Leupold Mark 4 Replacement is Coming Soon | SHOT 2017

Leupold Mark 4

TFB first broke the news that Leupold would no longer be selling their Mark 4 to civilians back in June 2016. Since it is SHOT Show season we decided to try and catch up with Leupold and see if things have changed.

While at Industry Day, the great show-and-tell shooting extravaganza of SHOT Show, we got Leupold to once again confirm that the Mark 4 is truly discontinued for civilians. It is still being sold to the military though. To what extent or volume, Leupold would not comment.

We asked if there is a scope already developed that will replace the Mark 4, and Leupold confirmed that, yes, there is one in waiting. We followed up with what might be the name of this mysterious replacement scope?… Leupold would not comment.

Not feeling satisfied, we then pressed by asking, is it going to be a “Mark” series scope?… Leupold stated: yes.

The answers we were receiving were not deep at all, but the entire time we talked to the same Leupold factory rep he had a tremendous smile on his face. He was obviously excited about what they had up their sleeves.

We asked one final question before feeling like we were beginning to press our luck. When will we see it?…. Leupold stated: soon.

This cat and mouse game of us providing questions with one word responses finally got to me, and I blurted out: “C’mon!!!”

Finally, the Leupold rep elaborated, “Watch for late summer,” and with a huge grin on his face, “it’ll be good.”

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • Mike N.

    Judging by their recently introduced VX-3i LRP scopes, the Mk4 replacement will be, like the Mk4 line had become in recent years, uncompetitive either in price and/or in features with other scopes on the market. Coasting on the name, kinda like Colt.

  • klaus.ramelow

    “the same Leupold factory rep he had a tremendous smile on his face. He
    was obviously excited about what they had up their sleeves”
    might also read as: he does not know himself !

  • Full Name

    They restrict a model of their scopes to “only ones”? SCREW Leupold. Plenty of other makers of quality scopes.

    • Rob

      Seeing as “‘only ones'” that you quoted appears only in your post I assume that you are frustrated that the MK IV is restricted to military sales going forward. It is important to note that they are only keeping them in production for LE/MIL due to contractual obligations for customers that already use them and have them as a POR.

      New LE and MIL sales will be of the revised product line that will be offered for civilian sales later this year.

      How dare Leupold strive to sell their latest and greatest to civilians and innovate their product line.

      Of all things to be upset with a manufacturer for this is about as retarded as it gets. Especially because people have been screaming for the MK IV line to be revamped for over a decade.

  • sb

    “it’ll be good”…and pricey!

  • smitty

    I have two MK4 scopes plus a MK4 spotting scope and are all great products.

    To all of you who hate on Leupold, we’ll have fun with your Nightforce (Japan) or SWFA Super Sniper (China). At the very least the MK4’s are all made in the USA.

  • Warpig

    Most of the good to great to glass comes from Japan and is put into American scopes. German glass is great, but real expensive. China is and will be crap for a long time. Can’t remember is Vortex is using Japan or China for the glass. Leupold gets glass from Japan I have been told.