SIG went from being well known for producing fantastic metal frame pistols to being well known for making everything. This includes rifles, suppressors, and even optics. Today we are looking at their budget-friendly Romeo5 red dot, specifically the Romeo5XDR model. The Romeo5XDR is the most robust and durable Romeo5 that’s outfitted with superior water protection and higher grade shock protection. The DR stands for dual reticle, and the Romeo5 serves up two separate reticles.
The Romeo5XDR – Dual Reticle Design
The first is a 2 MOA red dot. It’s straightforward and is the industry standard. The second reticle is a 65 MOA circle with a 2 MOA dot. The dual design allows you to pick and choose your reticle. The 2 MOA is a bit simpler with a less obscure sight picture, and it tends to be kinder on battery life. The 65 MOA reticle is much more versatile and eye-catching at the cost of decreased battery life.
The 65 MOA circle and dot reticle allow for engaging finding capabilities. At one hundred yards, the 65 MOA ring is the average size of a normal man. If an average-sized man fills the reticle, then he is roughly 100 yards away. If he fills from the bottom of the reticle to the middle dot, then he is 200 yards away. It’s handy but can be a bit tricky to use.
The 65 MOA ring is also more prominent, more comfortable to see, and faster to find and get on target. The bigger reticle is easier to track between targets and can be used at any range. The 65 MOA reticle is perfect for that fast, close-range shooting, and the smaller 2 MOA dot in the center is better purposed for longer range shooting. The Romeo5XDR is one helluva versatile optic.
In practice, I can ring steel at 15 yards with blistering speed, and when I fall back to 100 yards, I can do the same with precision and confidence. Both the dot and circle options are crystal clear and extremely crisp. They outperform every other budget red dot I’ve shot with.
Class and Glass
The Romeo5XDR presents the user with crystal clear glass with a slight blue tint to it. The blue tint is normal in these optics, and it’s from obscuring. The view through the lens is clear and can be used with a magnifier without any clarity issues. Cheap red dots often look okay as red dots, but troublesome and poorly made glass shows it’s weakness under a magnifier.
The Romeo5XDR runs off of a single AAA battery and lasts up to 50K hours. I can say after several years of use, and I’m still on the battery that was included with the optic. The optic is equipped with SIG’s MOTAC system. MOTAC stands for motion-activated, and this acts to help preserve the battery for stone heads like me who forget to turn their optic’s off when they put them away. When the optic is left undisturbed for a period of time, it shuts off automatically.
When the optic senses motion, it activates and returns the last setting the user set. The Romeo5XDR is a very modern choice that goes above and beyond your normal budget red dot. The glass packs some unbeatable features for a budget red dot, and the Romeo5XDR is a true performer, and it does so above and beyond its price tag.