first published on July 1, 2020 by Josh Brooks[mashshare]
Did you know Sig Sauer makes red dot optics? If you’ve been living under a rock, you might not have known. For the past few years, Sig has been putting out some top of the line gun-sights. The Romeo 8H is their latest and greatest red dot optic. It sits on a list next to roughly eight other red dot optics ranging from handgun to rifle sights.
We recently got our hands on one, and put it through the ringer over the course of several trips to the range. Here’s what we think of the device so far.
Before we dive into the 8H though, we need to address something. Why use Sig Sauer red dot optics in the first place? For some people, it might even be news that the guys and gals and Sig are producing optics. What sets them apart from the competition? Why should we get a Sig red dot sight instead of an EOTech, Vortex, Aimpoint, or a Holosun device? Surely companies that specialize in making optics can do it better, right?
Well, the answer is both yes and no. While companies like Aimpoint and EOTech sure have been in the red dot optic game a lot longer than Sig, that doesn’t mean Sig is a chump in this space. In reality, they’re far from it. From what we can tell, Sig is producing quality and competitive products, both in price and in real-world use. From all of our testing of their devices so far, we’ve seen absolutely nothing that leads one to believe they aren’t doing their absolute best. It’s worth being an early adopter of their gun-sights.
So, if you’re currently in the market for a red dot optic, or even other types of optics, you’d be silly to not at least give Sig’s product line up a look. We’ll leave you a link right here. You can go take a look for yourself at what this company is doing to break into this space.
The Sig Sauer Romeo 8H is a fully enclosed red dot sight with a number of reticles for the user to choose from. Due to it’s enclosed 6061-T6 aluminum design, it is an optic that can hold up to a good amount of abuse. It also features 10 brightness settings, with two night vision compatible options for users who choose to run NODs.
For a small premium, buyers are able to purchase the Romeo 8T, which is an even more rugged version of the same optic.
For the purpose of this review, we had the Romeo 8H mounted on top of a 5.56 SCAR Platform from FN. All of our range testings, so far, were conducted indoors at TNT Guns and Range in Salt Lake City, Utah. We fired between ranges of 5 and 25 yards with a variety of different targets from Student of the Gun, and REFactor Tactical. Ammunition used was white box Remington 5.56 that was purchased with our own money at TNT before getting into the booth to shoot. Two experienced shooters were used to test the platform.
As far as performance goes, this thing has literally everything you want in a red dot sight. We started out our course of fire with a quick confirmation of the optic’s zero. This was easy to do, and it only took us ten rounds to get the optic bang-on. The optic itself had already been heavily used before we got our hands on it, and as a result the battery inside of the device was dying about halfway through our shoot. Changing the battery was a breeze, and doing so didn’t require us to remove the optic from the weapon system as it’s a side loaded 123 battery.
At the end of the day, there were a few things about this optic that were abundantly clear. First of all, it’s a solid competitor to brands that have been on the market for a very long time. Just handling the optic alone, you can tell that it’s a sturdy device that can take some serious abuse. The most important part of the optic however, deserves its own section inside of this review, so we’re going to give it one.
I can’t state this enough. The Romeo 8H has a crystal clear red dot, and some of the best glass we’ve seen on an optic in a long time. Something extra that’s worth noting is that Sig nitrogen purges each device. This keeps the glass from fogging up under fast temperature changes. It may not seem like it adds a lot to the device, but it really cannot be stated enough just how amazing the glass is on this optic. As a result of how amazing the glass is, the dot shows up perfectly 100% of the time, and as a direct result of that it’s probably one of the fastest dots to acquire and put on target in the entire industry right now.
You truly have to see it to believe it, and I’m not sure the pictures we took could possibly do it justice.
At the end of the day, the Romeo 8H just works. It has some of the best glass we’ve ever seen on a red dot optic, and without a shadow of a doubt one of the fastest and easiest to acquire dots out there. My experience with the optic so far has been amazing, and I’m really looking forward to mounting it on some other platforms to give it a better run for its money. Coming in at around $500 MSRP in some places, you’d be silly to not at least give the 8H a look.
That’s just the opinion of two shooters though. Let us know down in the comments section if you have any experience with Sig’s line of red dot sights. What do you think of them so far, and how do they compare to some of the competitor’s products that you’ve owned in the past? We want to hear from you. As a community, we can come together and help each other make better buying decisions.