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The Millett brand is known for making outstanding tactical rifle scopes and keeping things simple and easy. There is nothing overly complicated on a Millett scope, and it doesn’t need anything overly complicated to operate. However, TRS 1 in particular does not seem to follow the tradition of all Millett scopes and incorporates some rather confusing features.
First Impression and Technical Overview
The Millet arrives in a plain box, marked Millett with the standard instruction manual, warranty, scope caps, and scope cover, etc. The TRS 1 is a Tactical Rifle Scope 1 and has a magnification range of 4 to 16 power and a wide objective lens of 50mms. The Millett TRS 1 does not come with a mount or rings, so users will have to purchase them separately. The TRS 1 is quite popular and seems to sell very well. It`s usually is priced around 300 dollars, and for 300 dollars it packed a lot of features into the package.
The scope has an even matte black finish, and the added sunshade is a slightly different shade of black. Everything on the scope feels big, just big. Everything is aggressive and easy to grip, and everything turns smoothly. The turrets are finger tip adjustable and can be locked. A small ring sits at the bottom and allows the user to lock the turrets to prevent any extra movement. This ensures the optic stays zeroed throughout storage and transport, as well as any tactical operations.
The scope itself is big and definitely stout. This kind of scope is made for a long range weapon, so weight is not a real issue. Its weight is definitely higher than scopes of similar power and utility, even when they feature additional accessories like built-in laser rangefinders.
The TRS-1 is a second focal plane scope. This means the reticle remains the same size throughout magnification, and only the target grows or shrink as the optic changes magnification. The difference between first and second is often a choice made by personal preference, some prefer the cost saving second focal plane to the few advantages of a first focal plane scope. Others, especially those with poor eyesight prefer the second focal plane since the reticle is always large.
The reticle is illuminated for low light shooting. I didn’t find this useful, but that’s not a bad thing. The 500 mm objective lenses are fully multi-coated and provide an excellent level of light transmission. I was never in a situation where I had to use the illuminated reticle. Perhaps just before dark, but even in the late evening I could always easily observe the reticle.
For the reviews sake, I did check the reticle out and found that at the higher power setting the reticle tended to wash out or bloom a bit, and this makes it difficult to be precise with. Lower settings did not have the same problem.
How It Surprised Us On The Range
The scope was mounted on a borrowed Remington 700 in 308, and we utilized a pair of 30mm Leupold rings I had laying around. The rings locked on nice and tight, and they’re high-quality rings. Zeroing is typically a very easy affair, however I discovered Millett designed this scope a little differently than your average scope.
First off, on second focal plane scopes the measurements are only accurate at the highest magnification and you utilize holdovers at lower powers, so to zero you use the highest magnification. I did, and after confusing myself I decided to use the manual. On the TRS -1 you use the 10 power position, this is where the reticle mildot scale is accurate. It is actually marked with a detent and a slight click on the magnification ring. This detent and click is very easy to miss, though. Once I figured that out I was able to zero the weapon but, not before noticing something else bit odd.
A complete rotation on the turret is 5.5 mils. Typically a scope like this has 5 mils per rotation. I’m not sure why this was chosen, but it is odd and confusing. Especially when you start making field adjustments you’ll have to keep in mind that extra half a mill. The turrets are not all odd or bad, they are easy to re-zero, and feel good in the hand. The clicks are loud and very tactile.
Once the weapon was zeroed we hit an unknown distance, slow fire range and assumed a prone position with a bipod. The scope’s parallax adjustment is actually pretty good. It starts at 10 and goes to infinity. I really like that 10-yard setting, and most scopes typically avoid close ranges for parallax adjustment. The parallax ring ran smoothly, but is somewhat loose and does not lock. I could see it moving quite easily while being transported, or while moving in a tactical situation.
The scope was crystal clear throughout the afternoon and into the evening. We never had difficulty picking out our targets, even gray targets on dark backgrounds. The Millett reticle is very simple and thin enough to avoid obscuring small targets at long range.
Since we were firing unknown distance and rotating shooters, we avoided making field adjustments on the targets and opted for holdovers. (Also the 5.5 rotation was an issue we wanted to avoid) We kept the optic at ten power for accurate measurements. The scope is mil dot, but it’s also not really. The last confusing feature was the mil scale. Typically on scopes a dot is one mil, and a bar or line is 0.5 mils. On the TRS, 1 dots are one mil, and so are the lines. This is the only optic I know that does this, so it’s confusing when you transition from industry standards. Is it bad? Not really, just confusing.
Once we figured out the scopes somewhat confusing nature we did find it to be precise and accurate. The scope is incredibly clear and proofed to fight the elements. The scope may not be incredibly intuitive, but it does do its job. The scope gives users a lot of awesome features, like fingertip turrets, that are easy to zero, and lock, awesome parallax adjustment, and is a crystal clear piece of glass, all for around 300 dollars.