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Do these really work?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Nick79, Jan 25, 2004.

  1. Nick79

    Nick79 New Member

    Jan 25, 2004
    Scope Link

    Any info is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks :)
  2. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Well, a version of the Leatherwood ART was issued to the military...

    Check out this Vietnam-era sniper with his M21 (scoped M14):


    Another issued M21 with the Leatherwood ART scope/mount system:

  3. Chindo18Z

    Chindo18Z Participating Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Nick79: Yes, they really work...but the design is fairly dated. I have used both the ART I (pictured w/ the boonie-hatted feller) and the later ART II on various M21s over the years. The ART I (as issued during the Viet Nam War and into the late 70's) was pretty reliable.

    Both scopes would allow an M-21 equipped sniper to routinely engage man-sized targets out to 750-800 meters. With practice, a good zero, and a good spotter, I could get good hits out to 1000 meters about 7-8 out of 10 attempts on the first shot. The stadia lines were designed to range an average sized soldier's torso and use mil-relation formula to dial in.

    The ART II (1980's) was my first experience with Tactical Marketeers taking a good design and making it bigger, longer, heavier, blacker, more tactical, twice as expensive as the original, and less durable. It was the first time I saw a pretty good design get made-over into something REALLY TACTICAL!. The Army liked the ART I and just forked over the cash when the ART II was offered...big mistake. The ART II's fearsome appearance concealed a fragile design. I had two of them break during a sniper school and finished that course using a third (and final) scope. Problems with gas leaks, fogging, reticle completely falling out of mount, etc. Additionally, the ART II's range dial had no scribe line for actually being able to precisely dial in and set a determined range. The whole setup was ridiculous compared to the perfectly fine ART I. Also: neither scope was designed for reliable retainment of zero after detaching from M21 mount (the ART being held to scope base by a single thumb-tightened screw). Each sniper had to swag the tightening of the mounting screw (in the days before issued torque wrenches). This, combined with the crappy range indexing, and the QC problems, caused the SOF community to lose the ART II and replace with Leupolds (which are still used to this day).

    For all that, the ART is still a pretty good precision tactical scope, and the Cabelas price is about 1/2 what they used to sell for in the 80's. There are better hunting scopes for game, but I still think it's a pretty good buy for a sniper scope...
  4. ShaiVong

    ShaiVong Participating Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Raccoon City, USA
    Wow. If the scope works well, that is a wicked good price for a ranging scope.
  5. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    Jan 1, 2003
    SouthEast PA

    Photo question:

    What is that fellow in the floppy hat DOING?

    I mean, given the way he's holding the rifle, with the stock OVER his shoulder, and his eye nearly touching the glass, igniting a round from that position strikes me as a Really Bad Idea.

    Is he just posing for the camera, or what?
  6. Sylvilagus Aquaticus

    Sylvilagus Aquaticus Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Dallas, Texas
    I owned an ART II for awhile in the late 80's, early 90's. I liked it reasonable well, given that I traded into it for almost nothing...I think I had the equivalent of $27 US in it. It worked reasonably well for me, but I did not use it with any high intensity like the .mil folks did. IIRC I sold it with the fiberglass case for $500 to a guy who was planning to put it on his HK for SWAT work.

    I've seen the latest iterations of Jim Leatherwood's products. While made in China like so much optical equipment is now, I don't think I'd buy one for heavy use...maybe not even casual use. I know several people 'in the know' who know Jim very well and they're even hesitant to recommend the scopes.

    I have been considering finding an ART II for my new FAL, but more likely I'm going with something else that has less monkey motion to it and have superior optics to boot.

  7. AJ Dual

    AJ Dual member

    Feb 20, 2003
    My guess is that he's merely using the scope as a spyglass, and dosen't intend to shoot anything at the moment. Resting the stock on top of the shoulder for a long look is less tedious than the shooting position. The pic is small, with little to no background, but by his dress, and his upright posture against the sky, I'd say he's in a somewhat safe rear-area when the photo was taken.

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