Primary Arms Optics | SHOT 2017

This year at Shot Show 2017 Primary Arms showed off its latest offerings in optics. They will be offering some of their scopes in FDE, OD Green and Wolf Gray. You can see in the photo above, their 1-6x and their red dots will be offered in alternate colors.

According to my contact, Michael at Primary Arms, the 1-6×24 Second Focal Plane with ACSS reticle and 1-8×24  Second Focal Plane with ACSS reticle will be the first offered in FDE and Wolf Gray.

The following will be initially offered in FDE as well as black:

5X prism scope with 5.56/.308 ACSS reticle

3X prism scope with 5.56/.308 ACSS reticle

3x prism scope with 7.62×39/300BLK ACSS reticle

Classic 30mm Red Dot Gen IV

Advanced Microdot with Rotary Switch

We will also offer selected red dot and scope mounts in FDE this year.


Primary Arms will also offer a new version of their Advanced Micro Red Dot. They have responded to customer input about the use of buttons on their current and popular red dot. They have gone with a traditional knob on the side of the optic. They have also updated the turret caps with rectangular protrusions that can be used to adjust windage and elevation.


Primary Arms also has a 3x magnifier for under $300.

Another major update is their warranty. They will warranty some of their Chinese made optics for life. This is not your run of the mill Lifetime Warranties that only warranties manufacturer defect. Instead they will cover wear and tear. They want to be competitive with other companies that offer similar warranties on their optics and I think this will put shooters’ minds at ease with getting their optics.

The Platinum series scopes, 1-8x24FFP and 6-30x56FFP, are Japanese made and have always featured our Limited Lifetime Warranty. For this year we are extending that warranty to the following products as well:

Classic 30mm Red Dot Gen IV

Advanced Microdot with Rotary Switch

1-6×24 Second Focal Plane with ACSS reticles

1-6×24 Second Focal Plane with KISS reticle

Advanced 3x Long Eye Relief Magnifier


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  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    The Primary 1-6s and 1-8s seem to be very good value for money, but that reticle is so obnoxious that I think I would be better served mounting a kaleidoscope on top of my rifle.

    • Michael Branson

      This KISS is illuminated, but isn’t released yet. The one we had at SHOT was a prototype. We were very pleased with the reaction to it, and I’m looking forward to them coming into stock.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        Thats excellent news. Are you a Primary Arms rep?

        Either way that looks darn near perfect and when it comes out on the 1-8 it will be sitting on top of a few of my rifles.

        • Michael Branson

          Yes, I’m the company content writer. You’ll see me on YouTube sometimes as I helped a lot of the YouTubers do their booth reviews at this year’s SHOT Show.

          I’m personally a fan of the ACSS because I have time behind it. My brain sees the parts that are pertinent to my situation and ignores the rest. But a lot of people are looking for a simple and fast reticle. What we love about a chevron is, it never obscures the target. No matter how small you make a dot, even if it’s so small that it becomes very slow to acquire, it still can cover up the part of the target you actually want to hit. A chevron gives you an infinitely small aiming point, while you look directly where you want the bullet to go.

          • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

            Yeah I tend to make obscene exaggerations whem Im complaining. Its more fun that way.

            Im sure if I had some time behind it I could do fine with it and it wouldnt be near as bad as I said it would be. Its just not my style. I like a good old illuminated dot and not much else (I use the word dot very loosely to mean any simple center indicator).

  • valorius

    Primary Arms prices have gotten too high for budget optics.

    • MrBrassporkchop

      They’ve been releasing optics that have been creeping up in price as they gained popularity. They’re getting to the price point where people start calling them junk because they lose zero if you throw them out of moving cars.

      • valorius

        I had a $79 walther PS-22 optic that fell out of a 10 foot tree stand and was still dead on target. There’s just no need for any joe average to spend more than $100 on a red dot sight except as a bragging point.

        • MrBrassporkchop

          I’d agree. I think the annoying thing is the mentality of it being junk if you didn’t pay more than $x or is made by these specific brands. Especially since 99% of users baby them to begin with. Like buying a 4 wheeler just to stare at in your garage.

          • valorius

            That’s my feeling exactly.

    • roguetechie

      Personally I have had great luck with my Lucid’s, and the several PK-AS I bought when they were still dirt cheap…. I don’t think I’ll ever get over the sting from selling my pk-07!!

  • nova3930

    I’ve been more than happy with my PA gear for range use.

  • int19h

    Their most recent 3x magnifier is really nice – noticeably more compact than most other offerings on the market (compact enough that you can mount it in line with a red dot set up for absolute cowitness, and still fit a folding rear sight underneath!), and – the best part – great eye relief.

  • Cap’n Mike

    Anyone know when the Classic 30mm Red Dot Gen IV will be for sale?
    I couldnt find it or any other generation of that optic on the Primary arms website.

    • Esdee

      I’ve heard it should be available this month…

  • CommonCents

    is 1-6 gen 3 fairly daylight bright now?