Leupold has introduced a new inexpensive illuminated scope line. The scopes are pretty basic, unlike the higher end VX3 and Mark 4 illuminated scopes, but they feature good quality glass unlike the cheaper illuminated scopes currently on the market.
I asked one of the company representatives at the Leupold SHOT Show booth what quality glass was used in the VX R scopes. I was told the quality is between the current VX2 and VX3 scopes. They are using multi-coated lead free glass similar in quality to the old VXIII scopes.
Unlike the dials on the illuminated VX3 scope, the VXR has just one button that turns it on and changes the intensity of the illuminated dot.
The scopes feature the European-style adjustable focus unlike most Leupold scopes that use the eyering/lockring adjustment system. Some people prefer the European style, others prefer Leupold lockring style. I personally prefer the former.
The VX R scopes will be priced from $499 – $708 (The prices are not yet published so may change). At this price I am probably going to have to buy one for myself.