TRIJICON SRS RED DOT
We received our first shipment of the Trijicon SRS sights. We got the model with the integral Bobro mount. There is another unit that comes with the "Colt Style" double screw Quick Detach, but if it is mounted correctly, will neither detach, nor will it do so quickly. We opted for the proven QD from Bobro instead.
On first inspection, the SRS seems bulletproof. Some will want to compare this to the Aimpoint Micro Series, but the two red dots are not in the same genres. A better size comparison would be with the Aimpoint Pro. The SRS is a quality piece of gear, and as I said, feels very strong. Critics will say it is heavy, but it is only 1 ounce heavier than the Aimpoint, with a far better mount. On the mount. Trijicon contracted with Bobro for the mount. No adjustments needed and no risk of gouging the rail. The Bobro-equipped SRS goes on easily, with one hand, and locks securely in place.
The SRS has 10 settings: 3 Nightvision, 7 varying levels of brightness including one super bright setting (useful in the bright AZ desert sun). This last one may seem trivial, but I have had Aimpoint dots become difficult to see in many of our rifle classes here at the height of the day. The ability to go "super bright" during the hours of noon to 1400 HRS out here is a great advantage.
The photovoltaic cell provides additional power should the batteries ever fail. This is a serious advantage for those who may find themselves away from civilization...and replacement batteries. Unlike the dual illumination models of the RMR, this is not fiber optic powered so there is no wash-out of the dot. Trijicon made sure the dot is always available when you need it. They set it up to run from the solar panel on top when there’s sunlight available, leaving the battery undrained until the sun goes down, only then does it draw on the battery. The optic’s power source should last several years this way.
The counter from Aimpoint would be that if an Aimpoint will last for 50,000 hours, that makes the SRS's technology a moot point. But does it? I have been running aimpoints for a very long time and their circuitry is second to none. In fact, they own the patents on that as far as I know. But yet, the 50,000 hour claim is dependant on the battery condition. It is well known that extremes in temperature will reduce battery life to a degree. Is that enough to worry about? I don't know, but having an onboard system that will provide power as long as the sun is in the sky is an undeniable benefit, and one that I think will be copied by the industry in short order.
The "eye box" of the SRS is extremely forgiving and it is very quick for dot acquisition. It reminds me of the Valdada Pitbull, but smaller and lighter. One almost forgets they are looking through an optic. For me, it was much faster to pick up the dot than the same rifle with a T1 Micro, or Pro. The glass is "Trijicon Clear", and the brightness controls are easy to access...much like the brightness adjustable Trijicon RMR red dots we put on pistols. The 1.75 MOA dot is small enough to engage targets out past 100 yards with precision.
The Trijicon SRS is one of those industry disrupting technologies that will inevitably change the way combat optics are designed. It is now available at One Source Tactical - $913.75. Prices are discounted for Warrior Talk Members.