Posts Tagged ‘leupold scopes’

Fake Leupold Rifle Scope

January 24, 2010

A week ago I was speaking with a fellow shooting enthusiast who surprised me with a story about knock off Leupold rifle scopes. It seems that customers were sending their Leupold scopes back to the factory for service and the factory techs were discovering that the scopes were actually very authentic looking counterfeits.

The majority of the fake rifle scopes located so far are mostly knock offs of the popular and expensive Mark 4 series, and is one of Leupold’s top sellers in the law enforcement and military markets. Since the Mark 4 series is a high end product it makes sense for the counterfeiters to produce the fake scopes and then offer them to the shooting market place at a lower than normal price. When the buyer recognizes the quality of the Leupold rifle scope brand and sees a bargain price a quick sale occurs. Leupold has investigators who have traced the fakes back to China. They have determined that most of the sales of these knock off rifle scopes begin on the internet. Additionally, it is believed that these scopes are making their way into the U.S. secondary market through unauthorized Leupold riflescope dealers, grey market and surplus goods  shipped via Europe and Canada into the United States. (more…)


Leupold Rifle Scopes

January 21, 2010

The Leupold rifle scope is clearly a great invention, and like the majority inventions it was born out of need. Most huge inventions evolve from somebody finding a need for something and figuring out how to make it work. The development of the rifle scope began when people started attaching telescopes to rifles to make the most of viewing capabilities. This idea was of course very crude and did not provide the desired outcomes. The first demonstrable use of a telescopic sight on a pistol dates back to 1834,but attempts to create a workable rifle scope were unsuccessful until 1880 when August Fielder managed to build the first telescopic sight that really actually worked. This was the predecessor of all modern day rifle scopes. In 1907 a German immigrant named Fred Leupold set up a small shop in Portland Oregon repairing survey equipment. Several years later when he met inventor John Stevens, the amazing company named Leupold and Stevens was born and still exists today. It was around 1930 after a failed hunting trip, that they began making his first Leupold rifle scopes. The small company survived World War I and the great depression but it was the Second World War that changed the company forever. Working with the US Army and Navy, the engineers at Leupold learned the secrets of waterproofing and durable construction that would change the world of optics forever. The engineers learned that by introducing nitrogen gases within the scope that the optics would remain clear, waterproof and fogproof… for a lifetime. (more…)