SHOT Show 2011: Trijicon RMR red dot sights

At this year’s SHOT Show, Trijicon, one of the big names in gun optics, unveiled several new items that may be of interest to law enforcement officers. Trijicon is well known for its battle tested ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) systems.

Building on the versatility of the ACOG, it was only a matter of time before Trijicon offered similar aiming options with their Ruggedized Miniature Reflex (RMR) red dot sights.

Both Chad Barber, the company’s international sales manager, and David Spencer, from law enforcement technical services (and a retired Detective Captain) took the time to highlight the new RMR options.

The first was an RMR with a triangular dot. David explained that this was a natural evolution of reticule solutions, as a similar aiming point has been available in other Trijicon products for some time. He emphasized that the top of the triangle is best suited for precise, longer-range shots.

The second new RMR product has an adjustable brightness button so the user can change the dot’s brightness based on circumstances.

David explained that the future trend with these types of red dot sights is on handguns, an obvious bleed over from the competition arena.

This year Trijicon has unveiled a new member of their night sight series, the HD Night Sights, built specifically for tactical shooters. The front sight is taller and has embedded the aiming point in photoluminescent paint, making it that much easier to see.

The rear sight is outlined in black and offers a wider, U-shaped notch that David said is a more natural and quicker way to acquire the front sight. He explained that sharper edges tend to unnecessarily draw and distract the eye during shooting. Additionally, the rear sight no longer has an obvious white ring around the tritium insert, making acquisition of the front sight that much faster.

The front sight also boasts a beveled rear that will cut down on glare as well as a hooked front surface to assist with one-handed slide manipulation.

About the author

Retiring after nearly 22 years of active duty in the Army, Lance Eldridge worked as the director of a law enforcement training academy and served as a rural patrol deputy and patrol officer in Colorado. While in the military, he held leadership positions in a variety of organizations and has written extensively about US military strategy, operations, and history. He is a graduate of the US Army's Command and General Staff College and the Norwegian Staff College. He holds a Masters Degree in History and a Masters Degree in Strategic Intelligence. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in national security strategy, European regional security, US history, and terrorism. He now works in northern Virginia.

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