ACSS Reticle Primer

JC Dodge sends.

People will shoot at you from > 200 yards.

Can you return effective fire?

How do you know?

36 responses to “ACSS Reticle Primer

  1. Before I bought an ACOG I did some research on which color reticle, the part that’s illuminated, was the easiest to see. The ACOG is still available with Amber, Red, and Green reticles in most of their models, depending on which shape you want in the center.

    I found out that the Green has the Red beat by quite a bit, and the Amber is way behind the red.

    Consequently, my ACOG, with a .308 calibrated reticle, is green. It works.

    • SemperFi, 0321

      +10 on the green.
      I noticed 30 yrs ago while comparing scuba gear that fluorescent green was more visible than red or orange. I watched divers on the surface in their buoyancy vests during a dark stormy afternoon and it was obvious who was more visible further away. I ended up getting most of my scuba gear in green for safety and even today my backpacking gear is bright green for visibility. Everything else I own is still very subdued.

      • It’s a longer wavelength. Red is the first color to go to brownish because of the water acting like a filter. At depth if you hit it with your light you’ll see the true color, because the light is traveling three feet through water instead of ninety.

        • SemperFi, 0321

          I was referring to surface visibility.
          I’m aware everything changes underwater whether clear or murky, deep or shallow. I never took any pictures at 200′ for comparison, nor was my camera rated for that deep.

      • When I got certified (PADI) in North Carolina
        the water was so murky, the only visibility was
        the compass on my wrist in front of my face.
        Over 180 degrees subtract, under 180 degrees
        add for back azimuth.

        That scope looks very professional and
        accurate. I have an old Marbles Game Getter 🙂

        • Nice! I found my best shell, a Tritons Trumpet the length of my forearm while doing a Helen Keller in the wrong tide at the mouth of a river. Silt and krill and fish fry, it was like swimming in soup.

      • Physics Lesson on Visibility principles

        If you look at the visible color spectrum, Green has more power than yellow, and Red is the weakest(Followed by Infrared. What did we learn?)

        Green is in the middle of the color spectrum(Yet plants reflect Green?)

        Green offers good day and nightvisibility.

        In the age of Red Tail Lights everywhere, I noticed I would lose my Red Eotech and Red Dot quite often in Baghdad..

        Green is the choice.

  2. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on FOR GOD AND COUNTRY.

  3. Have been running this “horseshoe-red dot” system in a TA33 ACOG for about 4 years now. Love it.

  4. The Usual Suspect

    Been using the TA-31 RCO A4 for close to 10 years now,
    maybe time for an upgrade.
    Nightforces 1x8x24 ATACR w/FC DM reticle that resembles
    and acts like a H59 is awesome but very $$$$$.

  5. Here’s another video about the ACSS reticle.

    I can speak only for myself but consider me sold on it!

    Yours in Daily Armed Liberty via anarchy!
    Northgunner III

  6. Wouldn’t mind having one of those reticles but for now my 1×4 with dot inside circle with red and green options is what I use. I zero it 1.5 inches low @ 25 yards. Past 300 would be a challenge under fire but that’s why God gave me legs I suppose.

  7. The green works best for me too…
    Absolutely love the Primary Arms 5x ACSS
    Great value for the price.
    Just wish the reticle was bigger, (easier to see)

  8. Man I think I’ve screwed up bad. I put T-1 red dots on most of my m4s. Under 100y their very effective. 100 plus, and they suck. Without a doubt, the t-1 is the best short range optic on the market currently.

    My mistake is, only considering the m4 a short range weapon, or an entry weapon. Nothing I wanted to scope.

    JD, how much are these sight packages? I’m going to have to get two, asap.

    Which sucks, I’ve been rebuilding high end stereo packages, Going back to Tube amps pre amps. And klipsch horn speakers, and Warfdales. Not cheap, 10k, so far. And another 12/15k, in MacIntosh gear.

    My wife’s going to be pissed when if she discovers I snuck in a couple of new optics.


  9. As my carbine gives me a maximum effective engagement range of 300 meters, and as my Russian AKM already has some of the best close range iron sights ever made. I see no reason to drop thousands of dollars on a scope. My “assault weapon” is a backup for my Garand , and I shoot well with that . My laugh comes when guys doing 25 yard mag dumps with 10 inch AR pistols or “M4 clones” tell me that their blaster will “kill men at 600 yards” and then put a scope on said blaster as if that proves anything. TRUTH is that it is the MAN that hits the target. Your weapon is just a tool. Setting up that tool with thousands of dollars in “add on’s” does not make it “better” than it was before you added the stuff on. YOU are the part that needs the most improvement. And throwing money at the tool won’t improve YOU. Only hard work and training will.

    • A retard could make a 500 yard shot on a pie plate with my Remington 700.

      That has $1750 worth of Glass on it and an M5A B&C Medalist.

      Also, You would not want to be shot at by any 5.56 AR. They have 30 chances to hit you and can reload in less than 2-3 seconds.

      Regardless of where one round impacts, you would need a team of surgeons to fix those problems.

    • The PA 1-6 with ACSS is around $260, not “thousands”. As to the carbine “maximum range” comment, a properly equipped AR carbine can engage and kill well beyond 300 meters (said “can” not “should”) if you know what you’re about. I used an ACOG on my last combat deployment, and loved the durability and easy to use reticle. ACSS is just an improvement of that ACOG reticle.

  10. In the past, I found it providential to have a designated marksman, with an assistant, in situations where long range duels happened. In turn, I also found it useful that whenever an opportunity presented itself, for said marksman and assistant to train others in the platoon, interested or not, in the ways of long distance killing. Keeping moving squads out of open and exposed areas during operations is a good first start.

    • An Irregular Sniper team should consist of two-three snipers with sniper kit.

      They should be trained, and and standardized so they can bounce values off of each other and can fire in volley.

      Two shooters can also stagger shots to break glass, resulting in a clean second round hit. Followed by more bullets.

      Lead is Cheap, Resistance fighters with hard hearts are rare.

  11. The ranging on these reticles works well when target contrast and orientation cooperates. The Strelok Pro ballistic app will let you calculate the hold over points to match specific ballistic coefficients, velocity and environmental parameters. Barring that zeroing the 400 yard cross hair at 400 yard targets can fit the bullet drops practical close for lots of rounds out to at least 600. Primary Arms on their home page has a hard to find link with reticle subtensions in true MOA that can be used with online ballistic solvers such as JBM to see how the ACSS matches a calculated drop curve. Finally with the illumination on and the objective cover closed these low power sights work as a half assed OEG sight. The PA covers are flimsy and don’t last. Never tried the low power zoom, but their first focal plane scopes of higher power are ok for the money. The fixed power prism sights hold up well to 308 recoil but the reticle adjustments are mushy and finicky. But once you get a zero they’re infrequently needed. You do buy ammo by the case, right?