Today, most optics brands have a "tactical" scope line or at least features that are derived from tactical scopes. But where did it all start?
Before the early 80s, soldiers were still using hunting-style riflescopes in combat. While very functional, the military discovered these optics had shortcomings. They needed dedicated tools, designed specifically for combat situations - enter the Leupold Mark 4 project.
Working in conjunction with the military, we developed the ultimate battlefield-capable scope - the ULTRA. This scope is the foundation of what would become Leupold's legendary Mark series.
The mission was clear; build a rifle scope that would outperform anything on the market or even in development at the time. It had to be what the military referred to as "jump proof". It needed to be able to withstand being thrown out of an aircraft, submerged to two atmospheres (66 feet) for extended periods of time, and everything in-between - basically, it had to be the most badass scope anyone had ever created.
The ULTRA outperformed even the military's expectations and proved that Leupold was the clear choice for battle-ready optics. This holds true today as Leupold continues to supply all of our military branches with the tools they need to ensure success on the battlefield.