Trijicon is a very well established optics brand, with its ACOGs seeing plenty of combat in the hands of the US Military. They have a reputation for amazing clarity and incredible durability. As variable power scopes have become more popular, Trijicon has been edging into that market more and more. The latest addition to the Trijicon variable power optics line is the Trijicon AccuPower 1-8x28mm.

True 1x magnification

A durable 1-8x scope with true 1x magnification and a forgiving exit pupil is a perfect rifle scope for an AR-15 or other carbine style rifle. The true 1x and forgiving exit pupil allows it to be an excellent both eyes open CQB rifle, or allows you to crank it up to 8x magnification and stretch out to 800 yards. If there was ever a “one size fits all” rifle scope, a good 1-8 scope is about as close as you can get.

The Trijicon 1-8x28mm rifle scope will be great on a home defense rifle, hunting rifle, competition rifle, duty rifle, or general plinking rifle.

Trijicon AccuPower 1-8x28mm Specifications

  • Power: 1-8 zoom with a true 1x
  • Objective size: 28mm
  • Tube: 34mm tube
  • Weight: 28oz / 1.75lbs
  • Focal Plane: First Focal Plane (FFP) reticle
  • Turrets: Not capped, but zero stopped turrets
  • Reticles: MIL and MOA reticles available – .1 mil clicks or .25MOA clicks
  • Reticle options: Segmented Circle reticle in MOA or MIL
  • Adjustment range: 100 MOA or 29.6 MIL adjustment range
  • Illumination: LED Green or Red with 11 settings

MSRP: $1,699

The $1,699 price means the Trijicon 1-8x28mm scope will likely end up being closer to around $1,400 street price, making this rifle scope an excellent choice for shooters looking for a high end 1-8x rifle scope. The glass quality and features will put it in a league above its $500 competitors, and also compete with scopes that cost $1,000 more.

The Trijicon 1-8x28mm Segmented Circle Reticle

Trijicon AccuPower 1-8 Segmented Circle Reticle in MIL or MOA

Trijicon AccuPower 1-8 Segmented Circle Reticle in MIL or MOA

The Trijicon 1-8x28mm’s illuminated segmented circle reticle allows for easy target acquisition at close distances with both eyes open. But the FFP MIL or MOA reticle allows for quick shot placement at longer distances, accurately compensating for drop without having to take the time to fiddle with the scope’s turrets. This is ideal for shooters who engage targets at unknown distances, shoot under the clock (like in competitions), or have to engage multiple targets at multiple distances.

The Trijicon Segmented Circle Reticle is a very diverse reticle, not too busy, not too simple, allowing shooters to use it for vastly different use cases.

FFP or SFP reticle? What’s the difference?

Trijicon AccuPower 1-8 Segmented Circle Reticle FFP

Trijicon AccuPower 1-8 Segmented Circle Reticle FFP at 1x

The Second Focal Plane (SFP) vs First Focal Plane (FFP) debate has shooters firmly entrenched on both camps. Some say SFP is the only way to go, some say FFP is the only way to go. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and how you plan on using your rifle. There is no answer to fit all shooters and all shooting styles.

First Focal Plane reticles get larger and smaller based on the magnification of the scope. This means drop calculations stay the same no matter the zoom. Second Focal Plane reticles stay the same size no matter the zoom. This keeps the reticle less busy, and not too thick at full magnification, but drop calculations are different at different zooms. Which usually means drop calculations are only viable on maximum zoom.

Using a rifle scope at maximum zoom results in having a smaller field of view. When shooting under the clock, like in a competition format or hunting application, maximum zoom results in more time searching around trying to find your target, which is far from ideal. Having the option to use your scope at 4x or 6x while having consistent MIL or MOA marks makes putting quick and accurate shots on target quick and easy.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of FFP reticles and highly recommend FFP over SFP if you ever think you’ll want to shoot at a zoom other than minimum or maximum.

Trijicon AccuPower 1-8x28mm Rifle Scope

The Trijicon AccuPower 1-8x28mm is an excellent rifle scope with the expected Trijicon quality. The optical clarity, forgiving eye relief, and other excellent features put it heads and shoulders over many of its competitors, and the $1,699 MSRP has it competing against rifle scopes at much higher price points.

Official page: Trijicon AccuPower 1-8×28