Sig Sauer Romeo 5 vs Bushnell TRS-25

On rare occasions, I am asked to make a comparison between two seemingly innocent devices but end up being surprised when coming into comparison with bias.

To put it simply, the TRS-25 is not a simple red dot sight when compared to other models, while it is a cheaper model, it can stand proud next to the Romeo5 which is an impressive red dot sight.

OK, so you want to know the details, here goes.

ItemMagnificationReticleBattery
Sig Sauer Romeo 51x20mm2 MOA DotCR2032
Bushnell TRS-251x25mm3 MOA DotCR2032

A Comparison between Sig Sauer Romeo 5 vs Bushnell TRS-25

🥇 Sig Sauer Romeo 5

This is the Romeo5, its small, its compact and its incredible. It has the Sig built-in MOTAC™ (Motion Activated Illumination) that shuts down the sight when it’s been inactive for 10 minutes and reactivates when it senses movement.

The reticle comes with a 2 MOA Dot / 65 MOA Circle option, and you get a total of 10 brightness levels, 98 for daylight and 2 for night time.

The parallax is ultra-low, so you get a point-of-aim is point-of-impact performance. Since this model has the MOTAC it provides automated brightness adjustment, which is cool since you don’t need to fiddle with the brightness levels during everyday use.

You can deactivate the MOTAC and convert to the manual, so you get the best of both worlds.

The red dot is clear, the op[tics delivers a crisp picture and the battery together with the MOTAC extend the life of the sight to incredible durations; 40,000 hours!

The Romeo 5 body is the standard aluminum alloy with anodized matt black finish. The mount you get is the I M1913 Picatinny low mount riser and comes with a co-witness 1.41” riser mount.

This quick clip-on version lets you set your mount to whatever height is desired – low or 1.41” and off you go to the range.

This sight is IPX -7 rated and is submersible in water up to 10 feet. The fog proofing is exceptional, and you can work with this model in any atmosphere and environment.

What stands out with this model is its simplicity but excellent quality. The tuning is perfect, the rugged performance in even the most extreme situations is commendable.

The mount does not loosen even after firing off 500 rounds, and the red dot is constantly clear even in the most ridiculous lighting arrangements.

The bottom line is that this is one excellent all-round sight for the price you pay.

🥇 Bushnell TRS-25

The Bushnell AK Optics 1x 25 red dot is a compact model that is waterproof, fog-proof and provides 11 brightness levels. This little sight is nitrogen purged, so you get that maintained fog-proof performance you expect from a higher-end model.

Due to the construction using O-rings, the sight is securely sealed and can be submerged, work in the rain and generally deliver waterproof performance.

The body is a stumpy 2.5” cylinder made from the standard aluminum alloy and weighs in at a ridiculous 3.9 ounces, so it’s small, light and has a 3 MOA dot.

It uses a single CR2032 battery to deliver the 11 levels of brightness, but this model does not have a shake awake technology built into it, so its battery life is not as long as the Romeo5 which comes with the Sig MOTAC.

The body is also anodized with the standard black matte finish.

The optics of this scope are excellent, and the red dot is clear the picture you see is crisp, and the actual shock resistance is commendable for such an inexpensive model.

The knobs and adjustments are not as smooth as the Romeo5 but are perfect for the purpose of this model, and the larger knob is easy to manage.

This model comes with 1 MOA clicks and a 50 Parallax which is the only real disadvantage.

The bottom line is that this is an accurate short distance red dot sight that gives good performance in its range but excellent value for money. It’s a simple sight designed for simple use; specifically training.

Overall Verdict

The Romeo5 is a Sig, so it already starts with a great pedigree. The Bushnell is an AK which is also a great pedigree, but for some, the Sig is a higher-end model.

The TRS-25 is small, lightweight, accurate and rough and ready for most environments. The Sig Romeo5 is a tough little cookie that goes on and on and one longer than the Duracell bunny.

When trying them out in the field, both provided me with good solutions. The automated brightness adjustment with the MOTAC gave the Romeo an added advantage, and in combat situations, this becomes a key difference.

The simplicity of the TRS-25 is really awesome, but after you get over the simplicity you realize it lacks in features that can make a difference in competition and field operation.

The Romeo5 is a combat-ready scope for quick target acquisition and can be used by professionals with a low budget or by anyone that just wants a simple sight solution.

The TRS-25 is a beginner’s sight, best reserved for training and providing access to the world of sights and scopes. In fact, the TRS-25 is the perfect trainer sight and is preferred to the more expensive Romeo5 which can be used for training, but is better for general protection and field action.

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