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Primary Arms 1-4X illuminated scope review

Written by: Remy
Wolf Tactical

  • 24mm objective
  • Illuminated center dot
  • 90'-23' Field of view at 100 yards
  • Waterproof
  • Fog resistant
  • 30mm tube
  • Eye relief 3.5"
  • 1/2 MOA windage and elevation adjustments
  • 11.75" long
  • 17oz
  • Multi-coated lens
  • One year exchange warranty
  • Flip caps are included

That's what Primary Arms lists for the specs. For comparison, it's a little lighter than a Leupold Mk4 CQ/T but a few inches longer. In a LaRue SP-E mount it sits lower (compared to the LaRue mounted Mk4), nicely set for a good cheek weld. It is essentially identical to the well known Millet 1-4x24 DMS but with a different reticule and a few tweaks. The new Vortex Viper PST 1-4x that is coming out is shorter and lighter, and has some of the same strengths that will be discussed later. If you are willing to spend four times more the Vortex is the probable winner in this category until you break the $1000 price point. The Leopold Mk4 CQ/T is even more money then the Vortex Viper, but in my opinion it is a different style scope for different customers. If you're looking for more of a "heads up" feel to mostly use between 1 and 2x then the Mk4 is great. It changes eye relief as you change magnification though, and at 3x you're pretty darn close, particularly if wearing wrap around shooting glasses. The PA 1-4x24 doesn't have this issue. Your eye relief stays consistent.

I mounted the scope on my Smith and Wesson M&P15. As you can see in the photographs, it's not quite stock, but the core of the gun is unchanged. Since I am in CT the stock is actually a fixed stock, it just looks like an adjustable carbine model. I have found this to be a very accurate AR, with proper ammo choices it can turn in sub moa groups consistently. I used handloads of known performance while evaluating the scope, though not MOA ammo they tend to be 1.5-2moa which is plenty for most purposes you'd use a 1-4x. Initial sighting in and evaluation was done off the bench with a basic height adjustable rest in front and a rolled towel in the back. Sighting in gave no surprises, and the 1/2moa clicks are smooth and easy. They're not as crisp as most high end scopes, but there's no question how many clicks you've turned and unlike some scopes it is very easily adjusted by fingertip even with cold or wet fingers.  I sighted in for fifty yards, since my range maxes out at two hundred, and I would primarily use this scope within one hundred. Sighted in at fifty yards leaves me about an inch high at one hundred yards and a couple inches low at two hundred. My precision loads are even flatter within this range bracket and from 25 through 200 are within 1.25 inches of point of aim using this zero. That's about ideal for this kind of scope and suits my needs perfectly.  The LaRue mount means I can remove and replace the scope as often as I wish without a change in zero.

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