NEW 30mm: Primary Arms Advanced Full Sized Red Dot

Primary Arms has just announced the release of a full size red dot that runs on either a single CR1/3N or two LR44 batteries. Made with a one piece 6061 aluminum 30mm tube, the optic features a 2MOA dot for the reticle. Offering a year and a half battery life on a medium setting, the new glass includes three night vision settings – the Primary Arms Advanced red dot  is priced at $130 MSRP. Details below.

Primary Arms Advanced


Primary Arms Advanced 30mm Red Dot 

Primary Arms has only offered microdots for awhile now, but we continued to get a lot of calls and requests for full size red dots using a standard 30mm tube. We wanted to come back to the classic full size red dot, and make it better than ever.

Here are the highlights:

  • Lighter and stronger 1-piece body
  • Improved recoil rating
  • Dot size: 2 MOA and super crisp
  • Battery life: Estimated 14,000 hours (more than a year and a half) at a medium setting
  • Night vision compatibility: First 3 settings out of 10 are NV and cannot be seen by the naked eye
  • Improved rotary brightness control knob
    Warranty: Lifetime Warranty

The new one-piece body is stronger and lighter, made of 6061 aluminum and Type II hardcoat anodized black. A factory FDE coated version will be available later on this year.

The included battery is a CR1/3N, but in a pinch you can stack two LR44s instead.

The rotary brightness control knob is a big improvement over previous models. You’ll notice there are two “0” settings, one on the low end and one on the high end. Unlike previous knobs that rotated continuously, this knob has a stop built into it. When you are finished shooting you don’t even need to look at the unit, just reach down and twist the knob until it stops in either direction and you know the red dot is off.

The Advanced 30mm Red Dot is covered by our lifetime warranty. If a defect due to materials or workmanship, or even normal wear and tear, has caused it to malfunction, Primary Arms will either repair or replace it. You don’t even need a proof of purchase.

Any standard 30mm ring type mount will work with this red dot and give the stated co-witness for that mount. Weight is 5.8 ounces, and it comes with flip caps and a rubber “octopus” cap tether to retain your turret caps.

The Advanced 30mm Red Dot is in stock now and ready to ship for $129.99



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  • Jeff Smith

    Well, looks like I’m about to be out $130…

    • Sean

      Ordered one yesterday.

  • J.T.

    I’m just glad to see that they are selling 30mm red dots again.

  • Anon

    $130? Jesus that’s a good price.

  • Slim934

    “If a defect due to materials or workmanship, or even normal wear and tear, has caused it to malfunction, Primary Arms will either repair or replace it. You don’t even need a proof of purchase.”

    Well they’re awfully confident eh? I might need to separate myself from more of my dollars.

    • J.T.

      They back it up too. I had one of their older first generation 30mm red dots fog up on me after I got caught out in a downpour. Even though they they were only offering a one year warranty at the time and it was past that period, they replaced it for me at no cost.

      • inchang

        Yeah I’ll second on that too. Darn thing fogged up on me too in a Hawaii downpour and they replaced it with no problem. I’ll be looking forward to replacing the older gen with this newer one.

    • Raptor Fred

      Primary Arms really is good to go. Not to mention their awesome customer service. Very rare in this industry to have a 100% guarantee that is honored 100%, not to mention fulfilled with a replacement very rapidly. Vortex is another. I like to use the products I buy. This type or warranty makes it a lot easier to keep on buying products that you know you aren’t gonna take a dive on.

    • int19h

      The entire business model of Primary Arms is that they resell rebranded *quality* Chinese optics – this one is likely Holosun – but with warranty that you would expect (and these days might be unpleasantly surprised) from a “Made in USA” product. That’s what makes it such a good deal.

  • Nocternus

    I would be more interested if it ran off AA batteries like their old full size red dots.Perhaps it is just me but the odd battery it takes is a real turn off for me.

  • inchang

    Little bit of nitpicking, but too many brightness settings for a simple man. Also would be nice if they came back with an improved version of their AA battery 30mm red dot.

  • thedonn007

    It should have a 50,000 hour battery life.

    • Twilight sparkle

      Two years isn’t good enough for you?

      • thedonn007

        The primary arms mini red dot has 50,000 hours of battery life, my old aimpoint comp M2, has 10,000 hours of battery life. This new primary arms red dot should have more than 14,000 hours of battery life.

        • Twilight sparkle

          Look at your comp m2 then look at this red dot then look at the price of your comp m2 then look at the price of this red dot… I really don’t see why you’re complaining

          I have the primary arms md-ads with the 50,000 hour battery life and I was going to get an aimpoint pro buttt this seems like a perfectly fine option to me if it’s fairly solid.
          I mean 2 years vs 6 isn’t all that bad when the rest of the competition only last a month.

          • int19h

            He has a point in that it’s interesting why the micro dot, which uses a smaller capacity battery, gets longer lifetime. You’d expect these to use the same generation of electronics, and therefore to be comparable.

          • Twilight sparkle

            It would be worth writing primary arms to see if the 14000 hours was measured with the cr1/3n or the two stacked lr44s. Btw unless I’m mistaken both the cr1/3n and two lr44s have a lower mAh than the cr2032 of the md-ads micro dot, you said they had a higher capacity so I could have over looked something though.

          • int19h

            Sorry, I glazed over the specs and read it as CR123. That makes more sense now.

  • Ivo Shandor

    Can someone explain to me the advantages/disadvantages to using a full-sized red dot vs a smaller one?

    • .45

      That thought occurs to me too. Been thinking of picking up one of their micro versions.

    • ShootingFromTheHip

      Same question! Why the devil would anyone want a full size over a micro??

  • valorius

    This scope proves that you dont need to spend more than $130 on a red dot to have all the military features and durability.

  • Hoplopfheil

    Oh my! I’ll take 8!

    Ah now I’m finally becoming a crafty consumer.

  • Sticky-eye Rivers

    Question for those who know: How rugged are primary arms compared to aimpoints? Only ever used aimpoints, and while I’m sure PA are more than enough for my use, what does it take for a one to fail?

  • john huscio

    Looks nice, but I think I’d still save up/splurge on an aimpoint pro.