Atibal XP8 1-8x24 Riflescope Review (Second Focal Plane)


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Scopes best suited to an AR platform are a dime a dozen.

There are long-range, CQB, tactical, hunting, and so many other features that a scope must be tailored for to perform for that given situation.

When you’re unsure of what you want, or if you want a little bit of everything, an LPVO is a sure-fire way to stay happy.

The Atibal XP8 is a scope made for the AR.

Here’s how it can be perfect for your AR-10 or AR-15.

Quick Overview...

What We Like: Made for the AR

What We Don’t Like: Model confusion

Best Uses: Big Game Hunting, Predator Hunting, Varmint Control, Tactical Use, CQB Shooting, Competition, Close to Long-Range, Light to Heavy Caliber Rifles, LPVO, Illumination

  • Magnification: 1-8x
  • Objective Diameter: 24mm
  • Coatings: FMC
  • FOV: 105-12.45 ft/100 yds
  • Eye Relief: 4”
  • Adjustments: ½ MOA
  • Dimensions: 10”/17.4 oz
Atibal XP8 1-8x24 second focal plane scope review
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Our Verdict: To get more use out of your AR, give the red dot a break and mount an XP8 LPVO to your upper receiver. It has both CQB and long-range covered, rapid operation down, and quality optics and mechanics to get you smack-bang on target. The lifetime warranty makes the deal even sweeter.

Who is the Atibal XP8 1-8X24 Best Suited to?

Anyone and everyone can benefit from the versatile XP8 scope. But those who are specifically after an LPVO will pay closer attention to Atibal’s new release.

This XP8 1-8x SFP model is best suited to those who are comfortable with MOA adjustments and who also want bullet drop compensation to gain some range.

As such, there’s not much the XP8 can’t do. From home defense to stalking ‘yotes, the LPVO will make quick and accurate work of it.

How Does the Atibal XP8 1-8X24 Perform?

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The XP8 is an excellent scope for almost anything you would want to do with it. It has low power and close to true 1x magnification for close-range engagements and rapid reflex shooting. With up to 8x power, you can make long-range shots and use the reticle for holding over.

The LPVO is a good scope for AR-15 coyote hunting, hog hunting, duty use, and even 3-gun matches.

The scope has quality optics under its aircraft-grade aluminum housing. With FMC coatings and a laser-etched reticle, image quality is bright and easily visible. It’s quite clear for glass without ED elements, but no major distortion will prevent accurate use at max power.  

As far as its build quality, it proves to be a rugged rig. It’s waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof. It can handle recoil from heavy calibers and has 4” of eye relief. While nice to know, it’s actually ideal for use with an AR-15 and AR-10.

For home defense, competitions, long-range shooting, hunting, and CQB engagement, the XP8 can do it all on your do-it-all rifle.

Features & Benefits

Atibal XP8 1-8x24 SFP riflescope
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Made for the AR

Arguably, the LPVO is made for the AR or tactical carbine. Since these rifles are often seen as the do-it-all kind of weapon, it’s fitting to mount it with a weapon sight that offers more versatility than an AR red dot or holographic sight.

The Atibal XP8 1-8x fits the AR motif well. It’s lightweight enough, short, and offers long-range performance that a red dot can’t.

Even though LPVOs can be considered tactical-style scopes, the XP8 has capped, low profile turrets that strays from the norm of a tacticool scope. It keeps things easy to use, free of accidental adjustments and obstructions, and adds element protection and ruggedness to the turrets.

Diamond Tactical Reticle (DTR)

DTR BDC reticle for Atibal XP8 1-8x24 SFP riflescope
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The XP8 has the DTR reticle that has all the fixings for CQB and long-range shots including milling targets and wind compensation hashmarks.

In the center, you have an illuminated 0.5 MOA center dot surrounded by an illuminated diamond. This is ideal for door-kicking and instant reflex shooting. You also have aiming hashmarks for bullet drop holdovers.

Though the reticle is calibrated to 5.56mm 62gr ammo and is ideal for an AR-15, it’s commonly mounted to an AR-10 in .308 with great success. Ballistic calculators and confirmation at the range will help you acquire the right distances for the aiming points.

The DTR reticle is in the SFP, so it does not change in size regardless of the power setting. You will need to be at max power for the holdovers to be accurate, but you’d need the higher power for long-range shooting anyway.

While the illumination has 11 brightness settings with 11 being almost close to daylight bright and is powered by a CR2032 battery, you can opt out of using illumination. The reticle is still highly visible without it. Just in case, there is a spare battery compartment in the windage turret cap.

Atibal Rapid View Lever

Like many LPVO scopes, the XP8 comes with a rapid view lever, a throw lever. It can be removed if you prefer not to have it installed, but its purpose is to provide fast power changes as needed for any situation.

While the lever can be unscrewed for removal, it must be threaded back into its position for reattachment. Unfortunately, it cannot be repositioned elsewhere on the power ring like the dovetailed throw lever on the Burris RT-25 scope.

Lifetime Warranty

The XP8 is backed by an unlimited lifetime warranty. Atibal’s warranty competes with the best warranties offered by authoritative manufacturers like Vortex and Leupold.

There is no time limit. If it breaks, is defective, or it just doesn’t work, they will repair or replace it at no charge to you.

It’s also fully transferable, so you don’t need to be the original owner, don’t need to provide a receipt, and it doesn’t have to be registered with Atibal to acquire warranty coverage.

Limitations

Atibal XP8 1-8x24 second focal plane riflescope
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Model Confusion

Potential buyers tend to get confused with the marketing specs of the XP8 scope. This model is the XP8 1-8x24 SFP. It has the SFP DTR reticle with the ½ MOA turret system.

The other XP8 1-8x24 FFP is a first focal plane scope with a Christmas-tree style reticle and the 0.1 MIL turret system.

The FFP model costs more than the SFP model but not by much. It really depends on what and how you’ll be using your scope that will determine which model is right for you.

Popular Questions

What Accessories come in the Box with the Atibal XP8 ?

The Atibal XP8 1-8x scope comes with flip-up lens caps, 1x battery, standard rapid view lever, and a cleaning cloth. 30mm rings and mount must be purchased separately.
For a quick detach, dual-lever mount, consider pairing the XP8 with the Atibal Tactical Precision 30mm Mount.

Can you Shoot with Both Eyes Open at 1x on the XP8 1-8x?

While no LPVO can provide absolute true 1x performance, the XP8 does provide decent 1x performance with little parallax. Yes, you can use the XP8 scope at 1x with both eyes open.

Where do you Install the Battery on the Atibal XP8 SFP Scope?

The illumination dial also functions as the battery compartment when you unscrew the turret cap. This would be the third turret on the left side at the 9 o’clock position on the tube body.
There is also a spare battery holder where the windage turret is located. Remove the turret cap and insert a battery for safe keeping. It must be removed and inserted in the third turret for it to provide power to the illuminated reticle.

Where are Atibal Scopes Made?

Atibal scopes are manufactured in China. However, Atibal handles all quality control procedures in the United States. If you’re not 100% satisfied with the product, you can return it.
Atibal has a 30-day return policy. After that window, there are some conditions that must be met but you can return it for repair or exchange via the lifetime warranty.

Are Atibal Scopes Any Good?

The Atibal XP8 1-8x24 scope is a well-made scope with tactile, accurate, tracking turrets, it holds zero, and it has good glass. The overall build and performance is excellent.
The scope holds zero under repeated and heavy recoil, is entry-level and caters to budget-restricted buyers, and most of all, it comes with an industry-best warranty.

Conclusion

When you can’t afford a Trijicon VCOG or if you’re looking for something to new to try, Atibal offers some serious perks.

With plenty of scopes on their shelves, the XP8 1-8x offers LPVO performance at entry-level cost. With a lifetime warranty, versatile scope benefits, and a budget-friendly price tag, the XP8 is a scope that may suit your needs and suit your AR.

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