Primary Arms Classic Series 4-16x44mm SFP Rifle Scope - Illuminated MIL-DOT
The Primary Arms 4-16x scope is a second focal plane scope featuring an illuminated Mil-Dot reticle for ranging targets at 16x magnification. Locking turrets with resettable zero give audible and tactile 1/4 MOA clicks. A side mounted parallax adjust knob keeps the reticle parallax free and the target image sharp at extended ranges. This tough scope is shockproof, water and fog resistant, and comes with a 1-year warranty.
- Illuminated Mil-Dot reticle
- 12 brightness settings
- 4-16x magnification
- Second focal plane design
- Includes Butler Creek flip caps
- Objective lens: 31
- Eye: 20
- Shock proof, waterproof, and fog proof
- 1 year warranty
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Ratings & Reviews
I can't believe it's this good
I purchased this scope to put on an AR15 that I built for Coyote hunting. I wanted an optic that had some range to it, good FOV, an illuminated reticle (I do most of my hunting early in the day or late in the evening, when the dogs are returning/leaving from hunting), and something that wouldn't break the bank. This scope fits my needs perfectly. It's been on my rifle for 2 seasons so far, and it's been through below zero weather, freezing rain, snow, torrential downpour, and high wind dusty conditions, and it has never once given me any trouble. It holds zero perfectly, the reticle comes on every time, windage and elevation adjustments are quick and easy to make, and the glass has stayed at every magnification. I've compared this to my Vortex Viper PST ($1000) and a buddies Nightforce ($1500), and it performs just as well. The other optics have better glass, but not so much better that it justifies the price difference. I'll be purchasing Primary optics from here on out.
Good scope, Great support!
by John -
The scope has performed well on 6.5 Grendel and 450 Bushmaster. Being a SFP the mil dots do NOT change with magnification, so if you plan to use them make sure you are at max magnification. The illuminated reticle is critical for shooting black hogs in low light.
<br>I recently had a problem with my scope, and Primary Arms went above and beyond to stand behind this product. I'll be buying more from them in the future.
Great scope. As expected.
Simply put best 16x I’ve ever bought under 200$. It’s not dripping with features but nice mil dot reticle turrets that track as good as scopes costing 4x’s as much very clear glass all the adjustment knobs are smooth parallax is very nice. I actually purchased mine as an open box so I practically stole it at 119$. Wish they’d make this scope and their 1-4x with the acss reticle. Love my 4-14x Orion but this 4-16x in second focal plane would be impossible to beat with an acss reticle. Originally bought this for a hunting scope but I’ve since moved it to my 6.5 Creedmoor ar10 for target shooting
by Mike J. -
Bought this scope a year ago and mounted it on My Savage A-17 target thumbhole 17 hmr.
<br>It was shooting ragged hole 5 shot groups at 100 yards. Last month while shooting it at the range the crosshairs canted to the left about 20 degrees. Very disappointed the scope did this only after a year of light use on a low recoil rifle. I emailed primary arms customer service and within 2 days had a return set up. I shipped it back and in less than a week I had a new one delivered to me. I just mounted it tonight back on the 17hmr. Looking forward to sighting it in and hoping this one will hold up for me. I will review further after some use.
Got this mounted on my 6.5 Creed and sighted in today.
<br>I zero my scopes the way I was taught in the 1960s....rifle on bag, bolt out, look through barrel at 100 yard paper...hold rifle while adjusting cross hairs onto paper....insert round and bolt, take a shot. With a good scope...it never takes over 3-4 rounds to zero....anyway works for me. This was on paper first shot. Low 8 inches, right 3 inches. Adjusted scope, 2nd shot was 1" high and 1/2" left....adjusted scope....next 3 shots where dime size and exactly where I want them.... Done zeroing....which was all I wanted to accomplish today since it was 15 degrees here in MN.... I will be buying another one of these...I have high-dollar Nightforce, Vortex and Swarovski....is this equal to them? Nope....but why put a $2500 scope on a $200 TC Compass if I can use a nice Primary Arms that gives me this kind of accuracy?
PRIMARY ARMS 4-16 X 44 MM
I own 1 PRIMARY ARMS scopes 4-16x44. Great scopes. I have it on my 30/06 savage. It has never failed me yet. I Never hesitate to recommend these scope to people. Im going to buy 2 more of them. I all ready have the sun shade for them. You can't bet these scope. Thank you PA.
Perfect for the Range!
by Peter K. -
So I originally bought one of these for my Diamondback DB10 .308 and was so happy with it, that I had to get another one for my savage axis.
<br>This scope is a BARGAIN for the price. The glass quality is crisp, with some minor blurriness when you get up into the 14-16 magnification, but for under $200 the visibility is wonderful.
<br>The turrets are firm with nice positive clicks, and not having to unscrew a cap to adjust is very convenient, just pull up, adjust and push down (and they feel very secure when they are pushed down, I don't worry about them popping up or moving out of place) and the parallax adjustment is a welcome feature.
<br>I don't use the illuminated reticle much, but it has 11 brightness levels so if you're shooting in low light conditions I'm sure you can find a brightness that fits for you.
<br>I can't speak to rugged durability, but for recreational shooting, this optic is absolutely amazing. 10/10 would recommend.
Solid Scope, Excellent Value
by AR Hound
I put one of these on my 223 AR last year, and I like it so much that I put a 2nd one on my 308 bolt gun.
<br>The scope controls operate smoothly, the windage and elevation turrets are solid, and I can actually see the cross hairs move in the FOV when adjusting them. The locking feature is nice.
<br>The side focus/parallax is very touchy, especially at higher magnification, but it brings the sight picture in to focus nicely.
<br>The illuminated reticle is nice for low light conditions, and takes a standard 2032 coin battery.
<br>I'm very impressed with the quality and price of Primary Arms.
BUDGET MEDIUM RANGE OPTIC
by Ryan Rauch
I got this scope as an interim optic for my savage 10fp after trading off the vortex viper that it wore previously. It has been 100% functional for me. The glass isn't perfect but it has gotten me to 1000 yards and back. This is by no means a top tier competitor but for $160 there is not another scope I would even consider. The only thing I had a problem with was when dialing to 1000 yards the first time (~36 moa under 100 yard zero) the elevation turret started coming up tight at one spot then was fine after pushing past it. Overall, for the price I am 100% satisfied with the purchase of this scope and I would not hesitate to buy another in the future.
Best 160$ scope made
by Jim Clarke
OK. My other budget scope is a 459$ dollar SWFA SS 10X42. Comparing g the 2 would be moot but as a budget comparison dollar for dollar this scope is exceptional. Glass is good and it tracks well. And has held zero for 427 Rds. I haven't used a scope this well at this price point and it out performs some more expensive. Pleasantly surprised. Ordered another one. This one's on a 30.06. not a recoil friendly gun and it's on point.
Worth the money
So far so good. Haven't had the chance to shoot it or zero it in yet. Out of the box it feel very sturdy and robust. Materials feel and look nice as well. The glass looks clear with illumination on or off. The eye relief isn't too bad a few inches.
I bought this scope a couple years ago after reading a "sniper thread" online, several people had used one. Mounted it on a .17 WSM and i love it. Tracks perfectly, and returns to zero as if i never changed the turrets. Glass is clear for a scope in the $160 price range...I've killed over 65 groundhogs and one coyote with this scope on this gun, from 5 yards to 308 yards and the majority around 200 yards. I gave it 4 stars because its not perfect, after looking through the scope for hours, i can see the imperfections on the inside of the tube..that's being picky but i'm a perfectionist. I love this scope
Really all this for 160 bucks?
I am really impressed! I bought this as a fill in for a new long range rifle in 6.5 creedmore. I planned on using this as a scope until I can save up the money for one that is higher dollar. Why the hell would I do that? This thing is great easy easy zero great tracking and looks like it is made really well. High end features like the side focus/parallax adjustment and the illuminated mil-dot is crisp and clear. The glass is really clear as well. I'm going to use that other money for Ammo! Buy it you won't be disappointed.
A couple of recommendations
I've reviewed this model before so I won't go into it again. But 3 things I would like to see offered on this scope. 1) non illuminated reticle (hardly ever use it. (2. Built in power ring throw lever. (3. Included sun shade.(even if price jumps a bit)
This scope just plain works.
I own 3 PA scopes 2 4-16x44 and the new 22 scope with ACSS. Great scopes for the money. Never hesitate to recommend them to people.
Generic instructions were completely useless. Scope was delIvered with both adjusting turrets inoperable.
The Best PA scope almost
I love this scope. I have it mounted on a Springfield M1A NM with a Basset mount and Warne rings. The tracking works the side focus is pretty much dead on it handles the recoil of the .308/7.62 (which isn't much since it's a semi auto piston system) the reticle is thin and the locking/zeroing turrets are great. I do have a couple dislikes. 1. I wish it was Mil/Mil and 2. I have no use for the illuminated reticle and would like it removed to cut down on weight/obtrusiveness. I guess the illuminator dial acts as a storage compartment for a CR2032 battery but that's about it. I also like the fact that this scope is 16X vs all the other 14X scope PA makes. PA please make a 4-16X Mil/Mil scope without the illumination. I even like some of your new reticles although I feel that the standard USMC mil-dot reticle is good enough. Thanks
Great scope on my custom mosin
Great scope on my custom mosin shooting at 600yards. Here's the video of it https://youtu.be/YlePM3PDEvo?t=123
Awesome bang for the buck
nice scope for the price
by Paul Caudill
So far I'm really happy with this scope. It's not the clearest one I've owned, but for the price I'm not sure your gonna get much better
So Far So Good...
Glass is clear, turrets "click solid" and lock well. Very happy with the product and the price.
Surprising budget scope
Great overall. Ourstanding quality. Surprising performance for a budget scope. Mounted on a rem 700 tactical aac-sd.-SP
Hard to beat.
Another great optic from PA. It's not a night force, but just as clear and solid as any $400-500 scope i've used. Cheers
Good scope, clear lenses, appears to hold zero, and you can't beat the price!
Great value, but what zoom power are the mil dots calibrated for? I have heard 10x, 14x, and 16x, but am not sure which one