Trijicon, makers of the legendary ACOG battle scope, among others, introduced a very successful AccuPoint hunting riflescope line back in 1998. In 2015 the company showcased the AccuPower LED riflescope line. Both the AccuPoint and AccuPower are made of the same durable housing; the internal components are just different. The AccuPoint is a dual-illuminated scope with fiber optics and tritium, while the AccuPower is an LED-illuminated scope powered by a CR2032 battery. The AccuPower retails for a couple hundred dollars less than the AccuPoints. They are both waterproof.
For big game hunters, the AccuPower line offers some great choices at reasonable prices. Generated from the success of the LED-powered Trijicon VCOG and TARS, the AccuPower series is designed for versatility with variable power offerings of 1-4×24, 2.5-10×56, 3-9×40 and 4-16×50. These scopes integrate aircraft-grade aluminum housings, top-quality glass lenses and advanced application-specific illuminated reticles. Their anti-reflective, multi-coated lenses provide excellent clarity and light gathering capabilities. Adjustable reticle brightness settings are intuitive and easy-to-set, offering eleven brightness adjustments with an “off” feature between each brightness setting — all powered by a long-lasting CR2032 battery that Trijicon says will last about 31 hours at the brightest setting.
The AccuPower series incorporates a hybrid black chrome/etch and fill illuminated-reticle system available in red or green. Four reticle choices are available, including an intuitive MOA reticle, MIL-square reticle, Duplex crosshair and the popular competition Segmented Circle crosshair with BDC capabilities. All reticles are located in the second focal plane, meaning the reticle size and appearance remains constant as magnification increases. This provides a more exact aiming point at higher magnifications and is faster to use in low light situations.
For several months I’ve been playing with a 4-16×50 model mounted atop one of my pet rifles — a Weatherby Mark V MOA rifle chambered for the .257 Wby. Mag. So far I’ve only been on the range with this one, and have shot it out to 500 yards with excellent results. This past week I was near Refugio, Texas, on a 3-day hunt with Mellon Creek Outfitters which allowed me to help them cull its doe population, as well as shoot a bunch of wild hogs. This I did with a Remington Model 7 in 7mm-08 that had been tuned up big-time by the Remington Custom Shop and loaded with Barnes VOR-TX ammo featuring the lead-free 120-grain Tipped Triple-Shock X bullet and topped with the AccuPower 3-9×40 model. Accuracy was sub-MOA at 100 yards which proved important when shots required me to precisely place the bullet through a tangle of thick, thorn-covered brush at a saucer-sized piece of deer, or right behind a wild hog’s ear at 150 yards in dim light.
Weather in South Texas was 90/90 (that’s degrees and humidity). It was dusty and buggy (you should see my chigger-savaged legs!) and much of the shooting occurred in poor light. Several times I utilized the AccuPower’s red LED light to help me make end-of-day shots on hogs and found it excellent. In addition, the scopes I’ve played with so far have been able to take a lot of rough handling and persnickety testing of adjustment settings on the range.
The verdict? The AccuPower line is a winner — big time. The adjustments are crisp, clean and precise. The glass is clear as the proverbial bell. Reticles are easy to see and use. The AccuPower line features a limited lifetime warranty to be free from defects in material and workmanship for the lifetime of the original owner. Electronics are warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship during normal use for a period of five years from date of original manufacture.
Pricing? A quick online tour found the same 3-9×40 model with Duplex reticle and red LED on Amazon for $593.18, though other places advertise them for as much as $850. Regardless, this is a lot of high-quality riflescope for the money.
For more information, visit www.trijicon.com.