[Hands-On] Sig Romeo 5 Review: The Best Budget Red Dot?
Many red dot sights on the market come in price points from cheap to incredibly expensive. The Sig Sauer Romeo 5 is incredibly affordable, which often leads to the assumption that it’s inferior or of low quality.
But there has been a decent amount of buzz regarding this optic, so in this article, we will give you our review of the Romeo 5, and you might see that you are getting some serious bang for that buck.
The Romeo 5 is incredibly lightweight, coming in at just a shade over 5 ounces. To put this into perspective, the Romeo 5 weighs a little more than a deck of playing cards.
The body of the sight is made from aluminum, making it very lightweight.
It comes in two variants, one is the 1x20mm model produced for any firearm with a suitable mount system for the optic, and the other model is the 1x20mm TREAD, which was designed specifically for the TREAD AR-15 by Sig Sauer.
The optic is also incredibly compact, coming in at 4.72 x 3.03 x 0.76 inches. It also comes complete with a low riser mount that is compatible with any M1913 Picatinny mounting system, allowing you to put this thing on anything from pistols, rifles, shotguns, you name it.
Optic and Battery
The optic is IPX-7 rated, making it suitable for wet, foggy, and rainy conditions making it great for outdoor situations like hunting or on a tactical setup.
The Romeo 5 also has illumination settings along with the wet conditions capabilities, with ten different brightness settings to switch to depending on the situation and anti-reflection lenses, making it great for either low light and bright conditions.
It does also have unlimited eye relief, which is pretty essential. The Romeo 5 has a 2 MOA dot that makes it reliable to ranges of up to 100 yards with great accuracy.
Sig Sauer also states an estimated battery life of a whopping 40,000 hours.
The Romeo 5 utilizes motion-activated illumination or (MOTAC) for short, which helps to significantly extend the battery life of your optic, turning on when it senses the firearm is being handled and turning off when the firearm has remained idle for a certain amount of time.
This feature is meant to save battery life and automatically turn on when needed.
One can also not overlook the price of this thing, and you get all these features for an average price range of around $150-$200.
Along with this incredibly affordable price, probably the best value consideration of this optic is its warranty.
It comes with an unlimited warranty, five years covered on the electrical components that aren’t covered on the unlimited warranty.
Now that’s value!
Shooting with the Romeo 5
I slapped the Romeo 5 on my CAA MCK loaded with Glock45, and took it for a spin.
The optic itself had a very clear sight picture with very nice lensing. When raising the rifle to my shoulder, the target acquisition was smooth and quick; overall, it was pleasant to shoot with.
The MOTAC feature is pretty cool, but It did seem to act funky a couple of times when sensing movement. It wasn’t anything severe, but at times had a slight delay.
In my opinion, for almost all situations, this is acceptable, as the delay usually wasn’t long enough to deter me from acquiring a bead on the target, and by the time I shouldered the rifle, it was on.
Romeo 5 Pros and Cons
The MOTAC is going to be both a pro and a con in my book for hunting or casual target shooting, this feature is pretty cool, and I really don’t see any issues with it in this capacity. I have actually slapped a second one on my 45-70 for deer hunting in the thick stuff.
The bad weather capabilities is also a significant plus for me since I intend on using this optic for close-quarters hunting and deer drive situations where acquiring a target quickly is paramount
The battery is placed and can be accessed via the side of the optic, making changing easy and quick. The 40,000 hours of life may not be accurate, and to me seems extreme of a claim; how does one even test that. I think in real-life conditions, 5,000 hours is probably more realistic.
The MOTAC, as I said, will be listed as both a pro and a con for me, but for different reasons.
I would probably shy away from this as a combat optic or for anyone who might consider this in life-threatening situations, even if it means you have to push a button. I would rather have a dot when I need it than wonder.
It’s a comfort thing.
The unlimited warranty is excellent if you drop it and damage the frame or something. Still, the 5-year warranty only covering electronic components kind of makes the unlimited warranty seem, well, sort of inaccurate.
Still, at a price for this quality optic, it’s not a complaint, in my opinion.
Overall for the price, you really can’t go wrong with this optic, it’s a solid piece for any hunting or shooting enthusiast and in my opinion is now one of my favorite optics that I’ve ever put on my brush guns.
And if you want to think about what other members of the shooting community think, take a look; it’s pretty dang positive, with it having a perfect 5-star rating on Amazon with over 7000 ratings, which is in and of itself incredibly impressive.