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The Trijicon ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) line of scopes is a battery-free, combat-proven optic built to the highest of standards.

ACOG Scopes

But there are many types of ACOG scopes, so we developed this guide to help you find the right scope to suit your needs. First we will will discuss the different features and specs of the scopes, and then we included handy comparison charts that show a side-by-side comparison of the different models.

Magnification, objective lens size, and eye relief

This is where the scopes differ the most. The best sizes for the AR are the 4&#;32, &#;35, and the 3&#; These 3 sizes are by far the most popular types of ACOG&#;s.

4&#;32 ACOG&#;s (TA31, TA01, and TA02 series)

4x32 ACOG's (TA31, TA01, and TA02 series)

These are the most popular ACOG&#;s (the US Military favors the 4&#;32). They feature 4X magnification and a 32mm objective lens.

The scope has the shortest eye relief of the bunch at about &#; &#; this means you need to shoot with your nose to the charging handle (some people don&#;t like this, but that&#;s how you&#;re supposed to shoot anyway!).

But the larger objective lens and shorter eye relief means it has the largest field of view of the bunch. At yards, you can see almost twice as much area through this scope vs a 3&#;30 ACOG. The scope is fairly light at 14 oz including the mount.

If you&#;re willing to give up some eye relief for an incredible field of view and higher magnification &#; the 4&#;32 is the ACOG for you.

Check out the comparison chart of the 4&#;32 ACOG scopes >

&#;35 (TA11 series)

ACOG Scope x35 (TA11 series)

This scope features X magnification, and a large 35mm objective lens.

The &#;35 ACOG has good eye relief at &#;, and a fairly generous field of view &#; 29 feet at yards. This is a great all-around scope because it really balances field of view, magnification, and eye relief. The only problem is the weight &#; at 18 oz (including the mount) it&#;s about 4 oz heavier than the other scopes.

If you want a great all-around performer, and you don&#;t mind the extra weight, this may be the right scope for you.

Check out the comparison chart of the &#;35 ACOG scopes >

3&#;30 (TA33 series)

ACOG Scope 3x30 (TA33 series)

The 3&#;30 his a lesser 3x magnification, and a smaller 30mm objective lens.

Where the 3&#;30 excels is eye relief. Trijicon claims this scope has a &#; eye relief but this is wrong &#; it&#;s more like 4 inches! However the field of view on this scope is only 20 feet at yards &#; almost half of the 4&#;32 scope. The smaller objective lens means this scope is light &#; only about 13 oz including the mount.

If you want a small, light scope with incredible eye relief, check out the 3&#;30 &#; just be aware the field of view is smaller than the other types!


AT3 Tactical carries ACOG&#;s for /, , or SPC calibers &#; simply choose the one that matches your rifle. The reason this matters &#; the reticle has &#;bullet drop compensating&#; functionality. You&#;ll see little numbers on the reticle &#; when shooting at further distances, you can use these numbers to adjust your aim and compensate for the drop of your bullet.

Check out the comparison chart of the 3&#;30 ACOG scopes >

Reticle style

For the style and color of the reticle &#; it really comes down to personal preference.

There are basically 5 types of reticles:

  • Chevron ReticleChevron &#; this is what the military uses &#; it looks like an upside-down V. Tricjicon calls the military version the &#;RCO&#; but it&#;s really just the same as the regular chevron.
  • Triangle ReticleTriangle &#; almost the same as the chevron, except it&#;s a little pyramid instead of the &#;V&#; shape.
  • Donut ReticleDonut &#; it&#;s a circle shape. Some people find this shape a little less precise but your mileage may vary.
  • Horseshoe/dot ReticleHorseshoe/dot &#; has a large &#;horseshoe&#; that surrounds a small dot.
  • Crosshair ReticleCrosshair &#; the classic crosshair we all know and love.
Reticle Color

Again, this one is mostly preferece. Trijicon offers the classic red color, as well as green and amber. The green and amber tend to appear as &#;brighter&#; than the red, but they can sometimes blend in with backgrounds.

For example green may be difficult to see when there is foliage in the background, and amber can blend in with dead grass or sand. When in doubt &#; we recommend red (there aren&#;t too many things in nature that are red, so chances are the color will always stand out).

Illumination type

One of the greatest things about the ACOG is that it doesn&#;t require batteries for illumination (with the exception of the TA02). Most of the ACOG&#;s use a combination of fiber optic (for daytime) and tritium (a substance that illuminates at night).

The TA01 series ditches the fiber optics, so this sight only lights up at night (during the day, you just see the black crosshairs). And as mentioned, the TA02 series uses batteries to provide LED illumination.

Included accessories

By far the best add-on for the ACOG is the RMR (Rugged Miniaturized Reflex) sight. This is a tiny red-dot reflex sight that sits on top of your ACOG, and it works perfectly for transitioning to close quarters situations where magnification is not needed.

Another important thing to look at is the type of mount included with your ACOG. All of the scopes can be mounted on the AR carry handle, but many of the scopes also include a picatinny rail mount for use on a flattop upper.

Trijicon ACOG Comparison Charts

4&#;32 ACOG Comparison Chart
Eye Relief = in, Field of view = 37ft at yds

Note: All links redirect to Amazon. We&#;ve found that Amazon offers the best pricing on ACOG scopes.


Re: **Acog Reticle Chevron vs Horsehoe Green Vs Red**

I picked up a 4X32 red ghost ring/red dot set up for spc. Luv it and can even see after dark though quite dim,,, but can still throw that red dot on target. I wouldn't ever buy a non-illuminated scope nowadays.

At yards, the red dot cover a little over an inch and the ghost ring covers the 8 inch circle. I shot a caribou at over yards this fall and the ghost ring went as high as the bull's antlers. They were moving away from me, so I figured if one of the bulls turned giving me a shot (I was looking at their butts as they moved away from me) I'd just pop a few off. I didn't use the BDC lines, just shot over his back 5 quick ones. Ht him twice and he went down.

The ghost ring is super quick for me and I wish I could buy leupolds with ghost rings over top illuminated cross hairs, no joke. I have only owned red aimpoints until now, but will buy another acog if the price is right.


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Red Dot vs ACOG Sights: Which Is Better?

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You’ve seen the tactical side of the movies where the military is using different optics. What on earth are they, though? Well, that would be either a red dot or an advanced combat optical gunsight (ACOG). One is designed for the regular non-military person and the other was made with combat in mind. Both are useful and both have their own set of pros and cons. Knowing what each can do for you is going to help you know which is better for you. Both are extremely amazing optics, but each has a place.

Let’s look at them both and see which is better for your needs.

Overview of Red Dot:

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How it Works

The red dot is exactly what it sounds like. It is a red dot, though sometimes green, sighting system that uses the reticle as the aim point. There are different options on the market, including a holographic sight, but the principle is the same. The main difference between them is what image you will see and the price of the optic.

The red dot uses a LED to project a reticle onto a lens that is coated to only reflect red or green light. As you look through the lens, the coating absorbs the other colors, leaving you with just the red or green light coming towards you. If someone were to look through the opposite side, they would only see your eye and not the red dot.

In essence, the red dot is just a trick of the light, leaving you with a perfect dot to aim for. Depending on the optic, there are options on making it brighter or dimmer depending on your needs.

What it’s Good for

The best place for this optic is short-range shooting or defense. This type of sight wasn’t made for long-distance shooting. To get the most out of your optic, it is best used between 0 and yards. It is designed to be a just point and shoot, and you know you are going to hit your target no matter what.

Red dots allow you to keep both of your eyes open. The way they are designed, you are getting a reflection of the light, meaning you don’t have to focus and only use your dominant eye for focus. Since there is no eye relief, you can monitor your surroundings as well. Basically, if you can see the dot, you can hit your target and that makes it a popular optic for defense and short-range.

These optics are great in low-light settings as well. In most of the red dot optics, you can change how intense the dot is showing. The brighter the light, the more likely you’ll need to raise the brightness to see it. At night you won’t need something as bright and can dim it down to find the correct balance.


  • Beginner friendly
  • Adjustable to different light settings
  • Keep both eyes open
  • Different colors available
  • Keep area awareness


  • Not for long-distance
  • Not as rugged

Overview of ACOG:

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How it Works

The most often ACOG is the Trijicon ACOG, which is a magnified scope. Like other optics on the market, it has various zoom options, but the one used the most is 4x magnification. Like the red dot, it uses an illuminated reticle that projects an image onto the target. That isn’t the only thing it does, though.

The ACOG is famous for including an incredibly precise bullet drop compensator. This makes it possible to use this optic for distance and makes hitting a human-sized target a breeze at about yards. Therefore the Marine Corps favors this type of optic over just the red dot.

Unlike most optics though, this one is shorter. It was made for firearms with shorter barrels losing no effectiveness.

What it’s Good for

These optics are built like tanks. They last and go through just about any condition you can imagine. This makes them perfect for military personal and those who hunt in different weather conditions. Because the ACOG is also a magnified optic, it doubles as not just a tool to aim with but also one that can observe and a spotter. This makes it perfect for anything above yards.

The optic provides a crystal-clear image and a bright picture. The BDC makes shooting simple and effective, no matter the conditions. The optic itself is waterproof, shockproof, and fog proof, making it a staple for any climate available.

The best part is the ACOG uses fiber optics and tritium to provide a battery-free light source that illuminates the reticle. The illumination will adjust to the right light level automatically, meaning you don’t have to worry about it. This makes it great for distance.


  • Extremely durable
  • Magnification
  • No batteries to worry about
  • Bullet Drop Compensator


  • Pricey
  • Weighs more than a red dot

Risk Management

It is always going to be safer to have both eyes open when handling a firearm. However, many optics on the market require you to close your non-dominant eye in order to use them. This is where the red dot really shines. It allows you to keep both eyes open, which keeps you alert to your surroundings.

Why do we close one eye, anyway? It comes down to minimizing the information sent to the brain. At least, that is what the idea is. It allows your brain to focus on the information that is being fed to it through the one eye that is focusing. The downside to this is it also reduces the amount of information you are receiving from the eye that is closed. 

Taking a stressful situation, like defense, closing one eye goes against human nature. The brain wants to take in all the information it can in order to get you out of there safely. This is where the red dot shines, as it was built to keep both eyes open. The ACOG won’t allow that option, making it best for longer ranges.

Accuracy is Important  

While normally the red dot would win out on this, it actually comes in behind the ACOG. The ACOG comes with the BDC, making it perfect for long-distance but also being able to hit your target. There is a reason the military is fond of this optic after all. It not only keeps the soldier safe, but also allows them to calculate a shot in seconds.

It truly comes down to distance. The farther something is from you, the best bet is going to be the ACOG. They are built for distance and for accuracy. The red dot is meant for short-range shooting. While both are accurate, it comes down to the distance you are looking at. Yes, it is possible to use the ACOG for short-distance shooting, but that isn’t ideal.

Ask yourself what distance you are going to be shooting at the most. Is it close range or something farther than that? Once you know the answer, it makes it easier to pick from. 

Versatility Options         

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The winner in the category is the red dot. Red dots are simple, easy to use on any firearm, and there are so many options available you could easily find one that suited to your needs. That is the beauty of the red dot. It can even be magnified for some extra zoom. No matter what you are doing, the red dot can easily match your needs.

The ACOG doesn’t offer such versatile options, though. They are made to be used in tactical scenarios. It is why the Marines favor this optic over the simple red dot. Not only that, they are rugged and made to take a beating. They also don’t take batteries, making them easy to use in places where batteries are scarce. 

The major downside is the more versatile the ACOG, the more money it is. Also depending on the type of environment, it will also depend on what you need. Consider where, and what you will use your firearm for and you’ll know which one is right for you.


Regardless of what you choose, you will have an excellent option when it comes to your firearm. As long as you stick to the higher-end optics, you know you will get the best for your buck. Take into account what you will be doing and you’ll know the perfect options. The ACOG is great for the military person, while the red dot is perfect for the everyday person.

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Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.

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