By Dave Domin and Kitri McGuire
Are products made in the United States important to you? For some the answer to this question is a resounding YES. To others, well, you can read it off the box. American ingenuity and craftsmanship are alive and well in the sporting industry and few companies exhibit these traits more than Leupold & Stevens, Inc. and Leatherman Tool Group. “We, like Leatherman, are passionate about American craftsmanship,” said Tim Lesser, Leupold’s Director of Product Development. “Hard work, innovation and dedication allow us to deliver the highest quality products to those we serve, our customers, from right here in Oregon.” This is why Leupold and Leatherman have joined forces this season for the All American Event. From September 1st through October 15th 2015, when you buy any Leupold VX-6, VX-3 or VX-3L riflescope you will receive a custom Leatherman Skeletool CX. Let’s take a closer look at the items available in this great offer.
Let’s begin with the Leupold VX-3 and VX-3L riflescopes. The VX-3 and VX-3L incorporate Xtended Twilight lenses with DiamondCoat 2 in their 1 inch and 30mm, one piece maintubes. A Leupold exclusive, the Xtended Twilight Lens system has nearly perfected Leupold’s already impeccable light management. Beginning with edge blackened lenses, to reduce unwanted glare, Leupold engineers specify different coating materials for each lens surface in the riflescope, based on the lens’ index of refraction, placement and function, layering each coating to eliminate reflections and maximize light transmission. The result is unparalleled brightness and extremely sharp resolution across the entire visual field. The addition of DiamondCoat 2 to the exterior lenses delivers the ultimate in abrasion resistance and light transmission.
While many Leupold scopes are still filled with nitrogen to keep them waterproof, the VX-3 and VX-3L lines feature Leupold’s proprietary Argon/Krypton gas blend. The advantages are twofold: the effects of thermal shock are virtually eliminated, and the significantly larger molecule size of the Argon/Krypton blend create a stronger waterproof seal. Leupold pioneered riflescope waterproofing, and now with Argon/Krypton they’re exceeding the standards that they themselves set.
Select VX-3 and 3L scopes are available with Leupold’s Custom Dial System or CDS. Unlike other systems that use generic ballistics information to generate generic drop data, Leupold CDS uses the shooter’s unique ballistics and environmental conditions to calculate true custom drop values that are laser engraved onto the dial. The first step in getting this done is to determine the best load for the rifle. Since no two guns will shoot the same load identically, it is important to get the most accurate ballistic data possible. Since the CDS system will only be as accurate as the information the shooter supplies to Leupold, loads should be chronographed and the elevation and temperature, +/- 2000 feet and +/- 20 degrees Fahrenheit respectively, should match the intended use area. Leupold will need the following data: cartridge, bullet type, bullet weight, ballistic coefficient, muzzle velocity, average altitude, average temperature and sight height. Leupold CDS will have a 100 or 200 yard zero in most cases (determined by the customer), then read in 50 yard increments out to the maximum yardage that can be reached in 14.5 minutes of angle (MOA). The CDS dial itself is a one turn dial with a built in zero stop. This allows the shooter to come back to zero without looking or counting clicks.
For non-calibrated ammunition, all CDS-equipped riflescopes come with a ¼-MOA elevation dial. Each CDS equipped VX-3 and 3L riflescope includes one free custom dial, available through the Leupold Custom Shop. When used with a Leupold RX® rangefinder equipped with TBR®, the CDS® system takes the guesswork out of long range shooting by having yardage engraved on the dial for fast, easy elevation adjustment. It truly is as easy as range, dial and shoot.
Next is the Leupold VX-6 line of riflescopes. Leupold has been developing cutting-edge optics since the 1940’s, so it is no surprise that they have done it again with their top of the line VX-6 riflescopes. Designed, machined and assembled at their state-of-the-art facility in Beaverton, Oregon, the Leupold VX-6 represents the pinnacle of sporting optics.
The VX-6 is available in five magnification ranges from the versatile 1-6x24mm to the jaw dropping power of the 7-42x56mm. With a large selection of reticle choices, both illuminated and non-illuminated, there is bound to be the perfect VX-6 for you.
Leupold didn’t pull any punches when designing the VX-6 line of riflescopes. They began with a one-piece maintube crafted out of aircraft grade aluminum for unrivaled durability. Available in 30mm and 34mm maintube diameters, they offer plenty of windage and elevation adjustment for the longest of shots. From there, lead free, edge-blackened lenses with Xtended Twilight and DiamondCoat™ 2 lens coatings optimize light transmission in low light conditions, provide unparalleled scratch resistance and offer a crystal clear image throughout the magnification range. The extreme fast-focus eyepiece makes reticle focus easy to achieve and maintain in the field.
Available with ¼ Minute of Angle (MOA) or 1/8 MOA elevation and ¼ MOA windage adjustments, depending on model, all VX-6 riflescopes are Custom Dial System (CDS) capable and come with one free CDS dial custom engraved to your load’s ballistics through the Leupold Custom Shop.
Select VX-6 models offer the all new Wind-Plex™ reticle and the CDS-ZL (Zero Lock) elevation dial. The Wind-Plex reticle has hash marks spaced at 1 MOA intervals along the horizontal stadia which aid in windage holds when it is blowing outside. While the CDS-ZL elevation dial allows the shooter to return to zero without over-rotating and when zeroed it locks into place preventing inadvertent dial rotation in the field.
The illuminated VX-6 scopes feature Leupold’s exclusive FireDot® illumination system. The one button, low profile design gives the shooter 12 illumination settings to choose from, plus Motion Sensor Technology (MST) that deactivates the illumination after 5 minutes of inactivity and instantly reactivates it as soon as movement is detected. Should the VX-6 be a long-range model, the side focus dial is placed around the illumination control for fast and simple one handed operation.
Outdoorsmen and women need to keep weight and volume to a minimum in the field, without sacrificing quality and true functionality. While multi-tools have many tools and features, they’re often heavy and include more options than are used on a regular basis. Conversely, pocket knives are light and streamlined, but render themselves useless when making necessary adjustments call for a tool. The Leatherman Skeletool CX is only 5 ounces and offers a solution that marries the best of both worlds for minimal weight, compact size, and endless capabilities.
Whether you’re hunting in the backcountry, four-wheeling, snowboarding, fishing, or putting together a DIY project at home, there are just some things you can’t do without. The Leatherman Skeletool CX puts functionality where you are, and with multiple carry options like a pocket clip, carabiner or lanyard ring, it goes with you anywhere.
Skeletool CX’s sleek design and outside-accessible blade means, just like a pocket knife, it can be opened quickly with one hand. Bit driver technology makes it possible to customize the screwdriver for any job. Take either one of the bits that comes with the tool, and can be stored in the handles, or integrate a Leatherman bit kit and there are upwards of 42 Hex, Robertson, Pozi, Torx, Phillips and Slotted bit options. Full-size pliers with wire cutters and folding handles—as only Leatherman can engineer them—are strong, comfortable and easy-to-use.
Leupold’s custom Leatherman Skeletool CX features several custom engineered features not found on the standard Leatherman Skeletool CX, including a specialty 154CM combo blade. It includes a custom, exclusive bit made to adjust your Leupold scope on the fly. And, it comes in a unique moss green color not found on any other Leatherman multi-tool and is engraved with the Leupold logo.
“We’re proud to collaborate with our neighbors at Leupold on this special project,” said Kevin Gleason, Leatherman Global Brand Manager. “Just like us, they support American workers right here in Oregon. Quality engineering, premium materials, and American manufacturing are just a few of the many things we have in common.”
So if you are looking to outfit that new rifle with a Leupold riflescope this season, or just update an old friend, head on down to your local Sportsman’s Warehouse and ask about the Leupold All American Event.