TRiJICON'S Ruggedized Miniature Reflex (RMR) burst onto the scene in 2009 and introduced the benefits of a red-dot sight on a pistol to those not already using them on a competition pistol. The RMR sped up the aiming process while offering customers the best tactile touch pads to quickly adjust the dot's intensity levels. The RMR earned a reputation for being nearly indestructible when used on pistols and rifles carried by military and law enforcement personnel.
While not seeking to replace the latest RMR Type 2, Trijicon introduced another red-dot sight at the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings: the Specialized Reflex Optic (SRO). The SRO is a response to customer requests for an optic with a larger window than the RMR and easier battery access. As a result, the SRO also became more user friendly.
The SRO is available with 1, 2.5 or 5 minute-of-angle (MOA) dot sizes that can be programmed to maintain a consistent brightness or auto adjust to surrounding light conditions. Power comes from a CR2032 battery, which is accessible without having to remove the optic from the gun. (Translation: There's no need to rezero after changing the battery.) On the middle brightness setting, battery life is approximately three years.
Having the same footprint as the RMR means that the SRO can be used on slides cut for the former. Despite the base having the same dimensions, the SRO's larger window could present some mounting problems. For instance, if mounted too far forward, the window could cover the ejection port.
I recently evaluated the SRO with Will Petty of Centrifuge Training (centrifugetraining.com) who offered a series of drills that showcased the benefits of using the SRO on a pistol. During the course, we also certified its durability. As an example, during an injured-shooter drill I repeatedly slammed the SRO against a metal barricade to rack the slide. The SRO wasn't damaged and it maintained zero. When shooting with the SRO, the aiming dot was like a beacon through the large clear lens. The larger window features great image quality that makes it easier to find the dot when driving toward the target and tracking the dot through recoil.
The Trijicon SRO has an MSRP of $750. If you want to simplify the aiming process while increasing speed and accuracy with your handgun, the SRO is a worthwhile investment.
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Caption: Designed on the same footprint as the Trijicon RMR, the SRO offers a larger window and field-of-view. Tactile rubber pads to adjust the dot's intensity are just as intuitive as is the flush adjustment screws. Most notably, the sight doesn't have to be removed and rezeroed when changing the battery. $750