Primary Arms Silver Series Compact 2.5x32 Prism Scope - ACSS-CQB-M1
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The Primary Arms 2.5X Compact Prism Scope with ACSS CQB-M reticle is the lightweight, do-everything scope you've been looking for. The low 2.5X magnification and bright illuminated reticle allow for fast, both-eyes-open shooting at close range, while the ACSS CQB-M reticle allows for easy hits on targets out to an impressive 600 yards. Whether you're looking for a new scope for competition, hunting, or plinking, why look any further?
- ACSS 5.56 CQB-M reticle has BDC and ranging out to 600 yards with 5.56 NATO, .223 Remington, 5.45x39mm, and .308 Winchester
- Fully illuminated reticle is visible even in bright daylight
- Optional M1913 Picatinny top rail for piggy-backed red dot sights
- Generous 10.16mm exit pupil allows for a bright sight picture and forgiving eye box
- 37.5ft field of view at 100 yards provides easier tracking of mobile targets
- 2.7" of eye relief
- 1/2 MOA turret clicks are tactile and audible for easy zeroing
- Tough prism scope is waterproof, fog resistant, and shockproof
- Durable Type II hardcoat anodized black finish
- Compatible with standard AR15 carry handle mounts
- Protected by a 1-year warranty
The heart of our tough 2.5X Prism Scope is the ACSS 5.56 CQB-M reticle that combines ranging, wind leads, moving target leads, and ballistic drop compensation out to 600 yards. The outer horseshoe of the glass etched reticle is used for close quarters engagement, simply place the generous semi-circle on the target and run with it! Each side of the horseshoe also has our integrated ranging system. Place the bottom of the target on the bottom rung and range up. If you know your targets are roughly 18 inches wide, they can be ranged on the side Auto Range system, or directly on the BDC hold overs! Two dots on either side of the inner horseshoe offer a moving target lead moving with an average speed of 8.6 MPH. Each step of the BDC system includes a 5 MPH wind hold, drastically improving first hit probability at any range. As an added bonus, the glass etched reticle does not require batteries or illumination, but 11 brightness settings (including daylight bright) allow for fast acquisition in close quarters, or enhanced visibility in fading light, powered by a common CR2032 battery!
The PAC2.5X offers mounting flexibility to suit your needs. The included thumbscrew 1913 MIL-STD Picatinny mount can be removed and replaced with any mount that accepts AR-15 carry handle-type optics, or simply so you can mount the 2.5x Prism Scope directly to an AR-15 style carry handle. Optionally, shooters can add an M1913 picatinny rail to the top of the optic to piggyback a red dot back up sight. The PAC2.5X offers the perfect amount of magnification to balance close quarters speed with hits at medium range, in a flexible and durable package.
Ratings & Reviews
I had this scope for several months before I took it to the range. The reason it took so long was because I was abit disappointed in the reticle. I figured I'd keep it due to the quality that I'm used to from PA. I finally got around to taking it out and man this thing rocks for target acquisition. It's faster, at cqb, than any scope I've owned.....Spitfire, PA 1x6, aimpoint etc. It's tough and durable. A bit larger than I expected but no bigger than my vortex spitfire 3x and to be honest I cannot tell the difference in magnification between the two. This scope is a great scope but the price puts it at excellent.
what I think
by ANTHONY -
Hello,<br>I have been to a few gun shows that featured some PA scopes and I was not overly impressed at the time. However, the price it listed for online got me thinking differently. Reading the reviews from others, I took the chance. I can safely say that it was a really good gamble. The first chance I could, I took it to the range, zeroed and shot with it. My impression is the glass is clear, the reciticle is really cool and it was really easy to zero. I did not torture test it, nor did I do anything that was beyond a semi normal day at the range. So far after about 100rds there has not been any issues. The firearm I have it on is a AR pistol build in 7.62x39. The maximum range I shot out to was only a 100yrds and I was able to hit where I aimed. I believe that the only real limits to this scope will be myself and length of the barrel which is 7.5in. <br>I would buy again.
Just Buy It
by For Honor -
This is my very first PA product, and I am happy I purchased it! Especially for the outstanding sale price, with FREE shipping! If you buy, you won't regret it!
Good scope, AWESOME support!
by Robby -
The 5 stars are for the AWESOME tech support and fast response of that support. On the scope alone I would give a 4.5 The reticle is some what smaller than I expected so good eyesight is a big plus with this scope.
Very good hunting optic for AR-15
This is a great fixed magnification prism scope. I have this on a 16" barreled 7.62x39 upper I use for pig hunting. Really like the lighted reticle, especially when hunting at night and using green LED flashlights. Rugged without being too heavy. Clear optic. This makes for a good hunting optic out to 300 yards. After that, I'm needing more than 2.5x.
Perfect for my 10.5" Pistol
by Sean P.
Picked this 2.5X prism up from an authorized local dealer, and I just love it. The glass and reticle are clear and sharp. It works great in the day without any illumination. Inside at the range where it is darker, I turn up the reticle illumination to about 4 and it is more than enough. This thing goes up to 11 - and it is on-fire red at that point.
<br>Zeroing the scope took all of 10 rounds. I plan to take it out past 100 yards this weekend.
<br>As others have suggested, the two bolts that secure the mounting base are unreasonably loose, from the factory. It is MANDATORY that you use a liberal application of BLUE thread-locker on that connection. I've not needed any thread-locker on the cross-bolt nuts as of yet. I am looking into an American Defense or MI ACOG QD mount. The two-hole base mounting footprint on this scope is the same as these ACOG mounts.
Works great for my Bushmaster/Bear Creek 6.5 Grendel
Put it on a Bear Creek Arsenal 6.5 Grendel 16" upper. Zeroed at 50yds, hitting 1.7" high at 100yds. Works great.
It's great for midrange
The scope itself absolutely awesome. this magnification scope is not for 600 yards. Trying to put the bullet comp drop dots on a Target at that range with this magnification is unnecessarily difficult. I would suggest getting the 5× magnification.. but this is the perfect medium range scope. It is perfect for what I use it for
This sight would be perfect with loctite
by Jef -
Sighted this sight in the day after buying it. Great sight,hands down one of the best values out there. Do yourself a favor and loctite the base to the scope before you send a single round down range though. It rattled loose after about 10 rounds. After that issue was resolved it dead on accurate.
Spend Your Money
by G. L. -
I'm gonna get the negatives out of the way first... The lens caps are poor quality compared to the rest of the optic. The mounting screws can vibrate loose pretty easily under sustained fire (this is why we have Loctite however). Also, the eye relief is a little tight for me.
<br>Everything else about this optic is pure gold. Clear glass with great light transmission, solid adjustment knobs, excellent reticle with quality illumination. Sharp, audible clicks when you adjust. The dual-purpose reticle is very easy to acquire (even without illumination) and is perfect for close- to mid-range shooting. It definitely gets tougher past 300yds, but that isn't really what this optic is designed for. While it's not an ACOG, it competes very well... Not to mention that it only costs 20-30% of what an ACOG runs. If you need a good all-around optic, get one. You will not be disappointed.
This is a great optic. I put on my AR pistol and had no issues getting a great group at 100 yards. I will buy another for my next build.
Great all around optic
by Jakob -
Great optic. Went thru a whole patrol rifle class for work. Held zero, awesome clarity for the price, the reticle was outstanding with the EO Tech like donut of death. Relatively lighweight as well. Eye relief isnt super forgiving, and battery life could be better. Still overall, I would trust my life to it
Impressed with this prism scope.
I have never tried a fixed power prism optic, this was my first. I really liked how from CQB out to 200 yard I was fast on target with a clear view. I did not have to to wrestle with my glasses or strain my eyes to get a clear image from the primary 2.5. Having the ACSS reticle also adds to the capability of ranging and going long. I will be purchasing more primary arms prism scopes in the future over red dots.
by Coach Barry -
I installed this optic on my 5.56 10.5" pistol AR and after 18 rounds, I was hitting steel targets at 300 and then 400 yards. Unbelievable results! The glass is clear and the reticle is sharp. Love it!
BUY IT! You will not regret it.
by Eduardo -
This is an oustanding scope for the price. It’s illuminated with an etched reticle. This little sight is great and 2.5x is perfect for anything under 200 yards(that’s as far as my range is but can easily pushed farther). I’ve used this on 556 ar pistols as well as .22 ar pistols with conversion kits and it has any failed after a few thousand rounds. It also works with acog mounts so you can get a qd mount if that’s what you’re into.
Good Scope; Good Value!
by ALVAH -
One cautionary note: If you mount an optic and try it - the only way you'll know if it works for you - PA will consider it "USED" and WILL NOT accept a return unless it is DEFECTIVE!
<br>Barring that, this is an exceptional value, and far better at taarget acquisition at any range than the two Holosun red dots I purchased previously.
<br>Out of the box was 3/4" off at 132 yards, which is simply unheard of.
<br>Will be purchasing another one, now that I know what works.
<br>Optics crystal clear; easy, crisp reticle; excellent target acquisition from 30 feet to 150 yards; and, overall a flawless piece of equipment.
If you are on the fence, BUY IT! You won't be disappointed.
by AL -
1) They REALLY ship FAST!
<br>2) They stand behind their products.
<br>3) This is an excellent product.
<br>Out of the box, 132 yards, 3/4 inch low and left with a 14.5" barrel on a 5.56. This is simply unheard of. Field of view is crisp from 50 yards to 150, I use +3 reading glasses, the diopter adjustment was more than sufficient to bring everything into CRISP clarity.
<br>Only negative I can say is it lacks sufficient eye relief to allow BUIS....but then again, I never powered it up, and would have no question about using it for rapid target acquisition from 15 feet to 150 yards, so why do I need them? If the battery dies - unless it is at night, where your BUIS is useless anyway - you are at no disadvantage.
Super easy to sight in
by Jim -
Got this scope for my AR. Went to the range and after 4 sets of 3 shots each (12 total rounds) I was shooting dead on.... Can't miss the steel target at 125 Yds. Awesome product and shipping seemed fast too.
Well worth the cash
These things are very well worth the money. I have 3. 1 on a 8" 458 SOCOM and it holds it's zero after 60ish rounds, the same for the ones on the 10.5" and 7.5" 300 BlackOuts I have. The 2.5 magnification really helps out. I might be getting another 1 or 3 for my other builds.
by Steve R. -
This prism covers all the good points- price, clarity, ruggedness, repeatable adjustments, awesome reticle. It's a little heavy, but that's no more than a minor complaint.
As good as it gets.
by Daniel -
I have had one of these for a while and I am giddy with excitement waiting for them to go on sale again as I plan to buy two or three more. <br><br>I have abused the snot out of this optic and it simply performs flawlessly. It offers near instant CQB engagement and still lets me reach out past 300yds with great confidence. <br><br>The prismatic construction lets you adjust the optic to your vision with no threat of optical distortion. In addition the ACSS Reticle is super effective and it weights less than most any competitive product at any price. <br><br>The only way to do better than this means you will need to drop round 8x the price and even then its simply not worth the extra money as I figure I have better things to spend it on. <br><br>Simply world class.
by Max -
Outstanding optic for a DMR Build. Crystal clear when looking through. The magnification is perfect for both close and far shooting. You can shoot this with both eyes open or one eye closed, your preference. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a crystal clear magnified optic who doesn't wanna spend tons of money.
The scope sells itself, if you get past the namegame.
by M. C.
The P/A 2.5 and the CQB ACSS reticle is amazing. I'm using the flash hider. I suggest upgrading the caps, if you can figure out the size. What's unique is how QUICKLY you can pick up your target. It draws your eye to the target. My 3rd season using it. The etching is incredibly beautiful and precise. I've yet to fully use all the built in functions of the reticle. Also, very durable. It's taken 2 significant drops with no damage other than a few scratches.
PA Delivers another solid optic
by Guy -
I had bought other ACOG style Primary Arms optics before I got this one, (One in x3 and another in x5) so I had high expectations for this one. It met those expectations and then some. The optic is small and light weight, with nice-clear glass (Not Trijicon quality, but close) and solid construction that would give me confidence in it to survive being thrown off a building. It's a great fit for my Beretta CX4 Carbine.
Works nicely on my SBR!
by Matt S -
Great optic, I use it on a 11.5" SBR with silencer. I used this optic to take the place of an Aimpoint Red Dot and 3x Magnifier. The etched glass is great since a dead battery doesn't mean that you are out of business. The dots are very small which can be a challenge but I think I can manage. I am working on the holdover at 100 and then 200 yards since the barrel is shorter than what it was designed for. Overall its holding up well and I think its a good deal.