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Chinese Copies and Chinese Real rifle scopes
« on: August 08, 2017, 06:15:52 AM »
This is almost comical, but unfortunately it is too pathetic to be comical.

At a recent local gun show, there were several tables selling a myriad of rifle scopes, both import and US made. One caught my eye, because it was a Leupold VX3i in 3x9, for under $220, with a mil dot reticle of all things. Everything looked authentic right down to the gold stripe, and even the factory box looked real. However, there was no serial number, which was a dead giveaway that it was Chinese made! Right next to it was a real Leupold VX3i in 3x9, replete with serial number, selling for $550. The Chinese scope was just as clear and crisp as any authentic Leupold!

I've been told there are only five Chinese companies making rifle scopes, a fact I can't attest to. But if any of them can copy a scope with the quality I noted, I'm wondering if the expense of the "real" thing is warranted? I ask this question for a reason. I wanted to buy a Leupold VX3i in 3x9 with a mil dot reticle. They don't make it as a production model, but they will make it as a custom build. Great! Problem is, they want $1,200 to do it! So, I bought the copy, and I'm satisfied!

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Re: Chinese Copies and Chinese Real rifle scopes
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2017, 10:10:58 AM »
Last year I bought a Leupold VX-1 2-7x scope for about $380 (Canadian) and put it on my QB78D. I'm completely happy with it. At an HFT meet someone asked "Is that an actual Leupold or a Chinese copy?" Until then I hadn't heard of the copies, so I was intrigued and researched this when I got home. Turns out there are a lot being sold legitimately as copies, no false packaging, and there are a lot of others being sold by unscrupulous vendors who pretend they're the real thing. The most prominent complaint I found came from Leupold support, as they've been seeing a LOT of failed scopes coming in for warranty service which are in fact fakes. Quite a few posts in forums as well, many saying the copies are great, many others saying they last a while then fail badly. Seems it is a bit and miss sort of thing. Some fakes work great and just keep on working. Others fail on the first day of use, or some short time later. So a gamble. Certainly not a gamble I'd take, as with such a scope there's no warranty service, while Leupold has a legendary warranty. Mail them a fake and they'll laugh at you.
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