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January 19, 2011
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Lance Eldridge All Law Enforcement is Local
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SHOT Show 2011: Leupold Mark 4 HAMR telescopic sight

As great for 3-gun competitions as it is for close-quarters-combat scenarios

Leupold plans on expanding its share of the tactical optics market with the newly introduced Mark 4 HAMR (High-Accuracy Multi-Range) telescopic sight. The sight, a fixed power 4x24mm designed with the AR-15 platform in mind, has ballistically matched etched glass reticles that are visible with or without illumination.

The HAMR uses what Leupold calls a CM-R2 reticle that has a .5 MOA dot surrounded by a 5 MOA horseshoe. Leupold advertises that the sight is great for 3-gun competitions as much as it is for close-quarters-combat scenarios. The sight also includes has marks on the horizontal stadia for leading targets traveling at various speeds.

To make the sight even more versatile, it has a bracket on the top that allows for the mounting of a Leupold 7.5mm MOA Delta Point reflex sight.

Leupold’s Tracy Hermes and Greg McCain believe the new sight has several advantages over its competition, which would include Trijicon’s ACOG. First, Leupold’s HAMR is lighter and comes in at a slightly lower price point. Though a 4x24mm sight is already versatile and, if used properly, can be effective in CQC and at range, the addition of the Delta Point only improves its versatility.

Though distributors will play an important role in determining the costs of the sight — initial estimates are that the HAMR, without the Delta Point, will retail for somewhere between $800 and $900 dollars. With the addition of the Delta Point, the system will retail for somewhere between $1,100 and $1,300.

About the author

Retiring after nearly 22 years of active duty in the Army, Lance Eldridge worked as the director of a law enforcement training academy and served as a rural patrol deputy and patrol officer in Colorado. While in the military, he held leadership positions in a variety of organizations and has written extensively about US military strategy, operations, and history. He is a graduate of the US Army's Command and General Staff College and the Norwegian Staff College. He holds a Masters Degree in History and a Masters Degree in Strategic Intelligence. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in national security strategy, European regional security, US history, and terrorism. He now works in northern Virginia.

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