The New RMRcc From Trijicon

What does the new optic offer? And what doesn't it?

Trijicon teased a new optic yesterday using a shadowed photograph a man drawing (or perhaps rehosltering) appendix. This, of course, caused a stir in the optics community as the company was rumored to be dropping a new smaller footprint dot to compete with the highly successful Holosun 507K and Shield sights, especially on the slim 9’s.

Trijicon delivered the RMRcc (Concealed Carry) a reduced size red dot available in a 3.25 and 6 MOA. Sporting the rugged stats and high battery life that the RMR Type 2’s are known for and running off a CR2032 battery.

But… not everything that shooters had been asking for was delivered, and curiously so. The RMRcc still has the bottom loaded battery, requiring removing the sight and relocking the threads for most pistols when a battery change is needed.

Secondly, the RMRcc has an entirely new footprint and uses adapter dovetail plates to interact with the majority of handguns, replacing the rear sight. There are currently 11 plates listed on Trijicon’s webpage for various handgun models, ‘Optic’s Ready’ type plates are $69.00 retail and dovetail plates are $102.00.

Walther PPS Dovetail Plate, AC32103

There is currently no listed plate for P320 models, there is for the P365 dovetail and 365XL (listed on EuroOptic, although not on Trijicon’s RMRcc page). Suggested Retail, from Trijicon, the sight is $699 and then the compatible plate(s). I’m seeing them for under $600 for optic and one plate.

Perhaps the most baffling feature are the 3 MOA adjustments. Sure, less clicks. But also less precision on refining a zero. Perhaps the numbers just don’t add up to needing more precise adjustments but it seems like a curious move to make a 1″ click at 33 yards.

Feelings on the new optic appear to be mixed, with some praising the release and others more… meh. I’m honestly in the ‘meh’ category. I don’t doubt this thing has a good LED emitter and is rugged (it apparently has the RMR electronic suite), but introducing another mounting pattern for milling will complicate the game.

I prefer the milled mount system. I also prefer an accessible battery housing. As cool as it might be that this thing can go to a 20m depth… I don’t swim beyond 5m, rarely beyond 3m… and I’ve never taken my RDS pistol. Rain, sweat, and puddle proof but mounted battery accessibility would have been the ticket in my opinion.

Their “4 Year” battery life is for setting 4 of 8, the two bottom settings are NV which is of no value to the majority of buyers (seriously, who’s rocking NODs with their EDC loadout?) meaning this is the second lowest ‘visible’ setting. 8 is the “super bright” and, taking a wild guess off of previous optics, the RMRcc will probably live life comfortably at setting 6 or 7, not 4, so the 4 year life is academic more than anything. However this isn’t an unusual advertising practice.

Most folks, myself included usually do a ~1 year change out and I don’t see that being a problem on the RMRcc either to get a year off a battery, but you will have to demount, remount, and rezero.

Overall this thing feels like a mixed bag of confusing features that Trijicon says people asked for and I’m wondering… who? I might know them and it might be for valid reasoning but the reaction online is very much a raised eyebrow. This isn’t the challenge to the 507K that I was expecting. I really don’t think this challenges the 507K, it’s just kind of… another dot you can pick, especially if you like Trijicon’s, that you’ll have to build out your pistol(s) around specifically with plates or milling.

It might be nice on my EMP but compatibility with a plate isn’t listed. It feels like a dot that is supposed to be competing with the other mini-dot’s but when you look at the feature list.. it’s kind of just its own thing.

It feels like a hipster RMR. Not really improved or better, just different. Might get one, might not. Your mileage may vary.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.