Trijicon Scopes are known for their quality and ruggedness. I’ve owned a number of Trijicon products over the years, in fact I’m a big fan of the Acog I have the Reflexes but this is the first standard configuration scope that I’ve owned from Trijicon. This is the AccuPower which is very similar to the AccuPoint which traditionally has the dual-illumination of tritium and fiber optics.
With the AccuPower this is an electronic scope only. There’s no tritium here, there’s no fiber optic. That has been the trend with Trijicon because a lot of companies have gone with the electronic sights and they’ve been very popular. With Trijicon, with the quality of the glass, with the quality of the construction, and the ruggedness of these scopes I think this makes a really great option if you’re looking for an electronic scope.
One of the great things about Trijicon glass, and I really want to preface this because many of you know Trijicon is expensive but you get what you pay for. A few years ago I was out at a shoot and we were shooting at 3-, 4-, 500 yards. I had a decent quality scope, in fact the one I was using had done real well but out to real distances the glass just wasn’t up to what the Trijicon was. I was having a really hard time acquiring my targets and to see them clearly.
I switched to a Trijicon Acog and it made a world of difference. Glass is so important when it comes to its optic and it’s so important if you really want a good quality scope you want to be able to see at a distance, having the right glass is key and it’s critical. The AccuPower line is new to Trijicon, in fact my good friend Allen over at Georgia Optics supplied this scope for me to check out and to really test through and I was really excited because I’ve wanted to get ahold of a standard Trijicon configured scope. I’ll tell you what, the glass in this, the accuracy it’s just top notch.
We’re going to take a closer look at the scope itself and of course I’m going to make sure the rifle isn’t loaded and it isn’t. This is just a fine, finished scope and Trijicon is good about that, they really put out fine quality products and the finishes and the fit. Plus they’re bulletproof, that’s one of the other things about the Trijicon. I’ve owned Trijicons for about 16 years, a number of different ones, and this is really my first traditionally styled scope.
Most of the Trijicon products that I have are Acogs or Reflex scopes. The biggest issue has been the price. One of the other things about Trijicon is that they’re not cheap. Here’s the deal, the rule of thumb and it’s just been this way for a number of years, that the price of your optic should match the price of your fire arm, which to me has always been a bit crazy. Really the glass, this is where you’re aiming, this is what’s going to put you on paper, put you on target, especially at long distances.
So the glass is an integral part of your rifle system and it’s according to what you’re going to do. If you really want to shoot 3-, 4-, 500 yards or up to 800 yards, glass quality is going to be key to hit your target. Now this is a brand new product from Trijicon. They’ve offered the AccuPoint for a long time, which is a dual-illumination scope. It has fiber optics and tritium.
The AccuPower has gone away from that to where it is totally on electronics with AccuPower. Here we have an illuminated radical with electronic scope and Trijicon has been doing that a lot lately. They’ve been going more towards electronic sights because a lot of the guys really like the electronics. With the Trijicon tritium, you’re not going to get the brightness that you will with electronics. It just is what it is. Now the fiber optic is helping to boost that up but that requires a light source for the fiber optic.
This is a 1x4x24, it is a really nice, hard anodized finish on a 60-61 T-6 aluminum body. You can see the quality and the color it’s well done, which is typical for Trijicon. They are a premium, top-shelf manufacturer of optics and have been used in the military for a number of years, about 20. So the quality is there, the quality control is set into place with the Trijicon products. Of course the turning dial is very smooth indexing in to whatever magnification you want. Typically I use four or one and not the in-between settings but it does give you the option to be able to do that.
The magnification ring on the back for your focus ring, this is really nice, it turns well and is rubberized, and these are knurled to get a good positive grip on them. The illumination dial has 11 settings, one through 11 and the marks in between are “off,” which I really love that. What I hate is being on the “off” setting and needing to be on a bright setting and having to crank the dial around. With this, whatever illumination setting you like you can have it on there and then whenever you want it off, you just turn it off.
The battery cap is right here and it does use one of the CR2032 Lithium batteries which those are very plentiful. In fact I have a number of optics that has that same battery. You can get cards of them fairly reasonably on eBay or wherever you’re going to buy them. They’re very reasonable and you can buy them in bulk. Now there are four different options with your radical. This is with your segmented radical and it has the dot with crosshairs. I really like this particular radical because of the bullet drop compensation.
You can see right below the crosshairs it goes all the way down to 800 meters and that’s about as much as you’re going to get out of a 223. The one thing I like about the segmented circle is that it draws your eye very naturally. Now it’s illuminated at 11 and again one of the top things I love is you can turn it right off and you can go right back to that original setting. One of the complaints I heard about the illumination in this, as far as the battery life, is that Trijicon states in max power this will go for 31 hours in constant “on.” I left my on seven and I left it on for two weeks and here you can see, with the same battery, it retained the battery life with seven for two weeks.
Now here is the crosshairs without the white background to give you another idea of the brightness. On the white it just really kind of floods it out and this is on the eight setting. Here I want to demonstrate the clarity of the glass and it’s really exceptional how well the glass pops. It is so crisp and so clean. The eye relief on this scope is 3 ½ inches which is really nice, it’s a very generous eye relief. One of the problems with the Trijicon ACOG is it typically has a 1 ½ inch eye relief, so you really have to get your eye up there. It’s been a big complaint about the ACOG.
With AccuPower you’ve got plenty of distance. In fact the eye relief you’ve got some variation even in that 3 ½ inches. The glass is clear it fills up the lens and of course getting the camera angle right on here makes it difficult. You’re seeing a little bit of black on the side but really when you’re looking through this scope it is a big bright objective. It’s really nice.
The AccuPower is a second focal plane scope and that means the radical is set behind the magnification. When you turn the dial it doesn’t change the magnification of your radical. Now this will change some of the point of impact and this is what’s commonly being used and has been used for a number of years. Original scopes actually had the radicals set in front of the magnification, so when you turned your magnification on it actually magnified the radical. The U.S. army has gone back to that system because of using night vision and a lower power setting, then for combat during the day, being able to switch that to really high magnification.
One of the problems is, with second focal plane, is it changes the impact somewhat so you need to sight your scope in at a known magnification and when you turn it up. Now with one to four it’s not really that critical. What I really love though about second focal plane is that the radical stays the same and it stays thin. Once you magnify the radical it’s going to make it thicker and it’s going to be less accurate or less pinpoint accuracy than you would with your second focal plane.
You’re going to increase your magnification and we’re going up to full power but it doesn’t change the radical. It doesn’t magnify the radical. One of the big advantages, to me, of having a second plane focal scope is that you’re going to retain your thin crosshairs. You’re going to be able to get better accuracy. The only difference is that your point of impact is going to change with magnification. Let’s say you sight it in at full power, it’s going to be a little different impact if you go to one.
One of the great advantages though of a four power scope is that, it’s not that much. It’s not a big difference. So setting it in at four power you’re still going to be able to get really accurate hits at 1x. When you get to really higher magnification scopes, especially if you’re going for tactical or hunting targets that are moving at different known distances, that’s where it changes. If you magnified the crosshairs as you brought it up, it would make it much thicker.
You’re going to have less of a pin point accuracy that you would with the second focal plane. Now as far as your windage and elevation knobs, what I like is that they’re tool-less. On here, to make the impact right, you turn it. It has the angle and it does list here it’s ¼ MOA or .1 mil dot, so you can go either way. It says “Pull to reset,” and one of the things about this is as you’re turning this, there’s an audible very light click that’s tactile. You can feel it clicking as you turn it.
Once you get it set to where you want to you can open the turret or just pull it out and turn it to set it on whatever setting you want to place it on. That way you know where you are and if it gets turned you can go right back to that original setting. Elevation is the same thing. “Impact up,” it’s marked clearly, it’s not difficult to see and again, the same deal, and you can lift to reset when you get your zero. First group of the day shooting kinetic 75 grain, 223, just a little group here on paper to see where I am; then again brought it down after getting it sighted in. Here again was the third group, getting it a little tighter but not quite over to the bulls eye.
Then the fourth group, right here, just getting it close in, really tight group and bearing down. Once I kind of know where I’m hitting, I tend to tighten it up and that’s what happened here. Here at 100 yards I spread out some, in fact I kind of had some fliers and was really concerned about what was going on and checked my scope out. It was a little loose. This is an American Defense manufacturing scope which is excellent but one of the things after I read is that this is adjustable for different size Picatinny Rails and I just didn’t have it tight enough and I guess over the day of shooting it loosened up just a little bit.
I tightened it down, locked it on, and it’s perfect. The big problem there was just me not preparing myself with my mount. It’s 10.2 inches in length, it’s 2.6 inches in width, and it’s 2.2 inches in height, so it’s a compact scope and fits well on an AR-15. It weighs 15.2 ounces but you’re getting a lot of glass and a lot of great features in here. It’s just a really exceptional compact little size. These are waterproof up to 10 feet or 3 meters, they’re dry nitrogen filled which will eliminate fogging and will seal the scope and keep the internals where they need to be.
There are green and red options for the electronic radical. It does come in a four different styles of radicals for the 1×4 and of course you can go to the Trijicon website and look at all of that. It does have four different models by magnification the 1×4, the 2.5x10x56, the 3x9x40, and the 4x6x50, so there’s a lot of different options with the new AccuPower system.
Trijicon offers a limited lifetime warranty on the scope itself. Of course any kind of manufacturer defects and the electronics are warrantied for five years. Now the manufactured retail price on the Trijicon website for the AccuPower scope is $899 dollars but you get what you pay for. However you can go to georgiaoptics.com and they have these same scopes for $765 dollars, that’s a great price and Georgia Optics is a high quality and in fact they sell more Trijicon items than anyone else in the country. Allan and the guys over there are great to deal with so check out Georgia Optics for any kind of optics you’re looking for but especially Trijicon especially, they carry a really quality line of Trijicon products. Too, one of the things they say right on their website is if you find a better price call them and they’ll match it, so an excellent option and excellent source if you’re looking for good quality optics.
Of course Trijicon products have been used by our military forces for a number of years, they’ve proven themselves in battle; they’re all made right here in the USA, just a great company to deal with. It’s hard to go wrong with Trijicon. Thumbs, way up. Be strong. Be of good courage. God bless America. Long live the republic.