Lucid L5 Rifle Scopes

LUCID’s L5 Rifle Scopes were first introduced a few years ago (though, here, we have only really covered their “red dot” optics). Now that I have piqued my interested in precision rifle shooting, I am focusing some of my attention on scopes. While I am developing some optics “snobbery”, I am still interested to see how other optics perform.

These scopes were built with innovations and forward thinking that continue to hold a competitive edge against new products today, despite technological advances in the industry.

The L5 scopes were the result of a rigorous product development process. After collaborating with law enforcement, military, and competitive shooters, LUCID put together a one-of-a-kind optic series with an abundance of features at an unmatched price point.

The L5 comes in two magnification configurations: the 6x-24×50 and the 4x-16×44. Both have 34mm ocular lens diameter, a 5.5″ mounting length, 30mm tube diameter, and a one piece 6063 aluminum construction in matte black finish.

As you would expect from the name, the 6x-24×50 L5 has 6x-24x magnification capability with a 50mm objective lens. The total length is 15.25″ with a total weight of 24.5 ounces. Its MSRP is $449.

The 4x-16×44 is LUCID’s “crossover” scope (which they brand as being more suited for hunting applications) and has an MSRP of $419. It has 4x-16x magnification capability, a 44mm objective lens, a 13.25″ total length, and total weight of 18 ounces.

Both scopes are waterproof (submersible), fog proof (nitrogen purged) and shock proof (tested up to .338 Lapua) and have a limited lifetime warranty. Some other features:

  • FBMC multi-coated lens coating
  • 92% light transmission (which is pretty decent considering this ~$3500 scope from Schmidt and Bender is 96%; yes I know that is not the only comparative)
  • ocular focus (hopefully all scope should, right?)
  • side parallax adjustment capability.
  • Eye relief is 4.25″ to 3.25″
  • Exit pupil is 8.3mm to 2mm
  • Field of view is 16.5 to 4.3 ft
  • Diopter compensation is -2 to +1.5
  • 1/8 MOA turret click value
  • 50 MOA windage and elevation adjustment range
  • Lockable and re-zeroable turrets

For the price I would be willing to give it a try, though, again, with the “snobbery”, the low price point also makes me leery. Assuming it is a hardy scope and the etched stadia are decently fine, it may be a good deal. Do any of you readers have experience with the LUCID L5 series? Thoughts?

To learn more about the L5 Rifle Scopes and LUCID Optics, visit their website at:

Phil Note: I’ve had some experience with the Lucid L5 series and particularly like the 6x-24x. Lucid always surprises me with the quality of their products for the asking price. Thumbs up on this line at least for me.

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • politicsbyothermeans

    If it is as well-built and reliable as the HD7, I’ll buy one.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Cha Cha Cha China… You pretty much have what’s coming to you when you buy stuff like this.

    • M.M.D.C.

      “Chinese made” doesn’t necessarily mean poor quality. It often does, but with good quality control in place Chinese manufactured products can be quite well made. The iPhone is a good example.

      • Joe

        Haha. You call the iPhone with its 3 year battery life a quality made product? High tech doesn’t mean high quality.

  • Michael Bane

    We used one in an episode on “Long Range Rifle on the Cheap,” coupled with a Ruger Precision Rifle .308. I ran the rifle and was very happy with the scope. In fact, I’ve left it on the RPR. I’ve found the company to every committed to both their products and long range precision shooting. They run classes in Wyoming — that’s the state that USA TODAY identified as “Colorado”last week — and I look forward to taking one, My friend Col. Bob Brown from SOF was extremely happy both with the class and the scope. I have had an HD7 for years, and they things’a tank. It has been a tank!

  • TC

    So, where’s the test? I could go to their website and read the promo specs.

  • KiwiGuy

    Had a L5 on my rabbit 223 rifle for a few years now. Always returns to zero, turrets are easy to adjust and optics are good. Good, not great, bit milky at 24x so I keep it at 18x. Works for me.

  • Limonata

    How would one test a scope or perform a comparison? I have a lot of photo lenses where the standard is MTF, Resolution & Contrast using tools like DXO, but what is the standard for scopes? Are there any? I would love to know how good these specs happen to be since there is no way to call them out on them. Other than individual subjective means, how do you measure how good a scope happens to be? For example, the L5s seem to be close in spec to the Weaver V 16 and 24. Which is better?

    If it is like camera lenses, there may be some $400 scopes as good as some $3000 scopes.

    • TC

      typically, scopes are tested by freezing, immersion in water, checking the turret adjustments for precision and repeatability, and should be compared against a set of visual targets at different light brightnesses, e.g. bright sunlight and dusk. At least one of the visual targets should have vertical and horizontal lines so any pincushion lens aberrations are noted. Comments such as ” the image looked crisp” are entirely subjective, and not meaningful without comparison to a known standard.

  • Mark M

    Owned the HD7 for a few years. Exceptionally happy with the performance and quality. Recently traded for a Vortex, but that was for magnification puposes, narrowly beating the Lucid P7. I’d certainly give them an honest look. Forget what tacticool snobs say, do your homework and get what works for you. I’m over the opinions of 350lb mall ninjas with diabetes