As reflex sights have become more durable many tactical and competitive shooters have begun pairing them with fixed-power scopes as an alternative to variable power scopes. At first glance this setup appears fragile and awkward, but it has a number of advantages, primarily speed. When transitioning from long- to short-range targets shifting your head is faster than turning the power ring of a scope with integral zoom. Leupold has stepped into this market with its new HAMR (High Accuracy Multi-Range Riflescope).
Lightweight and compact, the HAMR is available with an optional top-mounted red-dot sight that allows the user to quickly switch from the 4X zoom of the HAMR to the 1X Deltapoint reflex sight when engaging short-range targets. The HAMR uses Leupold's CM-R2 reticle, ballistically calibrated for the 5.56 mm round, and comes standard with Leupold’s premium Xtended Twilight Lens System and DiamondCoat 2 coating, an ion-assist lens coating applied to the exterior surfaces for greater light transmission and abrasion resistance. The lens coatings that make up Leupold’s Xtended Twilight Lens System enhance low-light wavelength transmission, so low-light images appear brighter and in greater detail. Leupold claims that the Xtended Twilight Lens System delivers the best possible transmission of light in the blue/violet spectrum, the wavelengths that predominate under low-light conditions, without sacrificing color balance or light transmission across the visual spectrum.
Illumination of the reticle is controlled by a large finger-adjustable turret on the right side of the scope body. The surface of the turret is knurled and dished for better purchase with gloved fingers. There are off-stops between the turret's seven illumination settings, so you are never more than one click away from an "off" position, or your desired illumination setting. Each stop has a positive feel so you are less likely to roll through your desired setting, even under stress.
The bottom of the scope body has an Integral mount and base that attaches to an M1913 Picatinny rail by means of a pair of 3/8-inch hex bolts.
The combination of the Leupold HAMR and Deltapoint may be proof that two scopes are better than one. I have never liked the idea of mounting two different optics on a gun, but must admit that when transitioning back and forth from short- to long-range targets, it is faster to change your head position, than rotate a power ring even with a lever.
You don’t have to re-establish the grip of your firing or support hand, and you can keep your eyes on the target area for better situational awareness. Also, since you don't have to keep track of the power setting on your scope, the system provides one less thing to worry about during a stressful situation
Transitioning to the DeltaPoint does mean raising the position of your head relative to the stock, which may be a problem if you have a short jaw. When using a rifle with a bare-bones M4-style collapsing stock, I had to open my mouth in order to maintain a cheek weld. A stock with a taller comb, or better yet, one that is adjustable may make the transition easier. I mounted the HAMR on a SCAR-16S from FNH-USA and sure enough, the extra mass and height of the SCAR stock made a big difference for me.
At its highest setting, the illuminated reticle is visible against all but the brightest backgrounds. The illumination also has enough adjustment that it can be dialed down so it doesn't flare the scope's image when used in low light. When evaluating the Leupold HAMR, a comparison with the similar 4X Trijicon ACOG is inevitable, especially as both scopes cost about the same. The Trijicon operates without a battery and has a larger objective lens, but the HAMR is lighter, has greater eye relief and a more forgiving eye-box. In sum, it comes down to individual requirements, and more choices are always a blessing. Engineered for speed, precision, simple operation and ease of use, the combination of the HAMR and DeltaPoint red-dot sight are well-suited to any AR-15 variant.
Manufacturer: Leupold; Leupold.com