Recently I picked up a Trijicon, Inc. MRO and decided to run it as my primary optic on my American Defense MFG UIC MOD 2. Here’s a quick review after running it during a recent carbine class I taught with Greyfox Industries.
Short version: This thing is awesome. I say that as a long time Aimpoint user. I was impressed and want another one. I dig the size, performance and the price point.
When I initially shared the new optic I had several questions from other shooters regarding its performance. I’ll attempt to answer some of those now that I’ve put some rounds down range with it.
I didn’t notice the blue lens tint that some people reported. Trijicon mentions it on their FAQ and I believe it’s due to the lens coatings. Personally, I never noticed it. I’ve used the MRO indoors and outside and the lens quality has been nothing short of awesome.
I was asked if I experienced any “fish eye” distortion at extended ranges. During the carbine course I was able to engage targets at 200 and 300 yards using the MRO and noticed zero fish eye distortion. I was actually surprised at how clear the targets appeared at those distances since I wasn’t using a magnified optic. I’ll chalk that up to the lens quality not my eye sight.
Zeroing was a breeze. The windage and elevation were both positive adjustments without any mush you see in low quality optics. I was concerned that I would bump the windage or elevation nob at some point due to the fact they are exposed unlike the ACOG or Aimpoint optics. That doesn’t appear to be a issue. The adjustment knobs are slightly recessed on the MRO and I didn’t have any issues with my zero changing despite the rifle getting banged around more than once.
I was extremely impressed by the clarity of the red dot while running rapid target engagements. I dislike the Eotech because the reticle appears “fuzzy” to me. I’ve seen the same issue with some Aimpoints and I was pleasantly surprised by the intensity and clarity of the MRO even when I turned it up to higher settings.
Speaking of that… This thing has a 5 year battery life on the number 3 setting! You can crank the dot up to 6 but I found myself running it at 3 the majority of the time. 5 years is a LONG time! One argument guys make against red dot optics is the need for batteries when things go bad. I don’t think that’s as big of a problem when one battery will last you 5 years. I’ve always been a fan of the durability and performance of the Trijicon ACOG and wanted something similar but in red dot optic. The MRO seems to fit that bill.
So there you go. I like it, it seems to take being used hard and it’s not bad as far as price points go.
More to follow as I get more time running it. In the meantime here’s a couple photos from range trips to keep you busy.