Primary Arms (PA), probably the most popular optic company right now, had launched a numbers of new products during SHOT Show 2019. Two of those had caught my interest: the new Raptor 1-8×24 FFP ACSS, and the 25mm objective advanced micro red dot sight.
The new Raptor 1-8×24 FFP ACSS is the latest addition in the Raptor series in additional to the 1-6×24 FFP that was introduced at the last SHOT Show. According to PA, it will be build by the same OEM factory that’s currently making the 1-6×24 FFP model. It will also featuring lens made from higher grade of glass, low profile capped top turret, and PA’s awesome ACSS reticle at the 1st focal plane. The retail price will be $499 and it will be shipping 2 quarter of 2019.
The 2nd new PA optics is the 25mm objective Micro Red Dot sight. Comparing to the existing PA 20mm objective model, or the Aimpoint T1 and T2 models in that matter, the extra 5mm doesn’t seems like much, but in reality, the actual objective size is close to 1/3 larger (491 sq. mm vs 316 sq. mm). It’s a substantial increase in FOV and it should also works better with night-vision.
I had been talking to Aimpoint about making a slightly larger 25mm objective version of their famous T1 Micro for years. However, they seem to be more interested in releasing more expensive spin-offs of the old T1 Micro once a while. I’m glad that Primary Arms is doing it now.
There will be two reticle options available for the new 25mm Micro Red Dot sight: the simple 2-MOA red dot with 50,000 hours battery life, and the ACSS reticle which has a fairly large horseshoe with a small chevron inside, followed by few holdover dots under it. The battery life on the ACSS reticle model is 13,000 hours from a single CR2032 lithium battery. The BDC dots in the ACSS reticle works great when using a magnifier behind it. A version of this ACSS reticle will be also coming to the current PA 20mm Micro Red Dot models soon.
The new PA 25mm Micro Red Dot sight uses the same Aimpoint T1 pattern mount base as with the 20mm objective models. The MSRP for the 2 MOA dot version will be $189 and the ACSS reticle variant will be around $219. Both will be also available in the 2nd quarter of 2019.