November 10, 2011
The Trijicon Accupoint 3X-9X: A High Quality Scope For a Reasonable Price
By David E. Petzal
Trijicon (which is an American company, by the way) is probably best known for its ACOG red-dot sight, which is currently issued to the United States Marine Corps so they can shoot whoever disagrees with Hillary Rodham Clinton. Even if you’re not a Marine, you should be aware of the company’s line of conventional Accupoint rifle scopes. They are of extremely high quality, and I used an Accupoint 3X-9X (Model TR20-1) on a .270 to end the career of a Wyoming mule deer a little while ago.
I’ve long had a Trijicon 2.5X-10X-56 on my beanfield rifle, so the brand is nothing new to me, but in case it is to you, what makes Trijicon unique is its ambient-light-powered aiming dot system, used in conjunction with standard or mil-dot crosshairs, or with Trijicon’s post reticle (which is what I have on the beanfield gun). The Trijicon system works to perfection, uses no batteries (in case there’s no ambient light a tritium implant takes over), and lets you adjust the brightness of the dot to where you like it.
My experience with the dot is that you’ll seldomly need it, unless you make a practice of hunting in first and last light. But every once in a while, as I found in Wyoming, it makes all the difference. If that deer had not been standing in a light-colored part of the field so I could get a good look at him, and if I had not had the green dot to aim with, it would have been a different story.
Last summer I had occasion to compare my beanfield Trijicon to three other scopes that cost a lot more (and I do mean a lot) and was shocked at how good its optics are. They stood up just fine in the company of scopes that cost half again as much.
The MSRP for the 3X-9X is $900, but in the real world I see it being sold for $700 and change, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you could get one for less than that. At any price, it’s a great all-around scope. For more intel, go to trijicon.com.