Primary Arms 3-9×40 Scope Decides to End its Suffering on my Rifle

A few weeks ago I presented a review of the Primary Arms 3-9×40 Illuminated Riflescope. At the time I thought it was a great deal — for only $75 you get a functioning scope that seemed fairly well built and held zero. This past weekend I took it out for a spin on my new Weatherby Vanguard (more on that later, and thank you Paragon Defense!), and it slowly beat itself to death on my rifle.

First the illumination knob decided to declare independence, as pictured above. Then there was a small revolution inside the scope, which led to my shot pattern opening up wildly and a strange rattling noise coming from the scope itself. Needless to say, I think I need some new glass. And this time I won’t let it in on les droits de l’homme.

We at The Truth About Guns strive to bring you the truth, the WHOLE truth, and nothing but the truth. So, in the interests of full disclosure I thought I should share. I’ll be updating the review I did shortly to reflect the recent developments and adjusting the rating accordingly.

FYI, the rifle is chambered in .308 Winchester. I was using underpowered handloads (41gr Varget, 168gr Hornaday Match bullets), an the barrel length was 20 inches.