This weeks optic of the week is the Trijicon RX01. This particular model has the rail mount, they are also seen with a gooseneck mount for fixed carry handles.
I wouldn’t say that these old reflex sights are bad, but I do not recommend getting one. I was under the impression they were discontinued and out of production, but I see that there are plenty new ones for sale for about $430ish.
I owned a RX01 back in 2005ish. The main reason I bought it back then was that it did not use batteries, and most battery operated sights of the time use odd sized batteries and had poor battery life. I had used it on M16A2s, M249s, and my personal rifle. I later replaced it with an Eotech 512.
The RX01 Reflex Sight uses Tritium and fiber optic to illuminate the reticle. There are two major downsides to this sight. First is that the radioactive Tritium has a half life and the Tritium is not replaceable and dims over time. Second is that due to the nature of how the sight works, there are many times when it can wash out. Most noticeably is if you are in a dark room looking out into a bright area, the dim reticle will not be very visible. My having that issue is why I ended up selling the RX01 I owned.
When I received this RX01, I took it out with a target at 25 yards for zeroing.
I don’t know why the camera didn’t pick up the amber reticle well, but it was very visible to my eye.
Windage and Elevation can be adjusted using a coin/screwdriver or Allen wrench. The adjustments are very positive clicks that are suppose to be 1 MOA. When I zeroed this sight I found the adjustment seemed to be closer to 3/4 MOA per click. The housing is loose on this sight, and I don’t recall it being loose on the one I owned all those years ago. I wonder if there is any sort of mechanical damage or issues with this particular sight.
I shot very poorly with this site when zeroing it. I shot the same rifle with a difference sight that day and did much better so I rather like to blame this optic. As I said previously, I wonder if this particular one is damaged. I am tempted to contact Trijicon and see about sending it in for inspection. Pictures of the zeroing target omitted to protect the embarrassed party.
After obtaining a zero I tried some rapid fire on clay pigeons on the berm at 25 yards. In the sunlight the reticle was bright and crisp. The reticle was easy to follow during recoil. I would say that shooting the pigeons was easy, but the blue tint of the lens made the orange clay pigeons invisible against the dark dirt berm. I had to use the Bindon Aiming Concept where I spotted the clays with my left eye and overlayed the reticle with my right.
*Mental note: If the enemy is using a Trijicon Reflex wear orange.”
I tried using the RX01 with an Aimpoint 3X magnifier and they worked together excellently.
I found shooting with the RX01 in daylight very fun, easy, and it performed awesomely. But I know that I have had issues with the reticle washing out in real world situations. I don’t know the reticle size on this particular unit, but in the artificial light at my home it seems too tiny dim to spot well, and outside at the range it seemed bright and huge. There is a polarizer available to try and deal with this issue, but the real solution is to use a different modern sight design.
The RX01 was pretty cool for its time, but it is obsolete now and there are far better options for the price.
|Adjustments||1 MOA Clicks|
|Power Source||Fiber Optic & Tritium|
|Reticle Options||4.5 MOA Dot/6.5 MOA Dot/12.9 MOA Triangle|
And to wrap up, here is a teaser for a future optic of the week article: