Primary Arms Gen II 3X Compact Prism Scope - Illuminated ACSS CQB-M2 5.56 Reticle
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- Removable spacer allows the scope to be used on a variety of rifle platforms
- ACSS 5.56 CQB-M2 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
- Removable M1913 picatinny top rail for accessories or piggy-backed red dot sights
- Generous 10.3mm exit pupil allows for a bright and forgiving eye box
- 31.5ft field of view at 100 yards provides easier tracking of mobile targets
- 2.7" - 3.0" of eye relief
- 1/4 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 carry handle mounts
- Protected by a lifetime warranty
The heart of our tough Gen II 3X Prism Scope is the ACSS 5.56 CQB-M2 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 PAC3X Gen II has even greater flexibility than ever before. The modular base includes a spacer allowing it to be configured for AR-15 / AR10 or AK-47 / AK-74 pattern rifles with ease. The included thumbscrew mount can also be removed and replaced with any mount that accepts AR-15 carry handle-type optics. The top rail, perfectly suited for your favorite accessories or piggy-backed red dots, can also be removed for a slick look and reduced weight. The PAC3X offers the perfect amount of magnification to balance close quarters speed with hits at medium range, in a flexible and durable package.
Ratings & Reviews
Seriously Good Optic for the Price
by Nick -
Once you understand this optic and USE it, it is amazing. Great reticle, wish there was a bit more eye relief though. Good for astigmatism which was what drew me to it. Once you learn the optic, you can effectively use it as a 1x with both eyes open if you train your eyes to look "through" the optic. and superimpose the reticle in your vision. The stock mount was good but I bought a Larue ACOG mount for it to move it further back for my kind of eye relief(I dont like my head bent over too much). I would HIGHLY recommend this 3x to anyone. Ive used it out to around 400-500yards still seeing hits.
Zeroed as installed out of box...
I ordered the Gen 1 version optic several months ago, but due to health issues only now got out to the ranger to try it. It was dead on right out of the box on my AR15 carbine. I love the ACSS reticle, and my brother was impressed as well.
Great glass, great field of view and the big bright ACSS reticule is great. Being right handed and left eye dominant makes both eyes open shooting difficult, but the big bright ACSS is an eye magnet and both eyes open is a breeze. Like others have said, if regular red dot sights donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work for you this is a winner.
Just Do It!
I don't get the negative reviews people have posted about this optic. TBH I had my apprehensions too when I first mounted it, but once I took it out to the range and shot it ALOT all that went away. You really need range time behind this scope to really appreciate it. I don't know exactly how to describe it, but the reticle is literally perfect. It's good for CQB and it literally draws your eye in for the longer shots. That's the part I can't describe, but I figure "draws your eye in" is the best way to state it. Again, you need to thoroughly give this optic a try. Don't just mount it and point at things in your living room. Take it out and shoot it at both short and long distances. This thing is only 3x but will get you out there to distance VERY WELL. Can't say enough good things. Give it a shot!
Great for astigmatism
I really like this optic, especially with my astigmatism. The one thing I am going to ding it for, and I would hope they will change on the next generation of these optics, is to move the mount farther forward. This will allow more overhand on the back end to get over the BUIS. I am a big guy and because of the shorter eye relief, the t-slot I wanted to index the optic on was too close to the MBUS sight. I had to get a different rear sight to allow the optic to clear the BUIS and give me the proper eye relief.
Reticle WAY to SMALL
Awesome construction, great feel and surprisingly lightweight but unfortunately the eye relief is horrible and the ACSS reticle is far to small to be usable, I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make out the center dot at all and the holds were just barely visible but still unusable. I did follow the instructions and adjust the rear diopter, no help at all. I was really hoping this was going to be the scope I had heard so many great things about but it fell short.
Perfect compact scope for exactly what I needed
Fair Quality, Exceptional Service
Purchased this after reading many favorable reviews on the ACSS etched reticle. Primary Arms shipped very fast. Upon receipt and review, the scope itself seemed to be decent quality. It is a heavy piece. The picatinny rail looked cheap and was glued on. Dried glue was visible underneath the rail and had oozed out and dried along the based of the rail on one side. This looked cheap and tacked on - literally. Glass was clear. Illumination on the reticle was decent - and visible from both ends of the scope. The ACSS etched reticle is tiny. If you are over the age of 40, it is very likely you are not going to be able to use this reticle due to its tiny size. I didn't care for the tiny reticle and 3x magnification, so returned it to Primary Arms. Primary Arms was outstanding with fast shipping and also with the return and refund. I can highly recommend Primary Arms as a retailer. Unfortunately, this scope did not work out for me.
Over 1,000 shots fired as of today. Rugged, solid and consistent adjustments. Clarity exceeds expectations for the price. Not bad for CQB--takes some practice because it isn't the same as 1x but that's a training issue. Only one thing, could be improved: illumination. Hold-overs worked very well with federal xm193. With a new battery, on 11, it is insufficient for bright sunlight. We set targets out at 50, 100, 200 & 300 yards--training for Short Range Tactical Rifle. The center chevron/dot is not easy to see on targets that are not white; slows down shots--not sure if it will work for competition. (I want to try it with an all-around Infantry sight, for gits and shiggles.)
I love this scope
by Coach Barry
I looked at the price and read all the reviews I could find so I placed my order. Primary Arms did not disappoint! Wow! Everything about this item is top notch. Received it in 2 days, mounted it in less than 5 minutes and fell in love with the reticle in 2 seconds. I plan on mounting one on both of my other uppers. If you have been considering an AR optic, this is the one you want.
First Time Out
I mounted this on my new AR 556. Shooting at 50 yards it was dead on target, no adjustments needed. My friend could not believe it. I shot 30 rounds and the accuracy was great. I would definitely recommend this scope to anyone wanting a Red Dot as you get all the advantages of a Red Dot and the distance advantages of a regular scope. I love it and would definitely purchase again.
I received my 3X Compact today. Followed the instructions and used "blue" Loctite on all threads. Adjusted the scope to show a clear reticle. It was easily mounted and adjusted. The only issue I have is I can see the front sight below the reticle. It is easy enough to ignore once I began using the reticle. The quality of construction is very good and the reticle is amazing. Definitely worth the money.
Primary Arms is changing the industry.
I believe this to be the best optic in the affordable prism scope category. The clarity is very nice and more than enough for 3x magnification. The eye relief and eye box are more forgiving than the specs would suggest and I'm able to find the reticle in awkward shooting position. The large outer horseshoe speeds up target acquisition by a lot and makes the BAC viable with this optic. I believe with dedicated practice, the speed of of a 1x optic can be achieved. Illumination is very bright and visible in daylight.
Primary Arms is changing the industry.
by Sean Townsend
I believe this is the best prism optic on the market if you take the Trijicon ACOG and Leupold HAMR out of contention. This optic goes head to head with the Vortex Spitfire 3x and the Burris AR-332, and it wins with the ACSS reticle. The glass is much better than the price point suggests and is more than clear enough for the role it performs at 3x magnification. I found the eye relief more forgiving than the posted specs suggest. I'm able to see the reticle on target in a lot of akward shooting positions, such as rollover prone. While it is not as good in this regard as the legendary TA-33 ACOG, it's damn close and workable. I'd go so far to say that if you have severe astigmatism and red dots are not workable, and you don't want to pony up for a mini-ACOG, this is your optic right here. The brilliant ACSS CQB reticle bridges the gap on speed very nicely. I'd like to see PA partner with Trijicon to put this reticle in a TA-33, or release a Platinum series of prism optics.
Completed my rifle
by Bryce H
I bought this a few months ago and waited til now to give it a honest review from experience. This is a great little scope. It's built like a tank. Seems very durable. Definite waterproof construction. The included mount is solid. This scope is compatible with Acog mounts if you want QD function. The ACSS reticle is a nice feature if you shoot distances. 3x magnification provides you with CQB ability, as well as engaging targets out to 600 yards if need be. I'm able to get sub-MOA groups at 100 yards with the rifle benched. PA makes a 5x model as well.
Excellent quality for the price. Crystal clear glass, etched reticle is flawless. Easy to mount. Easy to zero in. After sighting in on my AR, I took it deer hunting. Head shot on a doe at 75 yards, bullet placement was right where I aimed. Great scope for close and mid range shooting. I have not tested out the range feature of the reticle, but I have to imagine it works as advertised. I'm very impressed with this compact scope for the price. It's a great value for the budget enthusiast. You will not find anything better for less than $300
Well Designed And Good Quality
First and most importantly, its very rugged. I left it out in the rain for about an hour, then proceeded to throw and drop it about 2-3 dozen times. No exaggeration. Believe me folks, these were big drops, huge. Fabulous drops, and lots of them. (most were more like throws) After all that, I checked zero, and I did get a small shift. Less than 1 MOA. I almost didn't notice it. Considering how much I beat the crap out of it, that's still a pass. The glass is pretty decent. Eye relief is very nice, especially compared to other prism scopes I've looked at. Perfect for the LOP on ARs. Illumination is daylight visible as advertised, and is also dim enough for night time. Use loctite and do not over tighten. Overall I am very happy with the performance of this scope. I'll give PA strong consideration in the future for optics.
by Brendo - Las Vegas
Bought this through Amazon :) and it's an awesome add on to my M&P 15 Sport 2 that I bought here. The only complaint I have on this is the cheapo kind of mount but does the job anyway, holds zero for more than 250 rounds put out. I flip the mount so the nuts is on the right side of the rifle that way less change to snag on my clothes.
The Common Man's ACOG
The price is right for this nice piece of glass. I have mine atop an ADM QD mount (I highly recommend this) and it has performed flawlessly. Glass: clear, illumination: bright, build quality: solid, reticle: fast/ accurate/ useful. Trust me, when you lift this sucker up you know there is some metal there. This isn't some rebranded Barska POS, this is what a budget optic is meant to be. Planning to put the soon to be released PA micro red dot on it that was announced at this year's shot show.
This is an Excellent scope
by Love Primary Arms
I previously purchased the Primary Arms 5x scope which is awesome so I had no reservations about ordering the 3x. But I'm really impressed with the 3x. I bought it for the reticle which is the best on the market for a short to mid range AR hands down. The 5x has a little bit of a soda straw effect when looking through it at extended ranges nothing wrong with the scope itself. I think it's just the physics behind a prism sight. But the 3x is perfect a wide and crisp field of view. On my 20" AR I can see just a hint of shadow from the front sight base but it is not at all distracting. All the controls work perfectly. And it's a very well designed and put together sight just like the 5x. When you take it out of the box you feel like you actually bought something of value. But again the reticle is by far the best thing going for an AR. A large halo for close range yet uncluttered for mid to long range. With an American Defense QD mount this set up is really neat.
Was easy to sight in and it seems to have kept its adjustments. I use it to shoot 100 to 200 yards the most and it has been good
but needs new base like 762Great optic but when using on a 5.45 AK it sits too high. Not sure why the 7.62 model has a removable riser and this doesnt. If this did it would easily make it one of the best ak74 optics available bow it's limited to an ar or an uncomfortable cheek weld
Rugged CLEAR glass amazing reticle (on or off) fast for CQB excellent for distance positive clicks for illumination/windage/elevation. I have owned EoTechs and Aimpoints and for the money I am more satisfied with this scope and the Primary Arms Micro Dot than ANY EoTech or Aimpoint. EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT!
Vortex has got nothin' on you guys...I have the Spitfire and just purchased this one....Anybody want to buy a Spitfire so I can get another one of these???!!! LOL!
Just got it
Ok let me start by saying primary arms has the best shipping dept iv ever used now the box is nice take out the scope looks great the flip up covers are good seal up well and flip up strong and can be opened with one finger the brightness control knob has a nice grip to it and positive if not audible clicks the turet covers have the same grip and are now tethered to the scope an improvement over the 2.5x the glass now im far from an expert but i find it to be quit crisp and clear the reticle on the other hand is perfection so clear and sharp illuminated or not its real nice and im very happy i spent the money and even for twice the price i really dont think you can be beat it haven't shot it yet as the rifle i purchased it for isnt even shipping yet