American Rifleman - August 2021 - 70

DOPE BAG
LEUPOLD DELTAPOINT MICRO
MANUFACTURER: LEUPOLD & STEVENS
(DEPT. AR), 14400 N.W. GREENBRIER
PARKWAY, BEAVERTON, OR 97006;
(800) 538-7653; LEUPOLD.COM
MAGNIFICATION: 1X
OBJECTIVE LENS DIAMETER: 9 MM
RETICLE: 3-M.O.A. RED DOT
EYE RELIEF: UNLIMITED
BATTERY: ONE CR1632
ADJUSTMENT RANGE: 100 M.O.A.
ELEVATION; 180 M.O.A. WINDAGE
CLICK VALUE: 18 M.O.A. ELEVATION;
36 M.O.A. WINDAGE (PER REVOLUTION)
Leupold DeltaPoint Micro
L
eupold's DeltaPoint Micro doesn't
look like any other slide-mounted
optic. Rather than using a fl atbottomed
design, the DP Micro features
an L-shaped mounting surface that
covers the top-rear portion of its host's
slide, with a small 9 mm lens sitting
atop the gun and the battery compartment
overhanging the aft of the
slide. While this design may seem odd
at fi rst, it all comes down to purpose
and ease of use.
Instead of using a traditional adapter
plate, Leupold's DP Micro mounts
into the fi rearm's existing rear-sight
dovetail, and it doesn't require any
special modifi cation be made to the gun
in order to mount onto a traditionally
sighted fi rearm. The only limiting factor
is in the profi le of the handgun slide,
and Leupold currently offers fi ts for
Glock and Smith & Wesson M&P pistols.
Once mounted, the optic sits at
the same height as would traditional
iron sights. The shooter, assuming
the same front-sight focus emphasized
for iron sights, simply brings
the dot squarely on target, as the
front post provides a reference point
for the 3 minute-of-angle aiming dot.
The cover of the battery compartment
serves as a rheostat button to adjust
between eight brightness settings.
Point of impact can be zeroed to
match point of aim using a pair of
screws on the left side of the unit.
These screws do not feature tactile
clicks as they turn, however, a full
revolution of the windage and elevation
screws will adjust point of impact by
36 m.o.a. and 18 m.o.a., respectively.
With a front sight, zeroing a
mounted DP Micro can be done easily
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LENGTH: 2.25 "
HEIGHT: 2.125 "
WIDTH: 0.75 "
WEIGHT: 1.1 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL, BATTERY,
ADJUSTMENT WRENCHES
MSRP: $399
and brings the optic pretty squarely in
line with the gun's point of impact. We
bore-sighted the optic by aligning the
dot with the front sight. Once at the
range, a few sighting shots confi rmed
that the optic had been zeroed, and
that zero was confi rmed out to 25
yards with no fi ne-tuning needed.
We fi red approximately 350 rounds
through a Glock G19 Gen 5 pistol
mounted with a DP Micro. Despite the
small size of the optical tube, maintaining
the dot in view for follow-up shots
was surprisingly easy, aided by retaining
the front-sight focus practiced with
traditional irons. Additionally, Leupold
touts the ability for shooters to use the
DP Micro as an aperture-style rear sight
with the dot off. To aid in iron-sight
shooting, the optic also features two
milled circles on its rear face that aid
in aligning the gun.
The test gun featured an XS Sights
front sight. We found that it performed
ideally in a " ghost ring " -style sight picture.
Putting the dot-style front sight in
the center of the open aperture placed
rounds on target about 3 " high at 25
yards. Aligning the target post with the
two milled circles on either side of the
dot moved shot groups lower than the
intended point of impact.
Outside the range, we also carried
the Glock and mounted DP Micro in a
PHLster Pro Series appendix holster.
Despite the added length protruding
from the rear of the slide, we were
still able to carry the gun comfortably,
and while the optic was noticeable, it
didn't signifi cantly impede our ability
to sit or bend over and perform tasks
while holstered.
Note that fi eldstripping a DP Microequipped
Glock will require removal
of the unit's battery and lid. Also,
accessing the cover plate on the rear of
a Glock slide will necessitate removal
of the optic entirely.
The Leupold DeltaPoint Micro's
long battery life and durable construction
make it dependable enough for
daily carry, and its design provides a
seamless transition for those used to
shooting iron-sighted guns. We found
it to be a welcome take on the slidemounted
red-dot concept.
The American Rifl eman has used the phrase " Dope Bag " since at least 1921, when Col. Townsend
Whelen fi rst titled his column with it. Even then, it had been in use for years, referring to a sack used
by target shooters to hold ammunition and accessories on the fi ring line. " Sight dope " also was a
traditional marksman's term for sight-adjustment information, while judging wind speed and direction
was called " doping the wind. "
WARNING: Technical data and information contained herein are intended to provide information based
on the limited experience of individuals under specifi c conditions and circumstances. They do not detail
the comprehensive training procedures, techniques and safety precautions absolutely necessary to
properly carry on similar activity. Read the notice and disclaimer on the contents page. Always consult
comprehensive reference manuals and bulletins for details of proper training requirements, procedures,
techniques and safety precautions before attempting any similar activity.
AUGUST 2021
AMERICAN RIFLEMAN
http://www.LEUPOLD.COM

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