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Leupold® Adds Custom Dial System Models to VX®-3/VX-3L™ Line

BEAVERTON, Ore. - Leupold® now offers more Custom Dial System (CDS®) models in its line of VX®-3 and VX-3L™ riflescopes for hunters seeking unmatched shooting precision.

With a VX-3/VX-3L CDS riflescope, hunters can quickly get on target by dialing the elevation to different sight-in ranges with a custom adjustment matched to specific ballistic information. CDS dials change out easily, providing flexibility with different loads and calibers. Leupold provides one CDS dial with each riflescope. All the new VX-3/VX-3L CDS models are 4.5-14x, an effective magnification range for a wide variety of hunting situations.

Pat Mundy, communications manager for Leupold & Stevens, Inc., explained, "When you purchase a CDS riflescope, contact us with your ballistic data and shipping information, then we'll send you a dial custom built to match the caliber and load you are using. It's as simple as that. There are no adjustment covers to lose and the CDS makes your VX-3 even more accurate and rugged."

VX-3 and VX-3L riflescopes have ¼-MOA finger click adjustments. The tactile, audible clicks allow precise adjustment for windage and elevation.

Another key feature is the Quantum Optical System™ which includes lead-free, precision- ground and edge blackened lenses with Leupold's Xtended Twilight lens coatings for the highest level of light transmission and clarity. Carefully positioned in optimum relationship to each other, the lenses deliver up to 98 percent total light transmission. Exterior lens surfaces are coated with DiamondCoat 2™ for unsurpassed resistance to scratching and abrasion.

Other key riflescope features:

Leupold's most durable Twin Bias Spring Erector System™ provides the utmost in mechanical reliability. It is built with up to 30 percent more holding force than competitive riflescopes to withstand the most intense recoil and abuse.
Lockable fast-focus eyepiece.
Second generation Argon/Krypton waterproofing and fog proofing. Enhanced thermal shock resistance.

New VX-3 CDS models include the 4.5-14x40mm Adjustable Objective, 4.5-14x40mm Side Focus, 4.5-14x50mm and 4.5-14x50mm Side Focus. The new CDS model in the VX-3L line, which has the special scooped crescent design of the objective lens, is the 4.5-14x56mm Side Focus. All come with Leupold's Duplex® reticle.

VX-3/VX-3L riflescopes have a rugged one-piece maintube (one-inch or 30mm depending on model). Sporting Leupold's familiar Golden Ring®, they are backed by the company's Full Lifetime Guarantee.

For more information, visit a local dealer, go to www.leupold.com or call 1-800-LEUPOLD. For CDS-specific information, visit www.leupold.com/VX-3CDS.

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., the preeminent American-owned optics company, employs hundreds of people in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Beaverton, Ore. Family owned and operated, Leupold offers products that are sold worldwide to hunters, competitive shooters, American military warfighters, law enforcement personnel and wildlife observers. The product line includes rifle, handgun and spotting scopes; binoculars; rangefinders; trail cameras; mounting systems; and optical tools and accessories.


Dead-on Hits, Every Time, Without the Holdover

Get two FREE custom dials with the purchase of a Leupold VX-3 CDS™ Scope. Now you can double that accuracy with TWO FREE Custom dials ($100 retail value) with the purchase of a qualifying VX-3 CDS riflescope. Promotion effective August 1st, 2010 through December 31, 2010.

Leupold VX-3 CDS™ models allow you to quickly dial your elevation to different sight-in ranges with a custom adjustment matched to your specific ballistics information. The CDS dials change out easily, allowing you flexibility with different loads, conditions and calibers. Every CDS dial features ¼-MOA click increment finger adjustments and no adjustment covers to lose, making the VX-3 even more accurate and rugged. How the CDS™ System Works The CDS System works by laser-inscribing your scope's elevation dial to match your load, velocity and conditions. Your scope will be in perfect synch with the way your rifle and load shoots, even for hand loads. Each CDS dial is unique, taking all practical ballistic and environmental factors into account:

  • Cartridge & Caliber
  • Bullet Weight
  • Bullet Make/Brand
  • Bullet Type
  • Ballistic Coefficient
  • Muzzle Velocity
  • Average Elevation
  • Average Temperature

  • Quickly dial in elevation to different sight-in ranges.
  • Swap dials quickly by loosening set screws.
  • Match dials with specific loads for maximum accuracy.
  • Precision ¼-MOA click increment adjustment.
  • No adjustment covers to lose.
  • One revolution stops available for custom dials.
  • Use in tandem with Leupold’s RX rangefinder family for unmatched long-range precision.

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CDS dials may also be fitted to most Leupold riflescope models through the Leupold Custom Shop. Call 1‑800‑LEUPOLD for details.

Every VX-3 CDS riflescope comes out of the box with standard ¼-MOA click adjustment dials. Also included is a coupon and instructions for redeeming a free CDS dial:

  1. Contact Leupold's product experts at 1-800-LEUPOLD* with your coupon code, ballistics details and shipping information. Even if you don't know your exact ballistics, Leupold's experts will help you determine what will work best for your load and caliber.
  2. From now through December 31st you can order up to two free CDS dials with each CDS riflescope purchase. Additional dials may be ordered at any time for $59.99 each.
  3. Leupold's Custom Shop will laser-engrave CDS dials matched to your specifications.
  4. After receiving your CDS dials, a simple set screw adjustment is all that is needed to swap between dials.


Leupold Rifle Scopes

Leupold Superfriends

The Leupold Superfriends protected the Northern City from all the types of creatures that could come out of the forest to destroy the peaceful lives of its citizens. Once again, the calm evening at the Leupold Hall of Optics was shattered when the report came in from the frantic mayor." A monster deer is rampaging the city. Please help us with your ultra high performing optics, Leupold Superfriends!" he wrung his hands.

The Leupold Superfriends gathered around the display, watching the amazing forty story creature smash its antlers into the sides of buildings.

VX cracked his knuckles as he watched the destruction. "This deer thought it could sneak in under the cover of twilight, but it will be no match for my Xtended Twilight Lens System and Light Optimization Profile. He won't be able to hide from my huge field of view."

"That deer monster won't stand a chance against us," Rifleman agreed as he polished his Wide Duplex reticle. "It's smashing things, but we're accurate, durable, rugged and shockproof. No knocking us about cross country is going to take off our alignment. Right?" FX agreed while tapping on his virtually indestructible Diamond Coat 2 lens coating.

"To the Leupold Limo," cried Rimfire. "It won't stand a chance against our precision shots on small targets."

The Superfriends filled the limo, their uniforms an elegant mix of matte black, satin black, gloss black and silver. Ultralight, being lighter than everyone else, stuck his head out the roof while those who had Ballistics Aiming Systems were firing up for their accurate, long range shots. They were ready for the deer monster.

When they arrived at the docks, the deer monster had made a mess of everything. Windows were broken, cars were upside down, people were running and screaming. The Superfriends got out of their limo, and Shotgun/Muzzleloader got close to the deer monster. He was ideally suited for fast, close-range action. Deltapoint Reflex stood beside him, his motion sensor activated.

The deer monster screamed out a challenge, and smashed a bus. People ran in fear as steam billowed out of the deer monster's nostrils.

The Superfriends used their wide range of reticles and high performance optics to take out that deer. Handgun was fast and accurate, taking quick shots from around the corner of the smashed bus, while European-30 make quick metric shots, deadly into the deer's heart. Competition took up his post on the thirtieth floor and with his extreme magnification, made incredibly precise shots into the center of the deer monster's eye.

The deer monster was looking weakened. It screamed out a challenge that made the Superfriends cover their ears, and then it attacked them with its sharp hooves. It did a lot of damage. As they were about to fall back, Mark 4 showed up. His strengths of a red dot sight and flexibility of variable power made him good for everything from 50 to 700 meters to giant deer monsters. Tactical, dependable, with the reach and power and high performance of the Leupold Superfriends, the deer monster fell.

Once more, Leupold's Superfriends had saved the city.


Leupold VX-3 Rifle Scopes

Beth hated sleeping alone. It made her feel so helpless. But this time she had Mark's gun, with its brand-new Leupold VX-3 Riflescope. She ran her finger along the gold plated ring and thought about how Mark had gushed about the optics. "This scope is worth every penny, Beth," he had said. "The Xtended Twilight Lens System can cut through dusky light and the blackened lens edges produce unparalleled brightness and resolution by reducing light diffusion and glare." He rubbed his hand along the matte finish of the maintube, made from aircraft grade aluminum, Beth knew, and he continued. "The lenses use a specially engineered coating that takes certain wavelengths to give optimum transmission of low-light images. This year, I'll get my trophy buck before you wake up, Beth." He grinned, pleased with his new toy.

Beth cradled the gun in her hands, wishing that he hadn't had to go to that computer conference all the way over in Little Rock this week. Night had fallen, and their house was at the end of a gravel road, deep in the backwoods. If she screamed, no one would hear her. Just as she was thinking those creepy thoughts, there was a rattling at the back porch. She gripped the gun to her chest without worrying about damaging the scope. Mark had gone on about how the DiamondCoat 2 (TM) anti-scratch coating on the lenses was stronger than military standards. And she knew that the beautiful and unique crescent-shaped objective lens allowed for the scope to hug the body of the gun. And didn't Mark say something about the crescent giving the scope the low-light advantage of a large objective lens? Something rattled on the back porch again, and Beth stood. If she didn't check it out, she'd only make worse monsters in her head than what was out there. Hopefully.

Whatever was out there, it wasn't afraid of her. It banged on the screen door once more, and Beth jumped. Then everything went silent. She swallowed, screwed up her courage and stepped forward, running her fingers lightly along the stainless steel, finger-adjustable, cryogenically-treated adjustment dials of the scope. Taking a deep breath, she flung open the door and pulled out the gun, slapping it into the crook of her shoulder and looking out into the twilight. She leaned into the gun, putting her eye up to the rubber eyeguard on the super-fast focus eyepiece. The Varmint Hunter's reticle stood out in the dusky twilight.

She scanned the backyard, appreciating that the magnification system 's 3x Twin Bias Spring Erector which exerts up to 30 percent more holding force on the erector, virtually eliminating erector system backlash and stress on the internal workings of the scope. The eye relief was about four inches. There was a scuffle out by the old shed, and she swung the gun. A few drops of rain fell, but Mark had mentioned that the scope was waterproofed with the Leupold high quality Argon/Krypton fill. Movement caught her eye. The bright optics of the scope swung the creature into focus. It was a ...possum. Nothing more than a possum that had been banging on her door.

She let out her breath and dropped the gun. "Get out of here, you scroungy thing!" she yelled across the yard. The possum was like a little white ghost as it wriggled past the shed. She turned to go back into the house, when a man's harsh voice called out from beside the barn. "Oh my, is the little lady at home by herself tonight? Want some company?" He laughed menacingly.

She turned, put the gun on the man and felt a surge of power as his familiar evil face came into focus. She bracketed him, referenced the power selector, set it to a range, and it immediately told her that this no good low life was in her site. She called out to him, her hands steady. "You'd better go back where you came from, or I'll take that mole right off your left chin, Bobby Joe."

to her Leupold VX-3, tonight Beth didn't feel quite so alone.

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Leupold VX-3 Rifle Scope


NRA Hunters’ Website Runs Leupold VX-3 Giveaway

Leupold VX-3 FAIRFAX, Va.-The June Gift Giveaway on NRAhuntersrights.org features one of the most advanced pieces of shooting gear we've offered yet-a Leupold VX-3 3.5-10x40mm CDS riflescope.

The VX-3 features Leupold's Xtended Twilight Lens System for increased brightness in low light; DiamondCoat 2 scratch-resistant lens coating; blackened lens edges for reduced light diffusion; an internally threaded, lockable, fast-focus eyepiece; and Leupold's famous Argon/Krypton gas waterproofing technology. Windage and elevation can be fine-tuned with cryogenically treated, ¼-MOA, finger-click adjustments.

This riflescope also comes with Leupold's Custom Dial System (CDS)-you contact Leupold with your ballistics data, and they'll send you a dial custom built to match the caliber and load you're using. Sighting-in at different ranges will be quick and easy.

The scope has a matte black finish and duplex reticle, comes with scope caps, and is backed by Leupold's full lifetime guarantee. As a final touch, each VX-3 scope is mounted with a 24k gold-plated ring and medallion. Free to one lucky winner, this scope retails for $499.99.

To enter, visit www.NRAhuntersrights.org and scroll down to "Gift Giveaway" for simple entry instructions. Entries will be accepted June 1 through June 30, and a winner will be announced on July 1. (Entries must be made each month to be eligible for a Gift Giveaway. Entries made prior to June 1 will not qualify for the June giveaway.)

In addition to entering our giveaway, we invite all hunters to submit their hunting photos for our Trophy Gallery. If you shot a great buck last fall, or if you bag a boss gobbler this spring, we want to see it. Simply e-mail your photo to huntersrights@nrahq.org and put "Trophy Gallery" in the subject line. All photos should be sharp, tasteful, and display safe gun handling practices. Include the following information with your submission:

• Your name and hometown

• Date and location of the hunt

• Firearm used

• Type of species

For the most up-to-date information about your hunting rights there's just one source: www.NRAhuntersrights.org. For more on Leupold's other high-quality products, visit www.leupold.com.

Justin McDaniel, 703-267-1557

Leupold VX-3 Rifle Scopes

Model Color* Reticle
Duplex Fine
German #4 Target
Boone & Crockett
Big Game
1.5-5x20 G 66360 - 66365 - - -  
1.5-5x20 M 66370 - 66375 66380 - -  
1.75-6x32 M 66385 - 66390 - - -  
2.5-8x36 G 66330 - - - - - 66335
2.5-8x36 M 66340 - - - - - 66345
2.5-8x36 S 66350 - - - - - 66355
3.5-10x40 G 66125 - - - - - 66105
3.5-10x40 M 66090 - - - - - 66110
3.5-10x40 S 66095 - - - - - 66115
3.5-10x40 GMG 66100 - - - - - 66120
3.5-10x50 G 66255 - 66260 - - - 66265
3.5-10x50 M 66270 - 66275 - - - 66280
3.5-10x50 S 66285 - - - - - 66290
4.5-14x40 M 66215 - - - - 66220 66225
4.5-14x40 S 66230 - - - - 66235 66240
4.5-14x40 GMG 66245 - - - - - 66250
4.5-14x40 LR G 66395 - - - - 66400 66405
4.5-14x40 LR M 66410 66415 - - - 66420 66425
4.5-14x40 AO M 66430 66435 - - - 66440 66445
4.5-14x50 M 66295 - 66300 - - 66305 66310
4.5-14x50 S 66315 - - - - 66320 66325
4.5-14x50 LR M 66480 - - - - 66485 66490
6.5-20x40 LR G - 66520 - - - 66525 -
6.5-20x40 LR M - 66530 - - - 66535 -
6.5-20x40 LR S - 66540 - - - 66545 -
6.5-20x40 AO M - 66550 - - 66555 66560 -
6.5-20x40 EFR Target M - 66565 - - 66570 - -
6.5-20x50 LR, Target M - 66575 - - 66580 66585 -
6.5-20x50 LR, Target S - 66590 - - - 66595 -
8.5-25x50 LR, Target M - 66600 - - 66605 66610 -