New Optics: Leupold Expands New VX-Freedom Series

New Optics: Leupold Expands New VX-Freedom Series

With six new scopes, Leupold's VX-Freedom series has something for nearly every shooter.

  • The VX-Freedom series are purpose-built scopes for specific rifle platforms, calibers and applications.
  • They are moderately priced, the entirety of the line's MSRPs are below $400.
  • The line extension includes scopes tailored for rimfires, Scout rifles and ARs among other guns.
  • The scopes are designed, machined and assembled in Leupold's Oregon factory.

Optics winds in recent years have blown decidedly in the direction of long-range glass. Credit the popularity of the ever-expanding family of 6.5 cartridges and other precision calibers for the explosion of scopes engineered to go the distance and then some. While the movement to further and finer shows little sign of abating, one scope manufacturer has turned its attention in 2018 to a more traditional take on optics in its newest line of glass.

Leupold VX-Freedom Extended Focus Range 3-9×33 with Fine Duplex Reticle.
Leupold VX-Freedom Extended Focus Range 3-9×33 with Fine Duplex Reticle.

Earlier this month, Leupold further expanded its new VX-Freedom series riflescopes, adding six new optics to the 10 introduced at the beginning of the year. Similar to the earlier VX-Freedom scopes, most of the recent additions are purpose-built for specific rifle platforms, calibers or applications, including ARs, rimfires and Scout rifles. And like the inaugural scopes, the real head-turning aspect of the new optics are their extremely moderate price. The entirety of the line has MSRPs below the $400 mark, many dipping into the $250 range. To boot, they're completely designed, machined and assembled at the company's Oregon factory. A bonus for shooters who make it a point to buy American.

“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.

Leupold VX-Freedom Extended Eye Relief 1.5-4×28 Scout Scope.
Leupold VX-Freedom Extended Eye Relief 1.5-4×28 Scout Scope.

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.

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