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Trijicon Accupower 1-8 Review: Features Galore

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Established in 1981, Glyn Bindon produced his first gun sight using fibre optics and tritium. Let’s check out the Trijicon Accupower 1-8 Review, but before that lets know more about Glyn Bindon.

In the following years, this gunsight became Bindin’s most purchased product. He named this company Trijicon. Since then, Trijicon has been leading in this field and have been producing some remarkable products.

They are known for their awesome qualities and a full range of mounting systems that it offers for guns and rifles. Trijicon has set a standard for itself. As the producer of one of the most durable, military-grade weapons and scopes in the market. They have never failed to live up to this reputation. They have been pioneering in illuminated and light-based aiming systems. The new Trijicon AccuPower range comes with seven variants, 1-4×24, 1-8×28, 2.5-10×56, 3-9×40, 4-16×50, 4.5-30×56 and the 5-50×56. This new range offers you a whole array of magnifications to meet all your needs. This scope family is designed especially for sporting events, 3 gun shooting and hunting with unmatched precision. 

In this review, we will discuss the Trijicon AccuPower 1-8×28 model of the series. It’s the second-highest magnification available in the series but certainly, powerful and sharp. If you’re looking for a short distance, electrical cope with incredible illumination, this scope might just be your perfect fit. 

In a Nutshell

In a hurry to hunt? Here’s a quick overview.

Smile Wide! This product is a first focal plane, long-range optic. It has a variable magnification,, true 1x and up to 8x zoom. The lens of this scope has multiple coats of broadband and an anti-reflection, anti-glare glass. This gives the lense crystalline clarity that you expect from a Trijicon scope. The scope is equipped with a 28 mm objective lens. It’s a perfect hunting and sporting scope.

Watch Out! The green reticle is not very bright in daylight conditions.

Trijicon Accupower 1-8 Review (1-8x28mm)

Trijicon Accupower 1-8 Review

This riflescope is one to be reckoned with. It is feature-packed and robust. You get 11 illumination settings, 2 reticle types and 2 reticle colours, too! I’m sure this scope will not let you down on the field and give you a precise and accurate aim.

Optics

Trijicon is known for its high-quality lenses, and this AccuPower 1-8×28 is no less. The lens of this scope has multiple coats of broadband and an anti-reflection, anti-glare glass. This gives the lense crystalline clarity that you expect from a Trijicon scope. The scope is equipped with a 28 mm objective lens. Now, the small nature of the lens means that the light transmission through it is also low. But, Trijicon has you covered.

To battle this, you have a 34 mm tube on this scope and illumination. The 34 mm tube is preferred for lower power variable reticle. The reticle has an LED illuminated reticle in two colours: Red and Green. The illuminated reticle comes with 11 brightness settings and an ‘off/stop’ notch between each setting. The illuminated reticle is battery powered with a CR2 battery.

Let’s take a situation where you are on the field and don’t have a set of extra batteries, how will you use this rifle scope then? Worry not, the Trijicon Accupower 1-8 has a backlight feature in low light conditions. This way, you can now use the reticle even without the battery-powered illumination. As I said, there are two reticle colour options: red or green. Both the reticles are great. However, the green reticle is not as bright as the red reticle in daylight conditions. The green one is crisp and bright in indoor condition. Thus, I would say that the green reticle works better in urban environments as opposed to a natural, greenery-filled environment.

Talking about the reticle, The scope offers you a Mil and MOA reticle in the same fashion of a segmented circle. You get a quarter MOA adjustment on the MOA pattern and 0.1 MIL adjustment on the MIL reticle. Irrespective of the reticle type, the reticle is clear and very well pronounced. Additionally, the scope is waterproof and does not fail to give HD quality clarity and vision, even in moisture intensive regions. 

Magnification & Range

The AccuPower 1-8×28 offers the user an extremely versatile 8x zoom. Depending on the reticle you opt to use, you get an aiming accuracy up to 800 – 1000 yards. The variable magnification makes it easier to adjust to your environment and enhance your experience. 

This is a wide range scope. The reticles are etched in the First Focal Plane (FFP). This means that the image is going to change with the magnification. The scope also gives you a true 1x experience. At all magnification levels, you get crystal a crystal clear vision. The field of view of this scope is by 28.

The reticle has tapered crosshairs which makes them easy to pick up. The scope comes with a green coloured daytime and a red coloured night time reticle, both of which enable you to use Trijicon’s Bindon Aiming Concept™ (BAC) feature for the perfect shot. The coloured reticles are an excellent feature of this scope and are best for sporting environments, hunting and tactical scenarios.

The construction of the scope gives you clean, sharp edges and a perfect crystalline vision adding to your precision. 

Adjustments

The Trijicon Accupower range of scopes has some great and easy to use adjustments. The smooth turrets make it easier for swift movements and ease your rifle experience. It is very important to have smooth and high functioning turrets in a sporting scope. The Trijicon AccuPower 1-8×28 has target style turrets. Meaning, they are your raised, external knobs, situated at the start of the eye bell. All the knobs on this scope are big and easy to move.

While we are on the subject of turrets, the windage and elevation kobs are adjustable, lockable and resettable. This device also has an adjustable parallax. All in all, pretty neat features. A plus side of these adjustments is that you don’t need any tools to adjust them to zero. You can do it all with hand. Once you have zeroed the scope, to reset the turret, you simply screw the tops off. Then, pull the entire turret body up and back to its set zero position and pop the top back on and then you are ready to go and make adjustments from there.

All the adjustments knobs are tactical and robust. They’re highly durable as well. So, you don’t have to worry about any damage even when you have roughed it up on the field. The adjustments are all zero stop compatible.

Moving on to the optics, the scope features a first focal plane reticle. Both Mil and MOA come in the segmented circle crosshair type. You get 0.25 MOA adjustments on the MOA pattern and 0.1 MIL adjustments on the Mil pattern. 100 MOA adjustment range with the MOA reticle and 29.6 Mil adjustment range with the MIL reticle.

The battery life on this scope is around 31 hours at maximum brightness and up to 100 hours otherwise. The scope is also waterproof, fog proof and shock-resistant.

User Friendliness

The Trijicon AccuPower 1-8×28 is one of the most excellent models in the AccuPower series and delivers at every occasion.  The scope has a compact and convenient 34mm tube and 25 oz weight, ideal for use in the field and beyond. It consists of a single piece, thus, giving you a crisp, smooth and straight line of sight. The riflescope body is made of aircraft-grade aluminium with an anodised coating and is available in a beautiful hard matte black.

The magnification in the scope is smooth and the LED crosshairs, illuminate in low light conditions making it a convenient experience. Though the several features of this scope might seem daunting, even novice shooters can use this device with ease.

The battery on the scope lasts up to 31 hours on maximum settings, but on low-medium settings, it can last for weeks even on frequent usage.  The device is reliable and comes with a limited lifetime warranty of 5-years. It is important to note that the device warranty is only for the original owner, so if you were to resell it, sadly the warranty benefits cannot be passed on. 

Compatibility

This first focal plane reticle scope gives you great performance and was highly anticipated in the market. It can be used for a lot of rifles like DMR style 556 rifle, PEA 308, etc. The product comes with Trijicon factory mounts and 34 mm ring set that has their standard V notch mounting system just like the ACOGs do. It has a standard base like the ACOG base, It is compatible with several other supermarket-style rings and boxes. It is perfect for hunting scenarios, definitely in the three gun realm.

Pros

  • Good glass clarity
  • Rugged
  • Clean edges
  • Reticle clarity
  • First Focal Plane
  • Stiff turret adjustments
  • 34 mm tube
  • Tool-less adjustments
  • Illuminated reticle
  • Generous eye relief
  • Affordable as compared to other 1-8xs in the market
  • Feature-packed

Cons

  • Green reticle is not bright enough for certain daylight conditions
  • A little on the heavier side

FAQs

Which one is better: MOA or Mil?

Both Mil and MOA come in the segmented circle crosshair type. You get 0.25 MOA adjustments on the MOA pattern and 0.1 MIL adjustments on the Mil pattern. 100 MOA adjustment range with the MOA reticle and 29.6 Mil adjustment range with the MIL reticle. But it all comes down to personal preference. You can choose whatever you are most comfortable with. I would suggest visiting the optics planet website and reading the reviews from different users ad then making your choice.

Does it have night vision?

No, the Trijicon AccuPower 1-8×28 mm riflescope does not have night vision. But, it has a backlight feature in low light conditions. This way, you can now use the reticle even without the battery-powered illumination. The red colored reticle is recommended for night time use. You can also attach a clip-on night vision device.

Where is this scope manufactured?

The device uses Japanese glass, engineered and assembled in the US.

Conclusion

We’ve finally reached the end of this review and the final verdict is that, though the 1-8×28 is a great product. Sure it has some drawbacks but none of them are significant enough to stop you from purchasing thoroughly enjoying this scope and all the brilliance it has to offers. Trijicon has shined, yet again, with their AccuPower series.  Do check out Trijicon AccuPower 1-4×24, it’s an amazing scope.

Like any other scope on the market, Trijicon promises to deliver but the only difference: Trijicon actually delivers and lives up to the standards set by Bindon. The high-quality aircraft-grade aluminium body, multi-coated paint, premium glass lens and stellar quality are all features of a great product. I’d like to add that even though the warranty on this product is comparatively low, the durability of Trijicon scopes itself make up for it. This was a highly anticipated scope and it has lived up to all its expectations, It is designed to endure tough, harsh conditions and wear and tear while giving you an amazing shooting experience. If you ask me, this is a scope you should snag, right away!

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