ for PA!