I’m really digging this thing. At first glance it seems just like any other red dot.
- It’s a 2 MOA red dot with 10 light settings – a daylight to night vision.
- The body on this is aluminum and it seems durable enough.
- The field of view is 20 millimeters, and it comes with a low riser and a riser that will co-witness with your iron sights.
It seems decent, but what sets it apart from the rest of the competition?
Well, it runs off of a single cr2032 button battery and it has an expected battery life of 50,000 hours. The unit conserves battery life with a system of operation called Motac. Basically, it’s motion activated. In a lot of cases you don’t have to deliberately turn the unit off and on.
Let me explain.
When you power the unit on for the very first time, all you have to do is press one of the brightness buttons. After that, you don’t ever have to turn the unit off. If the Romeo does not sense motion for two minutes it’ll power itself down. Then, when it senses the slightest motion, the red dot will power back on and the brightness will be set to the last brightness setting that was entered. You can power the unit off indefinitely by holding in on one of the brightness selection buttons. If you do that, the unit will not power on simply by moving the optic. To get the unit to power back on again you would have to press one of the brightness buttons.
Why would you want to do that?
Well, let’s say that you have this setup bouncing around in your patrol car. In that case the site is always going to be bouncing around, moving around, it’s always going to sense motion and it will always be running, and it will hardly go into that power save mode. If you find yourself in that scenario then you might actually want to power the unit off manually.
So, what else is cool about this thing? Oh, I almost forgot, this is IPX-7 rated.
- That means it’s rated for immersion up to one meter below water. For most cases, rain or shine, you’re gonna be good to go. I have shot this thing in the rain – works perfectly fine. I just am not able to get film footage of that because my camera equipment does not appreciate the rain. So how does it handle when you shoot.
- It holds its zero just fine, and the accuracy that I’ve been getting its just head shots all day long. So this is from back at 50 yards. You can get headshots all day. You can get much better groups out of this optic than this. I’m really not trying. If you actually try hard, yeah, you can do much better than that. It’s more than capable of reaching out and touching a target.
- What I really like about this red dot is the way it’s only 5.1 ounces. And I’ve always been an EOTech guy. Don’t get me wrong, I still love me some EOTech. But the weight reduction from the Romeo 5, it makes this rifle setup feel and handle so much differently. It’s faster to move with during long training days, I can go longer with this before the fatigue sets in, and I get those benefits with similar performance out of the sight whether it be 2 MOA or 1 MOA, you’re gonna shoot the same with both.
So this is a red dot that I probably wouldn’t have picked up until I spent a day’s shooting with some friends.A friend of mine had one, got me to try it and I was really surprised for a red dot. In this price range, it has everything that you would expect and a little bit more. And that’s coming from someone who’s an EOTech guy. I’ve always been an EOTech fan, and it gives my beloved EOTech some real competition. From what I’ve experienced with this red dot, it’s given me all the performance of a top-shelf optic without paying that top-shelf price tag.
So, if you have the opportunity to try one of these Romeo 5 units, I definitely jump on it. And that’s pretty much the Romeo 5. Stay tuned for more videos, they’re on the way.