Shooting the Ruger MK IV with the SIG Romeo 4 Red Dot Sight

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There’s no other way to explain it. After years of shooting I have concluded I must be a poor shot. How else to explain my inability to consistently shoot the tiny little groups I’ve been reading about for years in the firearms press? One inch or smaller seems to be the standard, whether shooting a pistol at 25 yards or a rifle at 100 yards. Now I have to admit I’ve been able to pull this off from time to time but never consistently or on demand. And so it was, when I began testing the new Ruger MK IV .22 caliber pistol for accuracy I approached the task with dread, knowing well my shortcomings.

SIG Romeo 4

To mitigate my poor shooting I looked about for an optical sight to help my aging eyesight. I found a very nice one in the new Sig Romeo 4. This red dot sight is attractive for a number of reasons. From an aesthetics standpoint, it is a graphite color that nicely matches the stainless steel coloring of the MK IV Hunter pistol. The sight can be turned on or off and the dot intensity can be adjusted by pressing two buttons. It’s not necessary to turn the Romeo off because if it doesn’t detect movement in five minutes it shuts down and comes back on when it is moved or picked up. Using one inexpensive CR 2032 flat battery the Romeo can be left on for something like 50,000 hours before needing a battery change. According to my calculations that means you shouldn’t have to worry about battery life for a little less than six years. In other words, turn it on and don’t concern yourself with battery life. Other features of the Romeo 4 include .5 MOA windage and elevation adjustments, meaning the point of impact will change approximately ½ inch at 100 yards, ¼ inch at 50 yards and 1/8 inch at 25 yards for each click. The red dot sights is a 2 MOA dot and that, translated into English, means the dot will appear to cover 2 inches at 100 yards and ½ inch at 25 yards. The sight has 12 illumination settings that should make the dot visible in any lighting conditions. While other manufacturers insist on selling you a separate high mounting base for use on flat top rifles like AR-15s the folks at Sig include one in the box with the Romeo 4. Looking around online I found these sights listed for around $289.00. And one more thing; Sig covers the Romeo with an unlimited, transferrable lifetime guarantee. In my estimation this sight offers a lot of quality features at a good price.

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