Trijicon RMR

By Jeff Johnston FE Hunting & Shooting Editor

Since 2009 Trijicon’s Ruggedized Mini Reflex (RMR) has been the standard for mini red dots . Sure, there are some couch commandos who’ll try to tell you a Holosun is just as good and half the price, but here’s the issue: First, Holosun sends out a lot of free sights to YouTubers in lieu of money while Trijicon doesn’t because, with multiple military contracts, it doesn’t need to. Second, very few of them would choose anything over an RMR if they were the same price. And now with Trijicon’s 2024 release of its RMR HD–essentially the  2.0 version—no one should.

Although the original RMR was famous for its toughness and reliability, without question it was due an update. In 15 years circuitry, i.e. battery life, has improved so much that what used to be the biggest concern with bolting a dot on an everyday-carry gun is now almost a non-factor, at least with the top brands. Although I didn’t have the time to validate it, Trijicon claims the HD’s 2032 battery can last for over three years. I’ll let you know if it craps out in half that time, assuming I haven’t crapped out as well. 

The second upgrade is that the battery is now installed from the top so it can be replaced with the unit still mounted on the gun. I’m assuming engineers had their reasons for making the original the way they did, but now the design seems totally asinine. 

Next, the HD has a vastly improved automatic brightness setting—with three levels of this auto setting—by way of a forward-facing sensor that gauges the lighting on the target rather than on the shooter. I’ve always thought that most automatic brightness models were great for the target range but a complete liability at night when some douchebag points his headlights in your eyes as he fishtails around the Twin Peaks parking lot with revenge on his mind. The HD has 9 manual settings that instantly override the auto setting if needed. 

My gripe with plenty of mini red dots is that the on/off and/or brightness buttons are on the same side of the unit so that I have to turn the gun to the side to see which button to push. Again, asinine design. The HD has two large buttons in total, one on each side, so that even my dumb ass can find the correct button without looking. 

And finally, the new RMR features two reticle options: a dot within a segmented circle or the standard lone dot, both of which can be brightened independently of the other. I found that the segmented circle can be used as a holdover point for long-range shooting—something I don’t often recommend doing in the Twin Peaks parking lot … but these days, you never know.

Cost: $850

Pros: extremely tough and reliable; upgraded controls; two reticle choices; improved auto-brightness settings; long battery life

Cons: taller than the original; expensive—but justifiable for use on an EDC gun     




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