Is the CQBSS the ultimate rifle scope? No, but it is damned awesome.
Ever since the Leupold MK8 1-8X CQBSS came out, I have been reading people sing praises of it online.
So why would someone want something like the CQBSS?
The concept is to have a single optic with the speed of a reflex sight at low magnification and the clarity, tracking, and capabilities of a sniper scope for medium to longer ranges. This flexibility of being able to quickly switch from 1X to 8X magnification to give you the option to use the magnification best suited for the distance your shooting. It is nice to have an optic with the intent to be able to do room clearing out to 800m shots.
Now there are a couple main versions of this scope. One style has a Horus reticle with a 5 MOA donut that is bright for use like a reflex sight. This version is the most expensive, and you tend not to see anyone mention what the battery life is. The other style does not have a daylight visible illumination, and is offered in the TMR, Mildot, and CMR-W reticles. The scope referenced here is a TMR reticle MK8.
At 1X magnification, the TMR reticle gives you a nice clean simple crosshair you can quickly get on target.
At 8X magnification, you have Leupold TMR reticle allowing for ranging the target in mils and holding over necessary adjustments. Note the range finding marks below the center of the crosshair for estimating range of man or vehicle at 700-1200m.
So why wouldn’t you want a CQBSS? First is cost, list price runs from $3,899.99 to $4,939.99. The second is that no matter how awesome it is, it is still only an 8X magnification scope. Many people who might want to shoot groups or shoot out to longer ranges may find them selves wanting more magnification.
The CQBSS shows up what the future of scopes is going to look like. Just as the low magnification optics like the ACOG feel right as home on the AR15, these variable optics just feel right on the growing number of semi auto .308 rifles. However consider these the first generation of the future combat/battle rifle optics.