Modern 3-Gun competitions challenge shooters with targets at a variety of ranges which make Nutnfancy’s ‘Sledgehammer’ rifle course seem a bit monotonous. When you need to engage targets from 5 yards out to 200 yards with the same rifle, it’s hard to find the right sighting system. You could mount an ACOG for more distant targets and a red dot for close-up work, but the ‘Tactical’ division doesn’t allow multiple optics on the same gun and many shooters (like me) eschew their complexity and Rube Goldberg appearance anyway.
Leupold’s new VX-R aims to provide an all-in-one tactical aiming solution in a compact, variable lower-powered riflescope with an illuminated red dot in the center. Here’s what the reticule looks like at its brightest setting:
Leupold isn’t the first major optics maker to venture into the ‘Tactical’ world of 3-Gun competitions, where other major labels have tried and failed. I got a bruised forehead from an IOR Valdada variable tactical scope earlier this summer, whose crystal-clear optics have very short eye relief at maximum magnification.
Our man Leghorn also reviewed Swarovski’s super-expensive Z6i 1-6×24 BRT and came away with a distinct “meh” impression. Will we show the $600 Leupold any more love than we showed the $2,300 Swarovski? Only trigger time will tell. [PS: The power ring rotates 90 degrees instead of 60; my math was off.]