Trijicon RMRcc Review: Best Non-OSP Red Dot Sight?

By Adam Scepaniak
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Trijicon RMRcc Review: Best Non-OSP Red Dot Sight?

November 28th, 2020

5 minute read

Red dot sights on handguns are very popular for self-defense and competition. In this article, I take a look at one of the latest: the Trijicon RMRcc.

The RMRcc is a micro-red dot sight that seems custom-designed for the Springfield Hellcat. While it will work with the OSP version of the handgun, did you know it will also work perfectly with the standard Hellcat?

In this review, I take the RMRcc for a test drive on my non-OSP Hellcat and check to see how well it performs.

Springfield Hellcat with a Trijicon RMRcc mounted to the slide
Do you have a standard Hellcat without the OSP cut? Want to still be able to mount an optic?

Hellcat Red Dots

There’s a new craze that has been burning up the firearm industry lately, and it’s everyone putting micro red dots on handguns.

The benefits are innumerable, and it’s easy to do thanks to manufacturers like Springfield Armory making optics-ready models like their line of Optical Sight Pistol firearms such as the Hellcat OSP. These guns allow for the quick mounting of all of the best micro red dot sights on the market.

But what if you have a standard Hellcat pistol without the OSP system for mounting an optic? Sure, you have a great gun with increased magazine capacity and exceptional U-Dot Hellcat sights, but how about still adding an optic? Are there any options out there?

Another Direction

Thankfully, Trijicon is offering a way to attach its new RMRcc red dot sight to standard, non-OSP pistols like the original Springfield Hellcat.

RMRcc stands for Ruggedized Miniature Reflex for Concealed Carry. It is a downsized version of its respected RMR red dot and one designed to fit on smaller CCW pistols. Understanding that not all guns have slides cut for mounting a reflex sight, Trijicon developed a means to attach it to pistols with a rear sight dovetail cut.

Showing the height of the RMRcc on the Hellcat pistol
With the Trijicon RMRcc and adapter plate, you can red dot your standard Hellcat.

The Trijicon RMRcc optic can be fitted to either a standard Hellcat (by pushing out the rear dovetail sight and adding an adapter plate) or Hellcat OSP. This is exciting news for all those who immediately bought a Hellcat when they came out and may not have been able to find a Hellcat OSP. Now there is no need to modify your original Hellcat through a gunsmith cutting a mount for an optic to get a red dot like the Trijicon RMRcc on your sidearm.

Tough as Nails

The other tremendous upside to the Trijicon RMRcc as an option for your carry pistol is that it is tough as nails, just like its predecessor in the RMR. The RMR sight is known for its ability to be jacked against a countertop or doorway to rack the pistol, and the new RMRcc is no different. Many of us are utilizing our Hellcats for everyday carry (EDC), and we view our firearms as tools and not safe queens. Few people will go out of their way to abuse our sidearm, but it is comforting knowing that the red dot optic we rely on can take it.

Throughout this review, I put the RMRcc through many stress tests. I shot all kinds of heavy-recoiling +P ammo through the gun. Additionally, I made numerous tactical reloads using one hand and the optic to work the slide.

Tactical racking of slide using Trijicon RMRcc
The RMRcc is built robustly enough to be able to stand a good amount of abuse.

RMRcc Battery Life

Another benefit to the RMRcc that Hellcat owners will love is battery life. With a common 2032 button battery, the Trijicon RMRcc gives you up to 4 years of runtime. I have owned an RMR on a full-size pistol for more than three years now and the battery is still going strong. I have never replaced the original battery and it still gives me a crisp, confident dot in all lighting conditions. The RMRcc is touted as having an even better battery life than the RMR, so it could last even longer than my RMR has.

Throughout the testing of this optic, the dot was bright and showed no signs of dimming. For me, the 2032 battery is not very expensive – less than $5 at a local store. I’d recommend swapping out the batteries once a year to ensure it will always be working no matter the conditions.

Speed of Target Acquisition

Aside from durability, battery life and ease of mounting on even a standard Hellcat, the possibly biggest reason for wanting to put a micro red dot on a Hellcat is for speed of sight acquisition.

Given an infinite amount of time with iron sights, all shooters can be as accurate as anyone employing a micro red dot. But once stress, pressure and time constraints are added into the mix (like self-defense), then the micro red dot owner will generally be able to produce a well-placed shot more quickly and accurately.

Rear view of Trijicon RMRcc micro red dot sight
While not as compact as other red dots on the market, the RMRcc brings a great deal of capability and durability.

In terms of EDC and protecting your loved ones, that is the name of the game in self-defense: reaction-time/speed and accuracy. We want to send rounds downrange as quickly and effectively as possible, and something like the robust RMRcc helps us do that.

Low Light or Bright Sunlight?

The Trijicon RMRcc red dot sight could prove to be invaluable on a Hellcat for self-defense because it can be seen in all lighting conditions. Whether it is rainy, overcast, dimly lit, dark or blindingly bright outside, you will be able to see the definitive, crisp dot inside the tempered glass window of the RMRcc.

While the Hellcat gives shooters a great set of iron sights direct from the factory, a micro red dot is easier still to see and shoot with in poor lighting situations.

Multicoated lens on the RMRcc
Adding on the RMRcc with the adapter plate does remove the co-witness ability with the excellent U-Dot sights of the Hellcat.

RMRcc Specifications

ModelRMRcc Red Dot Sight
Reticle Dot Size3.25 or 6.5 MOA
Reticle Dot ColorRed
Brightness Levels8 with 2 for night vision use
Battery3v CR2032 lithium coin cell
RuntimeUp to 35,000 hours (4 years)
Water ResistanceSubmersible to 20 meters
Body7075-T6 aluminum
LensMulti-coated, impact resistant glass
Weight1 oz


So, while you have already made a terrific choice in owning a Hellcat or Hellcat OSP, a powerful upgrade like the Trijicon RMRcc could be that additional boost of confidence you need. That boost would be improved accuracy, speed, timing in acquiring your sights, and the overall ability to better protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Adam Scepaniak

Adam Scepaniak

Adam is a manager at The Guns And Gear Store in Waite Park, MN. He's also a writer for the NRA Shooting Sports USA, TheFirearmBlog, Sierra Bullets, All Outdoor, OutdoorHub, and Boyds Gunstocks. He is a Glock and Smith & Wesson Certified Armorer as well.

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