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.

Long version:
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.


Categories: The Firing Line

Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is a U.S. Army Sniper and senior NCO with multiple combat deployments, a background in reconnaissance and small unit operations. During his 18 years of military service he has held every MTOE slot in a Sniper section to include an assignment as the SEO/Sniper Section Leader for a forward deployed Infantry Battalion. He has utilized all currently issued U.S. Army Sniper weapons systems including the XM2010, M110 SASS, and M107. In addition to being a qualified Sniper he is a graduate of the Sniper Employment Leaders Course and the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Squad Designated Marksman and Rifle Instructor courses. Outside of the military he has obtained the NRA Pistol and Rifle Instructor certifications and served as a product consultant for several defense and firearms industry companies.

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