I don’t often find myself weighting in on a product steeped in controversy but it seems that I had set my self on that track when I purchased the new Trijicon SRS red dot optic. After having built a new AR with a PWS upper, I got to wanting to outfit it was some other optic than what I had laying around the house at the time, I had a price point, I got to looking, I got to thinking and I became motivated by wanting something… different.
In my quest for whats new I came upon the Trijicon SRS. It had a great many features that I found attractive including a built in solar cell that reduced the drain on the single cell AA battery that fed it. I had owned an ACOG once or twice already and was always impressed with the unquestionably rugged and durable construction of the Trijicon products. So, I decided to roll the dice.
When my SRS arrived and I immediately outfitted the PWS with it. It was super sexy and had that sort of bullet proof Trijicon appeal to it. I was so impressed that I couldn’t resist popping off some photos and posting them to Instagram. A few days later, I headed out to the range.
At the Range
I was throughly impressed with Trijicon SRS beyond its form, as a buddy and dialed it in at 100 yards. The PWS was a sub minute gun with the right ammo and a scope, we were able to get 1.25 minute groups out if the SRS with little effort. In fact I think we could have done better with a bit more effort, but the mood that day didn’t lend itself well to tedious effort.
I always looked at Trijicon as sort of the Duracell of the optics world, you just sort of expect it to work, and it did.
When I got home I started to fathom what I was going to say about the SRS, in relationship to the range. There wasn’t much stunning to say in all honesty, aside from that my buddy had dared me to drop test it thinking that I wouldn’t and that I kicked my rifle off the back my truck to prove him wrong. All types of stuff was floating around in my head at the time, and I decided to consult with the internet to see what particular points that others had decided to hone in on.
Then I encountered a real shocker, when I found that the SRS was being hated on, by more than a few that had reviewed it. Not only that, but I discovered that the optic was also in some way… problematic…
At that point, I was sort of ready to kick myself for not more throughly researching the product in advance. It seems that in certain instances, where the target is between the shooter and the sun, that the internal components of the red dot appear as a reflection that is actually capable of obstructing the ability of the shooter to identify the red dot.
FUCKIN HELL! I thought to myself as I read this. WHY WHY WHY did I kick my rifle my rifle from the truck bed to the ground? My heart literally sank.
I immediately ran to the spare bedroom where I had dropped off my gear, and looked out the window at the sun, that just so happened to be going down at the time. I grabbed my rifle, cleared the action, and took aim in the direction of the sunlight… BUT there was no internal parts and no obstructive refection… My heart was racing as I took aim again and again, teasing the aperture closer to the glowing globe of the sun as it began to escape behind the trees. STILL, no issue…
Maybe this issue has been… resolved, I thought, and I hoped as I stormed back into the kitchen to my computer. The article that I had read was now several months old according to the website. I immediately searched for some article that would state that this reflection issue had been resolved and came up empty handed. I was frustrated and I was confused. I even began making phone calls, in an effort to find someone in the know.
Before I was able to get some manner of satisfaction in regards to the matter, I returned to the web and found something more in regards to this obstructive reflection matter. It seems that this issue could be readily remedied by adding the the aftermarket honeycomb anti reflection device.
I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief. Every Trijicon optic that I had owned previously already had a honeycomb anti-reflection device already, when I had purchased them second hand. Somehow, outfitting my Trijicon SRS with this device must have just seemed like a necessary thing to do, when I ordered it. I can`t recall even contemplating it, I just added it to my cart.
WOW, I thought to myself, I guess I really could have gotten bitten for lack of research. But then I thought, had I looked to the internet first, I might not have purchased the SRS given the nay-sayers, and… I really really like the damn thing…
I had to ponder all of this for a bit, contemplate admitting all this even, but when it come down to it, I have been HIGHLY satisfied the purchase, and furthermore I really don`t think that this “issue” is any reason to avoid the SRS. If you have a problem with killflash devices, that`s really some kind of unique problem to have.
That super sexy glowing orange glass isn’t good for anything tactical, unless you are tactically posting pictures to instagram.
With a price tag of 1350 dollars for the Trijicon SRS the cost of a killflash is not going to kill you. If it would, then I wouldn’t recommend buying one in the fist place. It didn’t kill me, and I didn’t even know that I would have needed one.
What you`ll get for your investment is a near bullet proof state of the art optic by a company that I and many others have a good deal of faith in.
People choose Trijicon because they have a vested interest in outfitting their battle rifles properly and as long as you are committed to outfitting your battle rifles optic properly, ie WITH a killflash, it does not have an issue. I would recommend the Trijicon SRS to anyone, I am recommending it to YOU in good confidence.
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