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: www.mylucidgear.com

    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 teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. 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.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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