Don’t be fooled by the moniker that Leupold & Stevens has chosen for its new Patrol 6HD 1-6x24; this low-power variable optic is good enough for law enforcement use, but it’s designed for you. This latest sighting system comes to us courtesy of the engineers at Leupold, who understand that whether you’re looking to defend your home or your bona fides as a competitive shooter, a high-quality 1x tactical optic is a tremendous boost.
What’s great about 1x tactical optics is that they let you engage targets anywhere–from tight corners to open fields. The primary draw is the speed with which you can do so. Of course, there are obvious benefits for home defenders concerned with clearing interior spaces. Target shooters who participate in action sports like 3-Gun will also appreciate the low profile, lightweight Patrol 6X.
Don’t mistake speed and durability for anything less than professional-grade glass, though. Leupold has cut no corners with the Patrol 6HD. This optic includes Leupold’s Professional-Grade Optical System, which delivers the light transmission, glare reduction and resolution that professional guides and shooters demand.
It’s also easy to install effectively, with an anti-cant in-scope electronic reticle level. Its lightweight design disperses recoil energy for unrivaled durability, and a removable throw-lever allows for quick magnification changes in the heat of the moment. It is waterproof and fogproof, and its superior ruggedness has been verified through Leupold’s Punisher testing process.
“The Patrol 6HD is a true 1x power tactical optic, designed to help get you on target fast when it counts,” said John Snodgrass, Tactical Product Line Manager for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “It offers the best combination of durability, low-light performance and edge-to-edge clarity of any LPVO on the market.”
There are two models in the Patrol 6HD line, both of which were just introduced at SHOT Show 2022. They each feature a 30 mm maintube and rear focal plane configuration. (That rear focal plane means that the reticle—or crosshair—will remain the same size as you adjust the scope’s magnification.) One features ¼-MOA adjustments using a traditional capped dial and is equipped with an Illuminated FireDot Duplex reticle. The other maintains those ¼-MOA adjustments, but comes equipped with Leupold’s CDS-ZL2 dial system. The CDS-ZL2 model has an Illuminated CM-R2 reticle. MSRP starts at $1,399.99; Leupold.com.