The Trijicon SRS (Sealed Reflex Sight) is a 1x magnification, 38mm objective optic that runs from either a single AA battery or solar panels to illuminate the red dot within – switching over automatically. Trijicon states that the optic will operate for 3 years of continuous use. That alone is revolutionary, and I would expect nothing less from those who have provided us with Tritium and fiber optic illuminated ACOGs for years.
My first impression of the SRS was that of intrigue, and appreciation. Having already owned several Trijicon optics, this was one I truly wanted in my collection, and what better to pair it to than a Sig Sauer SIG556. I first found the SRS on Trijicon’s website right after public release, and I followed it for about 6 months until I had a chance to hold one at the Nation’s Gun Show at Dulles in Virginia. At that point I was sold on it, next was finding the best venue for purchase, and obtaining the quick-detach mount, Tenebraex ‘kill flash’ anti-reflective device (ARD), and flip covers. Once I squared away the acquisition process, it was time to time to field it and have some fun.
Range time is great with the SRS, it is a very simple optic to use, it is extremely durable, and has the most ideal dimensions one would prefer on a battle rifle. I look for fit, function, and functionality when pairing optics with weapons platforms. As mentioned above, the SRS is teamed with the SIG556, and 1x38 makes it an ideal platform for CQB (50 meters or less) shooting. Where quality optics make the difference is the ability to hold ‘zero’ after shooting, and even dismounting. I bore sighted the SRS once, tuned to 25 meters and it has held perfectly ever since.
Some owners have reported that there are reflection issues with the SRS, basically the objective lens internal coating faintly displays come of the electronic components (reflection) when viewing. I can’t say that I’ve witnessed this in my SRS, and other owners have said you simply need to turn down the brightness of the red dot (people who don’t know actually run them too bright). Turning down the brightness is an effortless task as you simply depress the (+) or (-) rubberized buttons the side of the SRS to find the appropriate setting. Evidently Trijicon has stated that more recent versions of the SRS have a different coating to prevent this if it is an issue, or you can send it back to Trijicon under the auspices of the lifetime warranty and get it changed. Since I have the ARD, this limits to a limited degree the light entering the optic tube, which would negate reflection issues – again for me it is a non-issue.
Overall the SRS is an expensive, revolutionary, impressive, and performing optic. It is not a regular ACOG, and it is designed to compete with Aimpoint and EOtech optics of similar specs.
For those who are looking for a top quality and compact-yet-durable 1x power red dot optic, the SRS is not the only option on the market, but should be considered if your budget is above $800.