The Trijicon ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) holds the distinction of being the scope of choice for the US Military and Marine formations. The Trijicon ACOG boasts qualities that make it more of a gun sight than a scope, but when it comes to functionality and overall quality, it is virtually unrivaled, standing in a league of its own.
Its 4x magnification will not set your blood racing if you’re on the lookout for really long-range scopes, but it is quietly effective and does its job really well. It can hold its own in distances of about 500 yards and can also handle CQB situations adeptly. Compared to other scopes, this one ranks firmly in the middle of the spectrum.
The reticle, however, is a different story altogether. It makes a departure from the traditional red dot, adopting in its stead a Chevron pattern and hash marks for various ranges that make provisions for bullet drop compensation, thereby improving accuracy. The reticle is also self-illuminated: it is powered by a tritium-phosphor lamp and fiber optics that make it glow in low light conditions and adjust contrast and brightness levels in brighter light conditions respectively. Remarkably, all these are achieved without batteries, effectively negating the risk of technical failure at crucial moments. Essentially, this scope was built to function optimally in all lighting conditions.
The reticle also supports shooting with both eyes open through a feature known as the Bindon Aiming Concept (BAC). This feature is very important in close quarters battles (CQB), where you need the use of all your senses and where situational awareness is paramount. It also lends itself well to rapid target acquisition. The Trijicon ACOG boasts multi-coated lenses that provide acute clarity regardless of lighting conditions. At 32mm, its objective lens is fairly large, with a massive field of view that is negatively impacted by its uncomfortable 1.5″ of eye relief.
If durability is what you look out for most in a scope, you definitely cannot go wrong with the Trijicon ACOG. It is made with military-grade aircraft aluminum alloy, which makes it practically indestructible. It’s also been designed to cope with rough terrains and inclement weather, with its streamlined design keeping its components free from rust and corrosion. This high-end scope can survive being submerged in up to 30 meters of water, while the scope itself has been filled with dry nitrogen to eliminate fogging. To make things even more interesting and to guarantee you the peace of mind you deserve, this scope comes with a lifetime warranty.
Trusted over several decades by the US military, this scope meets up with the highest standards for efficiency and reliability. Touted as one of the best tactical scopes available in the market, the Trijicon ACOG certainly lives up to its billing and if you’re not deterred by its considerable price, then, by all means, go for it.