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Thanks to all who entered the Tactical Gun Review Redfield Counterstrike giveaway! After much debate, Benjamin Mumm was chosen as the winner. We simply could not deny a story that tied together unicorns, Nessie, and Chuck Norris! His entry is re-printed below. Congratulations Benjamin!
I must say, when I was looking around to buy a new sight, there were so many options it was hard to choose. For those of you in the same boat, THIS is the choice, and you’ll understand once you open the box. Right on top is the owners manual, which is bound with solid gold staples and printed on the skin of a cobra.
Tactical Gun Review sent four editors to the 2013 NRA Convention in Houston, Texas to visit sponsors and check out the new gear. The convention was a huge success with over 86,000 shooting enthusiasts in attendance. NOT present were any of those pesky protesters – this is Houston after all, not Seattle.
The Annual Banquet and Auction Thursday night was a blast! Unfortunately, none of our raffle dreams came true but we did enjoy the tremendous fellowship of being in the company of so many shooters and hunters! Stay tuned for more detailed product reviews.
G“Beaverton takes on Biebertal: The scope review/comparison you’ve been waiting for – the Leupold Mark 4 ER/T 6.5-20x50mm vs the Schmidt & Bender 5-25×56 PM II/LP!”
A dual review/shootout by GlockandRoll, Sr. Staff Writer
Thanks to Leupold’s tactical optics division and my buddy “Chillin” on the hide, I was able to spend an afternoon comparing the new Leupold Mark 4 ER/T 6.5-20x50mm (34mm) M5A2 with the venerable S&B 5-25×56 PM II/LP.
Aimpoint T1 vs Trijicon TR24 vs Leupold Patrol
A quick compare of 3 different optics for up shooting close on the move
Not suprisingly, the T1 was the “easiest” to shoot fast
Followed by the TR24 red triangle
Then the Leupold Patrol 1.25-4
I really don’t like to say which was the fastest because that would require running the same drills back to back against a timer
I would rather rate in terms of “ease of use” because it is a bit more subjective to a given person’s experience
I personally didn’t perceive much noticeable difference between the TR24 and the T1 up close, at steel plates at 100 yards I need to go back and do some more A/B testing because part of me feels the T1 might actually be a little quicker to place the small dot on the plate (we were shooting 12″ w x 18″ t plates)
Once you step out to say 25 yards, the difference between the 1.25x and TR24′s true 1x becomes less noticeable
Between these two scopes, I would give the upper hand to the TR24 for shooting on the move and close in.
It does lack any holdover points but the view as a result is nice and clear, uncluttered.
Running a 50/200 yard zero puts you 3″ low at 250
with the 4MOA Triangle you could place the bottom of the triangle on the target at 350 and get hits
At 500 I would be dialing it in
I like the Patrol because it has holdover points, glass between the two is pretty much a tie and it has matching turrets with .1 mil increments.
It also has the holdover points built into the reticle that are mil, so having matching turret and reticle is ideal.
For defensive use it’s a no brainer to use the T1
For 3 gun use if most of your local matches are 100 yards and under with the occasional 250 yard steel I don’t think you would gain much if anything by using a 1-4 frankly. Hitting a 12-18″ plate at 250 is easy with the T1 and personally, I am not a big fan of adding a magnifier
Between the 2 scopes
If you need more precision at distance then I would opt for the Patrol, if sheer speed up close is more important then the TR24 is probably the better choice.
Both are very nice scopes that are reasonably priced.
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold® Tactical Optics has partnered with Advanced Armament Corporation® to create a reticle calibrated to the new .300 AAC Blackout cartridge.
Based on Leupold’s CM-R2™ reticle line, the 300 Blackout reticle allows operators to quickly and easily determine holdovers for both the supersonic and subsonic loadings of the new round.
“The versatility in loading options that makes the 300 Blackout so popular also presented the greatest challenge in designing a calibrated reticle,” said Kevin Trepa, vice president, tactical division for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “We wanted this reticle to provide military, law enforcement and competitive shooters with a one-stop optic that could handle everything the 300 Blackout has to offer.”
At the heart of the 300 Blackout reticle is a 0.5 minute-of-angle (MOA) dot surrounded by a 5.0 MOA circle. This gives operators the perfect balance between speed and accuracy.
Hash marks on the horizontal stadia provide leads in 5-, 10- and 15-mph increments at 100 yards. Marks on the left side are calibrated to subsonic loads, while the leads on the right side are to be used with the lighter, supersonic loads. A small tortoise and hare are set on the appropriate side of the reticle as a reminder.
Vertical hash marks are also dual purpose, with the subsonic holdovers set in 50-yard increments out to 400 yards and supersonic holdovers in 100-yard increments out to 900 yards. For maximum efficacy, Leupold recommends zeroing at 200 yards using supersonic ammunition. Once set at 200 yards, the center dot of the reticle serves as a 50-yard zero for subsonic ammunition.
Introduced by Advanced Armament Corporation, the 300 AAC Blackout provides military, law enforcement and competitive shooters with the ability to shoot 220gr subsonic rounds, which provide far greater stopping power and energy than pistol-caliber carbines. In conjunction with a suppressor, the 300 AAC Blackout is an outstanding choice for CQB operations.
The versatile .30-caliber cartridge can also be loaded with bullets as light as 110 grains, giving hunters and long-range shooters a supersonic option in the same weapons platform. With the 300 Blackout reticle, there’s no need to rezero or change optics when changing loads.
Supported by a team of dedicated engineers, the Leupold Tactical Optics staff works with American warfighters, law enforcement personnel and competitive shooters to design and build products that meet their needs. Currently, more long-range Leupold Tactical Optics are in service with the U.S. military than any other brand.
Leupold & Stevens, Inc., the preeminent American-owned optics company, employs hundreds of people in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Beaverton, Ore. Family owned and operated, Leupold offers products that are sold worldwide to hunters, competitive shooters, American military warfighters, law enforcement personnel and wildlife observers. The product line includes rifle, handgun and spotting scopes; binoculars; rangefinders; trail cameras; mounting systems; and optical tools and accessories.
Congratulations to Cary Kieffer of Michigan for winning the Tactical Gun Review submission contest! Cary won a fantastic prize – the Leupold Tactical Patrol 3-9 X 40 illuminated TMR reticle scope courtesy of Leupold Tactical.
Mr. Kieffer served 12 years in the USMC and is currently in Federal Law Enforcement and has extensive experience with guns and tactics. Cary submitted thirty reviews during the contest duration to increase his odds of winning and it paid off. If you would like to read one of his reviews, here is a link:
We would like to thank Pamela Lo of Leupold Tactical for graciously sponsoring the contest. We caught up with Pam at the Leupold Tactical booth at SHOT Show where the booth was covered up with people checking out their new gear. You can find extensive coverage of Leupold optics on TGR, including video reviews from SHOT Show.
Please visit http://leupold.com/tactical for the complete product line.
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For years I have been looking for the ideal long range hunting scope. The market focus has been toward offering items for tactical shooters and us long range hunters are left compromises. I chose the leupold mk 4 4.5-14×40 LRT as my best long range scope option.
My scope has the optional TMR reticle which is easy and quick to use for fast shots as well as being precise. I also had Leupold remove the windage turret and leave me with only an elevation turret. my long range system is dial for distance and hold for wind. I do this by using the marks on the horizontal crosshair.
The scope gets the job done but currently there isn’t a scope out there with all the features I want. What I would change about the scope, is IMO no turret scope should come without a zero stop. Its crazy optics makers have been so slow to offer this. The FOV on the low end kinda sucks on this model scope. Other companies have 6:1 or more zoom ratios. I see no purpose in needing a windage turret that sticks out the side of the scope and is one more thing to worry about being bumpped off. I see no reason for even tactical shooters to use a big honkin’ windage turret, just hold off for wind and since wind is always changing if you are holding for it a last minute correction is very easy. I would also like to see more adjustment in one turn of my turret, currently I only have 15 moa.
All in all it’s a great scope but it’s lacking comprehensive features that could make it a lot better.
By: steve garrett
I have but one Leupold Scope (3.5x10x50 Tactical Vari-X 3, w/mil-dot), as of now, and that scope is on my Remington VLS .308 long range rifle. It is by far the best scope I have ever looked through or used. I use this rifle/scope for Hunting, Target Shooting, Competition, and made a clear one shot kill on a prairie dog at 545 yards. This Scope has seen weather and hunting conditions of all Extremes, and has Never let me down. One day I will hopefully have a Leupold Scope on all my rifles, Because a Rifle is only as Good as the Scope that is Mounted on it. Thus in my opinion, Leupold is the Best of the Best, when it comes to Scopes and Optics.
By: Dan Jenson
I was looking for a new deer rifle and kind of approached it differently this time. The first thing I did was to study the ballistic tables and the .270WSM really stood out. This cartridge can push a 140gr bullet at 3,100 fps – flat shooting. At 300 yards (with a 200 yard zero) it has about a 5.5″ drop, is moving at 2,600 fps, 2,100 energy delivery.