The Marines have decided to adopt the Leupold Mark 8 1.1-8x24mm CQBSS for use with their .50 BMG M2 and 40mm Mk19. machine guns.
Military.com reports …
The urgent need statement was submitted in April 2010, and endorsed by operating forces with 3rd Marine Division out of Okinawa, Japan. The M2 and MK19 have effective ranges of at least 3,500 meters and 1,700 meters, respectively, but no optics were fielded that allowed Marines to consistently engage enemies at those distances, the documents state.
The scope, originally designed for sniper use, is an interesting choice for a heavy machine gun scope. I would have thought the heavy duty Trijicon ACOG 6×48 Machine Gun Optic would have made more sense.
[ Many thanks to Lance for emailing me the link. ]