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Relentless Speed: Leupold Announces New VX-Freedom Red Dot Sight (RDS)

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold & Stevens, Inc., has announced the arrival of the new VX-Freedom RDS (Red Dot Sight), a game-changing new red dot that’s built tough, performs in extreme conditions, and won’t break the bank. The RDS is everything you need in a red dot and delivers class-leading reliability – and it’s built in the United States at Leupold’s Beaverton, Ore., factory.

A tubular red dot sight built for recreational shooters and hunters alike, the RDS will be available in two distinct models: One features capped precision ¼-MOA click adjustments, the other a precision exposed BDC elevation turret that ships with measurements out to 500 yards for standard 55-grain .223 Rem. ammunition. The RDS is designed to install easily with an included mount that sits at the optimal sight height for use on AR-style rifles. That said, it can also be removed and mounted using any 34mm rings.

“Consumers have been asking for an American-made, value-priced red dot for as long as we’ve been in the marketplace,” said Tim Lesser, Vice President of Product Development for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “The Freedom RDS delivers on that task and more, bringing with it innovative features like the custom BDC elevation turret, allowing end-users to easily dial up for longer shots.”

Both models of the Freedom RDS feature a 1 MOA dot reticle that’s supported by Leupold’s battery-saving Motion Sensor Technology (MST), which puts the sight into a battery-saving standby mode after five minutes of inactivity. When the MST detects motion, it instantly activates the sight, so it’s ready when you are. A manual mode allows the sight to be shut off when not in use.

The scratch-resistant lenses feature Leupold’s Twilight Red Dot System, which delivers standard color consistency and premium lens clarity. The RDS is 100 percent fogproof and waterproof and features 80-MOA of adjustment in both elevation and windage. A 34mm maintube design measures at under 5.5 inches and weighs less than 7 ounces. Its lightweight design helps increase its rugged reliability.

“The RDS features lightweight construction that disperses recoil energy and creates unrivaled durability,” said John Snodgrass, Product Line Manager for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “It’s been tested and verified on our Punisher, and it absolutely lives up to Leupold’s legendary standards for ruggedness. It won’t fail you, at the range or in the field.”

Both RDS models are designed, machined, and assembled in the United States and backed by Leupold’s legendary Full Lifetime Guarantee.

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11 Responses to “Relentless Speed: Leupold Announces New VX-Freedom Red Dot Sight (RDS)”

  1. Tom says:

    Do you have a MSRP or average “street price” that say Cabela’s or Bass pro shop’s would sell that RDS for at retail? Thanks

  2. Tom Fruechtel says:

    You guys did a great job. I love the look and I am glad you left the gold ring on it. It looks tougher than nails and will not screw up the look of a AR.

    What will it retail at?

    Great job guys. We should have brought it out 8 years ago when I was there!!!


  3. Steve says:

    Dear sir, what sort of pricing are we looking at and what availability in Australia can I look forward to?

    Thank you


  4. Everyone says:

    Dear Leupold.

    Please make a turret for 5.56 62gr @ 3150fps with a G1 BC of .292,

    And a turret for MK 262, cuz there are people who will want that.



    • Kirk says:

      A BDC reticle can only give you a rough idea on where you will hit.

      Barrel lengths, height over bore, and weather can all have an affect on point of impact.

      Buy the red dot, put it on your gun, confirm zero, and then go shoot at distances to confirm your particular setup.

      • Everyone says:

        Kirk –

        I completely agree with your comment. I think, however, that with a standard height over bore (I would call that co-witness) with a BDC that matches service ammo out of a 16″ 1/7 barrel would be a great base with which a shooter could begin to determine their individual DOPE.

        • Kirk says:

          A 16″ barrel is not going to give you 3150 from M855/62 grain 🙂

          Again, there are so many variables. Mount the scope, shoot the gun with your favorite load, and write down the values that correspond to the BDC reticle.

  5. John Harris says:

    How much does it cost

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  7. Gary Snyder says:

    When will they be coming to a gun dealer near you? Soon I hope.