New Leupold Affordable Thermal Tracker & More! – SHOT Show 2017

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Exciting stuff in the world of optics, and Leupold was on point, as usual, this year. Two new releases we saw are sure to resonate with consumers this year.

The new LTO thermal tracker from Leupold is surprisingly affordable and a great option for the outdoorsman.

New this year is the LTO Tracker thermal unit. This was the cheapest thermal I saw at SHOT Show, and that is doubly amazing since it says Leupold on the side. We are seeing more and more thermal and NVG technology creep into the hunting market, and I for one am glad things are getting affordable. Our shake out on the LTO was limited to indoors, but I am at least intrigued. If it truly does work to 600m like is claimed, this is going to disrupt the thermal market in a big way. Can’t wait to get my hands on one.

Also up was the VX3I LRP, a scope designed for the entry level PRS or the tactical consumer. In addition to storied Leupold clarity of glass, this scope offers some great features. There is a turret index window for elevation, to show how many rotations above your zero you are. Many a shooter has reached out long, forgotten how many full turret revolutions he was on, and screwed the pooch on close range targets. Happens to the best of us. Leupold also included a thread protector for the windage knob, in case you still dial your winds on. This is a nice feature for those that prefer an exposed windage turret. Last but not least, this scope ships with an optional throw lever for magnification. That is a really good add on as they save a ton of time in competition. I like that it is user removable too though, because they are not so fun when stalking through the underbrush.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website,

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  • Dan'l March 13, 2017, 11:35 pm

    I find the comments about the Leupold PRS scopes interesting. The Sightmark Pinnacle has been out over a year and has thread protectors for both elevation and windage turrets. For those who think the Pinnacle is a cheap scope as is typical of most Sightmark products they better take a look at the Pinnacle as it is a world class scope made for Sightmark in Japan. As far as the elevation windows, Sig Sauer has an elevation window on it’s Tango series. Sorry to break the news but Leupold is somewhat behind the times on these features.

  • lukas March 13, 2017, 9:39 am

    And ERNIE, to answer your question because I asked, ACE said no… plus the reticle is non adjustable so u couldn’t shoot with it either.

  • lukas March 13, 2017, 9:33 am

    Just saw one this week at the local Ace Hardware for $715.00 OTD…

  • Joe March 13, 2017, 5:25 am

    After that horse shit article last week on affordability I’m almost afraid to ask the question.
    You know, the one about what is the cost of this affordable scope….

    • AK March 13, 2017, 8:57 am

      Their handheld spotter MSRPs for $900. Think I\’ll wait for technology to stabilize (never be the beta tester unless you have unlimited $$) and drop the price a bit.

  • Ernie March 10, 2017, 2:12 am

    Does anyone know if u can mount that on your gun also? Or do u think recoil would kill it? Any ideas 💡

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