Leupold Tactical Optics Division of Leupold
& Stevens has just introduced a new reticle that is
available in the Mark 4 line of riflescopes. Called the CM-R2
reticle, I have been playing with one in a 1.5 to 5 power 30mm
Mark 4 Tactical MR/T scope. This particular scope has an
elevation turret with the dial calibrated to the trajectory of
the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge with a 62 grain bullet. The reticle
subtentions are also marked for that same load. This is the US
standard military load, and is a good one for use as a general
purpose 5.56mm cartridge.
The Mark 4 scopes are built for fighting, but
are also my favorite general purpose hunting scopes. I love the
30mm tube and excellent optical quality of these scopes. I have
found them to be rugged and reliable, and I have complete
confidence in the Leupold Mark 4. Leupold Tactical combined
their Special Purpose Reticle (SPR) with the Leupold Circle Dot
to create a reticle that is very handy for close range work but
still has enough precision for long range shooting:
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The new illuminated CM-R2 reticle just adds
to the versatility and usefulness of the Mark 4, especially for
a rifle that might be used at armís length or out to several
hundred yards. The large five minute-of-angle (MOA) circle is
very handy at 1.5 power for use with both eyes open for up close
and personal work, such as clearing a room or in the woods. The
half-MOA center dot works very well for precision work at longer
ranges, allowing a good, clear view of the target. The
illumination is powered by a single 2032 battery, and has
various intensity levels to work well in any lighting condition.
The reticle has marks for leading the target on the horizontal
wire to allow for a moving target at various speeds. The reticle
also has marks on the vertical wire for range estimation and
holdover points out to 900 meters. Unlike some ranging reticles
on the market, the CM-R2 is easy and quick to use, even for me.
The reticle diagram shows the features better than words can
explain. It is obvious that this is a very versatile reticle.
The view through the scope is uncomplicated, but having
everything necessary for accurate shot placement at close and
Leupoldís Mark 4 scopes are battle-proven
by the US military in harsh environments. Special units of the
military can pretty much buy whatever scope they want for long
range precision work, and more than any other brand, they choose
Leupold. Leupold Mark 4 Tactical scopes are built with quality
components, built with pride, and built in the USA.
Check out the new reticle and Leupoldís
extensive line of quality optics online at www.leupold.com.