Long range marksmen of all ages are thrilled to see the growing selection of vintage military sniper scope models being brought back to life by Leatherwood/Hi-Lux Optics. Just catching a glimpse of the modern recreations of the 8x external adjustment USMC scope or the 2 1/2x U.S. Army M73B1 model dating from World War II was enough to cause many of those attending the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas in January to make an immediate 90-degree turn…right into the Leatherwood/Hi-Lux Optics booth. The icing on the cake for many was when they discovered, on display for the first time, the remake of the 3-9x40mm range finding USMC M40 scope dating from the Vietnam era.
Interest in recreating and reliving the accuracy of military tactical rifles of the past has never been greater. Spurring much of that renewed interest has been the CMP’s vintage sniper rifle matches, which allow the rifle models and optics dating from 1953 or earlier. The anticipated addition of a Vietnam era class of competition is expected to bring still even more shooters into these matches. Two of the most widely used rifles of that era were the Winchester Model 70 and the Remington Model 700, which are still in production and readily available. Now, Leatherwood Hi-Lux Optics is offering authentically featured modern copies of period and style correct scopes for those rifles.
Original U.S. military issue scopes in excellent condition can fetch from $5,000 to more than $7,000 – and due to their age and rarity, few shooters/collectors will subject these scopes to the rigors of match competition – and why should they? At just a small fraction of what those collector scopes are worth, shooters can now rely on totally modern manufactured models that are identical in design, but built with far superior fully multi-coated optics and modern internal construction. The Leatherwood/Hi-Lux Optics new-made copies of these scopes come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.