When it comes to reflex optics, the Trijicon RMR (Ruggedized Miniature Reflex) has been an industry stalwart for years. Whether you are needing a reflex sight for a handgun, a shotgun or a rifle, Trijicon’s RMR is always in the conversation.
More recently, Trijicon has produced an RMR Type 2 series of reflex optics. Basically, a 2nd generation, iteration or the 2nd coming of their Ruggedized Miniature Reflex with subtle improvements and changes. We at TFB wanted to dive in and take a closer look for ourselves. In this review, I mounted an RMR® Type 2 Adjustable LED Sight – 6.5 MOA Red Dot (RM07) to a Custom Glock pistol; one that I built for myself for league shooting, recreation and everything tacti-cool.
Specifications: RMR® Type 2 Adjustable LED Sight – 6.5 MOA Red Dot (RM07)
Before we dive into my thoughts on the new RMR Type 2, here is an essential rundown of the specifications for this reflex optic.
- Magnification: 1x
- Length: 45mm (1.77″)
- Weight: 1.2 Oz w/ Battery
- Illumination Source: LED
- Reticle Pattern: 6.5 MOA Dot
- Day/Night Reticle Color: Red
- Adjustment @ 100 Yards (Clicks/Inch): 1
- Housing Material: Forged Aluminum
- Batteries: 1 CR2032 Lithium Battery
- Battery Use: 4 Years Continuous Use at Setting 4 – 8 (Temp 70°F / 21°C)
The RMR® Type 2 Adjustable LED Sight – 6.5 MOA Red Dot (RM07) that we tested actually is available in 10 models or SKUs with little variances such as different colors or packages that ship with varying accessory mounts.
What differentiates the Type 2 from the previous models is they are lighter yet even more durable, as stated by Trijicon. They also boast Windage and Elevation adjusters that are easier to use with definitive, audible clicks to ensure you know how much you are adjusting while zeroing the optic.
Trijicon RMR Type 2 contents: the goods inside the box
Inside the form-fit, plastic box you get with a Trijicon RMR Type 2 you receive a host of items you will need and might expect.
- Owner’s Manual
- Trijicon Sticker (Slap it on your Pistol Box for Street Cred)
- One – CR2032 Battery
- Warranty Card
- Star Allen Wrench
- Two – Star Allen Screws
- Rugged Plastic Box w/ Foam on Inside to Cushion Contents
Most of this is what you would expect as I stated earlier, but it is the bare essentials you may need. They do have the other 10 SKUs mentioned where you can order specific plates (if need be), and many firearms like a Glock M.O.S. come with a multitude of base plates to fit your firearm.
For my specific pistol, the manufacturer of the slide, L2D Combat, had the slide machined out specifically for a Trijicon RMR so no base plate was needed. It screwed and secured down directly to the slide.
Trijicon RMR: range time
Before actually getting to the range to test out the Trijicon RMR Type 2, I mounted up the reflex optic at home which was very straight-forward. For my pistol, it mounted directly on; no fuss, no problems.
Once getting to the range and beginning to shoot, I started zeroing the optic. I did not bore-sight the optic before shooting, but even with that being said, it was fairly straight-forward to zero. I simply pulled some pocket change out of my pocket and adjusted for windage and elevation as necessary. I did bring simple range tools with if necessary, but a shiny Penny was more than enough to get the task completed. Within 2 magazines, I had the Trijicon RMR printing tight groups on paper at roughly 10 yards.
Once it was shooting well and showing no signs of losing that zero, I pulled out my silencer. Just for curiosity sake, I wanted to know if the Trijicon RMR would be visible above a silencer. If you own a Silencerco Hybrid (.46 Cal) which is admittedly larger, the dot is not above the silencer. This is not the end of the world, and I would not declare it positive or negative, but merely a point of information for readers out there.
Over the course of an hour at an indoor range, I fired 100 rounds of FMJ from several brands like Remington, CCI and Federal. This review and range trip was not mean to be an endurance test or anything of that nature, but I mixed in several ammo offerings to make sure it kept a healthy zero regardless. Most magazines were loaded with 5 to 10 rounds so the shooting was meant to be methodical and disciplined.
Overall, the Trijicon RMR Type 2 was easily zeroed, did not shift once the zero was confirmed, made for fast and easy sight acquisition, and did not display above my Silencerco Hybrid silencer. This again is simply a point of information for silencer owners. I could always hit near the bulls-eye even with the silencer on, but I would not run a target league with a silencer on my pistol either.
trijicon Rmr: negatives
The battery is below the RMR making it a hassle to change the battery. In support of Trijicon, the battery is supposed to last roughly 400+ hours so the likelihood of changing it is fairly low, but if you eventually do, it is a pain, nonetheless.
Depending on the pistol slide, rifle or other firearm you mount this on, you may or may not lose your zero and have to start over from scratch. Being as this is a Trijicon RMR Type 2, it would have been nice to see them switch to a top-side battery when many competitors to the RMR already do this.
Going back to my thoughts on shooting with a silencer, a portion of me would have liked for the red dot to display above my silencer, but I also understand the Silencerco Hybrid is a fat can. So should my silencer be smaller?… Should the red dot be positioned higher?… These thoughts are not a negative mark against Trijicon, but if you own a silencer, hopefully yours is lower in profile than mine.
trijicon rmr: positives
The Trijicon RMR Type 2 uses the same screw hole or base plate pattern as the Type 1 or original RMRs. This is a plus because continuity is convenient for those who may already own previous RMR sights.
Also, the Trijicon RMR is likely the most easily-recognizable and catered-to reflex optic on the market. More aftermarket companies (like my L2D Combat slide) tailor products to Trijicon than any other brand. So if you are diving into reflex sights for the 1st time, you will find it most easy to apply these to your favorite pistol, rifle or shotgun because of the availability of base plates and accessories. Many firearms likely ship with mounts or can be easily purchased as a separate entity.
trijicon rmr: final thoughts
The Trijicon RMR® Type 2 Adjustable LED Sight – 6.5 MOA Red Dot (RM07) that was afforded to TFB to test held up to my expectations. It was an easy optic to mount, intuitive, zeroed easily, fun to shoot and essentially no real problems.
The MSRP for the RMR® Type 2 Adjustable LED Sight – 6.5 MOA Red Dot (RM07) is benchmarked at $699.
For the quality, brand name recognition, limited lifetime warranty, ease-of-use and clean presentation of this reflex sight, I believe it is worth their asking price.