Leupold Announces New Black Ring Version of Freedom Red Dot Sight

Leupold Freedom RDS
The new Freedom red dot sight from Leupold is full of great features.

Beaverton, OR -(AmmoLand.com)- Leupold & Stevens, Inc., provider of the world’s most rugged, lightweight, and clear riflescopes and reflex sights, is pleased to announce that its award-winning Freedom RDS (Red Dot Sight) is now available in a Black Ring model. Originally featuring the company’s trademark Gold Ring around its objective bell, the RDS will now have an all-black finish similar to the company’s Mark 5HD, Mark 6, and Mark 8 riflescopes.

A tubular red dot sight built for performance and versatility, the new RDS is available in two models: One features capped precision ¼-MOA click adjustments, the other a precision exposed BDC elevation turret that ships with measurements out to 500 yards for standard 55-grain .223 Rem. ammunition. The RDS is designed to install easily with an included mount that sits at the optimal height for use on AR-style rifles. A third version, featuring the capped precision ¼-MOA click adjustments, will be available without the included mount. A 34mm main tube allows the RDS to be mounted using any appropriately-sized rings.

“The RDS is a premium red dot and is perfect for anyone who values performance.” said Tim Lesser, Vice President of Product Development at Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “It is designed, machined, and assembled in our factory in Beaverton, Oregon. So, when our core consumers asked for a ‘Black Ring’ version, we responded quickly, and in a way that only a true American manufacturer can.”

The Freedom RDS features a 1-MOA dot reticle that’s supported by Leupold’s battery-saving Motion Sensor Technology (MST), which puts the sight into a battery-saving standby mode after five minutes of inactivity. When the MST detects motion, it instantly activates the sight so it’s ready when you are. A manual mode allows the sight to shut off when not in use. Eight illumination settings are available, making the dot easily visible in low-light conditions or the mid-day sun. On the RDS’s medium setting, you get up to 1,000 hours of battery life – which, thanks to its MST, truly equals 1,000 usable hours.

Leupold Freedom RDS Profile View
The new Freedom RDS from Leupold is designed for close-range, rapid target engagement.

The scratch-resistant lenses feature Leupold’s Twilight Red Dot System, which delivers standard color consistency and premium lens clarity. The RDS features 80-MOA of adjustment in both elevation and windage. It measures at under 5.5 inches and weighs less than 7 ounces. The ultra-lightweight construction disperses recoil energy, making the RDS the toughest red dot in its class.

“The RDS features lightweight construction that disperses recoil energy and creates unrivaled durability,” said Tom Moyle, Product Line Manager for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “It’s been tested and verified on our Punisher, and it lives up to Leupold’s legendary standards for ruggedness. Whether you’re at the range or in the field, it will deliver steadfast performance.” Waterproof, fogproof, and guaranteed to perform for life, the Freedom RDS is backed by Leupold’s Lifetime Guarantee.

About Leupold & Stevens, Inc.Leupold & Stevens, Inc.

Founded in Oregon more than a century ago, Leupold & Stevens, Inc. is a fifth-generation, family-owned company that designs, machines and assembles its riflescopes, mounting systems, tactical/Gold Ring spotting scopes, and Performance Eyewear in the USA. The product lines include rifle, handgun and spotting scopes; binoculars; rangefinders; mounting systems; and optical tools, accessories, and Pro Gear.


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Not being enamored of the Turbo-Tweny-Two as others I will have to do some looking into this
and see how it will handle Mk. 319 SOST from a 18″ barrel. Nice sight.


Jeez, guys. Two minute search online.

Amazon and Optics Planet both sell it for $279, MSRP is $364.

Ansel Hazen

Yeah and I saw ones with the gold ring as low as $249. Looks nice and it keeps creeping back into my head how good would it be on my 11.5 pistol build.

Native Texan Redneck

How much is this Leupold scope, you can email me if you would rather tell me that way, but I’d really like to know, thanks, GM ~ Ti Si Gung ~ Soke Mitch Maynard , Master instructor, Martial Arts. ✊ ✊ ✊


Single power I assume.


The specs on the scope say 1×34.

The first number is the magnification (single power, no mag) and the 34 is the size of the objective lens.



Green Mtn. Boy

My thought as well.

Xaun Loc

I wonder how much they ADD to the price for having left off the gold ring. Reminds me of the fast food restaurants that advertise “Natural Cut French Fries” as if not bothering to peel the potatoes was an improvement over regular french fries.


Jeez, guys. Two minute search online.

Amazon and Optics Planet both sell it for $279, MSRP is $364.