If you have ever wanted to own one of Leupold’s Mark 4 scopes, now is the time to pull the trigger! The Leupold Mark 4 will only be sold to military and law enforcement units starting January 1st, 2017.
The Leupold Mark 4 series of scopes has been very successful in the civilian market over the years because of their success and endorsement by the military. With that being said, Leupold’s target market for the Mark 4 is the military. It is disheartening that they will now reserve the Mark 4 for only them, but it does make sense. They are narrowing their focus on the segment of the market that buys them the most.
This leaves people wondering if the popular series of scopes is going to be replaced with something else for civilians. Possibly a similar line of high-end, tactical scopes exclusively for civilians? Maybe they will let us “regular joes” feel special with a separate line of scopes for us. Or possibly a more economical line of AR optics?
Many competing companies like Bushnell, Nikon, and Vortex have dedicated AR optics in their line-up that will not empty your wallet. Leupold does have their “Mark AR” series of scopes, but they MSRP anywhere from $350 – $650. The modern sporting rifle market is very soft right now and many shooters are budget-minded. If Leupold were to roll out a more economical series of optics for the AR market it could be a huge hit.
Some may argue that even though we are losing the Mark 4 series there is still the Mark 6 and Mark 8 lines available. This may be true and the quality is spectacular, but the pricing is equally spectacular; anywhere from $2,859.99 – $5,624.99.
So you now have from the time you read this until December 31st, 2016 to get your Leupold Mark 4 scopes. Ready… Set… GO!