New Leupold Mark 8 3.5-25x56mm M5B2 Riflescope


Leupold's Tactical Optics division has released a new long-range scope known as the Mark 8 3.5-25x56mm M5B2.

With a wide 8x zoom range, the Mark 8 3.5-25x56mm M5B2 gives shooters a wide field of view at lower settings, yet still provides excellent long-range target discrimination at higher powers. Illuminated front focal plane reticles allow for accurate ranging and shot calls at any magnification under any lighting conditions.

“The modern warfighter and law enforcement officer needs to be flexible, able to fulfill roles from long-range marksman to urban intelligence gathering,” said Kevin Trepa, vice president, tactical division for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “The wide power range on the Mark 8 3.5-25x56mm M5B2 allows one operator to control his fire zone from 100 yards out to the maximum reach of his rifle.”

With a choice of a Mil Dot reticle or a Horus Vision H58 reticle, sharp-shooters can be assured of precise ranging and holds at all distances. Seven illuminations, with an off position between each one, extends battery life while ensuring “on” is just one click away.

Night-vision compatibility means the Mark 8 3.5-25x56mm M5B2 is combat-ready in any environment, night or daytime. A 35mm maintube provides more than 25 milliradians of total elevation adjustment and features the M5B2 adjustment:

  • 0.1 mil-per-click elevation adjustments (M5) that allows for precise corrections.
  • Auto-Locking Pinch and Turn (B) to eliminate accidental movement in the field
  • Two-turn (2) zero stop elevation dial with a tactile revolution indicator, providing 20 mils of travel (10 mils per revolution) while eliminating under- or over-rotation of the dial

Quick change Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC) rings allow the Mark 8 3.5-25x56mm M5B2 to maintain its accuracy between multiple long-range cartridges.

Leupold's Xtended Twilight Lens System is said to enhance light transmission for the best low-light performance, particularly in the blue/violet light of dawn and dusk. The system produces an extremely bright, sharp image across the Mark 8 3.5-25x56mm M5B2's entire visual field. For more information, call 1-800-LEUPOLD or 503-526-1400; or visit

 Resources for Tactical Operators

The Gun Digest Book of Tactical Gear

The Gun Digest Book of Tactical Weapons Assembly/Disassembly

Own the Night: Selection and Use of Tactical Lights and Lasers

Tactical Pistol Shooting: Your Guide to Tactics that Work, 2nd Ed.

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Corey Graff is the managing editor of the <i><a href="">Standard Catalog of Firearms</a></i> and <i><a href="">Gun Digest</a></i> annual book. In addition, he is the author of <i>What's In Your Bug-Out Bag?</i> and <i>The Comprehensive Guide to Concealed Carry Holsters.</i> His personal interest in firearms includes handguns for hunting and self-defense as well as bolt-action rifles for western hunting.


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