At pre-shot coverage, Leupold introduced its new LCO red dot and the D-EVO.
The dual optic combo attempts to solve the age-old problem of having to move levers or shift your gun to switch from 1x to a magnified image. As you see, the D-EVO sits behind an underwhelming red dot sight (the LCO isn’t near as cool as I thought it was going to be), and its objective lens is to the right of the optic over the ejection port.
Up close, you peer through the LCO red dot, and then by peering down you can quickly switch to the 6x of the D-EVO. So what does this do that a Trijicon ACOG and RDS combo cannot do? Let’s compare these two setups as they attempt to solve the same problem, but differ greatly in execution.
The LCO / D-EVO vs Trijicon ACOG 4x with RDS
The D-EVO has one advantage over the ACOG/RDS: Your head remains in the same place to use both 1x and 6x. While it is a nifty idea to peer down and see your target with no head movement, the execution is awkward at best. The D-EVO looks to be well… unnecessary and full of fails. While the gun magazine world is fawning over this new piece of technology, I decided to break it down a bit into the nitty-gritty facts.
- Smaller objective lens gathers less light than a 4X ACOG
- Heavier than an ACOG: 13.8 oz for the D-EVO vs 9.9 oz for the ACOG (not counting red dots)
- Smaller field of view
- Shooting tight against a R side barrier obscures the optic
- It looks like it *wants* to snag things
- Combo Cost: Optics Planet (tentatively) lists D-EVO / LCO for $2399 for the combo vs $1620 for the ACOG / RMR combo.
Couldn’t this have been designed inline with a MRDS on top instead of zig-zag? Having a low profile, in line optic would cut snag, possibly decrease weight, give the shooter the same look down 6x, look forward 1x experience, and would keep the optic out-of-the-way of the ejection port gasses. All this just seems unnecessary.
The ACOG will deliver a far superior 4x experience over the tiny 6x window of the D-EVO, and adding a 45 degree offset MRDS gives you a tried and true 1x system that protrudes far less than the D-EVO /LCO system.
Maybe its the best thing ever, but I just don’t see how it will be a hit with the consumer when it comes in with a price tag like that. Even the LCO (which, did i mention, isn’t as cool as I thought it would be?) is priced in ACOG territory and it’s a red dot! I think this perspective… sucks.