Trijicon announced a first in red dot design for them, the Sealed Reflex Sight (SRS), back in October. The SRS is a hybrid dual-illuminated sight, like many Trijicon designs, but doesn’t use tritium gas to light up the reticle, nor does it directly employ sunlight. It is a battery-powered red dot optic with a solar power backup.
Majority of Trijicon sights use light pipes to redirect daylight and the light generated by the decay of the helium isotope tritium to make their reticles light up. These optics are great in dark and light situations, but not so great in dim situations, and take time for your eyes to adjust to when going from a well-lit area to a poorly-lit area, such as going from outdoors to indoors.
Trijicon designed the SRS explicitly for military and law enforcement who are faced with that exact situation again and again. The SRS, using a more conventional electrically-powered light source, doesn’t have that problem. It also seamlessly transitions from solar energy to battery power. And it does not need the battery at all to run where there is sufficient light. The runtime on a single AA cell is 3 years.
The SRS puts a lot of sight into a small package. It has a large 38mm objective and 28mm aperture for a very wide field of view, but it’s short overall length takes care of “the tube effect” and parallax distortion, both which draw focus. We played around with these at SHOT Show and can say for certain that these optics are about as unobtrusive as you could hope for.
The SRS is a mid-sized red dot sight, smaller than its primary competitors, the Aimpoint CompM4 and a number of EOTech Holosights, but it is larger than many compact red dots. With its generous field of view we don’t expect that to be an issue for most people. It’s short and wide at 3.75 by 2.5 by 2.4 inches but you have to try to lose the 1.75 MOA red dot; target acquisition is a snap.
With a mount and battery the SRS weighs in at 13.8 ounces, about the same as other similar one-power red dots. The tube is constructed from Type III-anodized aircraft-grade 7075-T6 aluminum and is fogproof and waterproof to 165 feet. It has ten brightness settings and is of course nitrogen-purged for clarity.
The SRS is a ruggedized and serious duty optic and priced accordingly. You do have to crack open the wallet, prices start at about $800 for one of these choice optics, closer to $900 with a quick-detach mount. Still, for more than a few people that’s a no-brainer.
The SRS is a very different type of optic for Trijicon but we think they knocked it out of the park. Still, if you’re looking for something similar there is one other option, the Zeiss Victory Z-Point.
The Victory Z-Point is also dual-powered red dot with a solar cell and a battery (CR2032). It has a larger 3.5 MOA dot but is much more compact in other respects. It also weighs just six ounces and can be found in stores starting around $550.
Still, if you get a chance to handle the Trijicon SRS, do so. That so long as you’re willing to part with a few benjamins.
Photo credit Starik.