TruGlo Triton 1x28mm Sight

TruGlo Triton 1x28mm Sight

Until recently I’ve been pretty committed to Bushnell’s TRS-25; I own several of them on everything from rifles to shotguns, and I’ve never regretted it.  In the past couple years though, I’ve noticed my eyesight takes longer to focus than it used to, and that’s presenting a bit of a problem when engaging moving targets like swinging plates.

I’ve owned some premium optics before, and while I certainly appreciated them, I’ve never found they made enough of a difference for my purposes to justify the price tag.  With that in mind, I decided to try a more affordable optic, in the form of TruGlo’s 1×28 Triton.


As far as build quality goes, it’s decent, if not quite as impressive as the Bushnell.  The body is made of a nice, lightweight aluminum, and feels well put together.  The lens is large, clear, and includes an anti-reflective coating, which works well in conjunction with the removable sunshade.  The brightness and controls feel tight and secure, with easy to discern clicks when adjusting the windage and elevation.


With the construction covered, let’s talk a bit about the actual optic.  A fairly compact optic, the Triton mounts directly to a picatinny rail and takes up just a bit more space than the Bushnell did.  Like the TRS-25, this sight is also windage and elevation adjustable, however that’s where the similarities stop.  The Triton features a larger lens at 28mm, three different colors of illumination, and a removable sunshade.  More importantly, the Triton also has four different reticle options which can be cycled through via a switch mounted on the rear.  That right there was my main attraction to this optic, as the circle-dot reticle is significantly larger than the Bushnell’s dot, allowing me to acquire it much faster.

The four reticle styles include a small and large dot at 2.5MOA and 5MOA respectively, as well as a small and large circle dot, with outer diameters of 20MOA and 45MOA.  As illustrated in the video above (it’s not easy to film) each reticle appears crisp, and clear.  Those larger reticles also make a major difference in reducing the time it takes me to acquire a target, while the smallest dot allows for even finer positioning than the 3MOA on my Bushnell.

Powered by a single CR2032 battery, the variable illumination provides three intensities for each color.  Unfortunately the manufacturer doesn’t list battery life, however based on past experiences with similar optics I’d guess it’s somewhere around 300+ hours.  The tri-color option from which the Triton derives its name is a neat feature, even if it’s not something I plan to use much. Standard red has always been my preference as I have problems focusing on green and blue light properly.  That said, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have options, particularly at sunset when the red sky can interfere with red illumination.

As an added bonus, the Triton sits at the perfect height for most modern rifles, allowing me to co-witness my Magpul backup iron sights without needing a riser, or adapter.


As you’ve no doubt already ascertained for yourself, the Triton has a lot going for it.  It’s compact, lightweight and offers a variety of different sizes and styles of reticles.  Variable illumination intensity controls, long battery life, multiple color choices and able to mount on any weaver or picatinny rail, this is a surprisingly comprehensive optic for the money.


Although there’s a lot to like about the Triton, I did still come across a couple issues I thought I’d mention.  As I stated earlier, the finish on this optic really didn’t impress me much.  There are some small marks on it here and there, and the matte black coating just doesn’t compare to other optics I own.  It’s not a big deal, especially in this price range, but I’d have been OK with paying more for it if it meant TruGlo went the extra mile.

The second thing that annoys me about this sight is the battery cover, or more specifically, the threading on it.  The fine threading is very, very narrow and you really have to make sure the cap is lined up when tightening to avoid cross-threading. Unfortunately that’s been my experience with a lot of budget and mid-range optics, but it’s still disappointing.


So far I’m really enjoying the Triton; I’ve cycled it between several firearms including shotguns and rifles, but eventually settled on the M4 I purchased it for.  It’s maintained zero flawlessly out to 100 yards on everything I tested, right up to a 12G shotgun, so I’m confident it’ll meet my demands without any trouble.

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