Miniaturized red-dot/reflex sights got their start in the hands of competition pistol shooters who wanted the speed and precision of a red dot, but were tired of mounting big, heavy tubes on their pistols. Tactical operators soon figured out that pairing a miniature reflex optic would allow them to use a long-range gun at short, CQB ranges in a pinch. The only catch was the sights were pretty delicate. But the concept proved so workable that Trijicon developed a ruggedized miniature reflex sight able to withstand the rigors of combat. While the RMR is an obvious choice for a short-barreled carbine, pistol, or sniper rifle, hunters should not overlook its abilities, especially turkey hunters. Chasing longbeards is a passion of mine, and long ago I strapped a red-dot sight on my turkey gun. It provided a more precise aiming point, important for a tight-shooting shotgun, and because red-dot optics are parallax free it eliminated most shooter-induced aiming errors. The shot patterns around that dot no matter where my head happens to be.
The RMR with a 4-MOA aiming dot is perfect. It weighs just 1.2 ounces and has a low profile that keeps your head down on the stock. Two models are available–one uses a battery-powered LED with an integral, self-adjusting rheostat, and the other uses fiber optic and tritium. Since the RMR is made of high-quality forged aluminum, is waterproof, and is mil-spec tough, even the most die-hard turkey hunter is unlikely to break it.