About Leupold

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Past

Past

An American story: one century ago in 1907, young German immigrant, Fred Leupold set up a one man shop at 5th and Oak Streets in Portland, Oregon, repairing optics for surveying equipment. Fred Leupold was joined by his brother-in-law, Adam Voelpel. Later, an ingenious and prolific inventor and consulting engineer named John Cyprian Stevens became a partner in the business. The small company survived WWI and the Great Depression, but it was WWII that would change the company forever. Working with the U.S. Army on a riflescope and the Navy on optics for use aboard ships, the engineers at Leupold learned the secrets of waterproofing and durable construction that would completely change the world of sports optics.

Present

Present

Today, Leupold optics are renowned for their unchallenged ruggedness, absolute waterproof integrity, and their vastly superior optical quality. A century of observation and optical experience has gone into every binocular and scope produced, and the results are well worth the extra effort required to achieve the high level of quality. Leupold & Stevens is still family owned, though the focus has turned to helping people all across the globe survey their environments with the innovative, high-performance sports optics and accessories.

Leupold & Stevens Inc. inventions

  • Leupold invented the Duplex Reticle.
  • Leupold invented Waterproof riflescopes.
  • Leupold invented side focus parallax adjustment.
  • Leupold invented the lightweight target riflescope.
  • Leupold invented the lifetime guarantee for riflescopes.
Physical Facts

Physical Facts

  • Leupold employs hundreds of people at its state of the art manufacturing facility near Beaverton, OR.
  • Leupold operates in a 158,000 square foot manufacturing facility and operates a separate 20,000 square foot distribution center. This is just over 4 acres under roof.
  • Leupold is a major metal and cutting oil recycler, employing a puck making machine, and centrifuges to reclaim lost oil and compact aluminum chips into saleable sized billets to be reused.
  • Leupold has been in business since 1907 and is in its fifth generation of family ownership.
  • The average tenure of a Leupold employee is 10.5 years.
Facts Regarding Leupold Tactical Optics

Facts Regarding Leupold Tactical Optics

  • There are more long range Leupold riflescopes in service with the U.S. Military than any other brand.
  • Leupold is currently the riflescope on all of the U.S. Army’s sniper systems, including the M-110, XMR-2010, M-107, and M-24.
  • Leupold Mark 4 spotting scopes are currently the spotting scope of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps sniper teams.
  • Leupold tactical optics are in service with every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Leupold tactical optics were recently chosen as the primary day optic in the M-24E1 program by the U.S. Army.
Our Scopes

Our Scopes

All Leupold scopes are designed, machined and assembled in America. Each comes with a Golden Ring Lifetime Guarantee, which means if for any reason it fails to do what it's supposed to do, we'll either fix it or replace it to make it right. Guaranteed.

The Right Scope For You

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Optical Quality

Optical Quality

  • Carefully cut and polished glass to ensure clean passage of light
  • Multicoatings to maximize light transference and clarity
  • Extensive internal features to properly channel light and prevent glare
  • Nitrogen-filled to prevent fogging
Windage & Elevation

Windage & Elevation

  • Crisp, accurate windage and elevation adjustments
  • Reliable point of impact across the entire power range
  • Variable-power scopes offer a light management advantage over fixed power scopes
Objective Lens Diameter

Objective Lens Diameter

  • The objective lens diameter needs to increase proportionally to magnification in order to prevent a decrease in the exit pupil.
  • 50mm-objective riflescopes deliver a larger exit pupil and brighter image in poor light
  • A larger objective lens does not increase the field of view of a riflescope.
  • A larger objective lens does increase the amount of light entering the riflescope.
Type of Hunt

Type of Hunt

  • The optical triangle includes field of view, magnification, and eye relief.
  • Heavy timber or close-range shooting demands a large field of view, which means lower magnification.
  • Hunting examples:
    • Elk hunting scenario… with a 2-7 variable, you have the ability for up close shooting at 2x magnification or a 200-yd shot at 7x.
    • Sheep hunting scenario… with a 4.5-14 variable, you have more magnification for a quick, clean kill shot at a longer range.
    • Varmint hunting scenario… generally varmint rifles have very little recoil allowing for less eye relief and more magnification. An eye relief of four inches will full picture and prevent injury during recoil.
Reticle

Reticle

  • Flexible reticles naturally lead the eye to the center of aiming point and are ideal at close range or in heavy cover.
  • Finer variations of a reticle provide the fine aiming point needed for longer range.
  • Tactical reticles include Mildot, Horus Vision, and more.
Maintubes

Maintubes

  • 30mm tube provides more strength and often more windage and elevation adjustment
  • Easier to get zeroed at the range
  • For long distance shooters, it allows you to dial up to be on target at longer ranges.
Warranty

Warranty

Leupold scopes are designed, machined and assembled in America, and they come with the Golden Ring Guarantee. If your scope doesn’t do what it’s supposed to, they’ll do everything they can to make it right. Tactical scopes don’t have the Golden Ring for obvious reasons, but the Guarantee remains the same.

CDS

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CDS

Custom Dial System (CDS)

Leupold Custom Dial System™ (CDS) models allow you to quickly dial your elevation to different sight-in ranges with a custom adjustment matched to your specific ballistics information. The CDS dials change out easily, allowing you flexibility with different loads, conditions and calibers.

CDS

Dead-on Hits, Every Time, Without the Holdover

Every CDS dial features ¼-MOA click increment finger adjustments and no adjustment covers to lose, making the VX-2, VX-3, VX-6 and VX-R even more accurate and rugged.

The CDS System works by laser-inscribing your scope’s elevation dial to match your load, velocity and conditions. Your scope will be in perfect synch with the way your rifle and load shoots, even for hand loads.

CDS

CDS Advantages

  • Quickly dial in elevation to different sight-in ranges.
  • Swap dials quickly by loosening set screws.
  • Match dials with specific loads for maximum accuracy.
  • Precision ¼-MOA click increment adjustment.
  • No adjustment covers to lose.
  • One revolution stops available for custom dials.
  • Use in tandem with Leupold’s RX rangefinder family for unmatched long-range precision.
CDS

Make Your CDS Dial Unique*

Taking all practical ballistic and environmental factors into account:

  • Cartridge & Caliber
  • Bullet Weight
  • Bullet Make/Brand
  • Bullet Type
  • Ballistic Coefficient
  • Muzzle Velocity
  • Average Elevation
  • Average Temperature
*Contact manufacturer for information on dial customization

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