Scope manufacturers article

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by aitch, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. aitch

    aitch Well-Known Member

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    Not too long back, I ran across an in deapth article about scope manufacturers. It dealt with who still makes scopes in the good ol US of A and the three (I think) manufacturers in Japan. If someone can direct me to that article it would be appreciated.
     
  2. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    Don't believe that any scopes are made in the US any more, some are assembled here, but parts are made else where
     

  3. Scott S

    Scott S Well-Known Member

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    Leupold is made in Oregon.
     
  4. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    No Leupold is assembled in Oregon. Leupold no long states Made In US, because too many parts are made in other countries including, but not limited to the lenes
     
  5. Scott S

    Scott S Well-Known Member

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    Didn't know that. I saw an American Rifleman episode a few weeks back and they had all the aluminum blanks there cutting and manufacturing the scopes. I wasn't sure about the glass but it looked like they were still making the tubes, objective bells, and eyepieces from raw material.
     
  6. Tyler Kemp

    Tyler Kemp SPONSOR

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    I thought USO was all American, am I wrong?
     
  7. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    Possable US Optics, not sure where they get thier glass.
    Scotts Leupolds no longer claim to be US made only US assembled,don't know about your article, but I am sure of my info.
     
  8. Mike027

    Mike027 Well-Known Member

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    I just received a new Leupold VXIII yesterday and on the back of the scope handbook it reads "Made In USA" next to their logo. Also I have attached a link to the Cabelas website that also indicates "Made In USA". I had also seen the same American Rifleman show and it did appear that they were manufacturing some of the components here in the states. I dont think they talked much about the glass though.

    Cabela's -- Leupold® VX-III Riflescopes
     
  9. fnmauser

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    US Optics won't say....

    They won't say their source for their glass. I think the only source for optic grade glass in the US is Schott (German company) in Pittsburg PA. They made the space shuttle windows. Leupold doen't make enough of the scope to put made in USA on it. I think the cutoff is like 60% of the value of the product. I called Leupold this week and confrimed the scopes are not made in USA anymore but SOME parts are and they are put together here. Cabela's has "crafted" in USA in their catalogs. One reason I called was my custom shop Leupold dot just looked "asian crude" instead of the older USA Leupold dots I have on my older scopes. As far as the NRA goes they cover so much for their advertisers I woudn't be surprised that the shots of the factory working was old footage. Oh and I'm a Life Member and you sould be too!

    The reason they can do this, Burris and now Leupold, is that its so imprinted on the shooting public these are USA made scopes that new management can turn out huge short term profits by going to the far east and branding a scope while shutting down their US plants. I would bet that many Burris buyers still think their scopes are USA made due to the ads of ten years ago that had "100% made in USA" in them. They never switched the ad and put "100% made in the Phillipines" on them when they started to rebadge scops with the Burris name. Leupold has seen huge "success" of Burris doing this and decided to follow suit.

    Nikon is a great name in optics also. How many shooters think their new Nikon scope is made by Nikon in Japan? They arn't. Nikon just rebadges scopes made by another company (Light Optical Ltd. I think) in Tailand. Oh you want to buy a scope actually made by the company that is the same as the name on the scope? S&B out of Germany. Just will cost you around two grand is all.......
     
  10. aitch

    aitch Well-Known Member

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    I've still not run across the article but remember that it stated that most scopes come out of three factories in Japan. I think that virtually all optics come from Japan.
     
  11. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

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    On burris's web site they do show that some of their high end scopes are made is the us. I am surprised to find out about Leupld though. That really sucks. The last scope I bought was from them and I thought I was buying 100% usa
     
  12. Jon A

    Jon A Well-Known Member

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    Oh, there are others. IOR actually makes the scopes in Romania, they just built a big new factory in Bucharest a couple of years ago. Of course the glass is German. And USO may shop around for glass (wherever it comes from they buy good stuff!) but there's no disputing the rest of the scopes being made here.
     
  13. canderson

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    Does anyone know if nightforce is completely made in USA? I know that some european glass is better than american. Disregarding the glass, what about nightforce?
     
  14. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    I own 5 Nightforce NXS scopes and the only one that says made in the USA on the tube is the 2.5X10