There are a lot of optical sight options for your firearm. Today we take a look at an interesting optic that has a lot of potential and features you do not normally see in a reflex sight. The Mepro Foresight is an advanced augmented red dot sight that has a wide variety of reticles and options. It can also be paired with a smartphone for more features.
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Meprolight is an Israeli company so I figured the best weapon to mount it onto would be my IWI X95. The Mepro Foresight looks and functions very similar to an EOTECH HWS. While the Mepro Foresight is listed as a “red dot” it is not red. The reticle and projected information are more of an amber color. But before we delve into the reticles, let’s pull back and look at the physical sight itself.
The form factor is somewhat like an EOTECH 512. However, the Mepro Foresight is powered by an internal rechargeable battery. You need to plug in the Mepro Foresight into a USB-C cable and then plug that into a USB power supply to charge it up.
The Mepro Foresight has two integrated throw levers to mount it to a Picatinny rail. The design of the mounting levers leaves some to be desired. The levers have a strange hook-like shape and they look rather cheap.
On the other side of the Foresight, there are nylon locking nuts. Tighten or loosen these to adjust the tension of the mount.
At the front of the Mepro Foresight is a light sensor just above the battery compartment. This tells the Mepro Foresight to increase the brightness or dim it based on ambient lighting.
On top of the Mepro Foresight is a directional pad and centralized mode selector button.
I found these buttons to be too low profile. Another minor issue is the lack of texture on these buttons. I found myself hunting for the proper button if I do not look directly at them. I would prefer the buttons to be raised more and have more texture so it is easier to find the right button by touch rather than sight.
Mepro Foresight Specs:
|Display Window Dimensions||33 x 20 mm|
|Reticle Pattern||5 (Preset)|
|Click Size||1 MOA|
|Zeroing Travel||±60 MOA|
|Power Supply||5V Rechargeable unit,USB-C port|
|Min. Operating Time||50 hours|
|Operating Temperatures||-4°F … +140°F(-20°C … +60°C)|
|Storage Temperatures||-40°F … +158°F(-40°C … +70°C)|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||4.6″ x 2.35″ x 2.68″ (117 x 60 x 68 mm)|
|Energy Saving System||Auto shut-off / Auto power-resume|
|Weight||9.9 Oz (280 gram)|
Using The Mepro Foresight
As I mentioned earlier, the Mepro Foresight is an augmented red dot sight. And it can pair via Bluetooth to a smartphone. Once you bring up the Meprolight App, it wants to connect to the Foresight. If you do not turn on your sight, it will stay like this photo below and eventually say it could not connect.
Often the Foresight will be on but it won’t connect to the app. Press the main mode button on the sight and bring up this simple menu.
- LOW POWER
If BLE is set to OFF, scroll down and press the main mode switch to turn it on. Then exit the menu and try syncing to the app again.
Once synced, you can name the optic and create a gun profile.
There are nine different gun profile silhouettes.
- IWI TS12
- Micro UZI
- AR Pistol
The profile silhouette is not specially created to match those weapons. It is just a quick reference. You can have up to 10 profiles in the app. Each profile needs to have the Mepro Foresight zeroed to the guns you assign each profile to. Once saved, you can then swap the optic to each gun, load the profile and the zero will be set.
The Meprolight app has 21 different reticles. However, you can only pick 5 out of the 21. Once selected and the Foresight is updated, you just press the left or right buttons to change reticles. Below are the various reticles you can choose from.
I found many of these reticles to not be that helpful for my IWI X95. I thought the R-21 or R-18 might help as a ballistic drop compensator but they do not work like that. Below is the sight picture looking through the Mepro Foresight.
I zeroed using the R-21 reticle. I mistakenly zeroed using the top of the reticle thinking the two lower ones were for holdovers. I was wrong. You need to zero the center of the reticle because if you do not, then your other reticles will be off.
Above you can see the HUD that is projected in the Mepro Foresight. It has a digital compass in the top left corner, a battery life indicator both as a symbol and percentage. Below that is the Bluetooth indicator. Just below the digital compass is the roll meter for letting you know when the gun is level. The opposite side of the roll meter is the level brightness for the Foresight. That brightness level indicator is only there when you change brightness. After a couple seconds, it goes away.
Zeroing The Foresight
Zeroing the Mepro Foresight is not like a regular optic. In order to zero the Foresight, you have two ways to go about it. You can use the onboard buttons and menu system in the Foresight or zero using the Meprolight App. You have to make sure that BLE is on in the sight, otherwise, you think you made an adjustment in the app and nothing changes. With the app, you get a representation of a target and you shift the reticle using the onscreen buttons. According to Meprolight, each adjustment is 1 MOA. When you are done you have to sync the app to the gun. The app will give you two options: App Or Sight. If you chose sight, it will switch the app to reflect any changes you made to the Foresight. And if you choose App, it will update the sight to the changes you made in the app.
Final Thoughts On The Mepro Foresight
The Foresight has a lot of potential. It is a digital display that can project any information as long as you program it. However, what the Foresight has programmed into it now is a bit lackluster. The digital compass and roll meter seem like nice things to have but not critical. I am not overly concerned about the angle of cant for a rifle I would only shoot 200 yards with using a red dot.
While there are a lot of reticles to choose from, I found most of them to not be that useful. The reticles do not seem to work well for standard 5.56 ballistic drop. I am not familiar with the R-21 or R-18 reticles. The 3/5/7 on the R-18 seems an odd choice. If the 5 represents 500 meters, then would the 3 mean 300 meters and 7 be for 700 meter hold over? Who is realistically shooting out to 700 meters with a 1x red dot and making hits? I rather they have actual reticles like the ACSS. They could have different ones for different calibers. They should have reticles for shooting .300BLK supers and subs. There are a lot more practical reticles out there they could program into the Foresight.
There was some talk about a round counter but I have yet to see that implemented. I think a range finder should be paired with the sight so it displays distance as well. But I think that would require a lot more hardware and software to integrate something like that.
I ended up using a 3x magnifier and that helped a lot with the Foresight shooting out to 200 yards. While I could hit the target without magnification, it made it much nicer and easier to see my hits.
The Mepro Foresight retails for $699.99 online. It has a lot of potential and just needs a bit more development to be a fantastic sight. For more information go to Meprolight’s website.
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