First Look: Crimson Trace HRO Red Dot Optic

A red dot sight that's built from the ground up durability and rough use.

posted on September 17, 2022
Crimson Trace HRO

Crimson Trace is probably best-known for its extensive line of laser sights to help shooters connect their firearms with targets. However, the company also has a complete of other optics, including red dot sights, the latest of which is the HRO (Heavy Recoil Optic), a compact but heavy-duty electronic red-dot reflex sight with a 2-MOA dot.

One of the biggest hesitations that gun owners have about adding a red dot or other electronic sight is concerns that the electronics inside the optic are not up to the wear and tear of everyday carry. However, red dot sights and similar electronic aiming devices are in common use by the military and law enforcement, and the technology to make those sights are rugged as possible has trickled down for use by the average armed citizen. Today’s optics are better-built and more reliable than ever before, and Crimson Trace takes that to the next level with the HRO.

The HRO’s outer housing is built from 6061 aerospace grade aluminum and also features an integrated universal Picatinny rail mounting system built into the optic body. The uppermost part of the optic body is designed in such a way to deflect impacts should the optic fall to the ground while attached to a firearm.

HRO Red Dot Optic Features:

  • 50,000 hour battery life
  • 2-MOA dot
  • IPX7 waterproof rating
  • Multi-coated lenses
  • Manual on/off switch
  • Crimson Trace “Shake to Wake”
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Integrated Picatinny mount on bottom of unit
  • Side loading battery compartment
  • Weighs 8.5 ounces
  • Unlimited eye relief
  • Fully co-witnesses with iron sights

The Crimson Trace Heavy Recoil Optic’s retail pricing starts at $479. For more information on this electronic reflex sight or other products and accessories offered by Crimson Trace, please visit the company's website at


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