The ART scope technology was born out of necessity in the early years of the Vietnam War. Enemy snipers were killing American servicemen, but the US Army was not adequately equipped to deal with the problem.

The solution was to send newly trained snipers into battlefield service as soon as possible. However, sniper training at that time was a lengthy process that required long hours on the range teaching recruits to estimate distance and to use the proper amount of “hold-over” (aiming high to compensate for bullet drop) in order to make successful first round hits.

In the late 1960s, Second Lieutenant James M. Leatherwood entered the Army, and brought his recently patented design for a ranging scope that would raise and lower the rear of the scope similar to an open sight. 

Shortly after, the Army equipped their snipers with Leatherwood System scopes. The use of the new scope system had dramatic effects.  

Now it was possible to rapidly train snipers to get first round hits out to 900 meters without having to devote precious time on distance estimation or “hold-over.” American snipers were now dominating the field in Vietnam, and the ART scope system became a legend.

ART technology raises and lowers the rear of the scope similar to an open sight, allowing shooters to get first round hits of up to 1000 yards without complex distance estimation.

Over the past 50 years, the ART scope system has been steadily improved under the discerning control of James Leatherwood. An unrelenting insistence on durability and quality resulted in the acceptance of the ART II scope as a standard issue item by the US Army.

Civilian and law enforcement versions were created by Hi-Lux, based on the technology pioneered James Leatherwood, bringing a new dimension and approach to long range shooting.


2018 Hi-Lux ART Rifle Scopes

Hi-Lux ART M1200

The 6-24 x 50 ART M12000 rifle scope automatically compensates for bullet trajectory from distances of 300 to 1200 meters for calibers from .223 Remington up to .50 BMG.

Hi-Lux ART M1000-PRO

Designed with hunters in mind, the 2-10 x 42 ART M1000-PRO rifle scope automatically compensates for bullet trajectory from distances of 200 to 1000 yards - eliminating the need for elevation holdovers.