Has anybody here tried a Chinese knock-off Leupold? What's your opinion of the quality? Does Leupold have any connection with them?
Leupold has no connection to Chicom gun scopes. You can go to their web site and read about these counterfeit scopes. Leupold does make SOME of their spotting scopes and binos in bat pox land, but all of their gun scopes are made in USA. One forum member, I do not remember who it was, bought one of those last year. They didn't realize they got porked until they brought it up on the forums.
Chinese Krap, typical knock off of a popular brand, made real cheap but looks good, like most of the stolen designs of quality goods. don't waste your money unless it is at Tasco pricing. you get what you pay for.
Yeah, you can only buy those things at a gun show.
What- you never heard of the gun show Leupold??? 🤓
I was at a gun show last week. There was a guy there selling what he called Leopold clones. I didn't bother to look at them. Clones?? Really?
I saw a Leupold at an on-line auction recently bringing over $500. It didn't look quite right to me. I emailed the seller and asked them to check it out with Leupold. Turns out it was a fake and he ended the auction.
"SOME" brands and their knock-off brothers are of similar quality (the brand name logo costs you double) but I don't think Leupold fits that category.
I called a seller out for describing his item by C&P a well known brand name scope's info. Boy, did he run backward and immediately changed his description.
I find it interesting that of all the opinions I've gotten, no one here will admit to looking through or handling, let alone firing a rifle with one of those scopes mounted on it. My favorite Leupold scope is the older gloss finish VXIII 2 1/2-8X. The Chinese don't make those! I put it on an older bright blue and walnut rifle where it looks just right. I recall hunting for an older Leupold M8 in 7 1/2X. When I found one, it was mounted on a Rem. 722 in .222 Rem. I had to pay $675 for the scope. When you consider that the 722 was thrown in, I guess it wasn't such a bad deal.
I looked at one at a gun show years ago. It optically was no where near as good as the Leupold it was a copy of. In my opinion, it was built to deceive and I abhor dishonesty. There are reputable companies that have Asian built scopes and they will stand behind them if you have a problem. Good luck trying to get a counterfeit Leupold serviced. Bob
Seen some on fleabay I believe and also some Zeiss for $85.00 I asked them about he Zeiss and the seller stated it was the European version!🙄 and it was "real,"
A couple years back Leupold was questioned about their sourcing of lenses as none of them are ground in the U.S. They issued a press release outlining that they sourced glass from several countries including Japan, Philippines, and China for use in their rifle scopes. They further stated that they maintain minimum specifications and standards for each lens and they regularly check to insure the contracted glass meets their specs. If it meets specs it goes into the manufacturing process for their products. If it does not they return it to the maker.
They were, essentially, saying it does not matter where we source our glass as it all must meet our standards and we make sure it does. Assembly of their telescopic sights is still in Oregon; at least it was at the time they released this info.