There isn’t much that can be said about the legendary Leupold Mark 4 series of scopes that hasn’t already been said. In service for decades and still going strong, Leupold Mark 4s have been used in just about every military engagement in recent history, appearing on Navy, Marine Corps, and Army sniper rifle systems in some form or another. The Mark 4 series isn’t one particular model, but comprises several scopes of varying capabilities under the Mark 4 umbrella.
The scope we’re looking at today is Leupold’s variable power 8.5-25 scope with a 50mm objective known as the M1 LRT (Long Range Tactical). You know right off the bat that this unit is a military capable unit by the export restriction notice that comes in the box…clearly we don’t want our enemies getting their hands on this most useful piece of kit. Leupold has always been known for their superlative quality, and the first time you put this scope up to your eye you’ll know why. The lenses are just gorgeous, and are index matched to give the best light transmission and clarity possible.
Turrets are the tall M1 version on this unit, and have ultra positive clicks that are so precise they feel like they belong on a Rolex watch. Leupold is still peddling MOA turrets with mil dot reticles, mainly because it’s customers -Army, Navy, and Marine Corps have been asking for them that way, but turrets can be custom ordered in mil/mil formats for those so inclined.
There isn’t much to complain about with the Mark 4, but if we had to pick one thing, it would be the 8.5 power magnification setting on the low end, which is actually a pretty high starting magnification for a tactical scope. Field of view at 8.5x power at 100 yards is only 11.3 feet, which is pretty narrow for a tactical application like trying to find a suspect in a window. We would have liked to see the lowest power setting around 4.5-5.5x for a wider field of view, but this won’t affect you much if your primary application is long range shooting or sniping.
All Leupolds come with amazing customer service and are serialized. Leupold really stands behind their products and buying one of these is a lot like buying a high end imported car like a Mercedes or BMW; they really bend over backwards to take care of you.
The scope is nice and light at 22.5 ounces, yet still manages to be solidly built and feels substantial. All Mark 4s come with a custom set of Butler Creek flip up caps, so that’s one less thing you have to buy at the retail price of $1399. Many people will ask what makes a Mark 4 retail for so much; what’s so good about this scope that it costs over a grand. There’s really not one single thing that sticks out, other than the whole package just works. Mark 4s are a well made tactical instrument that complements any precision rifle that’s precise enough to take advantage of its ultra high build quality.
Length: 14.5 inches
Tube length: 6.5 inches
Eyepiece length: 3.2 inches
Objective length: 4.9 inches
Objective diameter: 2.3 inches
Eyepiece diameter: 1.6 inches
Tube diameter: 30mm
Actual magnification: 25.1 to 8.2x
Field of view: 4.4 to 11.2 feet @ 100 yards
Eye relief: 3.7 to 5.3 inches
Objective clear aperture: 2 inches
Elevation adjustment range: 75 MOA
Windage adjustment range: 70 MOA
Weight: 22.5 ounces
Long Range Precision Shooting with the Leupold Mark 4 8.5-25x50mm
The Art of the Precision Rifle features nearly ten hours of actual live fire class instruction and a “how to” aspects of long range shooting, advanced techniques and formulas, military and law enforcement sniping, precision shooting gear, and the sniper mindset.
- Features nearly ten hours of actual live fire class instruction and additional instructional material on five DVDs
- Five discs, DVD-Video/NTSC, Total Running Time 593 min.
- Made in USA