In recent years, it seems that optics have been going very much in the direction of long-range glass. This likely due to the popularity of the ever-increasing group of 6.5 cartridges, as well as other precision calibers).
These have a major influence on the amount of scopes that go long distance (and even further).
While this trend does not appear to be slowing down, there’s one scope manufacturer that’s thinking a little differently. Specifically, in their newest line of glass, they’re taking a more traditional take on the ever-popular optic.
Earlier in May, scope manufacturer Leupold made another expansion on its new VX-Freedom series of riflescopes. In fact, they made the addition of six new optics. This is in addition to the 10 that already came on the scene at the beginning of 2018.
Similar to earlier scopes, the most recent additions go with specific rifle platforms, applications, or calibers. These include rimfires, ARs, and Scout rifles.
And, like their predecessors, these new optics come at an incredibly moderate price. For instance, their entire line has MSRPs that are below $400. In fact, many even go a slow as the $250 range.
Not to mention, they’re a shoe-in for customers looking to buy American. That’s because the design, manufacturing and assembly of all these products is done at Leupold’s factory in Oregon.
According to Gun Digest:
“The VX-Freedom line was designed to deliver the versatility and performance that hunters and shooters expect from the Leupold brand, at a tremendous value,” said Tim Lesser, Vice President of Product Development for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. in a press release. “We knew that, after getting a look at the VX-Freedom series, consumers would demand the same relentless value and performance from AR and Scout specific models, and we are excited that we’re able to deliver what they’ve been asking for.”
The extended lineup features two models ideal for AR/MSR platforms, a 1.5-4×20 with AR-Ballistic reticle, and a 3-9×40 with TMR (Tactical Milling Reticle.) Both feature 0.1 Mil/Click adjustments to match the milliradian increments of the reticles. Also added to the lineup is an Extended Eye Relief 1.5-4×28 Scout scope, and a close focus EFR (Extended Focus Range) 3-9×33 with Fine Duplex reticle, which is perfect for rimfires and airguns. Rounding out the new additions are a 3-9×40 featuring Leupold’s Custom Dial System (CDS) and a 450 Bushmaster model, also in 3-9×40.
Following the early VX-Freedom scopes, the new offerings have a redesigned ergonomic power selector, aggressive knurling on the adjustment knobs, a 1-inch main tube and Leupold’s Twilight Light Management System. This last feature should pique shooters interest, given the lens coating and specific design points reduces glare and enhance the scopes’ low-light capabilities.