The Leupold CQT Riflescope has been around for a while now. It was intended to be something of a ‘do it all’ solution for the Military and Law Enforcement. The concept was to provide a scope with a true 1x magnification and an illuminated reticle for fast shots at close range and average battle distances, while providing the magnification necessary to allow the shooter to make longer shots if necessary. Originally it was only available with a circle dot reticle, which in my opinion, put it up against more affordable options. A red dot sight from Eotech or Aimpoint will run you around $500 and quality magnifiers and mounts can be had for around $300, that really undercuts Leupold by about $300-400 dollars. It was also what had me using the red dot / magnifier solution on my patrol rifle. I didn’t see any advantage to the CQT over those systems. Now if you price the red dot solution with magnifiers from Eotech and Aimpoint, your pricing will be similar, and I’m sure that’s what Leupold had in mind when they set the price. However, speaking from experience dealing with a number of guys with AR15s in LE circles, most were running magnifiers from Vortex, Lucid, and Primary Arms because the features were almost as good at a third the price of the Eotech and Aimpoint solutions. My opinion about the usefulness of the Leupold CQT changed quite a bit when they added the option to order the scope with Leupold’s CM-R2 reticle. This new reticle adds a bit of versatility to the CQT that is unmatched by Eotech and Aimpoint.
The Bushnell Elite 1600 ARC is quite the package of wonder. In a product area dominated by names like Leica, Vectronix, and Swarovski, a company not known for its range finding performance is making people take notice. When Bushnell released the Elite 1600 ARC and the Fusion ARC range finders the range finding industry was taken a little off guard. Bigger names that had been the dominant force in the market were finding themselves over-performed and under-priced.