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Primary Arms 1-6x ACSS Gen 3 [Review]: Best Budget LPVO?

– How does the Primary
Arms 1-6X ACSS stack up against other modern,
low-power variable optics? Stick around, ’cause we’re gonna tell you. (beeping)
(soft techno music) What is up guys? My name is John with, your definitive source for gun reviews, gear guides and all things that go bang. Low-power variable optics
are a great middle ground between the close-up functionality and quick target
acquisition that you’d find in red dots and holographic sites while also affording you the ability to get eyes on distant targets and get a 6X zoom, if needs
be, via a rotating turret. You may remember that we
have previously reviewed the Vortex Strike Eagle,
which is another 1-6 LPVO that is essentially a direct competitor to the Primary Arms 1-6. And, both are generally within 10 or $15 of one another at any
given time on Amazon. So how does the Primary Arms stack up? For starters, one of
the biggest differences between the two optics is
going to be the reticle style. While the Strike Eagle’s
reticle is totally serviceable, one of our primary gripes was the lack of any central reference point
inside of the circular halo. Primary Arms’ advanced
combat siting system is admittedly an incredibly
generic string of words but the reticle itself is
a pretty big improvement. The ACSS includes a central chevron that makes accurate shots
at distance fairly easy. Especially when your
target is relatively small. You’ve also got numbered bullet drop, wind hold and moving target
lead indicators to boot. I’m a pretty visually-oriented person. So having the numbered
range reference points inside of the ACSS makes getting on target that much quicker. Especially as compared to the relatively blank reticle found
inside the Strike Eagle. Although we only tested the optic at 556 Primary Arms advertises that
the ACSS should be accurate with the AK74’s 545 by 39,
as well as standard 308. Which is interesting, given the different ballistic characteristics
of each of those rounds. The Primary Arms optic
also slightly edges out the Strike Eagle in terms
of reticle illumination. Although the Strike Eagle’s
illumination was decent, it wasn’t much use during the day. Whereas, the highest setting on the ACSS was reasonably visible during
the very bright conditions we experienced in the
desert while filming. For size comparison, the
Primary Arms 1-6 ACSS is approximately the same
size as this kielbasa that’s been imprisoned
within a scope mount. As mentioned, this is a 1-6X optic, and it really shines during situations in which you might need
to engage multiple targets at several different ranges. We quite like that the zoom dial feels a little bit more fluid
and takes less force to operate than the Strike Eagle’s. Though it definitely doesn’t feel loose. You can also upgrade the zoomy wheel with the addition of a throw lever that’ll give you a little bit
more of a mechanical advantage when you’re adjusting the zoom on the fly. One of our bigger complaints
with the Strike Eagle was the fact that the
outer edge of the glass starts to distort a bit past 4X or so. But we’re happy to report
that the Primary Arms ACSS is crystal clear all the way up to 6X. Weight between the two models isn’t really a consideration as they’re within half
an ounce of one another. Although if weight is a concern we definitely recommend snagging an Aero Precision Ultralight mount as 30 millimeter scope mounts can add quite a bit of noticeable heft. So, does the Primary Arms 1-6 ACSS beat the Strike Eagle in terms of the best bang for your buck with the low-power variable optic? In our opinion, definitely. The Strike Eagle, again,
is not a bad optic by any means but with the Primary Arms you’re getting a better reticle, slightly better illumination and crystal clear magnification
all the way out to 6X. Especially considering the fact that there is a negligible
price difference between the two our vote
goes to Primary Arms. The ACSS is a great foot in
the door of the LPVO world. And at $300 at the time of this filming it offers a damn good value for those who are not looking to run a red dot in a magnifier set up or who aren’t ready to
shell out the six to $800 that the next step up
in LPVOs generally cost. All right guys, that’s
gonna do it for us today. Thank you so much for watching. If you enjoyed this content please go ahead and
subscribe to the channel as we’ve got lots more on the way. Once again, my name is
John with Pew Pew Tactical, we will see you next time. (plastic rustling) (camera shutter clicking)


  1. Gold Daddy Author

    What's primary arms' warranty like?
    I clicked the link, and Amazon says they are unable to ship this item to me in CA. I'm so sick of this California leftist bullshit.

  2. Paul Paradis Author

    Exact same glass from the same factory.. Aside from the reticles they're almost the exact same everything. So your narrative comes across like a paid infomercial.

  3. erics vision Author

    I’ve got the PA 1-6 gen 3 on my BCM 14.5 and a Holosun w/ magnifier on my 11.5. LOVE the Primary Arms. Does everything. If you’re serious about it go watch Mr Guns nGear talk about the reticle. It’s got an amazing system for ranging targets without doing math or dope cards. Once you understand the reticle it’s hard to shoot anything else. I can hit out to 600 consistently just by ranging with the reticle. It’s such a good reticle Trijicon uses it on the ACOG

  4. Highway 9mm Author

    Just bought this scope… has anyone had any problems with the illumination? At max illumination the entire optic is completely red from edge to edge. It’s so red that you cannot see through the scope from 11 down to 6 power.

  5. Glockzilla Author

    So in a SFP ACSS the 6 power is the only power true to the holdovers correct? So if you’re trying to use the bullet drop compensators between 1 and 6 they would not be true?


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