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Old June 12th, 2009, 11:03 AM   #1
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I was at my gunsmith yesterday talking about scopes. He mentioned that a customer came in with a FAKE Leupold Mark 4 tactical scope. It had all the proper markings so I am not sure how it was caught as a fake. Has anyone else heard this about Mark 4 scopes.

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Old June 12th, 2009, 11:58 AM   #2
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I think I came across something on their website about identifying counterfit Leupolds. Apparently they come from where else... China

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Old June 12th, 2009, 04:18 PM   #3
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I was at my gunsmith yesterday talking about scopes. He mentioned that a customer came in with a FAKE Leupold Mark 4 tactical scope. It had all the proper markings so I am not sure how it was caught as a fake. Has anyone else heard this about Mark 4 scopes.
http://www.leupold.com/hunting-and-s...rfeit-warning/ discusses counterfeit scopes and how to recognize them.

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Old June 12th, 2009, 06:44 PM   #4
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Lots of fake Aimpoints out there, too.

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Old June 12th, 2009, 08:28 PM   #5
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I bought one from kesselring a little over a year ago. When researching leupolds I read it on the leupold website as well. You need to get it from a reputable retailer or distributor. They are out there so be careful.

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Old June 19th, 2009, 08:31 AM   #6
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One of the guys at work got one a few years ago. He bought it off another co worker that I'm pretty sure knew exactly what it was.

That scope had no serial number on the bottom. The color of the Leopold writing was wrong and there was brass where aluminum should be on the knobs.....(or vice versa). Other tell tales mentioned on line were serial numbers of all the same number such as 777777.

That was a few years ago, I'm sure they've improved the fakery since then.

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Old June 19th, 2009, 09:43 AM   #7
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Old June 19th, 2009, 10:16 AM   #8
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Thanks Hawk, maybe we can save someone from falling prey to this scam.

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Old August 22nd, 2009, 12:02 PM   #9
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Thanks for the warning. I'll be sure to keep it in mind when looking at scopes for my lrb M25 project.

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Old December 24th, 2009, 02:22 PM   #10
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just to add here is an article I just read
http://www.leupold.com/hunting-and-s...erfeit-warning


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Old September 19th, 2010, 01:52 PM   #11
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I saw a couple on Ebay last week, they were marked as Leupold "mark" (no 4) they said they were imports from china made by the same factory that makes leupolds glass. I flagged it but not sure if it took. Good looking out on the post.

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Old June 11th, 2011, 02:17 PM   #12
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Bought and still have a fake nightforce and it is very close to the real thing. I can't tell the difference other than the knobs are different. I knew it was a fake when I bought it but the glass was so good I couldn't pass it up. Kinda like a Chinese M14, looks the part and in some cases does the job better.

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I saw a couple on Ebay last week, they were marked as Leupold "mark" (no 4) they said they were imports from china made by the same factory that makes leupolds glass. I flagged it but not sure if it took. Good looking out on the post.

I was told by Leupold that they get some of their glass from Japan....not China.

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Bought and still have a fake nightforce and it is very close to the real thing. I can't tell the difference other than the knobs are different. I knew it was a fake when I bought it but the glass was so good I couldn't pass it up. Kinda like a Chinese M14, looks the part and in some cases does the job better.
Oh, no not "ANOTHER ONE THAT DRANK THE KOOL-AID."


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Old July 26th, 2012, 12:58 PM   #14
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Given the lack of integrity that exists...
Do extensive research and know the product.
Check manufacturer's web sites.
Be suspicious of any change in markings, even if they look good. Companies do a lot of work to protect their brands.
Report fakes to anyone who will listen particularly venders.
If store employees do not know as much or more about a product than you do, prevalent in big box retailers, shop elsewhere.
Be wary of store exclusives.

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Old July 26th, 2012, 02:02 PM   #15
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The glass for the ultra m series of scopes were made in korea not japan. I was in on the development of the scope and the brookfield m25 combination.

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