[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter a couple of months of research, reading reviews, trying them out, and asking people about their optics I finally pulled the trigger and purchased a Trijicon TR24 to sit atop of my new DPMS 3G1 rifle.
Until now I’ve been using an EOTech 512 which has served me well but not having any magnification makes hitting some smaller targets out past 200 yards difficult. I really like the both eyes open/Bindon aiming concept optics where you focus on the target plane and the dot just floats in space so a traditional scope wasn’t going to cut it for me. I considered a Trijicon 3x or 4x fixed optic but just can’t acquire targets, especially the close in ones, quick enough. Each type of optic has its limitations and its strengths so after carful consideration I decided to go with a low power variable scope with a true 1x. After researching this segment of optics quite some time I had narrowed my selection down to the Meopta K-dot and the Trijicon TR24 with the red triangle. Both had all of the attributes I wanted and were in my budget but now I had to decide between the two. In the end the Trijicon edged out the Meopta but I’m sure either one would have been a good choice. For me it came down to ruggedness, weight, and most of all, battery life. The Practical Rifle matches at my local club are more combat leaning than most club matches and are not run like a IPSC match. Your gear has to be ready to run out of the bag so if you’re going to turn on an optic it’s done on the clock so the Meopta would have to be running all day every match and I’m sure at some point I’d wind up with a dead battery. I live in Oregon and our PR matches are also held in an active rock quarry which is really great because the landscape is always changing, but the environment tends to punish equipment. It’s wet, it’s muddy, and we tend to shoot a lot of prone positions with distances typically reaching 350+ yards or more and sometimes out past 500 yards on occasion so it’s not uncommon to be covered head to toe in mud and for our rifles as well. So based on my research I thought the TR24 would hold up better with the types of matches I shoot.
Once I decided on the scope I found one in stock at Primary Arms who had it to me in a couple of days as did LaRue with my LT-104 30mm mount.
My first impression of the scope was that it looked beefy and rugged. It comes with a set of lens covers and a lens pen to keep it clean. Looking through it for the first time I was shocked at just how bright the triangle was. I zoomed it in to 4x and was pleased with the magnification and twisted it back to 1x to see how she’ll look without any magnification. I really love it on 1x! The glass quality wasn’t what it could have been and there is a noticeable amount of distortion around the edges that has a “fisheye” appearance to it. I’d rate the resolution, color and contrast as fair. Meopta glass it isn’t.
Both eyes open I began running around the house much to my wife’s amusement acquiring “targets” and moving to the next and to the next. I ran into the bathroom and turned the lights off to see how the low light/no light performance of the Tritium really looked and I have to say it works very well. I wish I had it at my last night match!
I screwed off the elevation and windage adjustment covers which reveled real turrets that can be operated by hand in 1/4 inch at 100 yard increments. Once set you can pull them up to set your zero and press them down to lock them back, all without any tools!
A rotating cover be used to adjust how much light makes it into the scope’s aiming triangle to allow you to have the perfect amount of brightness required. I have heard complaints with this scope and it triangle’s brightness where the shooter was in the shade and the target being in full sunlight, but it has had ample brightness in my tests so far. The reticle is very clean with a red triangle in the center and a post from the bottom of the triangle to the bottom edge to allow you to hold the weapon perfectly level. The one thing they could have done better is to have added a BDC to the post. The triangle’s tip is also a little rounded. I wish it was more “sharp”.
It has lots of field of view and is pretty forgiving with alignment/eye relief.
So after some time getting to know my new scope and trying different lighting scenarios and conditions I got it into the LaRue LT-104 and mounted on my DPMS 3G1 and headed to the range to try it out. It only took a few rounds to sight it in I started shooting groups with and without any magnification. I really like the scope and the height is just about perfect in it’s new mount. I managed to shoot 5 boxes of .223 through it before the new rifle’s gas issues caused me to hang it up for the day. I would wind up having back surgery shortly after that first trip out to the range so unfortunately I won’t have a report on how it performs in a match for a few more months. But thus far, here is what I like/dislike about the Trijicon TR24, and I’m happy to say based on what I’ve seen up to this point I would definitely pick this scope again.
- No batteries required
- Construction – looks like it’ll take a beating
- High texture magnification ring
- True 1x
- Both eyes open/Bindon aiming concept
- No tools required quality elevation/windage turrets
- 1/4 adjustments
- Clean retical
- Adjustable fiber optic intensity
- Lots of field of view – eye relief
- “Fisheye” distortion around the edges – glass quality
- No BDC
- Soft tip of triangle’s upper point
- The Tritium eventually runs out