Leatherwood CMR Review: Best AR-15 Optic 2013

Shooting the Les Baer Police Special with Leatherwood CMR optic.

Shooting the Les Baer Police Special with Leatherwood CMR optic.

Leatherwood CMR at the Range

Any lingering reticence I might have harbored about sticking a scope that retails for $399.00 on a top-of-the-line AR-15 like the Les Baer flew out the window immediately when we shot the combination together.

Les Baer Police Special with Leatherwood CMR scope.

Les Baer Police Special with Leatherwood CMR scope.

At the risk of gloating too much, it’s really not accurate to describe the CMR as a “value optic” because you don’t get any hint that any corners were cut in the making of it.

The scope’s 3-inch minimum eye relief gave a clear and instant field of view while shooting. And the clarity of the glass was superb, with no indication whatsoever of edge distortion.

It only took a few shots to acquire zero; the turrets were precise and had no discernible slack or sloppiness (plus you hear a very audible click when you adjust them, as yet another layer of verification when making quick adjustments).

The reticle’s fine lines are precise—allowing you to wring the most accuracy out of your gun (see photo for the little cluster groups we were able to shoot).

For faster 3-gun or tactical-style shooting, activating the illuminated reticle allows you to really get on target, and quick, against a myriad of varying background colors and lighting in a dynamic environment.

We banged away well into the late-summer afternoon, from close range out to one hundred yards. Both the Les Baer Police Special and Leatherwood CMR kept rounds on target, whether it was from the bench or shot off-hand. We shot slow. We shot fast. And the scope did its job without a hiccup. We shot slow. We shot fast. And the scope did its job without a hiccup.

In fact, this gun and scope combination is so good, so fast and so precise that I’d be remiss if I didn’t come clean about the fact that the equipment exceeded my skill level, and by a country mile. So unlike my ever-wanting shooting skills, I can’t imagine a single thing I’d improve about the Leatherwood CMR. It’s that good.

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One thought on “Leatherwood CMR Review: Best AR-15 Optic 2013

  1. gunslinger454

    Leatherwood also makes an AK version of that scope with its BDC reticle calibrated for the 7.62x39mm cartridge. It also works quite well for the .300 Black Out cartridge (supersonic version).

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