Meprolight Tru-Dot RDS Now Available in US

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The Mepro Tru-Dot RDS red dot sight is now (officially) available in the United States. Its been about a year since TFB has a first-look at the sight, but The Mako Group has made good on its promise. Powered from a standard AA battery, the optic is designed for the simultaneous10043_242633_1_1 performance and value-oriented shooter.

The sight features Q/D mounting to standard picatinny rails, a 1.8 MOA red dot (beating out AimPoint’s 2 MOA) and a large 33 x 20mm window or 1.29 x .78″ for us Imperialists. The sight is NVG compatible and uses LEDs for its illumination, but no specific battery life is claimed.

The sight retails for $399.

Description direct from The Mako Group:

Mepro Tru-Dot® RDS

The Mepro Tru-Dot® RDS is an energy-efficient, compact sight, that provides thousands of operating hours while utilizing a single “AA” commercial battery.
Featuring LED technology and rugged design, the sight assures reliability under the harshest environmental conditions.

With its large display window and clearly-defined Red-dot, the Mepro Tru-Dot® RDS ensures rapid target acquisition with both eyes open. Offering four easily switchable reticle brightness intensities, the Mepro Tru-Dot® RDS fits every scenario.

To facilitate night vision operations and long-range target engagement, the Mepro Tru-Dot® RDS is compatible with GEN II and GEN III NVGs as well as with Magnifying Scopes.
Its human-engineering allows positioning of NVGs and Magnifiers close to the sight’s optics with no decrease in the field-of-view and without compromising convenient switch operation.

* NVG Compatible.
* Durable & Lightweight.
* LED Technology for low power consumption.
* Auto Shut-off mechanism for additional energy savings.
* Four Distinct reticle brightness levels for different scenarios.
* Compatible with Magnifying Scopes.
* Large display window.
* Integral Picatinny Rail Adapter.
* Low-battery indicator.
* Minimal maintenance.

Technical Specifications & Features:

Magnification 1x
Display Window Dimensions 33 x 20 mm
Eye Relief unlimited
Red Dot Size 2MOA
Power Supply 1x AA Battery (Alkaline / Lithium)
Energy Saving System Auto shut-off / Auto power-resume
Dimensions (L x W x H) < 116 x 60 x 68 mm
Weight (With integral Picatinny, w/o battery) <300 g
Weapon Mount Integral Picatinny 
Brightness Four variable brightness modes
Fully Sealed

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • valorius

    $400 is value priced?


    • MR

      Maybe street price will be lower. But yeah, the local big box sporting goods store has EOtechs for not much more.

    • Vitsaus

      If you’re used to getting Trijicon, Aimpoint or the fully loaded EOTechs, then no. If most of your optics are made in china, then yes, you may need a second mortgage to buy this.

      • valorius

        Primary Arms optics are budget priced.

        This optic is not budget priced by any stretch of the imagination.

        • G0rdon_Fr33man

          Buy it once is my philosophy, even if I don´t go crawling through the dirt.

          • valorius

            So youre saying that meprolight makes better optics than primary arms?

            Based on what? The price?

          • G0rdon_Fr33man

            Yes, I´m saying Meprolight makes better sights than Primary Arms.

            As with everything in this world, you do get what you pay for.

          • valorius

            Ah, so when a chick buys a $50k purse for a name, she’s getting what she paid for.


            Cough…cough….tactical tax.

          • G0rdon_Fr33man

            There are off course exceptions. Like your example, there are no secret that you pay for a name. That is kind of a given when it comes to fashion. For electronics and optics, it is not the same.

          • valorius

            Sure it is. You can get a great TV for a grand. But there are TV’s that are $50 grand that are most certainly not 50 times better.

            Look at guns.

            You can pay over a grand for a HK handgun, or buy a Glock for half the price. Most people will say that the Glock is as good as any handgun around, right?

            When you are paying a “tactical tax” to have the same gear the big boys use, youre just not getting your money’s worth. You are, in fact, getting fleeced for capabilities that no one outside of combat arms troops actually needs anyway.

            If you want to pay $500 or 700 for an aimpoint, fine….just dont try and tell us that its necessary. It’s delusional for any citizen to think he “needs” an aimpoint.

            You want it because its cool. Which is perfectly fine…but lets keep it real.

          • Vitsaus

            The example that you use is pretty bad. HK compared to Glock sort of shows that price is more important to you that the product in your hands. yes a Glock is on average about $250 less than most HK pistols (until recently). But take a USP or a P30 versus a Glock… out of the box they will outshoot any stock Glock. They can come configured in a variety of ways, with or with out safties, decockers, double or single action, etc… with Glock, you get some shims for your palm… wow. HK already had the recoil buffer spring that the Gen 4 Glock just introduced. But lets talk about the “tactical tax” The margins on Glocks are massive compared to HK. Sure HKs are expensive, but dealers are not making much on them. Glocks on the other hand have pretty generous mark ups, so you are in fact paying a bigger difference to get the Glock than you are to get that HK, both the manufacturer and the dealer are getting a bigger chunk of your money than HK is, all day long.

          • valorius

            I think if you put an HK or a glock in a top shooters hands he would do every bit as well with the glock as the HK.

          • G0rdon_Fr33man

            I half-way agree, diminishing returns is a thing. A PA red dot or a Glock is gonna do the job for a large percentage og shooters, no question about it. For Aimpoint vs PA, you have the cost of labor in China vs Sweden as well. Off course, the labourers won´t be held to the same standards. I´m not really a tactical Timmy, but I do believe that a military contract is a mark of quality of sorts. The military will have done the rigorous testing for you. The CompM4 is used in my country´s military, and they survive conscript after conscript, Northern Norway to Afghanistan. Another thing… Purchasing any optic, for me, I´m not buying a disposable item. I want to have second hand value or the option to keep my glass alive for as long as I´m alive. That is doable, but not for the lowest possible price. An associate of mine still uses a Kahles scope from the 60s on his hunting rifle, and another has 400 000 rounds through his Swiss P210… Not to sound arrogant, but I believe Europeans tend to think more along these terms than Americans…

          • valorius

            I love the Swiss P210. 🙂

            I dont disagree with any of your points.

          • Timothy G. Yan

            What’s PA’s testing trail like? How’s that comparing to TWO years of field trail by the IDF of the Mepro? Like used by real soldiers in combat.

            Hey, be happy with your $50 online special.

          • valorius

            Planning on fighting Hezbollah? 😉

          • Ethan

            Empirical Data – IDF has it, Youtube does not. Youtube is what you would call “anecdotal evidence”.

            Is primary arms crap? Nope, I plan on buying a few.
            Is primary arms of equal value to Eotach, Aimpoint, etc. No. Not even the same ballpark.
            Does everyone need an Eotech? Of course not. But no objective comparison would ever equate the two in terms of features, quality, and reliability.
            You do get what you pay for, but bear in mind not everyone is trying to buy the same thing.

          • valorius

            You really dont get what you pay for in life. Or are you going to defend women spending $50k for a Louis Vuitton purse or $10k for fancy boots?

            I was in the infantry, and honestly, id have no qualms having a primary arms optic on my issued rifle. When i was in we had cheap-o Colt fixed 4x carry handle scopes on our SDM rifles that were nowhere near as nice as a PA sight.

          • valorius

            Seriously, go online, and look at the PA torture tests. They’re pretty impressive. A lot of users have tortured the hell out of them too and posted videos.

            Just because the IDF uses something doesnt impress me, and it doesnt mean something they dont use is no good.

            If the US military didnt use Aimpoints they’d be half the price.

          • Jeremy Star

            Spoken like someone who doesn’t know who Mepro is.

            Yeah, I’ll take Israeli military field testing over a bunch of guys on You Tube any day. I own a PA sight, but I wouldn’t put it up against my EOTech or one of these. (Also, I’ve seen videos of PA sights failing in the rain.)

          • valorius

            Whoo….israeli, it must have chutzpah! 😀

        • J.T.

          Value and budget are not the same thing. $400 for the quality and durability of a military grade optic is a good value. Even the CEO of Primary Arms will tell you that their optics are not military grade and while durable, are only designed for recreational use.

          • valorius

            Well then for any israeli military personnel using military issue weapons, good luck with your meprolights.

    • notalima

      $279 shipped during the last Black Friday sale via both IDFHolsters and the Mako sister sites.

      • valorius

        $279 is much more reasonable.

        I think PA’s microdot clone is on sale for $150 with a riser mount right now. Just sayin’ 😉

        • notalima

          No disagreement, just letting folks know. 🙂

          I’ve got a small pile of aimpoints, a lone eotech, and a few PA MD06 and MD06Ls (I like PAs micros for my boy’s trainers, rugged little buggers). I picked up a Tru-dot to try out and have been quite pleased with its performance and use so far, at least in comparison to the PROs and ML3s I usually use. Not ready to make it my goto by any means, but if it survives my loaner carbine for a year or so, we’ll see 😉

        • $400 is completely reasonable for this optic. It is very much the equal of the Aimpoint PRO and Eotech 553.

          • valorius

            ok, so you pay $400 then. Forget that you saw its available for $279.

          • It was available for $280 one day of the year. That’s not the normal price, much like you don’t usually find Aimpoint PROs for $330 or whatever the lowest-cost-ever pricing was.

    • gggplaya

      I think it’s priced competitively. It’s in use with idf, so it’s designed to be very rugged. It has exceptional battery life, extended by the motion sensing on/off. Pick up the rifle and it’s on. But has the nice wide open view of an eotech while not looking through a tube like an aimpoint. Best of both worlds. I love mine.

  • I’d bet 10:1 that this has the same 1 MOA clicks as the Mepro 21. If your an accuracy nut, keep that in mind.

    • MR

      Well, the dot is dang near two MOA, I wouldn’t think finer clicks would do you that much good.

      • notalima

        Eyeballing mine vs the various 2MOA Aimpoints I have it actually is a slightly finer dot at comparable illumination (all anecdotal, of course, but I did stay in a holiday inn…)

        • notalima

          Leastways it covers less of the 1/3 scale IPSC neck stump at 100Y 😉

    • MIke

      If i remember the manual for mine correctly, it has 1/2 MOA adjustments. Have not had a problem zeroing it at all

  • Baldie

    Do you think it comes with batteries?

    • gggplaya

      Yes, mine came with a battery, but it’s just a AA which every store has.

  • gggplaya

    Now available? I preordered and had mine since last summer?

  • David Sonnier

    I think this model is slightly different than the actual model the Israelis use. I thought I read the “civilian” version. Used a plastic lens hood instead of all metal, to keep costs down. But the guts are the same.

  • David Sonnier

    400 is retail, so I’m pretty sure street prices will be much much less. This will be a great buy under 300.