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Just got a Trijicon Reflex, VERY disappointed

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Skribs, Mar 27, 2013.

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  1. Skribs

    Skribs Member

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    I got a new Trijicon Reflex, specifically the model with the 6.5 MOA dot and the TA/51 mount. If I'm in bright light, looking at light, it's somewhat dim. I can see it if I'm looking for it, but it's not quick-and-easy to spot. In the dark, looking at dark, it's really dim. In the dark, looking at light, (i.e. it's dark in the room but I have a weaponlight pointed in the same direction as the sight), it is literally invisible.

    Unless anyone has some advice for how to make this thing work better, I'm going to return it and Aimpoint is going to get some business.
     
  2. Outlaw Man

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    The ones I've looked through in well lit areas have been relatively easy to see. Is yours the amber reticle?
     
  3. Matno

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    My ACOG also doesn't light up when in the dark, looking at something light. But I can still see the reticle. If it didn't have that, I'd be hurting. Then again, that's not a very realistic shooting scenario for me. But we do like to be prepared for the unexpected, right?
     
  4. OpticsPlanet

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    I have found that for my 53 year old eyes, any optic that auto-adjusts for ambient light isn't as bright as I like. An optic that would let you set a brightness and auto-adjust from there would be a useful development for us old guys.

    Mark H.
     
  5. DesertRat

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    Are these Trijicon Reflex units really that bad? People seem to love them or hate them. Did you buy it new or used? Is it marked with the date of manufacture?
     
  6. allaroundhunter

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    The majority of Trijicon's optics seem to be a love 'em or hate 'em deal. I love them, but rarely is there a middle ground for people.

    Sent from my HTC One X
     
  7. TAKtical

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    I bought a few Trijicon RMR's and I agree that when you are in a very dark area looking at a very bright area, its hard to see the dot. That being said, the Trijicon sights that are made to work without batteries are designed that way to be as rugged, reliable, and hassle free as possible. And they definitely are. All similar optics suffer from the same issue. A quick google search would have told you that before you purchased it. I weighed the pros and cons of the dual illuminated and battery powered rmr's and decided on the dual illuminated version because the issue you described is out weighed by the benefits of never having to use a battery. The dark room to light room dim reticle is a well documented issue and if that is a situation that you will encounter regularly, you will be better off with a battery powered sight. Just to be clear, you need to be in a pitch black room and be looking at a bright as day room for the reticle to become very hard to see with the RMR. Im not sure about the Reflex.
     
  8. rbernie
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    I had similar concerns with a Reflex that I bought some years back, and moved to Aimpoints instead. I am now solidly an Aimpoint kinda guy.....
     
  9. Torian

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    I've shot better with aimpoints than ACOGs in the past. It's sometimes weird what works for you. Might not always be the most fancy or expensive optic.

    I'm an aimpoint guy now too.
     
  10. LiquidTension

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    My limited experience with the Reflex mirrors OP's. It's especially bad when standing indoors or in shade and aiming at a light colored target/background in bright sunlight - the reticle just disappears. I'm with rbernie nowadays - strictly Aimpoint.
     
  11. mtrmn

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    All those Trijicon optics are nothing but trash. Shoot me a PM for my address and I'll see that they're disposed of properly, free of charge and I'll even pay shipping.;)
     
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