Trijicon Accupoint 3-9x40
- By Pete Moore
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- Last updated: 20/03/2019
Say the name Trijicon and we all think of their ACOG (advanced combat optical gunsight). These lower power (fixed magnification) compact optics used a unique, dual illumination system; the first, an external fibre optic bar that takes available light and uses it to light the reticle, in darker conditions an internal Tritium element took over.
Trijicon also offer more conventional scopes that incorporated their twin illumination technology calling it AccuPoint; on test, is the 3-9x40 version. The build offers a onepiece and a 1” body tube, nothing amazing, but good enough for many hunting and shooting needs. Plus, it’s light and compact at 13.5oz and 12.4” and its 40mm objective allows it to be low mounted. It comes packaged with a Lens Pen for cleaning the exterior glass and basic slip-over front and rear, elasticated caps.
This model offers three reticle options: triangle post (obelisk with red triangle tip coming from 6 o’clock), standard duplex cross hair and round (2nd generation) Mil-Dot in the second focal plane (SFP). This is what I had on test and it offers a medium grid, which is easy to see, yet not too bulky. The magnification ring is rubber and fully slotted with a raised fin for easy dialling, as the rear is a fast-focus eyepiece.
Turrets are pretty standard looking, showing a low profile and screw off caps. They lift to unlock for zeroing and offer ¼ MOA clicks. They are divided in 12 x 1MOA divisions, sub-divided in ¼ MOA. Both windage and elevation are identical; so, essentially are zero and forget types, though can be dialled if you want.
Illumination is interesting, with the Tritium light source buried inside, not so the fibre optic system. The ACOG had this in a bar shape in a gutter on top of the scope, with no means of adjusting for brightness, apart from blocking the surface off with tape. Later versions binned this, in favour of a battery and rheostat system. Not so the AccuPoint, the fibre optic is a flattened mat of material behind a rotary collar with a clear plastic window directly behind the magnification ring. This shows as yellow through a cut out on top of the eyepiece bell running from 9 to 3 O’clock. In this position, you get maximum exposure to ambient light, so full illumination, rotate the collar and it will reduce it as there’s less getting through.
In the dark, the Tritium source kicks in, but is very low powered and hard to see; equally, in these conditions, you can see little through the scope for obvious reasons. The fibre optic will gather any ambient light and tends to work even at dusk and on clear nights, however, it’s not that bright and there’s the same problem of what you can actually see of the target and reticle. Optically, the image is good, but the spec will not excite many people; plus, at a shade over £800, it’s very expensive for what it is.
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