Primary Arms ACSS Broken Down Barney Style by MrGunsNGear

Nathan S
by Nathan S

Primary Arms hit the jackpot when they created the ACSS. With their less expensive optics, it has proven to be a rock-star in the optics world and is so good that Trijicon themselves have picked up the reticle for inclusion in ACOGs – a move that I believe speaks volumes about the technical innovation of the scope and more importantly the character of those running the company.

*In my day-job, I have many interactions with Trijicon who has always been stand-up to work with.

MrGunsNGear breaks down the reticle barney-style. Watching it, there were even things I missed in its elegant design.

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • Erwos Erwos on Aug 27, 2015

    I have such conflicted feelings about the ACSS reticles.

    On one hand, I really, really like them, especially the ACSS-CQB ("Koala of Death") reticle. Primary Arms did the shooting world a big favor by getting these reticles into $200-$300 scopes.

    On the other hand, they're not THAT innovative. GRSC came up with a very similar concept before Primary Arms, but didn't quite nail the cost equation for marketing it successfully. PFI had something in the same ballpark with their CQLR reticle (albeit it was somewhat more oriented towards precision shooting). I'm sure there were others, too. This isn't about Primary Arms "ripping off" anyone, of course - everyone borrows from everyone. They just executed it a heckuva lot better, and Marshall and Dimitri deserve real credit for that, too.

    • All the Raindrops All the Raindrops on Aug 27, 2015

      @erwos Its very close to russian bdc's on posp scopes, combined with a touch of acog reticule. Just add the wind dots and that's it.