Leupold’s Mark 5HD 3.6-18×44 Riflescope Chosen for U.S. Army’s M110 Rifle

    M110 Leupold's Mark 5HD 3.6-18x44

    Recently TFB told you that the Leupold Mark 5HD was selected by the Army Precision Sniper Rifle Program. Now the U.S. Army has chosen the same optic for the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System.

    The U.S. Army Mark 5HD 3.6-18×44 will come in a proprietary Flat Dark Earth coating and utilize the Army’s patented Mil-Grid Reticle. The mount is from Leupold as well and called Mark IMS 35 mm.

    The Punisher is Leupold’s own recoil simulation machine, and each scope design has to survive 5,000 impacts of a .308 rifle before it is approved. Something tells me that this riflescope and mount have gone through even harder testing before getting the approval.

    Below you can read Leupold’s announcement:

    Leupold’s Mark 5HD 3.6-18×44 Riflescope Chosen for Army’s M110 Rifle

    April 2020

    Leupold & Stevens, Inc., provider of the world’s most rugged, lightweight, and clear riflescopes and reflex sights, is pleased to announce that its award-winning Mark 5HD riflescope has been selected for use with the United States Army’s M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System. Like all of Leupold’s riflescopes, the Mark 5HD is designed, machined, and assembled in the company’s Beaverton, Ore. factory.

    The Mark 5HD that’s being built for the M110 will come in a proprietary flat dark earth coating and utilize the Army’s patented Mil-Grid Reticle. It will include a Leupold Mark IMS mount. The 3.6-18 is the second Mark 5HD model to be selected for use by the U.S. Army this year. The 5-25×56, featuring the same FDE coating and reticle, was selected by the Army Precision Sniper Rifle Program last month.

    “The men and women of the U.S. armed forces require and deserve the very best, and when it comes to riflescopes, that’s the Mark 5HD,” said Bruce Pettet, President and Chief Executive Officer for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “Our optics face strenuous durability testing, and fully meet the extremely high performance standards that the military demands.”

    The Mark 5HD has been crafted to redefine accuracy, precision, and optical performance for long-range shooters. Three models – a 7-35×56, 5-25×56, and 3.6-18×44 – are available in both milliradian and MOA configurations.

    Pick one up and you’ll feel the difference: it’s up to 20 ounces lighter than other scopes in its class. Get behind one and you’ll see the difference, from its superior edge-to-edge clarity to its extreme low-light performance. With three revolutions of elevation adjustment, the Mark 5HD was made to max out the performance of the latest long-range rifles and ammunition.

    “The Mark 5 was designed in partnership with elite shooters to create a product that has the quality and features required to get rounds on target faster,” said Sam Horstman, Director of Military Sales for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “The end result is precisely the caliber of riflescope we’d want our troops to have in the field.”

    Leupold proudly provides its optics to the United States military, law enforcement, and government agencies across the country, and to the armed forces of many of our nation’s closest allies.

    Waterproof, fogproof, and guaranteed to perform for life, the Mark 5HD is backed by the company’s legendary Lifetime Guarantee.

    Source: Leupold & Stevens, Inc.

    Note that the M110 rifle should not be confused with the M110A1 made by Heckler & Koch, which uses the SIG Sauer Tango6 1-6×24 scope. In case you missed it, H&K just did the first deliveries of the M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle.

    For some reference photos of the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System TFB has got you covered here. I think the old scope is a Leupold 3.5–10× variable power daytime optic, so the new Leupold scope should be quite an upgrade.

    Reference picture: M110 with the old Leupold riflescope.

    You can find the Mark 5HD here. It is available from around 2,340 USD and upwards, depending on which reticle you prefer.  If they will make it available in the FDE color to civilians as well is not known at this moment, but it does look rather good and seems to suit the M110 very well.

    What do you say? Is this an optic you could consider yourself and would you choose Black or FDE?



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    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.


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