Last year, RF mused over the Leupold DeltaPoint mounted atop a S&W 686 and we promised then that we’d contact Leupold about getting one. Sure enough, now we (I) have one in our grubby little hands. Astute readers may have noticed that the Next Intent Tactical mount I reviewed was wearing the DeltaPoint as the secondary reflex optic. How high-speed-low-drag is that? Anyway, now that I’ve had it for a month or so, it’s had a full workout on my AR using the NITactical mount and on my 10/22 as its primary optic. In short, I’m wildly impressed . . .
The only disappointment that I’ve had with the DeltaPoint so far was removing it from the box. With a retail price just a touch under $500 for the Picatinny only mount, a buyer expects ehh…more. The DeltaPoint is without a doubt the smallest $500 object I’ve ever held in my hands, short of a small chunk of gold. Then again, a chunk of gold doesn’t allow fast target acquisition. So keep that in mind.
For those that can’t stand fuss or muss, the DeltaPoint is a big time contender. Unlike the Burris FastFire, the DeltaPoint doesn’t even have an on/off switch. There are literally no buttons, switches, or dials on the unit. The only exposed hardware bits are the adjustment screws for elevation and windage.
The DeltaPoint is motion activated and automatically adjusts the brightness of the 3.5 MOA dot for ambient conditions. One small gripe is that the windage/elevation adjustment screws uses the world’s smallest torx bit (included). I immediately lost it. While Allen head screws are apparently sooo last year, I’d love to see future revisions use a more common screw head.
Sighting was a breeze (once I found that stupid torx wrench) and I was on target within 5 shots or so. Once set, the DeltaPoint never lost zero. Leupold states that the DeltaPoint has been tested to withstand 3500 Gs of impact, something I have no intention of testing. And here’s why:
1 G of acceleration is equal to 32.174 ft/s2. The formula for acceleration is simply change in velocity / change in time. So 3500 X 32.174 gives us 112,609 ft/s2. According to this extremely handy table from Chuckhawks.com, the recoil with the fastest recoil velocity is the .600 Nitro Express with 28.8 ft/s (50 BMG was 12.3 ft/s). So assuming that the rifle goes from zero to 28.8 ft/s (it does), it would need to do it in .00026 seconds to reach 3500 Gs. The folks at Dvorak make a device to measure lock time on a trigger. Some of the best times they see near 2 ms. The heaviest recoiling caliber made by the hands of man would have to fire in 13% of the current best time possible to break the DeltaPoint. Is it overbuilt? You betcha.
Optical clarity on the DeltaPoint was top notch. Some lower quality red dots I’ve used seem to have a weird greenish tint to them. Not so with the Leupold. It truly is a 1X clear optic with a handy little red dot. You can shoot with both eyes open with ease, and boy did I.
Mounted on the NIT mount, the DeltaPoint was deadly at helping me dispatch paper targets at medium ranges. Sitting atop my Ruger 10/22, I was busting clays, paper, VarmintTargets, and anything else I fixed my steely gaze upon.
The 3.5 MOA dot was always at the perfect level of illumination, and it was always on when it was supposed to be on. As to battery life, well…that’s something that’s a little harder to test. I’ve taken the DeltaPoint out for a few days at the range, and haven’t had to change batteries. But for those that might want to have one mounted on their EDC gun, independent testing might be in order. Leupold says their sight has battery life 2X longer than other red dots. However, we can’t verify that claim or put it in any kind of quantifiable metric.
Speaking of EDC options, the DeltaPoint is apparently very happy atop any number of pistols. In fact, a quick google image search of DeltaPoint and your favorite gun will probably result in loads of relevant results. At the time of this writing, there’s an M&P 9 slide and a DeltaPoint winging their way to California to meet up with Scott Folk at Apex Tactical so I’ll be putting this thing on top of my brand new M&P 9.
Specifications: Leupold DeltaPoint 3.5 MOA Dot with Cross Slot Mount
Actual Magnification: 1X
Weight: 6 oz.
Elevation Adjustment Range: 60 MOA
Windage Adjustment Range: 60 MOA
MSRP: $499 w/ Cross Slot Mount $564 w/ all mounts. $381.67 @ Amazon
Ratings (out of five stars):
Build Quality * * * * *
For something so tiny, it’s amazingly robust. I’m looking forward to having this mounted on my M&P.
Optical Clarity * * * * *
Like all the Leupold glass I’ve ever used, this thing didn’t disappoint. Unlike a lot of red dots, there’s no evil green glare or fuzziness around the edges of the optic. Additionally, the aiming dot was crisp at all angles and distances.
Adjustment & Controls * * * *
I’m knocking one star off for using Torx screws, but otherwise all the adjustments were easy and held zero with no issues.
Overall Rating * * * * *
I was just totally blown away with how great the DeltaPoint was. It’s definitely on the more expensive end of the spectrum, but if you are serious about buying a great red dot, this is the one for you.