Leatherwood CMR Review: Best AR-15 Optic 2013

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The Leatherwood CMR scope tested with the Les Baer Police Special AR-15.

The Leatherwood CMR scope tested with the Les Baer Police Special AR-15.

The Close Medium Range (CMR) scope from Leatherwood is tough, versatile and best of all, affordable. Giving it my Best AR-15 Optic for 2013 endorsement was an easy decision.

When Corbett Leatherwood insisted I take a look at his company’s CMR 1-4x scope (Close Medium Range), I admit it was an easy decision. That’s because I’d already reviewed the excellent Leatherwood ART M1000 scope, which turned out to be one hell of a quality product that did exactly what it promised.

The CMR (Close Medium Range) features a very fine reticle, allowing you to shoot very tight groups.

The CMR (Close Medium Range) features a very fine reticle, allowing you to shoot very tight groups.

So I was eager to take a look at the CMR. And it did not disappoint.

But just to make sure the CMR wasn’t afforded any unfair leeway, we set the bar high and mounted it atop a Les Baer Police Special—arguably one of the finest AR-15 style guns on the market. If the broadside of the barn went untouched, it certainly wouldn’t be the fault of the gun.

Leatherwood CMR Review on the Bench

The Leatherwood CMR is a genuine 30mm scope, and the first thing you notice when you pick it up is how rugged it is. I’ve handled a great many scopes in this price range and have never seen one constructed this tough for under $400 dollars. That’s no joke.

Leatherwood CMR review. The build quality on this thing seems on par with optics costing three or four times as much (it is matte black and uses what the company calls a Diamond Tuff14 coating). It’s hefty, at just over 16 ounces, and is about 10 inches in length.

The tube is a 24mm objective, and the power adjustment ring—1-4x—is glass smooth. The external turrets are both ½ MOA and the scope has a really neat ZRO-LOK System, enabling you to return to a rock-solid and easy-to-find zero after making on-the-fly adjustments in the field.

The CMR reticle is very versatile. It has 11 illumination settings, plus Night Vision or NV (to be mated with a separate night vision device). It’s intuitive and fast-pointing—thanks to a ring encircling a precision dot—which seems to enable the mind to naturally gravitate the dot to the target. The Mil-based ranging hash marks are icing on the cake.

Its built-in Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC) for 5.56mm and 7.62mm are alone worth the price of admission. What all of these features add up to is one lightning-fast scope—ideal for tactical applications on any AR-15 or AR-10 style carbine, and equally useful on a heavy-caliber dangerous game rifle. Next Page

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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