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.
Our Rating: 7 / 10
- Accuracy: 9
- Features: 6
- Optics: 9
- Construction Quality: 5
- Value: 6
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)||46x28x25|
|Battery Life||2 years during normal use|
|Lens Cover Type||Detached|
|Approximate Cost||At least $350, more likely over $400|
- Ultra durable, I would feel comfortable taking this out in the field
- Looks great
- Choice of colors for lens and dot
- Quick and easy acquisition/adjustment
- Intuitive to use
- Too expensive for the quality
- A problem with reticle washout is the nail in the coffin for what could have been a really great sight
Trijicon’s RMR series, a set of various holographic and red dot sights, is trying to fill a strange place in the market that’s perhaps already better occupied by other more-worthy competitors. Before we go any further, I want to make it clear that this review is covering the entire line, but the line is composed of a few different sights with different lens colors. This is nice insofar as it gives you a bit of choice regarding your setup and loadout, but on the other hand, only really one color is actually fully serviceable. We’ll go into that more in a sec.
Anyhow, so let’s say that you buy this. You look through, and what do you see? Well, in short, it’s perfectly alright. There’s nothing really special about it and it’s actually a little bit of a letdown. The targeting window is a little bit small, all things considered, and the clarity can be a little lacking. The fact that there isn’t really a true color option is annoying.
On the other hand, if Trijicon deserves any credit for this series, it’s in the fact that they give you a lot of options, and this extends to the dot. There are a couple different dot colors, red and green, and they are available in various MOA sizes of 7.0, 9.0, 12.0, and 13.0. Target acquisition is a pretty seamless process thanks to the fact that the big dots make it easy to land your sights where you need to. On the other hand, the reticle suffers from really bad washout, which is one of the critical weaknesses of this sight series. Mainly this washout happens in low-light situations and transition lighting, like moving into a high-light area from a low-light one or looking out of an open window from a darkened room indoors. The only model that seems to be impervious to these kinds of issues is the amber-dot model.
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 battery-less 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.
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.
Want to discover more from Trijicon? Check out the Trijicon MRO.