Trijicon SRS Style Red Dot Sight
When I first saw this sight, I was amazed at how identical it is to the real steel version. There are a few indicators between the two which are:
1. The real version uses slotted adjustment dials. The replica uses an Allen key.
2. The real version doesn't have "Property of Trijicon" written on the side of the battery tube.
3. The real version doesn't have SRS stamped in white. Instead the real version has raised black rubber lettering on the side.
4. The fake ones all have 009090 as the serial number.
This isn’t the case with all of the replicas. I have seen some of the older models with the slotted adjustment dials, no “Property of Trijicon” on the side and a different serial number of 000484.
If you’re in doubt about yours being real or fake, check these things. I have busted people trying to sell the replica as real steal. Always ask for the warranty card and pelican style case.
Now, this review is for the replica version of this optic, so let’s get into it. First thing you’ll notice is the solar panel along the top. It is actually a functional solar panel and it will power the optic with no battery installed as long as you’re in bright sunlight. Incandescent lighting will not work to power the solar panel.
Speaking of battery, this uses a regular AA battery. You don’t need a special CR123 or 2032 or anything special. The battery cap has an o-ring, and is water tight. I did submerge this optic in 2 feet of water to test that. The cap is also tethered to the optic with a thin steel cable so you won’t lose it. Nice feature.
This is a great sight for airsofters. I love the big lens. It doesn’t make you feel like you’re looking down a tube when you’re aiming. You really get the feel that there is a red dot floating out in front of you. This optic is meant for fast acquisition, two-eyes-open, get-your-gun-up and get it done shooting and I love it.
The sight is built like a tank. It’s heavy and the housing itself seems kind of bulky and at 13.8oz it’s not lightweight. However, the tradeoff is the excellent sight picture and the compact package that sits very well balanced towards the rear of the rifle.
I ordered this sight from eBay for $55 and it shipped from Hong Kong, arriving in under 16 days which is pretty typical.
Regarding the sight itself. It has a black rubberized finish, which is very thin and easily scratched. The solar panel section you can tell has been glued on by hand and there are remnants of extra glue that I removed using a razor blade. The coating is very intense red/orange. If you’re trying to hide from someone using this, you will need a killflash or you will be spotted right away. Luckily this one does include a killflash which is an excellent perk and one that is needed to reduce reflection, which I will discuss in a moment. Looking through the optic there is a cyan or greenish color, like you’re wearing a good pair of UV sunglasses. One thing you will notice is reflection. Yes, there is a reflection when looking through the optic. If you focus on the reflection and not the dot you can clearly see the LED and the circuitry surrounding it. Not good. However, this reflection is eliminated once the killflash is installed. You can even look past it with no killflash installed, just be aware that it’s there. When you sit and stare at anything long enough, you find flaws. When you use any tool however and it does what it should do and then some, flaws melt away.
The dot is small and very precise. There is no ghosting, no starburst effect and no distortion when looking through the optic at the dot. There is no right to left parallax, but I did notice some up and down parallax during use. Elevation adjustment is on the back and windage adjustment is on the side using an included hex key.
As far as using the sight, it’s really simple. There are easy to use/find buttons on each side of the optic. The button on the left will turn it on and turns the intensity up and the button on the right will turn the intensity down. Pressing both buttons together turns the optic off.
An excellent feature of the optic is the included QD (quick detach) mount. The QD mount is very secure and it’s very easy to remove and replace the optic.
Performance…well, I mounted this to my 2.23/5.56 rifle and it mounted very solidly. I was really happy and very optimistic as once mounted, it was already co-witnessed to my front sight. I took the setup as you see it in the photos above with a friend to an indoor range. He had just purchased and mounted a Vortex optic to his rifle. We sent the MOA target to 25 yards and had his optic zeroed in less than 10 rounds. Now it was my turn. I fired the first two rounds and hit the target extremely low. Windage was perfect and needed no adjustment, but the elevation was off. Using the easy to adjust elevation turret, I made an adjustment and slowly tried to walk the rounds to the center of the target, but it just couldn’t get there. I thought it was me, so I asked my friend to try a few rounds. He fired another 10 rounds slowly making adjustments, but the rounds started to move in arching pattern. It was terrible. We finally bottomed out the adjustment and could no longer adjust the red dot to where we needed it to go. I got back behind the rifle and the fired another 6 rounds and the rounds remained low and nowhere close to the target. We were just not able to zero the optic.
Luckily for me I brought a back up sight and we were able to zero that optic (magnified) within 12 rounds. Based on the fact that we zeroed two optics with a very low round count and we couldn’t get the SRS zeroed, I feel that this optic would be OK for airsoft, but not for real steal.
Style: Red Dot
Sight Window: 38mm
Adjustment value @ 100 yards: ½ click/inch
Reticle: 1.75 MOA Dot
Reticle Color: Red
Housing Material: Aluminum?
Recoil Resistance: Yes
Battery Type: 1x AA Battery
Weight: 13.8 oz
Warranty: What warranty…you paid $50 for a replica!