Trijicon tries to put out a worthwhile reflex sight and does, in a word, okay. However, the optics and the muddy adjustments make you wonder if your money may have been better spent elsewhere.
A lightweight patrol rifle optic, the Trijicon MRO is intended to keep you covered in close quarters situations.
4.1oz (red/green dot) / 5.0oz (MRO Patrol)
Size (LxWxH in mm)
66x43x51 (red/green dot, without mount) / 91x46x51 (MRO Patrol)
30m (100 ft)
Yes (2 night vision settings)
5 years of continuous use at setting 3, 4 days at setting 6. Shorter in extreme temperatures.
Lens Cover Type
None (red/green dot) / Tenebraex integrated (MRO Patrol)
$600 or less (red/green dot) / $800 or less (MRO Patrol)
On the bright side, the dot on this sight is fairly crisp across all models, which makes target acquisition pretty simple. Several brightness settings also carry this model forward, giving you a variety of illuminations set for a variety of different ambient lightings. The negative side is that light from behind will actually result in red streaks showing up in the lens. This can sort of distraction and lack of clarity can prove fatal in a split-second situation, so this is a little bit of an unacceptable misstep. For people who are on patrol or in combat situations, this sight is a no-go since any light to your rear will pretty much slow you down at best, incapacitate you at worst. The MRO Patrol aims to alleviate this a little bit with an ARD Kill Flash to eliminate glare, but it doesn’t help as much as one might like in our experience.
The fact that the brightness settings are ambidextrous is sure to make all users happy, and in general, the unit is fairly easy to use. This ease of use, however, doesn’t so much extend to its adjustments. While sighting in on this thing is fairly quick, both the initial configuration and future windage/elevation adjustments are hindered by the fact that the sight’s adjustments just aren’t as precise or positive as one would hope. In fact, they’re a little muddy and hard to work with. Where other optics may offer a more definite and positive adjustment experience, this one simply doesn’t.
The battery life on this sight is nice, at least, offering up to 5 years of use off of one battery. Of course, people who use sights know that the best-case scenario often isn’t how things play out in the real world. But at any rate, the Trijicon MRO is efficient. Speaking of long term, Trijicon offers a fairly nice warranty. The MRO’s optics and structure are warrantied for the lifetime of the original owner, and the electronics are warrantied for five years from the date of manufacture under normal circumstances. It doesn’t cover repairs or replacements in the case of accidents or improper service, though, and it doesn’t seem to be transferable. So while it’s not as nice as, say, Leupold or Vortex’s warranty, there is a reasonable amount of certainty and security.
Also, in terms of overall build quality, the MRO series is well put-together, to Trijicon’s credit. It’s lightweight and small, so it stays out of your way when shooting and looks handsome and svelte when you’re not. It’s also super durable and will stand up to a pretty solid amount of wear and tear, and it holds zero like no other. All of this in addition to standard waterproofing, shockproofing, and fogproofing means that your optic should easily stand the test of time. The MRO Patrol offers a quick release mount for easy attachment and detachment for when it comes time to store and clean, and also includes integrated lens covers.
The MRO leaves a lot to be desired for tactical shooters or people who expect to be in high-stress situations, but for competition shooters, it does offer accuracy, durability, a nice warranty, and a nice lightweight reflex optic option.
If you expect to use this for self-defense, then No, I wouldn’t buy something from this series. On the other hand, they’re a moderately priced reflex series that’s lightweight and accurate, so if you’re a competitive shooter, it might be worth at least checking out at a local reseller. That said, I think there’s probably a better option for you in your price range.
The Trijicon MRO isn’t a well-priced optic series for what it provides and is a little expensive. When you consider the fact that in terms of Achille’s heels, it defies mythology in not having only one and anatomy in not only having two, but in fact has several weak points between the disappointing adjustments, the ghosting in the optic from rear light, lens distortion, and blurry magnification, the MRO series causes you to scratch your head about why it costs anywhere from 600 to 800 dollars at retail price. If you’re looking for a solid optic, I’d look elsewhere.