Let’s face facts. When the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) select a firearm or related product– a red dot sight, you know it’s been put through the wringer in testing and abused relentlessly. The organization, after all, operates in some tough and dangerous conditions. If it thrives there, it’s going to excel for home- or self-defense needs here.
Meprolight’s Mepro RDS Pro (called the M5 in Israel) sights recently survived one of those grueling marathons, and as a result, thousands of the country’s defense forces will soon have the reflex sights riding atop their rifles. “The sight was selected by the IDF in an open tender following in-depth testing and rigorous trials,” said Benny Kokia, vice president, sales and marketing at Meprolight. “The RDS Pro operates off of one AA battery and the on/off sensor provide up to 15,000 hours battery life depending on the four reticle brightness levels selected. The large 30mm FOV window allows the shooter to keep both eyes open for better awareness and target acquisition. The 1.8 MOA red provides a crisp, clear sight picture.”
Shooters in the United States are already familiar with Meprolight optics, including the MOR, which won the 2015 American Rifleman Golden Bullseye Award for Optic of the Year. The red dot sight has a 30 mm lens to ensure rapid target acquisition with both eyes open, which enhances situational awareness and speeds transitions between long-distance and close-quarter targets. The large field of view improves peripheral vision and the passive, self-illuminated system provides integrated day/night operation with different brightness modes for the LED. A pair of laser pointers, visible and infrared, make the rail-mounted system even more versatile.