Trijicon Accupoint 5-20×50 Scope Review – Unique Illumination, Exceptional Accuracy

Were you aware Trijicon makes high end hunting rifle scopes?

Don’t worry if you said no, a lot of other people don’t realize this either.  Trijicon is best known for manufacturing the fixed power ACOG battle sight for the military, but they have a wide range of other optics available.  The Trijicon Accupoint series of rifle scopes are built for the hunter in mind and we are taking a look at the most powerful magnification available, the 5-20×50 model.


Is It Worth Your Money?

The Trijicon Accupoint scope has the extreme clarity that Trijicon optics are known for.  The tritium illumination automatically adjusts to the conditions and can be controlled manually as well.  The body of the scope is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and features a tough hard coat anodized finish to protect against wear and corrosion.

This scope will withstand any environmental condition you may encounter.  With the adjustable 5-20x magnification you can easily take on targets at 1,000 yards.  A Trijicon optic is never cheap, but the quality and performance you receive is second to none.       


Scope Review and Breakdown

Features

  1. The Tritium and Fiber Optic illumination system is bright. Light is transmitted through the top of the scope and automatically adjusts the reticle depending on current conditions.  If a different brightness is desired it can be manually adjusted at any time by the shooter.
  1. Three different reticles are available: A standard duplex crosshair, mil-dot crosshair, and a unique triangle post reticle similar to their ACOG sights. All the reticles are available in amber or green illumination, and the triangle reticle is also available in red.
  1. The 6016-T6 aluminum housing features a non-glare hard coat anodized finish that serves two purposes. The matte finish will not reflect any light, therefore not giving away your position or scaring off any would-be prey in the field.  The hard coat finish protects against all types of surface issues, including weather, rust, and corrosion.
  1. The 5-20x model features a long eye-relief. This allows the scope to be mounted farther away from the shooter’s eye.  This is a huge benefit on more powerful rifles where the force of recoil could potentially injure the shooter during operation.

Specs

  • Magnification: 5-20x
  • Objective Size: 50mm
  • Length: 13.6″
  • Weight: 26.9oz
  • Tube Size: 30mm
  • Reticle Color: Amber, Green, or Red
  • Eye Relief: 3.8″ – 4.1″

Ease of Use & Reliability

For the most part the Accupoint’s controls will be familiar to an experienced shooter.  The windage and elevation knobs work the same as they would on any other scope.  The knobs are large enough to have a good grasp on them, and each click is positive and can be felt.  Each click is 1/4 MOA, or roughly .25″ at 100 yards to let you dial in extreme accuracy.

The magnification control is also easy to control, and allows easy adjustment to your desired power level.  In addition to the standard windage, elevation, and zoom controls there is also a focus knob on the side of the scope.  This is easy to adjust and allows of the sharpest possible sight picture at all times.

The illumination controls will be unfamiliar to those who have not used Trijicon optics in the past.  Fiber optics on the top of the scope gather light and transmit it to the reticle.  The brighter it is outside, the brighter the reticle will be. You can also manually adjust the brightness on the scope if desired.  If no light is available the reticle is still lit through the use of tritium.     

Battery Life

Thanks to the fiber optic and tritium illumination, no battery is required for the Accupoint.

​P​ros

  • Fiber Optic Illumination. The fiber optic powered reticle is bright and clear, allowing for quick target acquisition. Fiber optics are powered by natural light, with no batteries to worry about.
  • Anodized Hard Coat body. The tough outer coating on the body protects against wear and environmental conditions.
  • Reticle choices. Different crosshair and reticle color choices allow the shooter to pick the scope that best suits their eye.
  • Exceptional Clarity. The glass is extremely clear and the focus knob allows for dialing in sharp sight picture at all time.
  • Long Range Accuracy. The 5-20x magnification lets you easily shoot targets up to 1,000 yards.

Cons

  • It's expensive.  You do get a high quality scope for the price, but be prepared to pay.
  • Adjustment limitations.  The windage and elevation adjustments are somewhat limited, which won't be a problem for most shooters but could possible cause issues depending on rifle, cartridge, and conditions.
  • The body isn't one piece.  For a scope this expensive I would expect the body to be made from a single block of aluminum.

Cost

If you’ve ever looked at or purchased a Trijicon optic in the past you know that they don’t come cheap.  The 5-20×50 Accupoint is no different, and depending on reticle and color options will cost you just under $1100.

 


Who Is This Scope For?

Type of Gun

The Accupoint has been designed to be used on medium to long range hunting or sniper rifles.  Any precision bolt action rifle would be ideal.  Large caliber semi-automatic rifles, such as the AR-10, would also be an appropriate platform for the Accupoint.

Type of Shooter

This scope would best be used by hunters who are shooting up to 1,000 yards, or by police departments snipers.  For the hunter the anti-corrosive finish and powerful zoom will be a great asset in the field.  A police sniper can rely on the illumination system to work in any light condition, and the anti-glare surface will not give away their position to possible targets.


Our Opinion

Trijicon TR23 AccuPoint

The Trijicon Accupoint is a great rifle scope, and if it has the features you need it is well worth a look.  The battery-free always on illumination is a huge asset, and new users will quickly adapt to operating any controls that may seem unfamiliar to them.  Windage, Elevation, and Focus knobs ensure you have the highest accuracy and best possible sight picture.

The available of different reticles, both in style and color, allows the consumer to choose their most preferred scope without having to settle.  The construction, while not a one-piece body, is solid and will withstand any situation.  The 30mm allows for a wide variety of mounting options, and there are numerous parts and accessories available directly from the manufacturer.

Other Options Worth Looking At

If you are looking to stay in the same price range as the Accupoint there are several models available from companies such as Nightforce, Nikon, and Leupold that are the same level of construction and quality, though the illumination system is unique to Trijicon.

For a less expensive option Vortex makes some fantastic rifle scopes for a fraction of the price.  If you don’t need fiber optics they are well worth a look.