2024 Optic Of The Year: Trijicon RCR

For the 22nd consecutive year, the editors of “The World’s Oldest And Largest Firearm Authority” have selected their top picks for the finest and most innovative products that the gun industry has to offer.

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posted on May 29, 2024
2024 Optic Of The Year: Trijicon RCR

The coveted Golden Bullseye Awards, now in their 22nd year, were created as a way for us to publicly recognize the firearm industry’s best-performing, highest-value and most innovative products from the previous year. Some years there are runaway standouts, but more often than not, there are numerous contenders worthy of accolade within a given category, and the selection process to nail down a slate of recipients can require no small amount of rigorous discussion on the part of the editors. This year we were blessed with a sizable crop of great new guns that could have won an award, but below you will find our consensus winners.

“Last year was one of massive new-product introductions from the recreational shooting sports industry,” said NRA Publications Executive Director Doug Hamlin. “As a result, the editorial staff had some tough decisions to make to identify the best all-new products.”


2024 Optic Of The Year: Trijicon RCR
There are many advantages to running a micro red-dot atop your pistol, and recent enclosed-emitter designs offer even more benefits, but these models’ sealed housings can complicate their installation aboard the mounting interfaces of standard optics-ready slides.

Trijicon RCR optic

However, as Senior Executive Editor Kelly Young explained in “Next-Gen Ruggedness,” Trijicon’s decision to develop its new Ruggedized Closed Reflex (or RCR) around the use of capstan screws allowed these concerns to be side-stepped completely, permitting the new red-dot to be employed atop any standard RMR-footprint mount.“For the enclosed RCR in particular, such simple compatibility with one of the most popular mounting footprints in the industry, without the need for additional plates, is a big deal,” Young wrote.

American Rifleman magazine spread Trijicon NEXT-GEN RUGGEDNESS The TRIJICON RMR HD & RCR by Kelly Young text on image with handguns optics

Also big news was the RCR’s carry-friendly 1.95-oz. weight, top-mounted battery compartment, the impressive durability imparted by its waterproof, fogproof 7075-T6 aluminum housing, and that it offers a substantially larger field of view than its predecessor, the Type 2 RMR, thanks to its slightly raised viewing pane.

American Rifleman magazine spread Trijicon RCR text on image

For developing a convenient-to-use and multi-functional optic that enjoys all the advantages of an enclosed-emitter red-dot, while eliminating its primary shortcoming, we awarded the Trijicon RCR Optic Of The Year. For more information, visit trijicon.com.

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