U.S. Military history buffs, particularly those interested in arms, should be familiar with the name James Leatherwood. After all, his creation was at the heart of one of the Vietnam War’s most iconic weapons systems — the M21.
The semi-automatic sniper rifle was a deadly and precise weapon in the right hands, allowing a solider to deliver fast and accurate fire at variable distances. And a sniper was able to get the most out of his modified M14 rifle due to Leatherwood’s creation sitting atop its receiver.
For all intents and purposes, the inventor’s Automatic Ranging and Trajectory scope took all the heavy lifting out of quickly shooting at different ranges. All the sniper had to do was identify targets, dial in the scope and pull the trigger. From there, the round went where it was suppose to go.
Now, the Leatherwood ART Scope has been updated making it a much more useful tool in an era where long-distance shooting has pushed much further. The new 6-24x50mm 1200 ART-XLR provides more than enough magnification to tackle any conceivable shooting situation.
California-based Hi-Lux Optics has not only beefed up the glass of the scope, but also its calculating components. The ART’s Camputer has been enlarged to be calibrated for a wider range of cartridges and distances. Even with these upgrades, the scope remains as simple to operate as the original.
The 1200 ART’s load input is programed beforehand off the bullet’s ballistic coefficient and velocity data. Then in the field, the bullet drop is compensated for by simply zooming in until the target fits into range brackets within the reticle. At this point, dropping a bullet in on the bull’s eye is simple as squeezing the trigger. Engaging a target at a different distance is a rinse-and-repeat process of zooming and bracketing.
Like all other high-powered optics, the M1200 ART-XLR has fully adjustable windage and elevation controls. The scope is outfitted with large turrets for each and moves the bullet’s impact in ¼-inch increments at 100 yards with each click.
Hi-Lux also helps the scope stay honest with a side focus parallax adjustment. This should be just the ticket in helping maintain a clear and sharp image at longer ranges, as well as reducing the reticle’s swim. The scope features an illuminated, etched glass reticle that is available in red or green. And all the ART’s lens are multicoated for optimum light transmission. The MSRP of the M1200 ART-XLR is $649.
Hit whatever you aim at, no matter the distance, with the incredible Leatherwood M1000 ART Scope. With a turn of the dial the optic automatically compensates for bullet drop and you don’t even need to know the distance. Put It In Your Crosshairs