Trijicon RMR Review
Our Rating: 7
In a Nutshell
Trijicon really manages to let me down with the RMR series. Your mileage may vary, but I wouldn’t recommend this sight to many.
What's the Scope?
A series of small holographic red-dot sights, the RMR is intended for pistols and small arms that need a little aim assistance.
Size (LxWxH in mm)
2 years during normal use
Lens Cover Type
At least $350, more likely over $400
If you opt for the triangle reticle, you’ll mostly only find that it’s usable on sunny days and otherwise you won’t really be able to make much use of it. In general, the reticles on the sights are a little bit dim, and this is made worse by the fact that the sights’ light-gathering abilities are subpar, leaving a lot of be desired in darker environments.
The bright side is that you also have the option of getting a batteryless sight, which means you never have to worry about carrying extra batteries on you just in case. No sights dying in the field or not kicking on when reaction time means life or death. Additionally, even if you do get a battery model, the battery should last you a long while thanks to the fact that it turns on and off automatically. No fumbling to turn it on when you need it, and no punishment for forgetting to turn it off when you don’t.
In terms of build quality, it’s great. It’s lightweight and ultra-durable. The RMR can stand up to much of anything and will definitely take a beating. It also looks really nice. It’s super sharp thanks to the careful finish on it. Adjustments are tactile, simple, and easy. It zeroes in no time at all and once it’s zeroed, you’re pretty much ready to go. The RMR will hold zero forever thanks to its durability.
It’s also nice that the sight comes with all the hardware you’ll need to mount and maintain it, as well as a hard case to protect it. This isn’t quite enough to offset the fact that this sight costs a lot more than you probably ought to spend for something so mediocre. Mediocre, for the record, doesn’t mean “bad”. It just means average. Run of the mill. As unimpressive as something could possibly be.
The Trijicon RMR does the job, and it does an alright job too. Personally, though, I wouldn’t want to pick one up. The dim reticle and poor illumination are enough to make it difficult to imagine myself using this as a general sight and I wouldn’t go for it.
Should You Buy It?
The short answer is “probably not”. To elaborate a little bit: if you aren’t someone who’s constantly on daytime patrol or exclusively in well-lit combat situations, I would say that No, you shouldn’t buy this sight. There are few times where this is a better option than anything else on the market.
- 3.25 MOA LED WITH ADJUSTABLE BRIGHTNESS: Features an automatic brightness mode and controls for eight adjustable settings including 2 NV and 1 super bright
- EASY PUSH BUTTONS: The brightness adjustment buttons are designed to be easily manipulated and accessible
- UNIQUE PATENTED HOUSING SHAPE: Forged 7075-T6 aircraft aluminum-alloy housing shape diverts the force of an impact away from the lens, greatly increasing the durability of the sight
- TRUE-COLOR MULTI-COATED LENS: Creates a wide-band light transmission for minimal change in target area color
- ADJUSTABLE WINDAGE / ELEVATION: Easily adjustable without special tools. 1 MOA per click.Note:Please refer user manual for item installation and instructions.
I hate to be harsh in a review unless something really deserves it. I want to reiterate that this sight is perfectly fine. You may end up loving it if you do get it. As always, you should try it out in a sporting goods shop or firearms store before you make any final purchase decisions, so you can determine for yourself whether or not you actually like it. This is a perfectly average sight - but I’m not here to tell you to buy something average. I’m here to let you know when things are only average, and maybe direct you elsewhere. There are other sights in the same price range that perform similar functions more reliably.