Leupold Mark 6 Wins FBI Contract

I have always been a fan of Leupold optics.  Just about every rife I own wears a leupold of some sort.  My hunting rifle has a VX2 4-12×40, my competition rifle wears a Mark4 LR/T 6.5-20×50 and I have several others as well.

When I saw this news I wasn’t exactly surprised, Leupold makes a good optic at a good price.  Here is the press release from Leupold.

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Leupold®, America’s Optics Authority®, has been selected to deliver Mark 6® 3-18x44mm riflescopes to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Designated for use by the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), the Mark 6 3-18x44mm delivers a wide magnification range in a compact, efficient package perfect for urban environments as well as extended rural settings.

“The world’s most elite military and law enforcement units are finding the Mark 6 3-18x44mm to be the complete package,” said Wilson Timothy, director of tactical and international sales at Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “The 3 to 18 power range covers almost any scenario these groups may experience, all in a riflescope that’s less than 12 inches in length.”

The Mark 6 3-18x44mm riflescope has been selected by a number of agencies and departments for its rugged durability, exceptional optical quality, and American design, machining and assembly. As part of the ECOS-O (Enhanced Combat Optic Sight – Optimized) program, the Mark 6 3-18x44mm was selected by the Naval Special Warfare Center.

In addition, the past two International Sniper Competitions have been won using the Mark 6 3-18x44mm by SSGT Daniel Horner and SPC Tyler Payne. The famed Los Angeles Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team has also made the Mark 6 3-18x44mm the standard optic for the unit’s precision rifles.

“We especially want to remind rifle manufacturers that may be submitting weapons for the U.S. Army’s Compact Semi Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) trials that the Mark 6 3-18x44mm has been accepted and approved in a number of military contracts,” Timothy said. “There are a number of details to worry about in any military contract process, but your optic does not need to be one.”

For additional product and warranty information, please go to www.leupold.com


  • random

    why not shmidt & bender

    • mig1nc

      I would guess either because of made in USA vs made in Germany or because of the price difference. Or both.

    • Rogier Velting

      Or Nightforce, or US Optics, or March, or . Probably because Leupold optics are not as expensive as S&B optics, and are used in several military branches as well. Doesn’t mean they call it the best, just the most practical for their use case.

      • John

        Or a $14,000 Hensoldt

        • Rogier Velting

          Just $14000? 😛
          I’ll be honest, it does look awesome, but I think there’s only one reason for a 72mm objective: ELR shooting, and the USO SN-9 10-42×80 is (was at least, they’re no longer being made) cheaper at about $4000-5000…. and from what I’ve heard almost impossible to beat for optical clarity. But it’s big and ugly. And rather heavy.

  • simon

    Does anyone know what reticle they use?

    • DrewN

      It’s a Leupold so I’m guessing Mil-Dot, TMR, plus some illuminated options. A quick google shows prices from $2200 to $4K which sounds like there are a few choices.

      • Simon

        I was wondering if they opted for one of the rarer options or if there is a standard within the agency.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Wondering this myself. I just bought one with a TMR, but I’m going to guess H59 guessing by the mention of the CSASS.

      • cyclops


        • JumpIf NotZero

          No. H58 hasn’t been used in years. Completely replaced with H59, like I mentioned, and that’s the only H-series Horus available in that scope. The other non-h is the Tremor2 reticle which mixes mils with BDC reticles, (IMO) a terrible idea.

          • Jason

            The Tremor is Mils with a built in wind formula. Tod Hodnett was in on the Horus reticles from the beginning, then he threw in the wind formula