Primary Arms SLx MD-25 Rotary Knob 25mm Microdot with 2 MOA Red Dot Reticle
- IV8888 Reviews Primary Arms SLx MD-25
This rifle scope is part of our SLx optics line. SLx optics built our reputation for innovation, reliability and value. All SLx optics undergo rigorous field-testing during development to best serve you in any environment.
The humble microdot is a hard-to-beat package when you want speed without adding a lot of weight to your firearm. The venerable 30mm red dot is a great option for shooters who prefer to have speed AND a wide field of view through their optic. The SLx MD-25 is here to offer the perfect balance between the two with a compact design that weighs barely 2 ounces more than a standard microdot, yet offers the same field of view as a 30mm red dot! Add in super bright, daytime illumination, an up to 50,000-hour battery life, and our next generation ruggedized micro mount and you'll see how we're pushing the envelope for fast, lightweight optics!
- Wide field of view
- Compact, lightweight, and durable
- Crisp 2 MOA red dot
- Up to 50,000 hour battery life (5+ years) at medium setting
- Uses one CR2032 battery (included)
- Next generation ruggedized mounting system
- Includes risers and spacers for mounting to 0.96”, 1.41”, 1.54”, or 1.64” central height
- Compatible with standard micro mounts
- Fully multi-coated anti-reflective lenses
- 12 Illumination settings for bright days and night vision compatible
- Just 3" long and 6.5 Oz.
- Fog resistant
The SLx 25mm Red Dot been equipped with our next generation ruggedized mounting system. We’ve upgraded everything about the mount from materials and finish to the design to create a mount that will not just clamp securely to your rail, but stand up the rigors of real-world use. Integrated recoil lugs help lock your mount in place against the heaviest recoil while large diameter crossbolts give you significantly improved clamping power and will hold up to significant torque. The included riser is the perfect height for AR-15s and AR-10s, but can be easily removed to for installation on AKs, shotguns, and more.
The SLx 25mm red dot includes the low base, a standard riser, and two different height spacers, as well as appropriate mounting hardware. With just the low base, a central height of 0.96” can be achieved. Add the standard riser for 1.41”. With the riser and thin spacer, your central height will be 1.54”. Using the thick spacer will place the optic at 1.64” height. With these options you can easily configure your optic to perfectly match your firearm and shooting style.
- IV8888 Reviews Primary Arms SLx MD-25
Ratings & Reviews
Just got mine in the mail today and installed on a PWS MK111 Mod 2 SBR. Right out of the box I was impressed with build quality, feels solid. Optic comes with multiple bases/risers to let you achieve co-witness preferences. Dot is crisp and bright. Primary Arms included a t-handle torx wrench instead of a flimsy angled wrench so you can really get some purchase when tightening the mount down. Will take it out soon to shoot after my scalarworks peak iron sights come in. Shipping was fast as always, Primary Arms simply can't be beat.
Packed with features and excellent flexibility out of the box!
The larger objective does help the constricted feeling you generally get when looking through a micro dot. With two eyes open, the larger dial and knobs disappear. The whole sight feels extremely high quality and I think the mount is a huge improvement over the typical cheap feeling mount found on cheaper micro dots. The fact that it includes a low mount and high mount with multiple spacers makes this sight capable of multiple setups out of the box.
<br>While there are no "off" points in between settings, the battery life makes this a "set it and forget it" for a long time, making it unnecessary to turn it off. The brightness dial is stiff, keeping it from accidentally turning (an issue I had on my old aimpoint PRO) when stored in a case / bag. But you can still easily adjust it. The adjustments when sighting in are very tactile with clear and pronounced "clicks".
<br>Primary Arms really delivered with this sight and it's a steal at this price point.
Micro Plus RDS
The quality and build of the optic is definitely better than the majority of the budget red dots on the market today. The knob for intensity is comparable to my T2 and there are distinct slots. The wind age and elevation adjustments have a positive click and are protected with an o-ring. The unit have an Aimpoint Micro footprint in a nice touch and the included mount appears/feels much more stout than other mounting solutions. The field of view is great and I was initially worried about the large knob on the slide but it disappears with a two-eyes open approach. Also before people start complaining the front lens is canted heavily like on my T2 and that helps reflect the red led back to the shooter without the use of a heavy tint to compensate. Time will tell on how durable it is and the battery life but overall it’s great I would recommend it.
PERFECT balance between micro and full size
Great sight. Comparing side by side with a micro (20mm) and a full size (30mm), this really feels like you're getting the larger field of view with the smaller size and weight, exactly what I was hoping for. I put it on an ADM quick detach mount (CASV height, as advised by Primary Arms for absolute cowitness, which confirmed it does). Impressively clear glass. Going to replace my other micro with one of these as well, just hope they come out with a FDE version too!
Very nice but no lens covers?
This is a quality red dot sight for a reasonable price. The two (2) mounting bases are very high quality and, a nice upgrade from PA's earlier offerings. The sight has good brightness for daytime use and I love the positive rotary control knob. Mine did not come with any lens covers. That was the only reason to not give five (5) stars.
Equal to Trijicon MRO for a fraction of the cost..
by AceFactorUSA -
Honest review... True 5 STAR product. Wide field of view. Held Zero after 500 rounds. Compared to Sig Romeo 5 and Trijicon MRO. Much better than Romeo 5 and equal to Trijicon MRO. For the money. This is the best option..
As someone who has used primary arms optics as my go to sights I am once again impressed. I wanted a larger window, great reliability and long battery life. This one hits all the marks. The mount seems heavy duty and gives you multiple options.
Great red dot.
Great red dot. I really enjoy the wider field of view and the mount is awesome. I'll definitely be getting another one for my other AR.
Awesome red dot, best bang for the bucks
by Rain -
Pre-ordered this in May and it came in early June. I put it on my X95 right away and this thing rocks. Later I rattle can painted it to multicam and it looks even better. The 25mm objective lens make a big different when comparing to my Holosun red dots. Of course it is a bit heavier but who cares. I noticed that there's a small amount of blue-green tint to it, but it doesn't bother me. Over all great buy for the money, can't go wrong.
Nice little optic
by Rich F -
50 yd zero outdoor range
<br>BCM Recce 16" Precision SS410
<br>.223 55gr Freedom Munitions New
<br>Confirmed w/5.56 55gr xm193
<br>Setting @ 9
<br>Reconfirmed at 200 yds
<br>My grouping was a bit larger which I blame on a stigmatism
<br>Target used at 200 yds was an 18" body silhouette. All hits were center mass. Great little optic. And a shout out to all at PA for the outstanding work and customer service during these Covid times.
This is better than an MRO
by Chris Peterson
I have this on a Foxtrot Mike 16” 9mm upper and absolutely love it. Did a side by side with this an MRO, and the PA SLx blows the MRO away.
I've quickly become a huge fan of PA. I originally bought an MRO to upgrade from a cheaper optic as I like nice things. I was very disappointed with the fit & finish on the MRO and the claims of parallax error. I decided to sell it and get this for over $200 less. Received it today and the fit & finish are vastly superior. Beautiful glass, perfect machining and a clear FOV without a visible emitter (unlike the MRO). Not to mention it feels way more solid. Time will tell but if it's anything like my other PA optics, this thing is rugged and the value is stellar. I'm a customer for life.
Great on AK Platform
by Dave -
This a such a nice little optic. It's absolutely uncontested in its price range. I have it mounted on an Arsenal SAM7 with an SLR Rifleworks gas tube (similar to Ultimak). I haven't been to war with it, but it's handled mag dumps at the range during the Summer just fine. It's been great in freezing temps, too. It never stops working or loses zero. At this price, I took a gamble hoping it would handle the heat and it paid it off big. This thing is awesome.
Great for day use, good enough for night.
Pros: clear dot, lots of mounting options, great field of view, glass is good and night vision settings are good enough for passive aiming. Better than aimpoint pro or other vortex dot I have.
<br>Critiques are small, I would suggest one slightly brighter night vision setting, and longer screws so you can stack more risers to get a taller mount. Neither are of any consequence if you don’t use night vision.