January 06, 2020
If I ever manage to break the Romeo, SIG will prob-ably fix it under warranty. And if they don’t, I will have been well-served for many years by this red-dot optic.
SIG makes the Romeo 4 in four different configurations: H, S, T and M. The basic (if you can call any of them that) Romeo 4 is a compact, 1X red-dot sight, with sealed controls and a 50,000-hour battery life. For those still counting on fingers and toes, that is five years, eight months and two weeks of battery life at constant on. Change batteries at each presidential election, and you’re covered. It won’t be constant on, because of the MOTAC system, the motion-sensing on switch. It goes to sleep in the rack, but when you snatch it out, it wakes up. That’s the H model. The S model adds a solar panel charging array on the top, and with that, you can get 100,000 hours out of a battery. That’s almost insane, and eleven and a half years.
The T model adds submersible-to-20-meters sealing, and the M goes back to basics, without the solar array, but with the compactness you’d want if you were mounting a red dot on, say, a shotgun.
They all can be had with a one- or two-MOA dot, and you can toggle among the four different reticle patterns SIG offers. MSRPs vary from $420 to $660. SIG of course offers various mounts, QD or bolt-on, and heights, and its electro-optics come with a five-year warranty on the electronics and an unlimited warranty on the rest of the Romeo parts.
I’ve dealt with SIG, and my experience has been short of tire tracks or hammer marks, if it breaks, they’ll fix it.
One last part: A solar panel on a red-dot recharges it when there is enough light. So, when you are outside, but if there hasn’t been enough movement to turn it on, you are basically not losing power time. And even when it is on, the draw by the LED on the battery is greatly offset by the charge from the solar array. Hey SIG, make the unit just a bit bigger, with more solar, and we’ll never have to change batteries.