Many shooters are searching for high-quality red dot/holographic weapon sights, as well as tactical lights and lasers. One of these is the Trijicon MRO. It is certainly creating a lot of buzz for carbine owners. There is also the new Meprolight Tru-Dot RDS red dot reflex sight, the Trijicon RX30-14 with green reticle instead of the classic amber, as well as Nikon’s P-223 scope. These are just a few of the newest optics, lights and lasers for gun owners.
Another red dot sight that boosts an extremely long battery life is the new MRO from Trijicon. They claim a 5-year battery life on a single 2032 battery. This red dot sight from Trijicon has a large 25mm objective lens—44 percent larger than competitors’ micro red dots. The MRO has a 2 MOA red dot and eight brightness settings, including two that are night-vision compatible. Adjusting the brightness is easy with the knurled ambidextrous knob. The body is constructed of hard-anodized and forged 7075-T6 aluminum housing that is waterproof. The lens is multi-coated and anti-reflective. The Trijicon MRO micro red dot measures 2.6 inches long and weighs only 6.08 ounces with a Trijicon mount. Prices start at $492 for the MRO without a mount and $534 with a mount.
Mako Group Mepro Tru-Dot RDS Red Dot Reflex Sight
It is very hard to beat the new feature-laden, military-grade Meprolight Tru-Dot RDS red dot reflex sight for the price. The RDS is a value-priced version of the military M5 and retains many of the high-end features demanded from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Operating from a single AA lithium battery, the Tru-Dot RDS boosts a whopping 15,000 to 18,000-hour battery life—due in part to the RDS’s automatic battery saver mode that utilizes a motion sensor. After 10 minutes of no movement, the sight automatically switches off. Seamlessly, with the slightest movement, it powers back up. The Tru-Dot has a 1.8 MOA red dot with four settings and comes with a low profile, quick-detach lever. It has an aluminum body, but polymer protective hood covering the wide window. It is also night vision compatible. The Mepro Tru-Dot RDS red dot sight is only $386.25 and ships free.
SureFire UDR Dominator LED Flashlight
SureFire releases its brightest flashlight in history—the 2,400 lumen Dominator. Never seen before in LED technology, the Dominator packs more than just a punch—it’s blinding! Besides the MaxBlast, 2,400-lumen high output level, there are eight other settings including 180 lumens, strobe mode and a 14-lumen low mode. The Dominator operates from either rechargeable batteries or 12 123A batteries. It has constant-on, momentary-on, MaxBlast, strobe and off modes. The coated and tempered lens window, along with the precision reflector means this LED Dominator light has an extended-range beam. Made of aerospace aluminum with a MIL-SPEC hard-anodized finish, the SureFire Dominator 2,400-lumen LED flashlight is perfect for search and rescue, military, law enforcement, security and maritime use. The SureFire Dominator is $1,233 and ships free.
Trijicon RX30-14 with Green Reticle
Trijicon’s original Reflex, battery-free illuminated weapon sight has been battle proven for years. It has been in use by U.S. Special Forces since 1996. The newest model in the line-up is the green dot RX30-14. The Trijicon Reflex with green dot shares all the same specifications and features as the red dot models, but the 6.5 MOA green dot is highly visible in all shooting conditions and is never obscured. Made for close quarters, shooters running a Trijicon Reflex get on target quickly while aiming with both eyes open. The Trijicon Reflex RX30-14 with green dot reticle never needs batteries. The dot illuminates using fiber optics and tritium. The Reflex green dot sight has aluminum-alloy housing and true-color multi-coated lenses for excellent light transmission. The RX30-14 Reflex is only 4.9 inches long and weighs just 8.2 ounces. The price for the green dot Trijicon Reflex starts at $570 with free shipping.
Nikon P-223 1.5-4.5x20mm Riflescope
Nikon’s P-223 series of riflescopes offer consistent accuracy, bright crystal-clear glass and a compact package perfect for your AR-15 for an incredibly affordable price. The company extended its line to include a 1.5-4.5x20mm model with the range-estimating BDC 600 reticle. The reticle is specifically optimized for the .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO 55-grain polymer-tip bullet. It has Instant Zero-reset target turrets, a fast-focus eyepiece, multi-coated lenses and is waterproof and fogproof. The field of view is 10.9 feet to 43.6 feet at 100 yards. Newbies will find the P-223 easy to mount and use. The price on this model is $171.
NcStar Tactical Blue Laser
NcStar is the first company to release a Class III safe blue laser to the U.S. market. NcStar’s series of tactical blue lasers are the middle ground between red and green lasers. The 450nm blue laser gives you the same benefits as green lasers, but without the battery drain. They will also function properly in extreme cold temperatures. The blue laser is easily seen during the day as well as it is at night. It operates from one CR123A lithium battery, includes a quick-release Picatinny/Weaver rail mount, is fully adjustable for windage and elevation, weighs 3.7 ounces, and is only 2.9 inches long. The NcStar blue tactical laser has over a 30-hour battery life. Choices include the laser with quick-release rail and blue laser with quick-release rail and pressure switch. Prices start at $84.97.
UTG Gen 2 ELP38Q-A Light/Red Laser Combo
UTG proudly announced upgrades to its very popular light and red laser combo this month. Enhancements include a new 400-lumen CREE LED light output and extended three-hour runtime. The 630-640nm Class IIIR red laser has a power output of 2.5 to 3.1mW and has a diameter of 15 to 20mm at 15 meters. The flashlight has an end cap push-button activation for momentary on and a twist knob for constant on or off. A textured rubber push button switch turns the laser on and off. The mounting bracket for the laser has 10 solid locking positions to adjust to each shooter. The UTG EPL38 Gen 2 light and laser operates using two CR123 and four LR44 batteries. Included is a quick-detach lever-lock mounting deck and pressure switches.
Which optic catches your eye the most? Tell us which one and why in the comment section.
Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!
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