So what is the Trijicon SRO and how is it different than other pistol mounted optics already on the market? The new Trijicon Specialized Reflex Optic or Trijicon SRO is a red dot style sight specifically designed for pistols and optimized for target and competition shooting.
Trijicon already has the RMR on the market but the SRO is ideal for competitive shooting. The SRO has a larger lens for an unobstructed field of view. The large lens also allows for faster dot acquisition for during recoil. This allows the shooter to keep the focus on the target and increases shooting speed and accuracy.
The larger lens of the SRO allows for a cleaner field of view vs the RMR. A big difference is that the SRO has a gradient tint vs the RMR blue tint. The blue tint of the RMR allows you to run the red dot at a lower battery level and still see it. The SRO starts off blue at the top but then fades to clear. This gradient change gives you a clearer picture.
The SRO uses the same mounting footprint as the Trijicon RMR. That means the sight can be easily mounted on just about every pistol that is optic ready. Additionally, the SRO can work with suppressor height iron sights in the same way as the RMR.
One big feature of the Trijicon SRO is the top-loading battery compartment. This allows easy battery replacement without removing the sight from the pistol. Compared to the RMR which requires removal of the optic from the handgun.
If you are looking for a combat optic or an optic for a patrol pistol then the RMR is still going to be the one to go with. Due to the design of the SRO with its rounded top, the firearm falls to the ground, then the glass takes the pressure directly. The RMR with its square design is less likely to break under impact since the supports take the brunt of the impact.
The Trijicon SRO is available in 1 MOA, 2.5 MOA, and 5 MOA red dots and carries an MSRP of $749.
Jeremy Mallette is co-founder of International Sportsman, and an avid hunter and outdoorsman. His father taught him to shoot at age six, and he received his first firearm at age eight — a 1942 Colt Commando .38 special revolver. Jeremy enjoys collecting unique firearms, and shooting them.