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TRIJICON, THE COMPANY THAT DEVELoped the legendary RMR sight, has come out with a brand-new reflex sight designed specifically for pistols: the Specialized Reflex Optic or SRO ($749).

Reflex sights are great because they eliminate the need to resolve rear sight, front sight and target simultaneously, but they can be slow on the draw because of the time it may take to acquire the dot. While training can alleviate this, no one wants to court disaster needlessly--whether in self-defense or compettion--so Trijicon designed the SRO with a large, circular field of view to make it easier to find the dot.

The SRO is half an inch longer than the RMR, but it has the same footprint and will fit most any setup that takes the RMR--as long as the longer SRO doesn't hang over the ejection port.

It's built of 7075-T6 aluminum, and the battery cap for the CR 2032 is on the top of the sight, so you don't need to remove it to change the battery. There are eight intensity settings to choose from; the first two are for night-vision use. Battery life is three years of continuous use at an intensity setting between four and eight.

The SRO features an auto-brightness mode, activated by holding down both buttons. In this mode the buttons are locked out to prevent accidental adjustment. You can manually set the brightness using the plus and minus buttons as well.

The SRO also has a 16.5-hour timer that turns the sight to auto-brightness mode, which saves battery life in dark storage. This timer feature isn't operational if the sight is locked on a setting.

I mounted the SRO on a Walther Q5 Match Steel Frame. The Walther comes with an RMR plate, so installation was a snap--as was zeroing the sight. The 2.5-m.o.a. dot moves in one-m.o.a. increments.

I initially worked with the SRO by doing close to 100 one-shot draws, coming out of the holster and seeing how quick I could get the first shot on a 9x12-inch target. I got down to 1.7 seconds, which is about as fast as I can usually go with iron sights. I did fail to pick up the dot right away a couple times, but that's a big improvement over my experience with other reflex sights, where I often find myself searching for the dot.

I also used rig at a Steel Challenge match. I opted for the auto brightness mode, and it worked great as the sun played hide and seek behind the clouds. I had to hunt for the dot on only two draws all day, and hitting the steel plates was so much faster than with irons.

If you're going to use the SRO for carry, you might find the larger housing causes it to print more than the RMR or similar sights. But you can dress around that. And for home defense or competition, I don't think you can beat the SRO.

Caption: Trijicon's new SRO will fit on any mounting system that accepts the firm's popular RMR, and its large, circular field of view make the dot much easier to find at speed. The battery can be changed without removing the sight.

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Title Annotation:SPEEDLOADS; Specialized Reflex Optic
Author:Rupp, J. Scott
Article Type:Product/service evaluation
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 20, 2019
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