New from Leupold for 2015 is the D-EVO optics system; unconventional and revolutionary, the D-EVO 6X20mm scope is the strangest rifle scope to hit the market this year. Like it or not, the D-EVO challenges convention and creates an inseparable optics system giving the shooter simultaneous views of unmagnified and magnified targets.
D-EVO stands Dual Enhanced View Optic, but what does this mean? The short answer is this: Leupold has paired a 6x20mm scope with a red dot sight to give the shooter an unobstructed lateral sight picture. This allows the shooter to choose between scope and dot, or use both simultaneously. The shooter can use the dot to get on target, then shift focus down to the magnified optic to take the shot with great precision and accuracy.
If you’ve spent any time with paired optics, you’ll understand the premise. Slap a red dot on top of a scope and go for it. But the artificially paired systems require you to shift your line of sight from one to the other, and can’t be used at the same time. One gets you close, the other dials you in, but switching between the two requires patience and practice.
The D-EVO system is intuitive and quick into use. With limited exposure to the system I was able to master this optic in just a few short seconds.
The scope utilizes the CMR-W reticle, which is designed to work directly with 5.56X45 and 7.62X51. This gives the shooter a reticle that is optimized for range estimation, holdovers, and windage holds. The reticle of the scope has a .5 moa center dot with a 5 moa outer ring. The D-EVO looks something like a periscope, and does make use of mirrors, but we have Leupold’s assurance that it is tough. It is submersible to 66 feet and backed by the Leupold Gold Ring lifetime guarantee. MSRP on the D-EVO is $1,900.
Editor’s note: If you’re from my generation, you’ll remember the last time a DEVO changed the world. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one roaming the floor at SHOT Show asking: “Are we not men?” Click on the video below for a guaranteed good time.