After competitive solicitation, the FBI has chosen the Sig Sauer ROMEO4M red dot sight as a new general issue optic for patrol carbines. After a TFB Exclusive in November where the FBI approved the ROMEO4M for use on personal rifles in addition to the previously approved Aimpoint series, the FBI selected the optic for general issue starting in 2017.
The ROMEO4M is not just a red dot optic, it is inspired by EOTech with the option of just the 2 MOA Dot or adding a 65 MOA circle. The optic features 12 brightness settings including 10 for daytime operation and 2 for night vision. The main tube is 20mm, which has + / – 50 MOA of adjustment on both windage and elevation in 1/2 MOA increments.
The battery is side-mounted (right side relative to the shooter) and is IPX-8 rated which makes it waterproof up to 1 atmosphere of pressure (Sig states 33 feet underwater for 30 minutes). Available mounts include low-profile, and co-witness mounts in both screw-on and Q/D configurations.
Further, the ROMEO series includes Sig’ “MOTAC” (Motion-Activated Illumination System) technology, which gives the optic a rated 50,000 hours of “normal use.” In short, MOTAC uses motion-sensing technology to turn the optic on instantly and off when not in use.
The sale itself is through Tidewater Tactical, a dealer specializing in commercial and law-enforcement sales. Delivery begins in “government Fiscal Year 2017”, which means units are likely already in the FBI’s hands as FY2017 started in October.