Leupold scopes are great optics. They have been ranked among the best because of their high quality and mid-level price.
But have you ever wondered where the scopes are made? It’s only normal to question, especially if you want to support local businesses. Let’s dive into where these scopes come from.
After reading this, our write up on the top LPVO scope brands is a good place to continue.
Leupold’s Company History
The Leupold Company is a family-owned business specializing in telescopic sights, binoculars, scope mounts, and other accessories. It was started in 1907 by Fred Leupold.
Before its inception, rifle scopes had never been heard of. In fact, people would tie telescopes on top of the rifles to see further.
This technique was not only basic, but it also couldn’t give the desired results. Therefore, when rifle scopes were invented, they came at a time when they were necessary.
Before that, Leupold’s business focused on fixing surveying equipment. Later, when the owner met a new partner called John Stevens, he expanded into water-level recording equipment. This was when the company Leupold and Stevens, Inc was formed.
When you look into the company’s history, you’ll notice it has prioritized innovation, growth, and development, coming up with many different Leupold products. (Reference 1: Leupold Optics History)
The manufacturing of scopes didn’t start until the 1940s when Marcus Leupold decided he could manufacture better scopes than those in the market. It’s said that he was hunting a buck, but he missed the target because his scope was foggy. From that experience, he decided he could create a better scope, which he did.
The Leupold Plainsman was the first fog-proof scope made in the USA. It was simple and effective and couldn’t be affected by temperature changes as the scope interior only contained nitrogen.
American-Made from Day One
From making surveying equipment to the first scope, the company has continued growing, becoming a common name in the world of optics. One factor influencing this company’s growth is that most of its other products, including scopes, are American-made.
Leupold maintains one factory, which is based in Beaverton, Oregon. You can rest assured Leupold makes all their scopes here. The only reason this debate comes up a lot is because of counterfeit scopes and the fact that a few Leupold products aren’t made in the USA.
The production process happens in their Beaverton manufacturing facility – designed, machined, and assembled all there.
Also, due to the excellent quality of these scopes, they have been the target of counterfeits. Most gun owners have found themselves using fake scopes. And as e-commerce platforms like Alibaba and Wish continue growing, counterfeiters keep finding platforms to sell them.
Plenty of fake Leupold scopes and other accessories find their way into the market. In fact, the issue is so serious that the company had to issue a statement to alert consumers about counterfeits. (Reference 2: Where Leupold Makes Products)
A Look at Leupold Scopes
Although this was the first company to make fog-proof glass, they have gone beyond that and exceeded our expectations. They also make long-range scopes, illuminated reticles, waterproof products, and binoculars.
From tactical shooters to hunters and snipers, there is something for everyone. And thanks to the high-quality scopes they make, even the United States military uses Leupold long-range optics.
Some Popular American-Made Leupold Scopes
- Leupold Mark 5HD 5-25x56mm M5C3 FFP
When you pick this scope, you’ll immediately notice it’s special. It’s lighter than most riflescopes in the same class, giving you an advantage. The 5-25x magnification makes shooting mid-ranges a breeze and makes it possible to shoot long distances.
- VX Freedom 3-9x40mm Hunt-Plex Riflescope
You can be sure you’re getting outstanding performance with this Leupold riflescope. Thanks to the advanced optical system, the light transmission capabilities are top-notch.
- VX-Freedom 3-9×40 .450 Bushmaster
The VX-Freedom 3-9×40 .450 Bushmaster is a dependable scope for hunters and shooters. From rugged performance to exceptional low-light performance, it’s everything you will need in a rifle.
Bottom Line: Are Leupold Scopes Made in the USA?
Leupold Scopes are made in the USA in their manufacturing facility in Beaverton Oregon. Any Leupold scope being imported into the US is most likely fake. However, some of their binoculars, spotting scopes, and other equipment are manufactured overseas.
Fake Leupold Scopes
Fake Leupold scopes exist, and most of them come from China. Although you can encounter any fake Leupold models, the most common are:
- Deltapoint Pro sights
- VX-III riflescopes
- Prismatic riflescopes
- CQ/T riflescopes
- Mark 4 riflescopes
When purchasing scopes from other vendors besides Leopold, double-check the serial number with the company to be sure of the product you’re buying.
My Personal Notes and Findings
So, where are Leupold scopes made? After research, it was reassuring to know that Leupold makes their scopes in America.
The biggest challenge is that, since it’s a loved brand, it’s vulnerable to counterfeits, which is why you may encounter fake products. I highly recommend always checking with the company to ensure what you’ve got is the real deal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Leupold better than Vortex?
Leupold is slightly better than Vortex in terms of build, while Vortex takes the upper hand because of price. Both scopes are great, and the final decision will depend on personal preference.
Is Leupold glass made in the USA?
Leupold glass, an essential component, isn’t made in the USA as the company has yet to find a manufacturer that can produce and supply high-quality lenses for their Golden Ring Optics, including the golden ring binoculars. In addition, a few other non-scope products are manufactured overseas.
Is Leupold made in China?
Leupold isn’t made in China but in their Beaverton Oregon facility.
Does the military use Leupold?
The US military uses Leupold scopes as they are accurate, precise, and deliver optimum performance.
- Zippia, Leupold Optics History. Retrieved from https://www.zippia.com/leupold-stevens-careers-29434/history/
- Leupold, Counterfeit Warning. Retrieved from https://www.leupold.com/counterfeit-warning
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