Primary Arms Optics | SLx Gen III Prism Scopes with ACSS Reticles

Primary Arms ACSS SLx 3x32mm Gen III Prism Scope
September 15, 2020  
Categories: Musings

There’s no denying it, 2020 is scoping up—pun intended—to be one strange year. But what makes a bad day, week, month (or at this point, probably year) better? Well, learning one of your favorite companies is shipping a new product! In this case, it’s Primary Arms optics. They’ve officially announced they’re shipping the all-new SLx GEN III Prism Scope lineup with a Primary Arms ACSS option.

Integrating a New Mounting System and Primary Arms ACSS Reticles

If that doesn’t get your panties a little wet, Primary Arms tells us the optics integrate an all-new mounting system with new reticles—including the ACSS Aurora. An upgrade to the previous SLx 3x and 5x Prism Optics.

Our Prism Scopes have set the standard in the category, and we’ve just made them even stronger.

-Terry Mears, Primary Arms’ Director of Product Marketing

Primary Arms SLx 5x36mm Gen III Prism Scope

If you’re looking for something precision-oriented with a long-range prism optic, Primary Arms claims they can deliver. Oh, and they claim their optics comes with exceptional accuracy at any distance—pretty sure we’re to interpret that as any reasonably expected distance.

Primary Arms SLx PAC5X GENIII ACSS 5.56


We’re also told this is one of your lighter options, compared to mounted LPVOs, weighing in at 18.4 oz.

Even better, this particular optic has an integrated Picatinny rail section, which Primary Arms intended for allowing a vertically offset red dot.

Primary Arms ACSS SLx 5x Prism Scope

Now, what is it that’s so special about the ACSS Aurora option. Well, it’s a metric-based BDC and apparently made for precision holds out to 800 meters.

The optic also received a gold medal rating by the National Training Officers Association (NTOA) and is recommended for duty use.



Primary Arms PAC5X-GENIII

What’s that rating mean exactly? And how did this optic gain such a recommendation? Well, we’re told, NTOA bases their optics ratings on real-world performance, evaluating products by their build quality, ease-of-use, design features, and practicality for law enforcement operations. And out of a possible 5 points, the SLx 5X received 4.52.

We’re proud to see that this year’s new products performed well with the National Tactical Officers Association. Law Enforcement is one of our highest priorities in developing new products that exceed expectations. The NTOA’s ratings confirm that we’re bringing professional-grade quality and technology at consumer-friendly pricing.


SLx 5x36mm Gen III Prism Scope Specs

  • Battery Type: CR2032 3V Lithium Coin
  • Click Value: 1/3 MOA
  • Eye Relief: 2.50 in – 3.00 in
  • Field View 100: 18.80 ft
  • Illuminated: Illuminated
  • Magnification: 5X
  • Mount: M1913 Picatinny
  • Night Vision Compatible: Non-Compatible
  • Reticle: ACSS Aurora
  • Turret Features: Capped Turrets, Tool Adjustable
  • Type: Fixed Magnification
  • Weight:18.4 Oz

MSRP: $329.99

Primary Arms SLx 3x32mm Gen III Prism Scope

The Primary Arms SLx 3x32mm Gen III Prism Scope is more a general-purpose, mid-range prism optic. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with some nice upgrades. According to Primary Arms, it also has exceptional durability at a good value.

Primary Arms SLx PAC3X GENIII ACSS 5.56


If the 5×36 is a bit out of your price range or more capable than what you’re needing, the 3×32 might be a better fit.

Primary Arms SLx 3x32mm Gen III Prism Scope

If the $289.99 price doesn’t impress you, maybe the forgiving eyebox, fully-reengineered factory mount, ACSS reticle, and NTOA duty-use recommendation will.

How do you improve upon an already strong line of Prism Scopes? Make them even stronger and add a proven reticle to the mix.


 Now for the finer details.  Below is what you can expect from your new 3x32mm Gen III Prism Scope (ACSS-5.56-CQB-M2 Reticle).

SLx 3x32mm Gen III Prism Scope Specs

  • Battery Type: CR2032 3V Lithium Coin
  • Click Value: 1/4 MOA
  • Eye Relief: 2.72 in – 2.92 in
  • Field View 100: 31.50 ft
  • Illuminated: Illuminated
  • Magnification: 3X
  • Mount: M1913 Picatinny
  • Night Vision Compatible: Non-Compatible
  • Reticle: ACSS 5.56 CQB M2
  • Total Elevation Adjustment: 60 MOA
  • Total Windage Adjustment: 60 MOA
  • Turret Features: Capped Turrets, Tool Adjustable
  • Type: Fixed Magnification
  • Weight: 18.4 Oz

MSRP: $289.99

For more information on the SLx 3x32mm Gen III or SLx 5x36mm Gen III Prism Scope, you can visit the Primary Arms website.

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Ashley Bunch is a Tennesse-born contributor to Breach-Bang-Clear. She's an Air Force Security Forces veteran and former dog handler turned journalist (like, real journalist, with a degree and internships at big publications and everything). As you might expect from someone who works with us, she's a bit of a smartass, a dedicated student of the hoplological arts, an ardent traveler and more than a bit of a foodie. Ashley is a dangerous girl, particularly if your first name is Channel, Flathead, or Blue — Bunch has kilt and eaten many an insolent catfish. She'd rather be camping and fishing than just camping, just camping rather than just hiking, and just hiking rather than sitting at home. If she is sitting at home, however, there's likely a big damn jar of sweet tea somewhere nearby. 


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