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INCREDIBLY ADEQUATE: Trijicon MRO! [Review]


– Fast target acquisition
and a huge field of view in a rock solid package (chuckles). Today we’re talking about Trijicon’s MRO. (mellow music) what is up, guys? My name is John, with pewpewtactical.com, your definitive source for
gun reviews, gear guides, and all things that go bang. If you’ve been with us
for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that
we’ve done our fair share of optics reviews and to that end, it can sometimes kind of
be a little bit difficult to find something to
talk about with an optic that is still totally serviceable, but maybe isn’t groundbreaking
in terms of the features that it offers. However, even if an
optic isn’t necessarily the most exciting thing on the planet, sometimes they do combine
form, function, affordability, and durability into a
package that we still think is worth telling you about. And personally, we find the Trijicon’s MRO or Miniature Rifle Optic
falls pretty squarely into that specific niche. In fact, it’s sort of sitting
in a bit of an in between in a few different ways. The MRO is obviously much smaller than red dots like the larger Aimpoint’s or EOTech’s Holographic Sights, but is still slightly larger in profile than a lot of the micro red dots that have become quite popular
over the past few years. Now, it does generally
have a wider field of view than the majority of Aimpoint Micro T-1 type optics out there. Featuring six levels of
adjustable brightness and two levels of night
vision compatibility, the MRO’s an optic that
boasts total visibility in bright daytime conditions, which if you’ve watched any previous optic reviews I’ve done, tends to be a sticking point that causes me to bitch a lot. Not an issue here thankfully. And we’ve actually got two
distinct models of MRO here. Both a green dot reflex sight and a red dot reflex sight. I personally think it’s worth noting that the green dot variant’s
actual shade of green used in the reticle is slightly different than what I’ve seen anywhere else. Most optics that come in a green flavor, tend to have a very aggressive, almost neon green tinge to them and the MRO is a bit more of
a subdued lemon, lime green, if that makes any kind of sense. I actually prefer that
color to the neon green after spending some time with it, as I feel like it winds up
being much easier to pick up against the various
shrubbery we’ve got out in our local desert spot. Additionally, without turning
this into a science lesson about how the human eye works, the color green is up
to 30 times more visible to the naked eye in
bright daytime conditions than the color red, which your eye’s generally going to pick
up more easily at night. This isn’t really a universal fact and obviously everyone’s
going to be different, but if you do find yourself struggling to pick up a red dot in
the middle of the day, consider checking out a green dot and see if that works better for you. The MRO features a two
MOA dot and is offered in a variety of different
mounting solutions. From a super low profile mount, all the way to a taller
1/3 Co-Witness type mount. We’ve got a Midwest Industry’s
1/3 Co-Witness Mount with a QD latch on a red MRO and a stock Trijicon Full Co-Witness Mount that utilizes torque
screws on the green dot. Personally, I like the QD
capability of the Midwest mount, but if you’re not moving
the optic around often, this likely won’t matter too much for you. The MRO’s brightness adjustment knob is actually pretty huge and sits right in the center
of the top plane of the optic. It’s actually kind of
nice to have the thing that you’re probably going
to be manipulating the most be the easiest thing to grab, instead of having it
relegated off to the side with you know, oversized windage and elevation adjustment turrets. Additionally, the red dot’s battery lasts a pretty impressive five years and the green dot’s battery
lasts about one year due to the nature of lasers. The windage and elevation adjustments are recessed into the
body of the optic itself and turn with either a flat-head or a thumbnail quite smoothly. Adjusting for one half MOA per click. As mentioned, your field
of view through the MRO is going to be a bit larger than something like a Sig Romeo5 or the similar microdots one the market right now. Although it’s a tiny bit
smaller than something like a full sized Aimpoint Pro, though it is significantly lighter. All and all, if you’re
looking for a higher end optic that’s on the smaller side, but is still a little bit larger than your average microdot, we’d say take a look at the Trijicon MRO. The combination of absurd
battery life and brightness, stellar glass quality,
bomb proof construction, a decently wide field of view and a green dot variant,
if that’s your jam, all for somewhere in the
ballpark of $400 or so, makes this a no brainer if
you meet the above criteria and have the cash to burn. Also, we’re going to murder
an MRO on camera pretty soon when we do our high-end
optic torture test. So be on the lookout for
that particular snuff film some time in the near future. All right, guys, that’s
gonna do it for us today. Thank you so much for watching. If you enjoyed the content,
go ahead and subscribe to the channel, as we’ve
got lots more optics reviews and potentially torture tests on the way. Once again, my name is
John, with Pew Pew Tactical and we will see you next time. (mellow music) (digital tones)

45 Comments

  1. Bo Jangles Author

    If you go to primary arms they have this with an american defense QD mount for 450$ but they are doing a 12% off deal with a code until Thursday. I just bought one

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  2. SanativeRevolution Author

    For such a small optic, its completely overly cluttered with bulky tourettes. Holosun and Sig Sauer are KILLING the red dot game right now at extremely attractive price points verses features . You would only purchase this if you're a purest snob. IMO.

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  3. Jose Gonzalez Author

    Is it a green red dot sight or a red dot green sight? Maybe a red green dot sight? Or a dot green red sight? Green dot sight red? Please Mr Pew Pew, answer me! My brain is all poopoo and I'm going to sepuku myself! :C

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  4. old school Author

    On a whim I mounted my MRO on a Remington 11-87 12ga Slug Gun and after 5k – 6k worth of max dram eq foster slugs down range the MRO is as functional today as it was when first mounted. Typical Trijicon product….. They just work and work and work. Outstanding customer service. Had a ACOG tritium powered phosphorus lamp fail at 7 years. Trijicon took care of the rebuild at no cost and turn around was only a few weeks. I am a life long fan.

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  5. varanidguy Author

    Thanks for the video! <insert obligatory hipster joke here> In all seriousness, I'm enjoying your content. On the subject of red dots, I've been impressed with the reports concerning the Primary Arms offerings insofar as durability, accuracy, and reliability.

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  6. s216674 Author

    I look forward to seeing your review of the new Trijicon MRO HD. I had just ordered an MRO green dot, when I saw that the HD came out. It's not in green, but having the different reticle, more like the eoTech, is attractive to me. I hope they have made improvements on the parallax issue from earlier versions.

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  7. Cz-Bundy Author

    Ya it's good just dont put a magnifier in front of it. I had the same problem as 'Country mash'. I took the mro back and bought a holo 512 c. The dot is completely crisp on the holosun. When I magnified the MRO i thought it was fucking broken. But no apparently it just turns into a star. it looked like a custom reticle from modern warfare or some shit. Great optic by itself but DO NOT buy it to par with a magnifier.
    Love the channel man. I about died on the last comment video. Do more of those please!!! Hahahaha
    You should do a glock and 1911 diss video just for fun. the comments would be amazingly funny! People would loose their fucking minds!!!! Also a revolver diss video would also wake the boomers up!!!! The outrage from those videos would probably knock the earth off it's axis! Lol again thanks for all the content!!

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  8. dobrzpe Author

    never could get over the weird color as seen through the glass of the MRO. i REALLY REALLY REALLY want to like this optic, but the pitiful glass turned me off of it, sadly. i've looked through basically every other red dot optic on the market and NONE have had weird color distortion like the MRO…

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