So far, I’ve been rather impressed by Sig optics. Even their budget options like the ROMEO5 Red Dot are pretty good. And, naturally, I had to try it when I found out that Sig had a red dot with a ballistic reticle.
That’s the Sig Romeo4H Red Dot.
Red dots are nice. But I think that having a ballistic reticle is handy, even without magnification. If it doesn’t crowd your field of view too much, why not have a more useful reticle?
Now I have a Romeo4H. And I know just how useful the reticle is.
Sig Romeo 4H Review
Just a quick note: I have the Romeo4H green dot. I’m colorblind, and I have astigmatism. So a green dot works best for me.
However, if a red dot works well for you, the red dot version is notably less expensive. And there are more reticle options with the red dot model.
That’s it. This is my experience with the Sig Romeo4H.
I’ve used almost all of the Sig Romeo series red dots. And most of them are impressively well-built for the price.
What I mean here is that the Romeo 4H feels more solidly constructed than the Romeo 5. But the Romeo 5 costs less than half as much as the Romeo 4H. So it makes sense that the Romeo 4H would be a beefier piece of gear.
The only one that I found to be a bit lackluster was the Romeo MSR. But that’s a story for another article.
Back to the Romeo 4H. The Romeo 4H feels like a quality red dot in every aspect of use.
The QD mount is robust. Properly torquing the red dot didn’t threaten to strip the torx screw. And the QD lever was nice and stiff, once the screw was torqued down. With the latch, there’s basically zero chance that the QD lever will unintentionally flip open.
The QD mount also holds zero well enough. I’ve knocked this red dot around and even done gunsmithing work on my gun with the Romeo 4H attached, when I probably should have removed the sight (my primary gunsmithing tool is a hammer, and I even heated the Romeo 4H with a butane torch).
But I was too lazy to take the sight off. The Romeo 4H never lost its zero. And it was unfazed by the hammer and butane torch.
Additionally, the buttons and zeroing screws feel excellent. The buttons have a distinct tactile click. No mush at all. And the zeroing screws have crisp adjustment clicks.
It removes any uncertainty around whether or not you’re actually pressing the button or how many clicks you’ve made during zeroing.
I have experienced red dots that had mushy controls and it was difficult to know if the red dot wasn’t turning on because I wasn’t activating the button or how many clicks I had put on the zeroing screws.
That’s not a problem with the Romeo 4H. Personally, the Romeo 4H controls feel slightly better than the Holosun 510C. I can admit that, even though the Holosun 510C is one of my favorite red dots.
Overall, the Romeo 4H is an exceptionally well-built red dot.
The mount locks up solidly. The body is almost entirely aluminum (just a bit of rubber for waterproofing). And the Romeo 4H holds up to abuse that you probably shouldn’t put it through.
Personally, I don’t think glass is a huge deal with red dots, because it’s not a long-range aiming system. The glass would have to be pretty bad to cause a clarity issue at typical red dot ranges.
But, of course, it’s worth having a look at the glass to make sure it’s not terrible.
And the glass on the Romeo 4H is nice. Using the Holosun 510C again for comparison, the notch filter on the Romeo 4H is either not as strong as the Holosun 510C or is higher quality.
The 510C has a slightly blue tint from the notch filter. Conversely, the Romeo 4H has a more gray tint. You can see that the glass is there, and that the Romeo 4H has a notch filter. But there’s less color distortion.
Both of my red dots are actually green dots. And the notch filter blocks certain light wavelengths to improve reticle clarity.
I’ll talk more about the reticle in the next section. But Sig seems to have found a way to make their notch filter less aggressive without compromising reticle clarity.
In short, the glass is remarkably clear and the reticle is impressively crisp.
The reticle is the main reason I wanted to try the Romeo 4H.
It’s a ballistic reticle with overhold aiming points for taking longer shots, with a horseshoe in the center that works as a direct aiming point for shorter shots, where the overhold is unnecessary.
I found the reticle to be good and bad.
On one hand, it’s a really useful reticle. The horseshoe is a great all-purpose reticle pattern. And the overhold points are useful at both short and long ranges.
The bottom dot is just about right as an aiming point to account for the mechanical offset at short distances. And the dot is calibrated to work as an overhold when you’re shooting further than your zero distance.
On the other hand, the horseshoe pattern is pretty small. I understand that the reticle has to be proportional for the overhold marks to work. But it’s a pretty tight pattern. It seems like it might be designed to work best with a magnifier.
The reticle works without a magnifier. But it takes a little focus to use the overhold points.
Additionally, the LED technology seems to be very high-end. I have astigmatism. And the reticle looks pretty clean to me. According to my colleagues, the reticle is super crisp, if you have normal eyes.
And the maximum reticle brightness is super bright. Almost too bright. The reticle just starts to wash out at the highest brightness setting. It’s still usable. But if this thing got any brighter, it would blow out the reticle.
I find that the Romeo 4H works best on an intermediate brightness setting. The automatic brightness adjustment will occasionally set the brightness to the max, which is not that great. But I can almost always see the reticle with the brightness somewhere around 75%.
But, overall, the horseshoe reticle does a lot of work in both short and long range shooting. The vertical ballistic marks help with ranging. You could use the horizontal ballistic dots for moving targets and range estimations. And the total size of the reticle works well as a gross aiming point in short range situations.
Additionally, the brightness is easy to manage, even if the brightest setting is a little overkill. And this red dot would probably work perfectly if you threw a magnifier behind it.
Ultimately, this is one of the most versatile red dot reticles I’ve found. 10 of 10. Would recommend.
Red dot battery life has gotten so good that it’s almost only worth mentioning if it’s not astronomically high. But I’ll say it anyway: the battery life is astronomically high.
Sig specifies 50,000 hours of operation on one battery. I’m not sure if that’s constant operation, or using the shake awake feature to manage the battery life. In either case, that’s an insanely long battery life.
I’m not anywhere close to 50,000 hours of operation. But the shake awake function works perfectly. And the reticle always shows up when I need it.
I’ll add an update here if anything goes wrong. But, so far, so good.
Why the Sig Romeo 4H works so well
One of the limitations of red dot sights is that they tend to be a little under equipped for long range shooting.
Yes, the dot obscures the target less than iron sights. But a standard dot forces you to guesstimate your holds at long ranges. Adding a few ballistic dots or hash marks make a lot of sense, since you’ll have to use an overhold at short ranges, too.
And I think Sig has struck the right balance between the simplicity of a dot and the utility of a full-blown ballistic reticle pattern. It’s minimal enough to stay out of the way when you don’t need the ballistic marks. But you can see the aiming points when you need them.
That’s a tough balance to nail down. But Sig did a good job.
Then, the glass is nice and clear. And the QD mount is robust. For me, the QD mount is almost the perfect height. I have no need to put the Romeo4H on an aftermarket riser. But you may need something a little higher or lower.
All that adds up to an outstanding red dot that also happens to have a green reticle, which is what I need.
Is the Romeo4H a perfect replacement for something like an LPVO? Probably not. It’s simpler at short ranges. But magnification wins at long range.
However, the Romeo4H does fall into the “do-it-all” category. It’s just more appropriate for shooters who prioritize short and medium range shooting, but want something to help with long range shots.
If you want better performance at long range, and are willing to put up with some short range shenanigans, an LPVO is the better do-it-all optic for you.
All I’ll say is that the Sig Romeo4H is less expensive than most (good) magnified optics. You can decide if it’s a good value for you.