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Press release:

Leupold, maker of accessories from flashlights to precision rifle optics, launches a new line of aiming devices targeting the tactical market. Be it a modern sporting rifle, good ‘ole Ma Duece .50, or your coveted Mk19 grenade launcher – Leupold wants to be the optic you wear. The Army likes ’em for sniping, and they’re gunning for a contract to outfit the Marines. So, just what’s new from Leupold? Official release after the jump . . .

Pictured above is the Leupold HAMR (High Accuracy Multi-Range) riflescope with Deltapoint reflex sight, but more on that later. For now, let’s see what’s new at Leupold.

For 2011, the Leupold Tactical Optics Division has launched innovative riflescopes including the Mark 4® 6.5-20x50mm Extended Range/Tactical (ER/T®) M5 Auto-Locking Adjustment model, the Mark 8 1.1-8x24mm CQBSS and the Mark 4 High Accuracy Multi-Range (HAMR).

The U.S. Army has chosen the ER/T M5 Auto-Locking Adjustment riflescope as the primary day optic for its newest sniper rifle, the XM2010. In addition, Leupold recently contracted with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to supply the CQBSS for use with M2 heavy machine guns and MK19 grenade machine guns. The Marine Corps sight will carry the M521 designation.

“Whatever the mission or application, whether the weapon is a sniper rifle or carbine, we have an optic that will help achieve success on the battlefield or in precision shooting competitions,” said Kevin Trepa, vice president of Leupold’s Tactical Division. “Our next-generation riflescopes are the result of a concentrated product development program with the military over the past couple years, and we will continue our hard work to meet the requirements of our warfighters and civilian shooters alike.”

The ER/T Auto-Locking Adjustment riflescope is specially designed and built with the military sniper in mind. It has an auto-locking elevation adjustment. This feature ensures that reticle adjustment is maintained during rough going and stressful conditions. Reticle options include the Horus H27 and H58, as well as Leupold’s Tactical Milling Reticle® (TMR®).

Versatile enough for close quarters battle as well as distances out to several hundred meters, the CQBSS is available with the new Horus H27D reticle or Leupold’s Military-Tactical Milling Reticle (M-TMR). The M-TMR is designed to allow successful range estimation and target engagement with more flexibility than generally possible with other reticle styles.

Built for precise mid-range marksmanship and fast target acquisition, the HAMR features an illuminated CM-R2™ reticle. Leupold’s DeltaPoint reflex sight, utilizing either a 7.5-MOA Delta reticle or 3.5-MOA Dot reticle, can be attached to the HAMR, providing instant target acquisition capability at close quarters. (DeltaPoint and HAMR are available as a package.)

Other recent developments in the Leupold Tactical line include the Mark 4 Close Quarters/Tactical (CQ/T®) riflescope, which is now offered with the CM-R2 reticle; the Mark 4 20-60x80mm Tactical Spotting Scope available with the Mil Dot or TMR reticle; and the Mark 4 12-40x60mm Tactical Spotting Scope with the Horus H32 (standard or inverted) or H36 reticle (standard or inverted).

In addition, the new Integral Mounting System (IMS), created specifically for most AR and other tactical rifles, features a monolithic, cantilever design for strength and durability under the harshest conditions. The IMS eliminates problems associated with the two most common issues faced when mounting standard riflescopes to AR-style rifles: scope height and eye relief.

Leupold Tactical Optics undergo arduous environmental and impact testing to ensure they meet the highest quality standards for durability and dependability.  Leupold Tactical Optics are backed by the company’s long history of customer-satisfaction warranties (as writer Tyler Kee recently discovered in his review of the 4-12x40mm Rifleman). For warranty information on specific products, call 1-800-LEUPOLD (Option 4) or email [email protected].  For additional product information, go to

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  1. I really like the M5 turrets, and of course Horus and TMR reticles are great for fast competition shooting. Now if only they would allow combat-style turrets and reticles as an option for their more affordable hunter scope lineup…

    • Leopold’s custom shop will swap out turrets on some models – cost is 120 for the set. I recently had had target turrets added to three of my (relatively) inexpensive VX-IIs. They also adjusted the parallex to 75 and 100 yards (these scopes are on .22LR and .17 HMR rimfires) and lightened the force needed to turn the power setting ring. Overall, I was very pleased with their service.


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