Leupold Releases VX-5HD Optics

    Leopold has taken a page from the tactical arena to offer their latest line of optics for the “self-sufficient hunter looking to push themselves and their gear towards bigger challenges and greater hunts.” Bold words, but is the new VX-5HD series up to the last?

    In a word, yes.

    In line with the naming of the other various VX lines of optics, the new VX-5 series of optics features 5x magnification over the base power. As Leupold touts, this puts it squarely between the VX-3i and VX-6HD lines of optics. The new VX-5HD series is launching with three optics, a 1-5x, a 2-10x, and a 3-15x optic, which covers a wide swath of magnifications used by hunters with perhaps only a 4-20x needed to completely round out the line.

    The VX-5HD series includes the Twilight Max(R) Light Management System and “high definition performance.” Notably new is the CDS-ZL2 series which offers a locking dial, calibrated to the shooters exact rifle (the shooter does have to provide load and performance data). The system gives two full revolutions of the 1/4 MOA dial to reach out to long-distance targets.

    Formal optics at launch, all using 30mm tubes:

    • 1-5x24mm ($909 – $1169)
    • 2-10x42mm ($909)
    • 3-15x56mm ($1169 – $1429)

    Various reticles are available, model dependent.

    • Duplex®
    • FireDot® 4
    • Wind-Plex®
    • Boone and Crockett® Big Game
    • Impact-29 MOA.

    For more information, check out Leupold’s VX-5HD section of their website.

    Nathan S

    One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

    The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.