Primary Arms Expands GLx Scope Line with Two High-Power Models — SHOT Show 2023 By: Jeff Cramblit

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For SHOT Show 2023, Primary Arms debuted its first American-made optics, both these new scopes are designed and built in Texas. The two new GLx scopes are designed for longer-range shooting with greater magnification and adjustment travel to support reaching out.

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The new 3-18x and 4.5-27x are built on 34mm main tubes, an upgrade from the 30mm tubes used on previous GLx models.

The 3-18x has 120 MOA of windage adjustment and 180 MOA of elevation. The 4.5-27x has a bit less at 84 MOA windage and 120 MOA of elevation adjustment. That in combination with the elevation holds built-in the ACSS reticles should allow one to shoot extreme distances.

Locking turrets are large and easily manipulated.

Both models come with locking turrets to ensure that the turrets aren’t inadvertently rotated during movements afield or during removal from cases.

The turrets feature steel-on-steel adjustment and are very positive. The turrets are clearly marked for graduations and directions of operation.

Fixed throw lever for power adjustment.

Adjustment of magnification is accomplished by rotating the aggressively-surfaced power ring or by use of a throw lever. The throw lever is dovetailed and screwed in, and available in a fixed or folding design.

Both scopes are available in either an Apollo or an Athena reticle. These reticles feature Ballistic Drop Compensation, Target Auto Ranging, Mil sub-tenons, wind holds, and a number of other features.

The Athena reticle is available in both new GLx models.

The new GLx models both feature adjustable parallax. On the 3-18x it can be adjusted down to less than 25 yards, and on the larger scope, it can be adjusted down to 30 yards. This makes them both viable options for the now popular precision .22LR rifle matches.

Turret information for illumination setting, parallax, and elevation are clearly marked

The left side knob also serves to adjust the brightness of the reticle. There are 10 different levels to choose from. Probably my favorite feature of all on these scopes is the auto-off/-on feature.

If the scope sits without moving for 3 minutes it turns off the illumination of the reticle preserving the battery life. When the scope is moved, even slightly it turns the illumination back on to the level it’s set at.

I can’t count how many batteries I have killed by putting a rifle in a case or the safe without turning off the illumination. Problem solved!

Specifications             GLx 3-18×44                            GLx 4.5-27×56

Magnification             3 -18x                                      4.5 – 27x

Focal Plane                  First                                         First

Objective Lens            44 mm                                    56 mm

Tube Diameter            34 mm                                    34 mm

Length                         13.66 inches                            14.45 inches

Weight                        29.6 ounces                             33.2 ounces

Reticles                       Athena & Apollo                     Athena & Apollo

Illumination                 10 settings/ battery                10 settings/ battery

Auto Off/On                Yes                                          Yes

Warranty                     Lifetime                                  Lifetime

Origin                          Made in USA                           Made in USA

MSRP                          ~$800-900                               ~$800-900

The size of the easy-to-operate elevation and windage turrets can be seen here.

These new GLx models will be available somewhere around mid-2023. Both have magnification ranges that should support a wide variety of shooting needs, plenty of adjustment range, a much-needed auto-Off/-On feature, excellent reticles, and easy-to-operate locking turrets.

All this at an affordable price. And, as mentioned, they are made in America. When you get the chance, be sure to check them out when they hit your dealer’s shelves.

Apollo reticle is available in multiple caliber calibrations

For more information on Primary Arms Optics and the new GLx models click, HERE.

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