Team, we’re here to talk about the Trijicon RMR, that’s the Ruggedized Miniature Reflex optic. This is the RMR 09 model and Tactical Solutions, the New Zealand distributor for Trijicon have asked me to take it for a spin. I’ve been putting it through its paces for a little while now and they’ve asked me to provide a review and a little bit of a breakdown of some of its features. The RMR 09 model has a 1 MOA red dot and this can be mounted on a bunch of different applications. Even though I’m an amateur shooter at best, I shoot maybe 300 to 1,000 rounds per week on average. I’ve put about 5,000 rounds through this RMR 09 both as a pistol mounted primary optic as well as running it as a secondary on a mark 18 rifle. This is a Glock 19 that it is mounted on and has MOS slide on it. Let’s verify that we we are operating safely. No mag inserted.
On the Glock 19 you have a couple of options. You can either have it similar to the Glock 17 where you can get a MOS slide so there is already a cut-out for it so that it can mount perfectly. The RMR does come with the option to be mounted on an adaptor plate which slides into the back if you don’t have a slide with a ready-made cut and a slide for mounting an optic. The Glock 17 is the usual go-to duty pistol that you’d find for most Law Enforcement outfits in the Western Hemisphere and New Zealand is no different. A Glock 19 like this is a bit more of compact and is usually run as a secondary side arm for military and tactical application. This might be a little bit closer to
what you are used to seeing. This particular Glock has had a little bit of custom work done to it. Otherwise, it is pretty much a stock standard MOS. I’ve had the guys from Armaworx (www.armaworx.com) put a couple of slide cuts in there, if you were wondering where all this came from.
They also did the Cerakote colouring in burnt bronze. . I did consider going tactical pink but, nah… …it’s got to look cool right?
Part of it is about looking cool. That’s what I’ve done to this. Otherwise this is a just a stock Glock that you can get out of the box. This RMR optic completely changes the dynamics of how you would run it. Why would you run an optic on top of a gun in the first place? Well,
the simple answer is speed. You’re looking for a faster target acquisition.
Get up on the gun, get up on target a whole lot quicker and then shoot that paper, steel or apply it to the bad guy…or whatever your mission objective is. You can do it faster with a red dot. Don’t take my word for it.
Just compare it to people shooting IPSC (International Pistol Shooting Competition) production versus production optics division. The production optics guys are faster.
People that shoot open guns in competitions, one of the main modifications that they have is that they’ll be running an optic like a red dot…like this. The Trijicon RMR is the Gold standard, we’ll talk about that a little bit more. How does a red dot work? First thing you need to understand if you’re new to it is that… when you look down the barrel, you’re going to find that there’s a little red floating dot there. Let’s turn it up a bit. You can see it easily there. Now instead of focusing on your front site when you line up on target you keep both eyes open and you put the dot over your target. Your dominant eye is going to take control. With both eyes open you can focus on the target as well as your peripheral and spatial awareness improves. You can get right up on target, really quickly. You just put the dot on target and squirt… and away you go. So, the thing to mention here also is that you will also have noticed that you can still see the front site through the optic. I have not changed these front sites but it would be important to note, right now, that if you are going to keep your iron sites, you are going to want to swap your iron sites out for some suppressor height irons sites. Trijicon also make these and they’re available. Talk to Tactical Solutions, they will hook you up. If you are running a suppressor the can would elevate the height and a suppressor height iron site
would bring these sights up. These iron site are now fairly redundant, you can’t use them through an optic but with suppressor height sites you would be able to lift them up a little bit higher so you would be able to run a lower third co-witness through the optic. Now, in the unlikely event that the optic would go down on you and you still need to be able to target you are going to need that back-up iron sites. For you tactical guys, it’s something to take note of and apply but for the rest of us civilian shooters, just shooting on the range or shooting in competitions, we don’t really need these irons, so we can just take them out altogether. They can be tapped out from the back or pop out the front site from underneath the slide. You will need a specialist tool for that, and Glock has those tools available. Now the adaptor plate that I spoke of previously if you don’t have an MOS slide and have a regular slide for your Glock 17, Glock 19 or duty pistol you’ll have removed this rear site because of the adaptor will be sitting in there and will have lifted this RMR ever so slightly, a couple of millimetres above the slide itself. It will be sealed nice and tight. . It will be a little bit higher. Your front site will definitely be doing nothing there so take it out. It will leave a little hole in the top of the slide, but that’s ok, that’s fine. Otherwise get a black marker and cover up the standard white dot on the front site. Black it out so that you don’t confuse yourself or slow yourself down when you’re trying to come up on target with your red dot, so it does distract you. Other advantages of the RMR is it’s a ruggedized miniature reflex site.
Reflex means you can come up on site super quick. It’s ruggedized in the sense that it can handle a heck of a lot of abuse. The high tech stuff that goes on here whatever that magic voodoo was that Trijicon has pulled off has made this thing the benchmark in its class. It’s ruggedized to the point that I have dropped this, I have trained in all sorts of weather conditions and it’s good. The tactical guys and the guys on deployment that run these things know how much abuse these can take. You can single arm rack it, so, if you need to rack it off your clothes. You can rack it on your arm… and very quickly. You can bang it…it can take thousands of rounds of impact and it will still hold zero. Not the same thing for you airsofters that are importing replicas. If that is you, don’t do that. Everybody knows you have a fake Rolex on…nobody wants a fake Rolex, so get the real thing! There’s a rain hood and it is important because if you do have a red dot and the rain does get in there, it can confuse the visual inside there. People have complained about being able to see more than one dot and which dot should they aim for. The rain hood will help with that, it also has a recess gullies and a port on either side of the optic the water to get out, so you can keep that thing clear and you stay up on the gun. It has a slight blue hue to the to the glass. You’ll notice there is a blue tinge there, that is to help with some lighting conditions to make sure you see that dot nice and clear. The beauty is you can also turn that dot up or down with multiple brightness settings. it’s as simple as pressing plus for more, minus for less. Very simple to use to make those adjustments. There is a simple elevation and windage adjustment on the top and on the side of the RMR and all you need is a brass casing off a 9mm round that will click that through. You get really positive clicks. 1 MOA per click. Really simple to use. If I did have a critique it would be that the battery is mounted underneath the optic, so even though it has a impressive battery life when it comes time to swap it out, you have to take the whole thing off of the slide, swop the battery out and put it back on there. It’s a bit of a hassle, but the biggest hassle is having to re-zero your gun. The battery claimed life is thousands and thousands of hours, so theoretically you could just leave this thing on and you don’t need to turn it off. You can leave it on inside you safe or back of the vehicle for you duty guys and it will be ready to go when you get there. Competitors in the market place.
You are going to see other optics out there on the market for different reasons and different purposes. The closest competitor is the Leopold Delta Point Pro which is also a good optic. It is considerably higher and rounder than the RMR, it doesn’t look so much so on paper but when you get the both side-by-side there is a bit of span and width on the glass window. Some people like that because it’s going to give them a larger field of view to be able to get onto the dot. That is an advantage, that you will see with Trijicons new brother optic. The Trijicon SRO which is available in New Zealand from Tactical Solutions. That’s the one you might want to go for if you are completing in production optics shooting events. But as far as tactical applications go something small like this has a…low profile, it’s going to be easier to manipulate it around things, it’s going to be much more compact and simple to use… but what it also allows that the red dot is going to be so much closer to the bore axis So the height of the bore is significantly lower, than if you had a bigger window, a higher dot. So that’s going to b a whole lot easier to be able to keep your accuracy and maintain your accuracy but adapt to using an optics gun. So, when you switch over to running these on your gun, it will take a little getting used to, but I promise you very, very quickly you’ll start firing off your shots more accurately and a whole lot faster as well. In closing, the RMR 09 model from Trijicon from Tactical Solutions, here in New Zealand is functionally the best piece of kit out there available now. It mounts on pretty much anything that you can fire a bullet out of and it looks cool…let’s be honest honest if you can’t shoot well and shoot fast, at least you’ll look cool doing it. Looking cool is important.