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Leupold Tactical Optics Sponsors 2011 U.S. Army International Sniper Competition

Leupold Tactical Optics Sponsors 2011 U.S. Army International Sniper Competition

As a platinum sponsor of the 11th annual U.S. Army International Sniper Competition, Leupold Tactical Optics provided 34 Mark 4 ER/T 6.5-20x50mm M5A riflescopes, the same scope issued on the newly adopted XM2010 sniper weapons system. This next generation sniper optic is now in full production for the US Army and customers around the world.

"The Leupold Tactical Optics scope on the XM2010 incorporates all of the cutting edge features that the world's best snipers demand," says Leupold Vice President, Tactical Division, Kevin Trepa. "We are getting great reports back on its performance in action overseas. The scopes are now in full-scale production in our Portland, OR, facility and we are quickly filling global demand for the new scopes."

The Army revised the event rules this year, requiring all competitors to use identical weapons platforms. M24 bolt-action rifles and M110 semi-automatic rifles will be provided to each team by the Army Marksmanship Unit. The goal, Army officials have said, is to make the competition a true test of sniper and spotter skills and less about equipment.

A Leupold engineer will be on-site to ensure each optic is correctly mounted, to answer any questions the sniper teams may have, and to collect valuable field data that will help keep scope designs current.

"We are committed to getting our snipers the gear they need when they need it," Trepa said. "This competition reflects that commitment."

Following the competition, Competitors will be able to purchase the scopes at a special rate, to include custom engraving, if desired.

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