Tactical Gear: Leupold RX-1000I TBR Rangefinder

As I write this there is “panic in the gun streets” as everyone waits to see which foot will fall next, and firearms, accessories, and ammunition have vanished like a drop of water in the Sahara. Most companies have maintained prices at their pre-Obama levels, but many middlemen are not so honorable. For instance, prices have doubled and tripled on ARs at local gun shows, with AKs jacked up to four times their recent prices…30 round magazines are going for as much as $80.


Leupold RX-1000I TBR Rangefinder

With Leupold’s RX1000i TBR rangefinder and the Fat Wrench shots should be more accurate. Mako’s Mag 17 Clear Action Magazines feed that accurate shooting AR.


I hope the gun community will remember anyone participating in such scalping when things calm down. I advise everyone not to forget their friends! I also advise them to get in line with the folks who have held their prices down and order what they can afford. Then wait patiently! Don’t panic and be tricked into paying exorbitant prices!


In the meantime, check out these must-have tactical tools: a rangefinder, a firearms torque wrench…and some of those hard-to-come-by high-cap magazines (with a great bonus feature!).



Everyone in the precision shot business—military and law enforcement snipers, wildlife managers, and the like—needs to know distances precisely to ensure perfect shot placement. So do hunters, especially in mountainous terrain. There is also at least one use perhaps a little closer to home: how accurate are the distances at which targets are set at the range where you zero your rifles? (I checked the distances at my range…and was surprised!)


Leupold has a long history of great scopes for hunting and tactical applications. Their abilities do not stop there. They offer spotting scopes, binoculars, trail cameras, mounting systems, and rangefinders…like the RX1000i TBR Rangefinder they sent for use with upcoming rifle articles. It proved a natural fit for a TG column, too! What a great improvement any rangefinder is over simply having and look and saying “looks like about 100 yards, Vern.” Having an accurate rangefinder is even more of an improvement!

RX1000i TBR rangefinder

Leupold’s RX1000i TBR rangefinder arrives with a protective ballistic nylon case and instructions.

Leupold’s rangefinder utilizes their “exclusive True Ballistic Ranging® (TBR) technology with our new lightning-fast Digitally eNhanced Accuracy (DNA) engine.” Their TBR technology “matches incline, range to target, and your ballistics information to put you right on the mark…every time” out to 1000 yards and “accurate to within 1/10th of a yard.” Best of all: this comes in a really compact package.


Even though the RX1000i TBR is only 3.8 inches long, and weighs 7.8 ounces, it has a 6x maximum magnification. It’s handy enough to put in a jacket pocket or a large shirt pocket, and light enough to handle easily. Adding to the RX1000i TBR’s superb function is the optics—Leupold improved light transmission and resolution of this rangefinder by using an Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display.


The RX1000i TBR is simple enough to use that even I could manage it! All of its controls can be worked one-handed, making it ideal for real life situations. It is quick and easy to read, too.


Simple, rugged, effective…that sounds like something the military would like. Perhaps that’s why Leupold offers a tactical version! If you need or want to know distances exactly or want to make shots perfectly that others only dream about, I’ll bet the Leupold RX1000i TBR is just right for you!


Story & Photos by D.K. Pridgen

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