Trijicon Reflex II RX09 Sight
Triple reticle illumination system;
Ambient light, tritium, and Cyalume chem stick.
Heavy duty construction.
No switches or batteries.
Includes polarizing filter, rubber caps, five Cyalume sticks, and a LensPen cleaning device.
Optical magnification; 1x
Reticle; 16.6 x 14.4 M.O.A. amber chevron
Color; Dark Charcoal Grey
Made In U.S.A.
Rail interface sold seperately.
Out of stock. Estimated delivery time: 3 - 6 weeks
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Most reflex sights use a battery powered light emitting diode for reticle illumination. Aside from the obvious possibility of battery failure, they also need to be switched on before use, and off again after use to preserve battery power. The Trijicon Reflex II uses no electricity because it gets its light from the environment. In bright conditions, the reticle is brightest. When its not so bright out, the reticle adjusts accordingly. When the light gets really low, the 12-year tritium beta particle illumination system (beta lamp) shows up, giving you a clearly visible reticle, even in total darkness. You might say its a nuclear weapon (well, of sorts). You could also say it is solar powered, and that it runs on hydrogen as a backup system, and impress your greeney, leftist friends. (Tritium is hydrogen 3. It has a half life of around 12.3 years, and the tritium source can be replenished at the factory) This model also has a specially designed light cavity that accepts a standard, miniature chemical light stick (Cyalume stick). Inserting an activated chem stick gives you several hours with an extra bright reticle. The RX09 is shown below mounted to a .30 M1 Carbine and an AK using the RX23 low profile throw-lever mount (sold separately).
In handling it around the shop, and in field testing, we often found ourselves reaching for the power switch, then realizing it doesn't have one. Its a mild feeling of liberation; the sight is always on and there's no battery to run down.
We got a nice reticle image in all circumstances in which we tested this sight. We never had a need for the chem stick, but in some cases (shooting in certain dappled light conditions maybe, or in room clearing exercises) the Cyalume illumination could come in handy.
The chevron reticle, while presenting an easy to acquire and precise aiming point, also serves as a ranging device. The outside base of the chevron triangle, 16.6 MOA, is the width of a standard military silhouette at 100 meters. 8.3 MOA, the width of the inside base of the chevron, is the width of a standard military silhouette at 200 meters.