Manuel snagged some photo at the new Leupold LCO during the IWA Expo in Germany last month. The Leupold Carbine Optic (LCO) was announced just before SHOT Show this year. It is a high quality optic, but is not cheap, with an MSRP of about $1,200.



Thanks Manuel



  • TheSmellofNapalm

    They better have doubly superior specs to the Micro T-2 for that pricepoint….

  • Andrew

    I like Leupold quite a bit, but I cant imagine this thing being worth 1200.

  • TangledThorns

    Only the five richest kings in Europe could afford this optic.



    • iksnilol

      “Bah, now we even have to listen to comments like that. Wish we had our own internet.”

      -At least one of the kings

  • J-

    Finally, an optic that is ugly and boxy enough to match the look of the KRISS it is mounted on.

  • Robb

    $1200 and they can’t even include a quick release mount, come leupold get your stuff together.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    The battery life might be great; the durability might be incredible; the street price might be competitive despite the stupid MSRP; but at 9.5oz that’s a big Nooope.

    That’s just pointlessly heavy and definitely won’t take sales from the Micros. This is almost certainly going to be sitting on shelves right next to the Trijicon SRS which also doesn’t know where it belongs in the market (and also heavy!).

    I did get to test the LCO out and the 1MOA dot was tight but the real star of the new optics is the 6X D-EVO offset optic. The LCO was just kind of a more expensive EOTech.

    • Kelly Jackson

      Maybe you should stop being a keyboard warrior and hit the gym if you can’t lift 9.5 oz.

      Do you even train bro?

      • Paladin

        It’s not about the weight it’s about the unnecessary weight. No matter how much you work out every ounce of something you’re carrying is an ounce of something else that you’re not carrying, like for example, more bullets, better armour, a magnified optic, or other things that provide actual benefits.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Oh don’t actually reply to him 🙂 he’s trying to troll, he thinks he’s cute.

      • MR

        Bro, do you even operate? Ounces=Pounds, Pounds=Pain.

    • Squirreltakular

      $1200 of nope.

      Still haven’t seen any explanation for why this thing costs so much/ what it does that my T1 doesn’t.

  • -V-

    So what does this thing do that an aimpoint doesn’t – especially considering the 2x price-point?

    • billyoblivion

      Make Leopold money.

  • Damn it Leupold… The Market doesn’t need more 1200 dollar Optics. We need more 200-300 dollar optics.
    Look – I work for a Gun Store and Range. Fewer people are even willing to go up to 600 dollar optics. Look at the options in that 200 dollar range. Bushnell Trophy T and Lucid HD7…. Maybe there’s a Burris or something in there too… there needs to be more good options there. Come on Leupold.

    • Jesse

      Primary arms and leatherwood hi-lux. Both get great reviews at a great price point (~$200). The market has the products. The dealers don’t know it’s out there, or aren’t an authorized dealer of those brands so ignore they are out there.

      • Are they in Acusport or Ellott Brother’s catalogs? RSR?

    • Kivaari

      The Lucid HD7 is a nice optic.

      • I agree. I’ve had one on my AR for years. But it would be nice if there were other options.
        A simple Leupold fixed 4x instead of a 1400 dollar fixed 4x would be nice.
        Lucid is working on that… Leupold is not. Guess who’s going to be selling more? Lucid is filling a nitch that Leupold has abandoned.

        • Kivaari

          I have a Leupold Mk4 1.5-5x24mm and it is a very nice optic. It does cost $900. For a lot less money I bought a Bushnell AR 1-4x24mm for $185, as a “spare”. Both are in GG&G QD mounts ($200 each). I find the HD7 ($185) to be a better buy than the EOTech (at $500-650). Especially as my life is winding (whining) down, with old age stuff. Too bad this nice gear wasn’t around 35 years ago when I was younger and really needed it for work.

  • Nickname

    Why is Leupold plastering huge logos everywhere now? Doesn’t feel like that sort of brand whoring belongs on a $1200 optic.

    • ScottishMinor

      It’s just in case you forget you spent $1200 dollars on a Leupold.

    • Kivaari

      I agree, I don’t like bill boards on my gear. Small and neat beats garish.

      • MR

        They at least need to match the font to the overall shape of the optic. Something boxier would look better, lose the corner accents.

  • iksnilol

    1200$ for a red dot? Look, I like my expensive optics but that’s a bit much for a red dot sight that most likely won’t be used past 300 meters.

    • Kivaari

      Probably not much more than 100. Maybe I should try one of the $50 dollars versions. I used the Aimpoint and EOTech, and they may be more rugged, but at 10 times the price they aren’t that much nicer.

      • iksnilol

        I am an optimistic guy. If I can use iron sights at 300 meters, then I surely can use a red dot… or maybe not if the dot is too big.

        I wouldn’t recommend the 50$ red dots. They are usually intended for airsoft guns and can’t be trusted. If you want inexpensive, go with something from Primary Arms or Lucid. You can get the Primary Arms microdot for 100$ with a riser included. + they are pretty decent.

        • Kivaari

          I actually agree. I like the Lucid HD7. It works, is good looking and priced right. The Leupold I have is illuminated. and works fine. I made up a Bushmaster XM15, having a Bravo Company upper 16″, LW with a Daniels Defense A1.5. I’d like to find a durable sight that will co-witness, but has a reticle with a dead battery.
          I don’t know if they exist. I like the BCM uppers, even replacing the Colt upper on my M4. In the last 50 years I’ve tried many different sights and scopes, and so far I’ve found few that really perform well. I’ve found a lot of them that were junk, and junk at any price is still junk. I’ve paid big dollars for some really bad optics.

  • C77A1

    Maybe if they’d make fewer unnecessary decorative machining passes on the housing they could put the thing to market for less than the price of a nice AR.

  • Lothaen

    I can’t understand how the Leupold team visualized this selling well at all. I know they are after a military contract with the D-Evo and LCO Frankenstein’s baby setup, but neither will gain a strong presence in the city market with that amount of coin owed.

    • Kivaari

      I’d have to agree with everyone that says it’s ugly and over priced. The new dog legged shaped device is even uglier. I’d like to see a reasonable price on the Leupold Prism site. The idea I like, and it wont get made, is a red dot sight that has an etched reticle and can be used with co-witnessed BUIS. I hate batteries in sights, if the sight becomes dead weight if the battery fails.
      Perhaps that is not going to happen due to basic physics of lenses. I have bought several red dot sights and end up selling them. I just can’t get past my aversion to batteries.

  • spotr

    Direct competition for the Aimpoint CompM4? They might be gunning for a military contract.

    • avconsumer2

      At that price… wouldn’t doubt it!

    • RealitiCzech

      They can try. At that price point, in this economy, I doubt their chances.

  • Amsdorf

    I wish they had made their company name on it a bit larger. 😉

    • Kivaari

      Nothing like discreet 1/8th inch high letters, it screams at you.

  • ProdigalSon

    At that price point, they could have at least devoted some time to making it not ugly.

  • USMC03Vet

    Isn’t highway robbery a felony?

  • John

    When the optics you buy cost more than the gun you put them on, that’s when you’ve got messed-up priorities.

    • Squirreltakular

      If you’re talking long-range precision weapons, then no, that happens a lot.

      When you’re talking 5.56 carbines, definitely.

    • iksnilol

      Not really, a bad gun can shoot well with a good optic. While a good gun with a bad optic won’t shoot well.

      And optics are usually a “you get what you pay for” type of thing. There are some exceptions though.

      • Kivaari

        When I owned gun stores my advice was put a good scope on the old rifle and you are better off than putting junk on a SAKO.

        • iksnilol

          Where did you own gun stores? Since that philosophy is spot on with the philosophy in Scandinavia.

          Buy a cheap milsurp Mauser in 30-06 then get a Zeiss or Swarovski scope for quite literally ten times what you paid for the rifle.

          • Kivaari

            Western Washington. A used Mauser M98 in just about any military caliber is fine. The world could have stopped with the 7.65mm Argentine.

          • iksnilol

            For old school stuff I am a fan of the 6.5×55. The Krag is really a smooth gun. The American versions aren’t so good though.

    • MR

      I’ve always heard, “You should spend more on the scope than on the gun.” I’ve never actually followed that advise, so I can’t tell you how it works out.

  • Mark Monroe

    Stupid bast@rd! We already have enough problems being judged for owning guns then your main photo for your article is a gun sight aimed at a group of innocent people at the mall. How f*cking stupid can you be?

    • uisconfruzed

      I had to go back and look, I missed it.
      Nice catch, at least the libs criticizing gun owners won’t notice.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Wow…. You should probsbly chill on calling people stupid for awhile, you just had that privilege revoked.

      This photo was taken a SHOT Show which, since you have never been is impossible to take photos without people around, and this was on a dummy gun. Even if it wasn’t CONTEXT is a big clue for things you might want to not get pissy about.

      • MR

        I have to admit, I had a similar reaction when I first saw the photo, just to a lesser degree. Certainly Luepold could have afforded to provide an appropriate poster or backdrop for photographers use in their images. If they’re actually selling any optics at those prices, that is. Perhaps something to consider next time.

  • Anomanom

    Does it do something? Does it self zero, read out the RTT on the glass? Does it do anything that an aimpont or eotech sight doesn’t do for like half the price. Otherwise why pay USD1200?

  • avconsumer2

    Good grief. Don’t need to take a tent anymore! You could camp out in that shroud.