Trijicon, best known for the legendary ACOG, has released a new lineup of AccuPoint and AccuPower rifle scopes. The most intriguing of the new products is the AccuPoint 1-6 model – something many avid shooters have been requesting for some time now. This is a crowded market segment these days but Trijicon’s reputation for building some of the finest optics in the world was motivation enough to request an early production scope for review. The AccuPoint 1-6X24 is built on a 30mm tube and is available in six different reticles including the familiar Triangle Post and German #4.
We got two units in for testing – standard MIL-Dot and the Circle-Cross. All reticles feature a green illuminated center dot. I appreciate that only the center dot is illuminated. The trouble with so many illuminated reticle systems is that they are overkill and the bright light floods the shooter’s eye causing a serious degradation of night vision. They are fine for daytime use but close to worthless for low-light situations like hunting at dusk. The AccuPoint just works.
In the field.
I had the chance to test the AccuPoint in the field under diverse conditions. The first afternoon out was a stormy day. Conditions changed from bright sunlight, to low dark clouds, back to sunlight, and slipping into twilight.
The new control switch for the fiber optic system works exceptionally well. Controlling the brightness level of the center dot is simple, fast, and intuitive. The design is clever and you can always tell at a glance where it is set. No clicking through a hard to read dial or pushing a button – just twist the easy-to-read top dial to smoothly adjust the illuminated center dot.
On “high” the illuminated center dot was clearly visible even in harsh direct sun. As the dark clouds rolled in the dot became too bright but just an easy twist of the dial adjusted the center dot back to a comfortable level.
The next weekend I was set up hog hunting and as dusk fell over the woods I gradually reduced the dial to match daylight conditions. The AccuPoint was easy to adjust and I could control the center dot illumination to avoid the dreaded bloom that overpowers the image and backwashes light into your pupil that ruins your low light vision. A good illuminated reticle should be capable of being dialed down to almost a “ghost image” that is barely perceptible.
As twilight slipped into darkness, the fiber optic system shut off and the tritium took over. The tritium illuminated center dot produces a nice soft glow that doesn’t overpower the image presented.
Never having to worry about batteries is wonderful. The combination of tritium and fiber optics works well in the real world. Tritium is a rare substance that costs approximately $30,000 per gram. That is one reason why Trijicon is producing the AccuPower electronic illuminated reticle scopes that are battery powered. Another tidbit about Trijicon – the chevron on the triangle post is hand-filed under a microscope which is time consuming and a throttle on production.
As you would expect, build quality is first-rate. The fiber illumination dial is smooth. The magnification adjustment ring includes a short cattail for quick power changes without looking. Scope weighs in at 19.2 ounces.
These are second-focal plane scopes. The Circle-Cross reticle features a green center dot. The circle is 25 MOA and is fast on target acquisition. The turrets are 1/4 MOA per click and have a solid tactile feel. The elevation and windage are capped. The turrets can be lifted, rotated, and reset to zero without tools.
The eye box is generous and not finicky.
Detailed specs for each reticle can be found on the Trijicon website. The MIL-Dot reticle features 0.1 MIL per click. There are enough options to satisfy just about anyone.
The glass is very clear and bright edge to edge. The photos probably don’t do it justice. And the image clarity holds through low light conditions. Several of us looked through the 1-6X24 AccuPoint at one hour past sunset (on a dark night with little moon) and were impressed.
Trijicon got it right.