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A dependable micro reflex red dot sight from a premium brand with a premium price

The Trijicon RMR is available in several different configurations and lighting options. It's expensive, but it's proven its worth riding shotgun on Trijicton ACOG sights, as well as on their on pistols.

PROS
  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Extremely tough
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  • Strong competition from EOTech
  • Expensive
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Trijicon RMR Review – Introduction

In 2009 Trijicon introduced a new mini red dot sight, the Ruggedized Miniature Reflex or ‘RMR’ for short. At its introduction, it was available in a non-adjustable LED format (MSRP $655), and a ‘Dual-Illuminated’ or ‘Tritium/Phosphorous’ format (MSRP $577); the latter lacking the need for a battery instead relying on the same type of illumination strip that powers the ACOG. A year later, the company introduced a final option with the adjustable LED (MSRP $708), each iteration has its own unique advantages not only in comparison to each other but also comparable red dot sights (RDS) on the market today. Before we begin to step into that though, let’s take a closer look at the RMR’s.

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Build Quality and Features

All of the RMR variants are built from a block of 7075 T6 aluminum and weigh ~1.2 ounces in working condition and are waterproof up to 20m. The RMR is also specially designed to direct any impact force away from the glass with the unique dip at the top of the sight, making it impossible for a hard drop to fracture the optic. Both LED variants use the CR2032 lithium battery (and possess a gasket sealed base) which can last for years; 4 years for the adjustable on setting 4 of 8, and about 2 years for the non-adjustable in regular use though it can be up to 5 years if it is stored in the dark. The tritium edition, however, stays illuminated for up to 15 years after the date of manufacture. All variants are night vision compatible, though the adjustable LED would need to be put on the lowest setting since it does not self-adjust to the ambient light. The self-adjusting nature of the Tritium and LED sights can lead to the sight picture being washed out when using a weapon light or shooting from a dark area into a lit area, such as out of a building or from the shade, though if this is a concern, the user adjustable LED is there to meet it.

Trijicon RMR Lighting Variants

The LED’s only come in red dots, with the adjustable having options for a 1, 3.25, or 6.5 MOA dot, while the non-adjustable only comes in 3.25 or 6.5 MOA. With the Tritium variant, you can grab either an amber dot in 7, 9 or 13 MOA as well as a 12.9 MOA triangle, there is also an option for a green 9 MOA dot or 12.9 MOA triangle. All variants are windage and elevation adjustable in 1 MOA clicks.

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Trijicon RMR Uses

In the wild, the RMR can be spotted piggy-backing ACOG’s and other magnified optics, or in an offset configuration from the main glass on and off the battlefield. However, due to its size, ruggedness, and weight, the RMR is perhaps most commonly seen mated to the slides of various pistols, notably featured on the “Roland Special” a Glock 19 customized for use by various highly specialized DoD and OGA units. On the competition grounds, the RMR is a regular guest at a range of shooting competitions from 3-Gun matches to IPSC. For the lawfully armed citizen, the RMR is an excellent addition to a concealed carry pistol given the prominent and simple sight picture it provides, and the mechanical advantage it gives to manipulating the slide while injured, under stress, or perhaps doing two things at once.

Trijicon RMR vs Aimpoint Micro T-2 and EoTech Insight MRDS

As far as alternatives go in the market for high-end mini RDS’s, two notable options are the Aimpoint Micro T-2 (MSRP $846) and the EoTech Insight MRDS (MSRP $499). The MRDS compares favorably with the RMR on weight, scaling in at ~1 ounce in working condition, it’s also auto-adjustable or user adjustable with the press of a button and has windage and elevation in 1 MOA clicks as well. It’s also waterproof up to 20m and is built to MIL-SPEC. However the battery life tops out at a year at most, and the construction is nowhere near as durable as the RMR, and as far as the adjustable setting go the MRDS has 4 settings compared the RMR’s 8. The MRDS is also limited to a 3.5 MOA red dot only as far as sight options go, and end users have reported that the MRDS can develop a “flicker” in its sight that can be disorienting. Moving on to the T-2, we see a jump in weight with a total of ~3.3 ounces in working condition. The T-2 is also notably larger than the RMR’s making it a bit cumbersome for pistols. However, the Aimpoint does blow the LED RMR’s out of the water when it comes to battery life; boasting 5 years of continuous use at setting 8 out of 10 and over 500,000 hours at the NV setting.  The Aimpoint sports a 2 MOA red dot which is adjustable for windage and elevation in ~1/2 MOA clicks. As well the Aimpoint is certainly a very rugged sight, with Aimpoints being battle-proven from the ancient M2 to the modern micro T-1 and T-2 sights.

Conclusion

Wrapping up, all these sights have seen military use, and they all work. The RMR and T-2 are definitely the more expensive by a significant margin, but they’re also excellent examples of getting what you pay for. For use as a handgun optic, the RMR is the clear winner. It’s compact enough to be a non-issue for concealed carry, it’s light enough to have zero impact on slide speed and reliability, it’s tough, it works, and there plenty of options for dot size and functionality. The Aimpoint is about three times as heavy, but there’s no question that it can function with the magnifiers made for it by the same company, making it a solid choice for a rifle or a slug gun. It has its place on handguns, and Aimpoints are no stranger on the competition field strapped to pistols, but it lacks the ease of concealability the RMR does while accomplishing the same thing. Essentially, both sights are about neck and neck when it comes to long arms, and because the RMR has more dot options it comes out ahead on pistols.

The Trijicon RMR is available in several different configurations and lighting options. It’s expensive, but it’s proven its worth riding shotgun on Trijicon ACOG sights, as well as on their on pistols.

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