Leupold LCO Review
Our Rating: 9.2
In a Nutshell
Leupold sets themselves apart by creating a super high quality red dot against which all other red dots should be measured. A worthwhile purchase, for certain.
What's the Scope?
A high-quality and durable red dot optic, the Leupold LCO is intended to meet the needs of tactical and competitive shooters alike.
Size (LxWxH in mm)
20m (66 ft)
Up to 5 years
Lens Cover Type
$700 or less
Really, though, that applies to the entirety of the sight’s controls. Through and through, this thing is just easy to use. The layout is cleverly thought-out and well implemented and never slows you down. You pick it up, it’s pretty much ready to go. It holds zero practically forever, with it not budging even after a couple thousand rounds through it. The coin-slotted adjustments offer precise and smooth ½ MOA shifts for elevation and windage, letting you manipulate things on the fly and with amazing accuracy if you ever need to, but for the most part, you should be fine thanks to the optic’s fine-tuning and ability to hold zero pretty much no matter what.
The battery life on the Leupold LCO is fantastic, lasting as long as 5 years. It has an auto-off function after 15 minutes of inactivity so that you don’t have to worry about turning it off and draining your battery after use, which might end up saving you a fortune in batteries in the long run. I know that most sights at this price range will have a similar feature, but it’s still nice to consider.
In terms of construction, you’re buying a Leupold. That means you can expect this to be durable and well-built, and basically to stand up to whatever use and abuse you happen to throw at it. A lot of it is tastefully designed and thoughtfully implemented, such as the gorgeous gold tint on the glass. There are some downsides, though; a higher-grade aluminum is expected at this price range. That doesn’t mean the optic is weak, just that at this price it could have been built better. Also, Leupold has cast massive lettering along the side which will make you stick out like a sore thumb if you’re ever in a tactical situation.
Setting it up is easy enough, but it only has an integral mount. At this price, having an option of a quick-release mount in addition to an integral mount would probably be ideal. With that said, once you have it mounted, as I said, zeroing in is super easy and takes less than 10 rounds. The lack of a lens cap for storage and the lack of a quick-release means that putting this thing away can be a little bit of a hassle; you will probably want to upgrade the mount and buy a quality lens cap in addition to the sight, which isn’t exactly what you want to do when you’re already shelling out six or seven hundred dollars at the least.
And, as I’ve said before, one of the best parts about buying a Leupold is Leupold. Leupold is great for two reasons. First is the extensive warranty. Leupold offers a no-questions-asked repair or replace warranty for the lifetime of the sight, and it’s fully transferable which means that the sight retains a significant amount of retail value if you ever get tired of it - which you won’t. On top of that, Leupold has legendary customer service, ensuring that all of your questions are easily and efficiently answered.
Should You Buy It?
If you’re looking at a red dot sight in this price range, then you have your reasons. Those reasons mean that Yes, you should buy this sight, because it’s going to meet and exceed your expectations and fully accommodate you.
- Leupold Model #119691 - Carbine Optic (LCO) Red Dot with 1. 0 MOA Dot reticle and Matte finish
- 100% Waterproof, fog proof, & shockproof
- 16 illumination intensity settings with off positions between each to allow quick return to a preferred brightness setting
- Ultra-lightweight construction disperses recoil energy for unrivaled durability
- Extreme military-standard scratch resistance lens
This is not just another red dot optic. For the price, you can expect greatness. Leupold just makes sure that your expectations are followed through on. The only reason I would say not to get this optic if you’re already looking at it is if you’re going to be in a situation where the slightest deviation - like the lettering on the sides - can get you caught out, or if it’s at the very upper end of your budget since you’ll probably have to shell out for a different mount and a lens cover, too. But like they say, good optics are “buy once, cry once”, and if you have a Leupold, then you have an optic for life.