When it comes to optics, there’s a new sheriff in town. Established in 2014, Athlon has wasted no time in rising through the ranks to offer affordable, high performing optics to rival those industry giants like Vortex and Bushnell’s. The Midas TSR2 is no exception. This optic has the golden touch when it comes to performance and reliability without emptying your wallet.
I mounted the Midas TSR2 to my new Custombilt Firearms AR-15 and spent some time shooting with it both at home and across the country teaching carbine courses. The Midas handled everything I could throw at it, performing flawlessly. And while the TSR2 is not the most expensive optic in the Athlon inventory, it has everything you’re looking for in a quality optic.
So here it is, the five things you need to know about the Midas TSR2:
1. The Construction. I’ve put the TSR2 through some demanding carbine courses and have found this little gem to be very durable. The optic is hardy, but light. And the turrets are well protected. It comes with a solidly build 1/3 co-witness mount as well as a flush mount, so it can be mounted to a shotgun as well.
2. The Glass. The optic has great clarity with no green hues. According to Athlon’s website, the lens is fully multicoated, which helps reduce the amount of reflected light, thus increasing the transmission of light giving you a brighter image than a typical single coated lens. Moreover, the chassis boasts a heat treated one piece construction, which helps keep moisture out of the scope, thus making it fog proof. The dot also carries a waterproof design and can is shockproof - able to withstand 600G of recoil for up to 1000 times!
3. The Dot. The reticle is a 2 MOA red dot that is crisp and easy for your eye to acquire. There’s no blooming or washout in bright sunlight. What I love most about the reticle is the Smart Power Management System, which puts the optic on “sleep mode” when no motion is detected within five minutes. When you’re ready, just pick it up and you are good-to-go. It’s great for battery life. Other specs include:
4. The Controls. The TSR2 utilizes push buttons rather than a dial. Some may prefer a dial instead of buttons to adjust the reticle out of concern that the buttons can get pushed if pressed or bumped against gear. While the concern may be valid, all I can say is I’ve ran this little guy for several months, in and out of kit; transitioning from different positions within prone, kneeling, and standing; utilizing difference sling configurations, and moving to and around walls, barricades, vehicles, and other types of cover. I’ve had no problems.
5. Battery. The TSR2 takes AAA battery, which are convenient to use and easy to find. That’s a plus in my book. The battery housing is sealed and waterproof. The extended battery life is touted to last for 50,000 hours before having to change the battery. And when you do, you can literally change the battery out in a matter of seconds - too easy.
So if you’re looking to get into an inexpensive piece of glass without sacrificing quality or performance, you need to give the Midas TSR2 a serious look. It’s durable, easy to use, and will hold its zero even when put under demanding conditions. You can’t go wrong.
We received this Midas TSR2 free from Athlon Optics in exchange for our free, unbiased review. We only endorse products we like and use. We're not pimps. If we don't like and use the product, you'll never hear a peep from us about it.