While the Mk IV CQT has been very popular, Leupold didn't stop there. Early in 2010 the company introduced its Mk AR 1.5-4X20. This is a more traditionally styled scope than the Mk IV CQT and mounts with standard one-inch rings to any Picatinny rail. The magnification ring is smooth and quick and the ocular eyepiece is lockable once you adjust the focus to your liking. Keeping with its traditional looks, this scope uses a duplex crosshair over the circle dot of the CQT. The Mk AR will suit the needs of many officers armed with AR-style rifles and would be a good duty choice.
One of the other scopes specifically designed to bridge the divide between red dots and full power telescopic sights is Millett's DMS. I had the chance to shoot this scope when it came out several years ago and was impressed. With a 1-4 power range, lighted donut/dot reticle, and its 30 millimeter tube, this scope is bright and functional in all conditions. Locally, I know several National Guard and Reserve Units that purchased these scopes prior to deployment and the optics survived tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Millett's scopes should not be overlooked when you are customizing your weapon.
Other scopes I can wholeheartedly endorse include Konus' Pro M30 1.5-6X44 with lighted dot, Nikon's M223 1-4X20, and Safariland's CQLR RR 1-4X24. Over the past few years I have run these scopes on various ARs and they have been out for duty work with various local PDs. They all are designed to meet the needs of the patrol or SWAT
The M30 has a lighted blue center dot in its duplex reticle. I find the blue is excellent because those who are color blind have no issues finding it. It is fast for CQB, and with the higher six power it gives you superior detail and accuracy at distances.
Safariland's CQLR was designed by Pride-Fowler Industries. These two gentlemen know a thing or two about real-world and competition shooting. This scope has a lighted red-dot reticle and built-in ballistic drop compensator for distances up to 600 yards with .223 Rem. or .308 Win. I have found this scope to be easy to use and it works as advertised.
Last is Nikon's M223, which is the company's entry into the tactical arena. This scope has quarter MOA adjustments and will give you accurate hits with a .223 out to 200 yards, no sweat. The focal adjustments are smooth and you get four-plus inches of eye relief, so this scope will work well with goggles or protective mask.
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