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Introducing the Freedom RDS

Rugged, Accurate, and Easy to Use

New for 2019, the Freedom RDS changes the game when it comes to consistency and durability in a red dot sight. Leupold took over 70 years of optics knowledge and created a red dot that is tough as nails and priced to wow. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a closer look at the Freedom RDS.

Built for recreational shooters and hunters alike, the Freedom RDS will be available in two distinct models: One features capped precision ¼-MOA click adjustments, and the other features a precision exposed BDC elevation turret that ships with adjustments out to 500 yards for a standard 55-grain .223 Rem. round.

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Designed to function just like Leupold’s popular CDS (Custom Dial System), the BDC turret makes longer shots a whole lot easier. Once you’ve zeroed your rifle, you’ll be able to reset the dial and then make shot adjustments in yards rather than MOA. So, if your target is 500 yards away, simply turn the dial to 5 and aim dead on. This allows you to make precise, close quarter shots and then quickly dial out to 500 yards for accurate, longer shots if necessary, all without worrying about holdovers. It’s as easy as that.

If you decide to mount your Freedom RDS to a rifle that’s chambered in other popular AR-style calibers like a 6.5 Creedmoor or .300 Blackout, the Leupold Custom Shop can burn you a new dial for a nominal fee.

But the Freedom RDS doesn’t stop there. If you’ve used other red dots in the past, you might notice that they tend to distort colors or have blurry edges. Not the Freedom RDS. Leupold’s Twilight Red Dot System not only helps you see more in less light, it also delivers great color consistency and premium lens clarity.


For better accuracy, a push-button activated 1-MOA red dot delivers a clear and precise aiming point. This smaller dot is great for longer shots where a bigger dot may cover up too much of the target. As an added bonus, the RDS features Leupold's Motion Sensor Technology (MST), which turns the illumination off after five minutes of inactivity. When the MST detects motion again, it instantly turns the illumination back on, so it's ready when you are. A manual mode also allows the sight to be shut off when not in use. You can also toggle through eight illumination settings, making the dot easily visible in low-light conditions or the mid-day sun. On the RDS’ medium setting, you’ll get up to 1,000 hours of battery life, which, thanks to the aforementioned Motion Sensor Technology, truly equates to 1,000 usable hours. The Freedom RDS is lightweight, compact, and ready for any purpose you’ve got in mind. It features a 34mm objective lens and maintube, measures a little over five inches in length, and weighs just under 7 ounces without a mount. For simplicity, it comes with a mount that sits at the optimal sight height for AR-style rifles. That said, you can remove the provided mount and use any 34mm rings instead.

Consumers have been asking for an American-made, value-priced red dot. The Freedom RDS delivers on that task and more, bringing with it innovative features like the custom BDC elevation turret, allowing shooters to easily dial up for longer shots.

Tim Lesser, Vice President of Product Development

Built To Take A Beating


Like every Leupold product designed to be mounted on a firearm, the Freedom RDS is designed, machined, and assembled in Beaverton, Oregon – and built to withstand a lifetime of abuse. With scratch-resistant lenses and 100 percent fogproof and waterproof construction, the Freedom RDS is “Punisher” tested and verified to perform under the harshest conditions, so it can withstand whatever you might throw at it.

The ultra-lightweight construction disperses recoil energy for class-leading durability and since this sight is tested to the same rugged standards as our military optics, you know it won’t let you down. That said, if you do ever have a problem, the Freedom RDS – like all Gold Ring products – is backed by Leupold’s legendary Lifetime Guarantee.

Key Features

Motion Sensor Technology (MST)

1-MOA Red Dot with Motion Sensor Technology (MST). MST turns the illumination off after five minutes of inactivity and turns it back on at the first detection of motion.

Twilight Red Dot System

Twilight Red Dot System helps you see more in less light, it also delivers great color consistency and premium lens clarity.

BDC Model

Designed to function just like Leupold’s popular CDS (Custom Dial System), the BDC elevation turret makes longer shots a whole lot easier. Once you’ve zeroed your rifle, you’ll be able to reset the dial and then make shot adjustments in yards rather than MOA. So, if your target is 500 yards away, simply turn the dial to 5 and aim dead on.

AR Style Mount

Featuring a 34mm maintube, the Freedom RDS comes with a mount that sits at the optimal sight height for AR-style rifles. That said, you can remove the provided mount and use any 34mm rings instead.

Guaranteed For Life

Built to withstand a lifetime of abuse, the Freedom RDS features scratch-resistant lenses, 100 percent fogproof and waterproof construction, and “Punisher” tested and verified to perform under the harshest conditions.

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