Primary Arms SLx Compact 1x20 Prism Scope - ACSS-Cyclops
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The SLx optics are the heart of our lineup. The trusted optics that have built our reputation through the years. Although many SLx optics will be familiar to Primary Arms fans, we are always pushing forward with new generations and adding even more options in response to the demands of our loyal customers.
The Primary Arms 1X Compact Prism Scope with ACSS Cyclops reticle combines the durability and flexibility of an etched reticle with the speed and ease of use of a red dot. Unlike most prism optics, the 1X Compact Prism Scope has a generous 3.7 inches of eye relief combined with a massive 13mm exit pupil to provide an exceptionally forgiving eye box. This allows for a high degree of efficiency in red dot-style shooting, keeping both eyes open for fast target acquisition in a variety of positions and circumstances that no other prism scope can touch. The 1X Compact Prism Scope’s included 1913 MIL STD Picatinny rail mount is removable, and the scope body is compatible with industry standard microdot mounts.
- Silver-rated by the NTOA!
- Glass etched reticle that works with illumination on or off
- Full reticle illumination with 11 brightness
- CR2032 battery provides up to 3,000 hours of reticle illumination at medium settings
- Forgiving eye box with nearly 4” of eye relief, and a bright 13mm exit pupil
- Patented ACSS Cyclops reticle provides fast target acquisition, range estimation, and moving target leads out to 400 yards.
- Quick adjust diopter ring for shooter-optimized reticle focus
- ½ MOA click adjustments with capped turrets
- Compact design at just 4” long and 9.7 ounces
- Uses industry standard microdot mounts
- Wide 76.3-yard field of view at 100 yards
- Durable design for fog resistant, waterproof, and shock proof operation
- Black hardcoat anodized finish
- Protected by a lifetime warranty
At the heart of the 1X Compact Prism Scope is the new etched-glass ACSS Cyclops reticle. A heavy horseshoe makes rapid acquisition and reflex sight style snap shooting a breeze, especially when used in conjunction with the red reticle illumination. When speed is less important, the center chevron tip offers an infinitely precise point of aim that won’t cover the target, allowing for remarkable accuracy at long distances. Snap shots and precise hits aren’t the only tricks up this reticle’s sleeve, either! The edges of the horseshoe double as moving target leads, allowing for improved first shot hit probability on mobile targets. To account for the worst-case scenario, the etched reticle remains visible in black even when the scope loses power. Batteries are only needed for the full reticle illumination, giving you the flexibility of a high-contrast sight picture in the brightest of conditions.
The etched ACSS reticle combined with the fast focus eyepiece make this optic an excellent option for shooters with astigmatism. Red dots simply project an LED beam that reflects off glass back towards the shooter’s eye. The smaller the dot size, the more difficult it can be for the brain to resolve the shape, especially when combined with eye issues. This can lead to shooters perceiving the red dot as starbursts, comet tails, and a host of other distracting or obtrusive shapes depending on the shooter’s eye. Etched reticles and prism scopes don’t have this problem, and by adjusting the fast focus ocular ring, a perfectly crisp view of the reticle can be achieved for anyone. A clear sight picture will lead to more confident hits and better accuracy at further distances than ever before.
The 1X Prism Scope body is just as tough as the rest of our proven line of prism rifle scopes. During durability testing, the 1X Prism Scope outlived not one, but TWO piston-driven .308 Winchester rifles, selected specifically for their reputation for driving optics to failure. Combine that toughness with waterproof construction and nitrogen purging for fog resistance, and the 1X Prism Scope is an optic you can trust whether you’re a weekend plinker, a competitive ace, or a hunter in the field. Each optic is finished with a tough Type III hardcoat anodized black finish to keep your scope looking great for years.
The Primary Arms 1X Prism Scope is shipped with a riser mount that results in a centerline height of 1.41”, the standard height of an AR-15 platform front sight. A low base (1.05” to centerline) is also available as an accessory, which is useful for mounting to an AK-47 or other rifle with a stock located lower than the optics rail. In addition to these two mounts, two spacers are available for purchase to accommodate different applications and shooter preferences. When used with the riser mount they will result in a height to center line of 1.535”and 1.64”.
The 1X Prism Scope is compatible with all industry standard microdot style mounts, including QD options such as the popular American Defense AD-T1 series. When choosing a mount, note that the height from centerline of the scope to the surface where the mount attaches is .25” taller than a typical 20mm microdot. Therefore, if a mount normally results in a 20mm microdot sight height of 1.41”, installing it on the Primary Arms 1X prism scope will result in a taller height of 1.66”.
The PA1X prism scope is not a red dot sight. It is a prism scope, meaning that the reticle is visible regardless of battery power. The etched ACSS Cyclops reticle works more like a typical rifle scope than a red dot. Magnifiers will work with PA1X when placed in the standard configuration behind the PA1X. Special attention will need to be paid to focusing the magnifier on the reticle ensuring it is crisp and clear. This configuration can be used without introducing parallax or point of aim shift. In addition to the configuration described above a typical magnifier can be placed in front of the PA1X prism scope, however it will introduce a large amount of point of aim shift, parallax and overall unreliability of the optical system. It is not recommended to be used in this configuration.
Due to the fundamental nature of the PA1X prism scope’s optical system, it operates differently than a typical red dot. It can be used in line (co-witness) with iron sights like a typical red dot. When placed in line with iron sights the front sight can be visible through the scope. However, the iron sights should be zeroed while in line with the PA1X to account for any point of aim shift introduced by having the PA1X in line with the iron sights. It should also be noted that co-witnessing of iron sights is not necessary with the PA1X like it is with a red dot sight, because the ACSS Cyclops reticle is always visible regardless of battery voltage or even having a battery installed.
The Primary Arms 1X Compact Prism Scope with ACSS Cyclops reticle is the smart alternative to red dots for shooters with astigmatism or other eye issues, or shooters who want advanced ACSS reticle features in a true 1x optic. This product is covered by the Primary Arms Lifetime Warranty.
Ratings & Reviews
by James -
I have used a multitude of optics, and this by far is one of the best regardless of price. The glass is very clear with no tinting, and the adjustable diopter is a God send, even when wearing corrective lenses. The eye relief is exceptional, and when mounted properly, gives the same both eye open experience as a traditional holographic / red dot. There have been complaints about the reticle being too small. I feel this is a personal preference. I think the reticle is perfect, remember, this is a 1x optic, not a zoom optic. The reticle gives you the extra ability for sub-tensions when you take your time, but is small enough for quick on target shots (much like a 2 moa red dot). The fact that the reticle is etched is icing on the cake; batteries go dead, no worries. The complaints about not day light bright...again, it is an etched reticle, during daylight bright situations, the black reticle shows fine, in low light, the illumination excels!
1X Cyclops works well!
Great 1x optic with very crisp reticle! The ACSS reticle works really well...out to 50-75yds I use the chevron/ horseshoe like a red dot & it works great. For 100-200+ yards use the the chevron as a fine aim point and I can place shots quite accurately. Using the chevron features for >200yds requires lots of concentration on smaller targets but this is expected with a 1x. Was originally concerned that the reticle was too small but after two extended shooting sessions I’m really comfortable with it...even with 60yr old eyes plus glasses. The easy to use reticle, large field of view, and super clear glass will keep this optic on my AR carbine for the short to mid-range run & gun events. For the longer ranges will switch to the 3x PA which I really like too (& after using the Cyclops wish it also had the chevron rather than the center dot.....hint)
Damn good looking optic and built just right
by Mark -
I have astigmatism so this 1 power optic is like a red dot but better. View is clear and sharp. Reticle dot is perfect size. The optic is perfect size, almost the size of a Sig red dot, not heavy. Tough solid build and it comes with flip up covers. Dial up illumination to me is better than pressing + or - buttons.
by Scott -
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Dollar for dollar an excellent optic.
by Mark from Orlando -
I've been looking for and researching for an optic that could help with my eyesight issues. I love a red dot just as much as the next guy. But astigmatism got me. So I took a chance with a Zero Magnification Prism style optic known as the Cyclops from PA. Glad I did. Now I have a quick CQB optic with an etched reticle that provides BDC, eye focus adjustment, and illumination that I can count on even with eyesight issues, and if the battery runs out, I still have an optic. I gave it 4 stars to be fair because I have not taken it to the range but I suspect it will perform as promised and it has plenty of 5 star reviews as it should. Dollar for dollar, and excellent optic.
Add a KISS reticle option please.
by William Brooks
With the awesome glass, eye relief, and build quality. This is as close as anybody has gotten a prism scope to be like a red dot. It is so quick to get a good view of your target. I have one complaint, and that is the reticle. It may be great for some shooters, but I find it too busy for a 1x option. Plus, the limited brightness options makes it difficult to pick up on bright, sunny days in my opinion. If you had the KISS reticle as an option, with better illumination, Primary Arms would crush the 1x prism competition. Regardless of the reticle, I am glad I purchased this scope. Still, the reticle and limited brightness for direct sunlight shooting makes me wish that the KISS reticle was an option.
Built Tough, Built To Last
Absolutely love this prism scope. I have been running it on a 300 Blackout (after relpacing a red dot with it) for the last 4 months are so in everything from rain and mud to high winds and dust. In all conditions, it has performed flawlessly. Target acquisition is smooth, quick and snappy when I'm on the go giving me clear, crisp views of everything down range. The chevron tip is as clear as a bell and I no longer have to worry about how much battery life I have left as it can be run without illumination thanks to its etched reticle. In fact, I can count on one hand how may times I've had to use its illumination capabilities as the reticle works perfect without turning it on under normal to low light conditions. The 3 times I've actually turned on the illumination were in extremely low light conditions, and again, flawless. Built tough and built to last. Love it.
Built Tough, Built To Last
Absolutely love this prism scope. I have been running it on a 300 Blackout (after relpacing a red dot with it) for the last 4 months are so in everything from rain and mud to high winds and dust. In all conditions, it has performed flawlessly. Target aquisition is smooth, quick and snappy when I'm on the go giving me clear, crisp views of everything down range. The chevron tip is as clear as a bell and I no longer have to worry about how much battery life I have left as it can be run without illumination thanks to its etched reticle. In fact, I can count on one hand how may times I've had to use its illumination capabilities as the reticle works perfect without turning it on under normal to low light conditions. The 3 times I've actually turned on the illumination were in extremely low light conditions, and again, flawless. Built tough and built to last. Love it.
Wow! I was so impressed with this optic. The glass is clearer than my EOtech’s, and the etched reticle is very fine. The BDC is very useful, especially with a magnifier. The donut of death on the ACSS reticle makes quick shots to a torso sized target very easy. This optic replaced my Eotech XPS2. Very pleased with it. My only gripe is that it is not as durable. From light training, a dent formed on the top of the scope, making the threads for a sunshade unusable. I was not planning on getting a sunshade, so it doesn’t bother me, but it concerns me about whether this optic would hold out through a combat scenario. As a civilian no longer overseas, I don’t need to worry about that, but I like knowing my equipment is bombproof. For $239, you’re getting the best you can get in this price range, no doubt about it. You won’t regret picking this versatile, clear, well thought out optic!
by Curtis -
Great little optic made better when paired with a 3x magnifier. The "3000 hour battery life on a medium setting" however is a little misleading. 3 different brands of batteries, left at setting 5, I averaged 92 days or just a little over 2,200 hours. But 3 months of "set it and forget it" isn't bad at all. My astigmatism has made me transition away from standard red dots to LPVO's or prismatic sights and this optic works great for me
A 1X Mini ACOG at 1/4 The Price!
by Randy -
After using one on three different rifles the past few months I just bought two more. These are like a 1X mini acog, only with better features - adjustable illumination and adjustable diopter focus - at 1/4 the price!
Great Product! Great Price!
by Eugene -
This optic is solidly built. I can’t see anyone describing it as “fragile”. It is robust without presenting with excess weight.
<br>The factory supplied base is wonderful. I wouldn’t bother upgrading it. The entire setup has flawless fit and finish. Adjustments are firm.
<br>My sole concern is that the reticle is so profoundly small. The horseshoe is perfectly observable and does make a nice aiming point However, the chevron is difficult to see. I would like to see PA lose the horseshoe, and double the chevron. JMHO.
<br>I would not even think of returning the optic to PA due to my few concerns. I am likely to purchase an additional one for my AR15 .22LR upper.
Great help for those with an astigmatism and the BDC works as advertised
by Jim -
I have an astigmatism and though I'd give this 1X prism a try. It replaced an Aimpoint PRO on my 16" 5.56 rifle. I paired up the cyclops with a one of the new Holosun 3X magnifiers. Took it to the range and shot it out to 200 yds. The BDC works as advertised after a 50yd 0 with 64 grain .223 powerpoint ammo. Had a nice grouping of center mass hits out to the 8 ring on the target. The glass is very clear and the diopter lets you focus the reticle to your eye very easily. Definitely worth the money!
by chad -
This optic is very nice for the price. I will warn you that the etching on the reticle is very small, so do not be surprised if you thought it was going to be bigger. If your eyes are extremely good you will not care. But my eyes are not bad, just a little less than great. Not what they used to be. I can still make out the etching and hit what I want, but it is a little more difficult than I thought it would be. Other than that I love it so far.
Great, but the reticle is a little small.
Great optic. The reticle is smaller than I expected. I was thinking it'd be closer to the ACSS Holosun red dot, but it's a good bit smaller. That being said, quality is fantastic. I'd love to see a model down the road that introduced a larger reticle, and that had green illumination.
by Stephen -
As many have mentioned in previous reviews, the Cyclops is a well made and light weight optic with excellent glass. The reason I purchased the Cyclops is due to my difficulty in using a red dot sight. My eyes do not focus well on the projected red dot. The Cyclops solves that problem and more with the ACSS reticle. I will be buying more Cyclops in the future.
ACSS is a killer...
by IntelMerc -
Blah, blah, blah, it's the best etched reticle scope for the money. If it broke tomorrow, I'd buy another.
Defintely a Keeper!
by Christian -
I mounted this optic on a PSA AR-15 10.5 Pistol and out of the box the optic was zeroed for a 50/200 yard zero. Never had to open the turret caps! The glass is crystal clear and the supplied mount is solid. Thanks PA for making affordable products!!
Great but not Perfect
by John -
This is honestly the best available solution for a compact light weight CQC optic for those of us that have an astigmatism. Perfect size and weight, glass is clear. I am rating it 5 stars because it is currently the best option I know of but I think it has a few cons, The Illumination could be a lot brighter, it simply is not daylight visible at all, But the main thing that bugs me is the Reticle is Too Small... Essentially the Chevron is so tiny its practically a little dot. IMO the size of the Reticle makes the ACSS Ranging functionality useless, the cheveron is supposed to allow you to adjust for bullet drop but if you cannot see where the various points are at on the chevron then you cannot use it how it was meant to be used... I am hoping for a Cyclops II to be released in the future that addresses those 2 small gripes... The Reticle needs to be double the size it is.
A great alternative to a standard red dot!
by Jim -
Great option for us with vision issues (or not;))! I have an astigmatism and the diopter ring allowed sharp focusing of the reticle that fit my vision requirements. Sighting in was easy and the glass is very clear. Note - the OEM mount does not line up with a lower 1/3 co-witness ADM swing away mount I had on my PA LER 3X magnifier. The magnifier ended up about 1/4" higher than the top of the optic's rear sight ring. I had to buy the ADM absolute co-witness mount for the Cyclops so the magnifier would line up. Seems kind of counterintuitive but it worked. Once that was taken care of, adjusting the diopter ring on the magnifier brought the reticle clearly into view and looks almost as good as looking through the optic itself. Overall very happy and would buy again.
AR47 - 5/5 solid replacement for iron sights.
by Kevin -
I bought an AR47 upper with front sight for a questionably cheap price from a different site. Turns out, the front sight was crooked. But the rest of the parts were good, so I knocked it off and replaced the gas block.
<br>Then after verifying functionality, I got this. What a treat. Even with my mediocre vision, the chevron is crisp. With glasses, even better.
<br>Sighting in at about 50 yards, only took a few clicks on each knob. The tip of the chevron hits like a tack.
Good multi use scope.
by Pat -
I wanted a multi use optic for my patol rifle. It has survived being bounced around in a vehicle rack and impacts with solid objects. It has held zero through qualifications, CQB training, and off duty weekend ranges.
Wow. Love it.
by Brent -
The ACSS is not small! I am quite impressed. The chevron and the range estimation hashes are clearly visible and sharp from CQB - 400+ yards target acquisition—and accurate. It’s an awesome reticle. Simple and highly effective. The adjustable diopeter focus ring really makes a difference and anyone can fine tune the focus to their eye(s).<br><br>Anyone who complains about “daylight reticle brightness” is seriously over exaggerating. The black reticle contrasts all dark and bright foliage from greens, browns, reds, yellows and in betweens. So far, there hasn’t been much of a scenario that needed illumination. Obvi perserving battery life exponentially. However I can see for dusk/dawn scenarios or building/room clearing the illumination being a huge plus. I’ve cleared my house numerous times to test this out. You’re welcome.
Great little RDS replacement w/adjustable diaopter
by Ruins -
Built like a brick. Fast to pick up daytime with no illum. Glass quality seems to be better than other PA scopes, and they’re fine. A blessing for people with astigmatism and need a adjustable diaopter. Uses t1 mounts. Bang for buck 9/10.
Another 5 Star Review
by Cole -
I have this mounted on a Sig 556R (7.62x39) using a low mount I had laying around. (Compatibility with T1 type mounts a BIG plus.) The glass is very clear and the reticle and target are both sharper than I get with my astigmatism and a red dot. Bullet drop is right on at 300. The illumination isn't quite "daylight bright" in the AZ sun but the black reticle works great for most targets. There is the possibility of a dark target where the reticle won't be as easy to see. In that case you can use the illumination. The 1X is close enough that shooting both eyes open is very natural. Some have complained that the turret cap tethers can bind so you have to hold the tether while you are screwing the caps off or on. Since you should only have to do this when you zero it seems like a trivial matter.