Not long ago, I wrote a “heads-up” article on Lucid P7 4x prismatic scope. My initial impressions were favorable, but now I’ve had it for enough time to have taken it to the range on a number of trigger-therapy sessions so I can give a more in-depth review.
My initial impressions article covered the tech specs in detail, so I’ll just give a brief refresher here. This is a 4x prismatic scope (similar to the Trijicon ACOG and the ATIBAL MROC). The Lucid P7 reticle has a dot surrounded by an 8 MOA circle, with bullet drop lines in 8 MOA increments below that. The reticle can be illuminated in red or blue and is powered by a AA battery that hides inside the built-in rail mount. Exposed turrets operate in 1/2 MOA clicks and have resettable turret caps.
I put the Lucid P7 onto a Radian Weapons Model 1 rifle, a fantastically well built and accurate AR15. I’ve taken this out a few times when the weather wasn’t stable enough for shooting paper targets. And after acquiring a rough zero, I had no trouble shooting “ready-ups” on fist sized targets out to 100 yards. Taking a knee and using a boulder for an improvised shooting platform, I could divide a clay pigeon into smaller and smaller pieces until all that was left was orange dust. The 3-3.5 inch eye relief really stood out here, as I’m used to an ACOG which has somewhat less.
I performed the “box test” and the Lucid P7 performed well. For those who aren’t familiar with it, the box test checks a scopes ability to have adjustments made to it and still return to where it started. Shoot at a dot, click left 40 times, shoot at the same dot. Repeat with the same adjustments made up, then right, then down and the fifth group should be right on top of the first group. Sure enough, my first and fifth groups combined for one nice, small group. This scope “tracks” well, so consider the test passed.
The glass on the Lucid P7 is very clear and transmits colors well. I notice the slightest distortion around the edges if I’m wiggling my head around and really looking for it. The glass is certainly better than I’ve seen elsewhere in the $300-$500 range. Both brightness settings and automatic adjustments for the illuminated reticle are up to par. Transitioning from bright to dark isn’t a problem, the sensor reacts quickly to dim or increase reticle illumination as needed. The only issue I’ve run into at all with the P7 is that the knobs on the base start to loosen slightly every couple hundred rounds. Something easily remedied by two drops of loctite.
All things considered, I’d say the Lucid P7 is a worthwhile contender in the world of prismatic scopes. With nice glass, solid turrets and a very shooter-friendly reticle, the P7 Combat Optic performs very well. Certainly better than the $439 MSRP. Check them out!