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SHOT Show 2011: Leupold's New HAMR Optic

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The new Leupold High Accuracy Multi-Range HAMR scope at SHOT Show 2011. Photo by Corey Graff

New from Leupold’s Tactical Optics Division, the Mark 4 High Accuracy Multi-Range (HAMR) riflescope is a fixed power 4x24mm sight. 


It's built for precise mid-range marksmanship and fast target acquisition, the company says, and it offers a variety of features that work to the advantage of military warfighters, law enforcement personnel, and other tactical or competitive shooters.  


These features include the ballistically matched illuminated CM-R2 reticle, a fast-focus eyepiece and Leupold’s advanced Xtended Twilight Lens System.  In addition, Leupold’s DeltaPoint reflex sight can be attached to the HAMR, providing instant target acquisition capability at close quarters. (DeltaPoint and HAMR are available as a package.)


“Our new Mark 4 HAMR is versatile, tough, compact and combat-ready,” said Kevin Trepa, vice president of tactical sales and marketing for Leupold & Stevens, Inc.  “Simple to use, it can be employed with any AR-15 variant to engage targets with exceptional speed and precision.”


The CM-R2 reticle is designed for the most popular tactical rounds and weapons systems.  An etched glass reticle, it is clearly visible with the illumination activated or in the “off” mode.


By combining the ranging ability of Leupold’s Special Purpose Reticle (SPR) with the quick acquisition of the Leupold Circle Dot reticle, the CM-R2 provides the flexibility necessary on the modern battlefield or 3-gun course.  The CM-R2 preserves the instinctive fire capabilities of the Circle Dot for the short-range, low-magnification needs of the CQB warfighter and competitive multi-gun shooters.


The CM-R2 is designed to allow the shooter to focus more attention on the target and less attention on the reticle.  A boldly illuminated 0.5 MOA dot surrounded by a 5.0 MOA semi-circle enhance the shooter’s focus and combine precision with speed when the target is up close and personal.  Hash marks on the horizontal stadia are calibrated for leading moving targets at 5, 10 and 15 mph, respectively.  Vertical tic marks allow users to estimate ranges based on 18” wide targets at increasing ranges, while also providing precise holdover points for targets between 300 and 900 meters.



With a quick 1.5 revolutions “lock to lock,” the rapid adjustment speed of the HAMR’s eyepiece helps get the shooter in focus and on target in short order.  The addition of a DeltaPoint allows the user to quickly shift from the reflex sight to the HAMR, transitioning from close quarters to longer ranges with speed and ease.


Leupold’s Xtended Twilight Lens System provides superior 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 HAMR’s visual field.  Combined with a constant 2.71 inches of eye relief, the optical system is much more forgiving and effective than first-generation optical sights.


A flat-top Picatinny mounting system is included with each HAMR.  It is compatible with any rail mounting system.  Other features include 0.10 mil click adjustments for windage and elevation, and a F88 5.56mm Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC) dial.


The Mark 4 HAMR comes in a matte black finish, weighs 17.2 ounces and is 5.6 inches long.  The scope is waterproof, fog proof and shock proof.


For warranty information on specific products, call 1-800-LEUPOLD or 503-526-1400.  For additional product information, go to


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