If I could own only one riflescope for all my defensive, hunting and varminting needs, it would probably be a Trijicon 1-8x28mm AccuPower ($1,699). The 1X magnification permits both-eyes open, Bindon Aiming Concept close-quarters use (Glyn Bindon was Trijicon’s founder, and the first person to develop a method of both-eyes–open shooting with a magnified optic). And 8X magnification is plenty of power for everything I hunt short of P-Dogs at 500 yards.

The AccuPower is offered in 1-4x24mm, 1-8x28mm, 2.5-10x56mm, 3-9x40mm and 4-16x50mm, priced from $699 to $1,699. All feature a variety of red or green illuminated reticles, and are built on 1-inch, 30mm or 34mm tubes depending on model. The most expensive model—the 1-8x28mm—is built on a 5056 black, hard-coat anodized, 34mm aluminum tube. It features an MOA or MIL segmented, illuminated circle crosshair with 11 brightness settings and an “off” between each. The reticle is set in the first focal plane, so it appears larger as magnification is increased. Our evaluation scope was the MIL segmented model, with huge, push-down-to-lock windage and elevation adjustment turrets calibrated in 0.1 MIL per click increments. On full magnification, the 0.5 MIL ticks in the first 5 MILS of the reticle are easy to see, and the 1.0 MIL ticks after that are even easier to see.

This is an extremely versatile riflescope, perfect for competitive, tactical and hunting applications. All things considered, it’s our new top-pick for running and gunning, hitting steel or staring down dangerous game—and doing all of it with equal competency. The combination of true 1x magnification with 8x optical zoom and the first focal plane reticle, offer fast target acquisition and long-range precision. The first focal plane reticle permits subtensions and drops to remain true at any magnification, allowing the shooter to quickly and accurately apply the correct hold. The reticle illumination is powered by a single CR2032 lithium battery. Its fully multi-coated, broadband, anti-reflective glass lenses, 34mm tube and 28mm objective lens offer a combination of superior optical clarity and brightness. Field of view at 100 yards 109.2 to 13.1 feet, and eye relief is 4.0 to 3.9 inches, both depending on magnification, a the latter being a huge plus to me as I just hate crowd an ocular lens. Speaking of ocular lenses, this one is rubber armored and provides more diopter adjustment than you’ll ever need. The AccuPower comes with a lens cloth, set of lens caps, operator’s manual and a Lifetime Warranty. Contact Trijicon, Dept. OT; Tel.: (800) 338-0563; Web: www.trijicon.com