Meprolight Tru Vision red dot review

It has taken me some time to warm up to red dot sights, but against my hardheadedness, I have been keeping an open mind and giving them a fair shake after spending some time with them. I am beginning to see why they have become so popular. I can tell you this for sure: it is easy for the new shooter to pick it up. I received the Kel-Tec Sub 2000 Gen 3 for review; you can read that by following this link.

The new Kel-Tec ships sans sights, so I reached out to Meprolight to ask about some of the red dots we talked about this past SHOT show. My buddy Eric recommended the new Tru Vision as a capable universal red dot that would work well on any rifle with a Picatinny Rail. It is quite a durable, water and shock proof red dot.

On the port side of the Tru Vision, there are three recessed buttons. The NV is for night vision mode, and the other two allow you to adjust the brightness of the two MOA red dots manually.  There are sixteen options, with twelve daylight and four night settings.  The Tru Vision is equipped with a light sensor to automatically adjust the dot’s brightness.  Below the buttons is the quick-release lever to allow quick but secure mounting to the Picatinny Rail. The 1.14″ x 0.78″ window is slightly angled, so there is no reflection from the optic.

On the starboard side is the recessed 1/2 MOA per click windage adjustment, and in front of that is where the CR 123 battery is stored.  Meprolight estimates the battery life to be approximately two years. The red dot is equipped with a motion sensor, so when the optic is not moved, or buttons are pushed for thirty minutes, it goes to sleep mode. The user can set up auto-off, so if the red dot is not moved or buttons are pushed for four or eight hours, it goes to sleep mode. A low battery alert lets you know when it is time to swap batteries.


The elevation adjustment, which is also recessed and the same as the windage adjustment, is on the rear of the sight under the window. The red dot includes a soft cover. If you choose, you can swap out the polymer cover for an ODG or desert tan. The Tru Vision has a small footprint, so it does not take up a lot of space on the rail. It is compatible with a few different magnifiers from Meprolight, such as the MX3F/T.

I had many shooters in the Kel-Tec review with Tru Vision, and all were able to easily pick up and use the red dot. I used the red dot to get groups on the Sub 2000, and it proved to be precise enough to get some inch-and-a-half groups at thirty yards.

Red dot technology has come a long way over the years, and it is evident these Israeli made Meprolight sights are state of the art. This particular sight was developed for use with some of the Israeli special forces. I have always preferred iron sights, but I can see the advantage of a red dot sight and am slowly coming around despite myself. If you are in the market of a serious red dot I would recommend looking into the Tru Vision. With a $499 MSRP, it is reasonable for the amount of technology within this sight.


Weight < 285 gr.
Dimensions (L x W x H) < 73 x 56 x 68 mm
Display Window Dimensions 25 x 20 mm
Aiming point diameter 2.0 MOA
Reticle Pattern Dot
Reticle Color Red
Click Size 0.5 MOA (0.14 mRad)
Brightness levels 12 Day + 4 Night + Automatic Adjustment
Power Supply 1x CR123 Battery
Weapon Mount Picatinny Rail Quick release (Mil-STD 1913)
Environmental MIL-STD-810

By Hunter Elliott

I spent much of my youth involved with firearms and felt the call early on to the United States Marine Corps, following in my father's and his brother's footsteps. Just after high school I enlisted and felt most at home on the rifle range, where I qualified expert with several firearms and spent some time as a rifle coach to my fellow Marines. After being honorably discharged I continued teaching firearm safety, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and began teaching metallic cartridge reloading. In the late 1990s I became a life member to the National Rifle Association and worked with the Friends of the NRA. Around that time my father and I became involved with IDPA and competed together up until he passed away. I began reviewing firearms for publications in the mid 2000s and have been fortunate to make many friends in the industry. Continuing to improve my firearms skills and knowledge is a never ending journey in which we should all be committed. I am also credited as weapons master on a few independent films.

2 thoughts on “Meprolight Tru Vision red dot review”
  1. Helpful review. Regarding the utility of non-magnifying reflector/reflex sights it is a bright line between those trained on, or masters of iron aiming devices and new shooters. Funny how the brain works.

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