Fake Leupold Scopes


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Seen on another site but I thought it worthwhile to post here as it might help someone from getting burned.
Counterfeit Warning

Counterfeit Leupold Riflescope Warning

Leupold® is issuing a customer alert to purchasers of products, particularly via Internet sales, in regards to bogus Leupold products that are apparently being illegally imported from the People’s Republic of China. These products bear many of the marks and trade dress of current Leupold & Stevens riflescopes making them very hard to distinguish externally from authentic Leupold products.

Counterfeited Leupold Mark 4® riflescopes and more recently, counterfeited Leupold Prismatic riflescopes have begun to arrive with increasing regularity at the firm’s Beaverton, Oregon, headquarters for service. These products are not manufactured by Leupold and are not covered by the Leupold Full Lifetime Guarantee.

Leupold employs serial number tracking for all its riflescopes, so if a customer finds a scope that is suspect, he or she can simply write down the serial number and call 1-800-LEUPOLD to confirm if it is indeed authentic. This info may be found on the Leupold website

Counterfeited Leupold Mark 4® riflescopes:

In general, most of the scopes appear to originate from Hong Kong (People’s Republic of China), and have “Leupold Mark 4” laser engraved on the bottom of the turret in a silver etch, while the black ring on the objective is etched in white and does not include the name “Leupold”. The scopes also do not bear the Leupold medallion, a mark all Leupold scopes will always possess. An authentic Mark 4 riflescope will always be engraved black on black and have the name “Leupold” engraved on the black ring.​


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I've seen a few others(BSA,Bushnell etc) that looked too cheap to be true on evilbay but no Leupolds yet


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This is old news Bob and has been mentioned on this site numerous times over the last four or five years but I suppose it will come as news to some of the newer site members. I haven't looked at the Leupold website recently but there used to be a fair bit on the site with regard to recognising the fakes. As you say it is not only Leupold scopes that have been copied there are also fakes circulating of other mid and entry level scopes. As usual it is a matter of buyer beware if you don't buy from a reputable outlet.