Leupold's Many Scope Options

Once you've decided which company you want to purchase your scope from, it's time to decide on the scope model you want. This can often be a daunting task. What, you might ask, is the difference between the Leupold VX-7 and the LPS? How do you know which scope to purchase for your specific needs? Let's take a look at the various types of scopes produced by Leupold and help you to answer these questions.

Leupold Scopes

No matter which scope you decide upon, you'll find the same excellent craftsmanship with all Leupold models. Every one of their scopes is fully coated and uses high quality glass, coatings and optical systems. While each lens in a Leupold scope is coated, they are coated differently. Fully multicoated means that the lens is coated with many layers of lens coating. Fully coated means that the lens is coated with a single lens coating. And standard multicoated means that there is a combination on each lens of coated lenses and multicoated lenses.

The VX Line

There are a number of scopes available in the Leupold VX line. The VX-7 was new for 2007 and is the greatest low-light scope they've produced. It's a scope for serious hunters with the larger range of magnification. The VX-L had its debut in 2006 and combines Index Matched and DiamondCoat lens coating. It also has edge-blackened lenses so that there is a low glare and great light transmission. The VX-III line was new in 2004 and has a low-profile, finger-adjustable adjustments and a fast-focus eyepiece. The VX-II line includes any scopes produced in 2003 or before. The lens coating on these scopes is unique, as the external lenses are coated with Multicoat 4 and the internal lenses have magnesium fluoride.

The LPS Line

This line of scopes uses a ¼ MOA and has low profile, finger-adjustable adjustments. It has a fast-focus eyepiece and DiamondCoat lens coating. These features create great light transmission and fantastic scratch resistance.

The Mark 4 Line

Starting in 2004, all tactical scopes were considered part of the Mark 4 category. This meant that they all had the same great features they'd always had, with the addition of a fast focus-eyepiece and Index Matched lenses. The two exceptions are the CQ/T, which has a combination of Diamond Coat for the external and Multicoat 4 for the internal lens coating, and the 3-9x40mm PR which is fully multicoated using Multicoat 4.

The Rifleman Line

Finally, there is the Rifleman line. This line uses a different main tube simply to create an aesthetic difference. It has the same optical features as the Vari-X II, which was discontinued in 2001. This original scope helped to create the Leupold reputation, and the Rifleman line has continued this tradition. All lenses are coated with magnesium fluoride. You should know that the Custom Shop options, including the reticle changes, target adjustment installation and others are not available with this line of scopes.

No matter which line of Leupold scopes interests you, you'll know you're purchasing a high quality scope with Leupold. Enjoy your time outdoors more with the right scope from the right company!