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Leupold Mark AR 3-9x40mm Mil Dot reticle

By Chuck Hawks

Illustration courtesy of Leupold & Stevens, Inc.

The Leupold Mark AR 3-9x40mm Tactical scope is essentially a Mark 2 Tactical that has been tailored specifically for the ballistics of the common .223 Remington 55 grain FMJ spitzer bullet at a muzzle velocity (MV) of 3100 fps. In general construction and optical quality, it is essentially the same as the rest of the Mark 2 line of tactical scopes and the Mark 2 Hunter scope. In fact, it is externally identical to the Mark 2 Hunter. Like all Leupold riflescopes, it is proudly made in Beaverton, Oregon, USA.

The finish is overall matte black. The only visible markings are "Leupold Mark AR" in white letters on the left side of the adjustment turret and small white numbers on the zoom ring indicating the magnification. The latter are angled to face the shooter. Also, there is "+ 0 -" engraved on the ocular bell to indicate which way to turn for focus. Focusing requires loosening a locking collar and turning the entire ocular bell until the crosshair is correctly focused, then re-tightening the locking ring. Repeated around the front of the objective bell, in tiny black letters that are very difficult to read against the black background, is the legend "Mark AR 3-9x40mm."

Basic features include Leupold's proprietary Multicoat 4 lens system fully multicoated optics, aggressive knurling and a tactile bump on the zoom ring, Leupold's nitrogen sealing process for fog/water proofing and finger tip MOA click windage and elevation adjustments. The BDC elevation knob is of the target type, while the windage knob is Leupold's low, or hunter, type. Of course, the Mark AR is tested to the same standards as all other Leupold tactical scopes and backed by Leupold's world famous customer service, the best in the industry.

Here are the basic specifications of the Mark AR 3-9x40mm riflescope with mil-dot reticle.

  • Product number: 67160
  • Reticle: Mil dot; Duplex also available
  • Objective clear aperture: 41mm
  • Actual magnification: 3.3-8.6x
  • Overall length: 12.4 inches
  • Objective bell diameter: 46mm
  • Ocular bell diameter: 41mm
  • Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Linear field of view at 100 yards: 32.3 feet at 3x, 14.0 feet at 9x
  • Optimum eye relief: 3.7-4.7 inches
  • Windage and elevation adjustment range: 56 MOA
  • 2009 retail price: $349 (Midway USA)

The Mark AR is equipped with a Mil Dot reticle and a BDC elevation knob that is specially adapted to the .223/55 grain load. This elevation knob has the usual graduations around its circumference and, in addition, numbers from 1 to 7 above them. Those numbers multiplied by 100 equal yards; that is, 1 = 100 yards, 2= 200 yards and so on. There are also three little setscrews around the knurled rim of the elevation knob.

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