I first covered the new Trijicon AccuPower 1-8x28mm in part of my 2017 SHOT Show Optics report. After SHOT 2017, I got a hold of a copy and I have been using it since then. So far I have been impressed by it. I like the bigger 28mm objective size and Trijicon’s segmented-circle first focal-plane reticle with daylight visible illumination. It’s relative short, optically it’s a great performer and it’s has a good price point for a top-tier 1-8x carbine optic.
I remember not too many years ago, when Leupold released their Mark 8 1.1-8×24 with a price tag of $8000. Although, Leupold did adjusted the price on their updated version recently but it’s still costs $2800-$3000 and up depends on the reticle option. The new Trijicon AccuPower 1-8×28 has a MSRP of $1699 but it’s now available from many place for as low as $1275. So, yes, the new Trijicon AccuPower 1-8x costs half that of the Leupold Mk 8’s price. For the purpose of this review, I will be comparing the Trijicon, made in Japan, to the U.S. made Leupold.
The Trijicon AccuPower 1-8×28’s windage and elevation turrets have build-in locking feature. Just pull it up or out to side and that will unlock the turret. The adjustment on my MOA reticle sample is in 1/4 MOA per click and on the MIL reticle model is in 0.1 MIL per click. The illumination control turret features the “off” position between each levels. I personally would just prefer low-profile capped adjustment turrets on a tactical scope.
At 1x the Trijicon offers a wider FOV than the Leupold Mk 8 by over 17 feet at 100 yards. According to Trijicon’s spec sheet, the AccuPower is a true 1x at the low magnification. Whereas, the Leupold Mk 8 is 1.1x. To be honest, I can’t tell the difference between the two. True 1x on a magnified scope is always subjective to one’s vision.
At the medium 4x magnification. Trijicon offers both red and green color illumination version of the scope. I found the green color illumination on the previous Trijicon AccuPower model is not bright enough for under a sunny day with a desert background. On my newer red color illumination AccuPower model, that’s not a problem with level 9 and above on the illumination setting. The green color illumination does have one advantage over the red color – green it is better for those with any degree of colorblindness, which affects a small but noticeable percentage of the male population.
At the max magnification of 8x the Leupold Mk 8 has a slight bigger FOV of 14.7 ft @100 yds vs the Trijicon’s 13.1 ft @ 100 yds. Probably due to its larger 28mm objective size, the Trijicon is brighter and has a much more comfortable eyebox than the Leupold Mk 8 at the top magnification levels. The Trijcon also has a constant eye-relief, while the Leupold Mk 8 has almost half inch of eye-relief change through out the zoom ranges.
The one aspect that I don’t like about the Trijicon segmented-circle reticle is its thick 4-MOA center crosshair. The MIL version’s center crosshair is slightly smaller at 1-MIL (equals to 3.4377 MOA). That compares to the 1/2 MOA center-dot found in most of the Leupold Mk 8 reticle options.
I initially mounted the Trijicon 1-8x28mm scope on a set of new Warne MSR 34mm QD rings on my testing WPA T91 piston upper. While I really like Warne rings, the configuration doesn’t offers enough front offset for the Trijicon 1-8×28 on a short AR-15 style flat-top receiver. I eventually replaced that with a Geissele Super Precision Mount. The standard M4 version of the Geissele mount is a perfect fit for the Trijicon 1-8×28.
Size wise, the Trijicon AccuPower 1-8×28 is almost an inch shorter than the Leupold Mk 8. Both are in the 34mm tube size, the Trijicon weights 1.8 ounces more and the Leupold Mk 8 has 150 MOA of turret adjustments compare to the 100 MOA of the Trijicon’s. The Leupold Mk 8 is probably a better precision scope due to its reticle choices and bigger adjustment range. The Trijicon is a better carbine optic with its shorter length, more useable daylight visible illumination, and a faster reticle for close-up. Price wise, the Trijicon AccuPower 1-8×28 is a better deal at half the cost.
Trijicon AccuPower 1-8x28mm Specification:
|FOV:||109.2-13.1 ft @100yds|
|Eye relief:||4 inch|
|Turret Adjustment:||1/4 MOA|
|Adjustment range:||100 MOA|
|Battery life:||31 hours at Max|
|Street price:||under $1300|