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James Lee
• Monday, 07 December, 2020
• 10 min read

Hello all, I've been really thinking about going the 100% made in the USA for anything I buy regardless of what it will be used for. With that said, I am fully aware that it will be difficult or near impossible when it comes to optics.

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Lots of options for German and Japanese scopes. We've got some interesting tidbits about our favorite tactical rifle scope, and we never even mention how many people rely on them for competition.

Leopold Gold Ring optics are born and raised in the USA Especially on the USO side, they are not Use scopes, and with the changes and sale, it seems even less is made here from them.

Burris TRIP I have is Philippines My TRIP 1-8 Japan NF AT ACR made in the USA” stamp on tube. Only China made optics I have that I’m aware of are my SIG Romeo 5’s.

German and Japanese Optics made by German, Japanese or US owned companies who have sourced to manufacturing in Japan. German and Japanese Optics made by German, Japanese or US owned companies who have sourced to manufacturing in Japan.

The XTR3, some Steiner's and Leopold, USO FAN and many others use foreign lenses and reticles. They outsource the anodizing to local anodizes, and turn their own bodies, housings and threaded parts.

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I spent a lot of time asking questions with USO before I gave them my money. They were bought out by a company called Downrange Solutions Group.

Downrange Solutions Group is a big OEM AR15 parts supplier, supplying a large fraction of the unbranded or OEM branded barrels, uppers, lowers, lower parts, pins, bolts and bolt carriers sold by companies like Palmetto, Joe Bob's, Bravo Company and many others. Downrange Solutions Group also Owns Zero Delta Manufacturing, who is located in the same building as US Optics.

Zero Delta is doing the majority of Uses body, tube and small parts manufacturing for the FAN scopes. USO buys their FAN series glass from Scott AG, which is imported from Germany, then finished in Schools Dryer, PA facility.

Various “not China scopes: Myopia, Mass, Keyholes Swarm S&B Night force Silicon. My SOFA SS scopes say made in Japan”.

Same for the AMG UH-1 holographic side: the hologram itself is from UK, everything else US. Leopold's higher end stuff seems to be Japanese glass and most mechanical are made in the US, but I do not have direct confirmation of that.

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With ZOO, the parts all come from Europe (mostly Austria and Germany, I think), but they are assembled in the US. Some Steiner's are assembled in the US with German glass and mostly US mechanical.

XTR3 glass comes from Asia, I think, but the mechanical are mostly US and assembly is in the US. If you are rather looking for simply not Chinese- made, options open up considerably.

Lacey is Germany or Portugal for most stuff, but some products have mechanical from Japan. Higher end GPO products seem to be all Japan with German QC.

Avalon Cronus is from Japan, the rest is from China. Bushnell Elite seems to be from Japan, but like with Mass, it is hard to keep track what comes from where.

Vortex Razor scopes are Japanese (spotters are Chinese). Materials are too easy to have made elsewhere and most American consumers would rather save a buck than go broke realizing that American made means expensive AF for equivalent quality made overseas.

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I sold it because my Razors were cheaper and IMHO suited my needs better. At the end of all this: Totally not arguing with you because yes, it’s the most American scope we have.

I’m also basing my opinion on the conversation I had with the vortex rep in 2017 at Shit Show. Same for the AMG UH-1 holographic side: the hologram itself is from UK, everything else US.

Leopold's higher end stuff seems to be Japanese glass and most mechanical are made in the US, but I do not have direct confirmation of that. With ZOO, the parts all come from Europe (mostly Austria and Germany, I think), but they are assembled in the US.

Some Steiner's are assembled in the US with German glass and mostly US mechanical. XTR3 glass comes from Asia, I think, but the mechanical are mostly US and assembly is in the US.

If you are rather looking for simply not Chinese- made, options open up considerably. All March scopes are completely made in Japan, for example.

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Tangent Theta is from Canada (glass comes from Germany) Lacey is Germany or Portugal for most stuff, but some products have mechanical from Japan.

Microlight is mostly from Israel (not sure about their micro red dot) Vortex Razor scopes are Japanese (spotters are Chinese).

The Minor EX line is from Chinese parts assembled in Germany. I have the parts import paperwork with country of origin being China.|I had to edit my post due to the assembly being performed in Germany.

I hope they can find a reticle company and be 100% American again. Yup, I'm glad I have one of the early ones that is 100% made in the USA.

The Bushnell Elite Tactical line is all made in Japan. A lot of their mid-to-low end optics are made in South Korea, as well.

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I got to tour the Vortex office and production floor where they make the AMG, it was very cool to see how they make the components and the types of aging they used. While I could be very wrong I don't think there are any us bases optic companies that make glass anymore every company I hear spouting about made in America 6 months later you find out there glass is made overseas which is fine with me as long as the quality is heavenly scrutinized by the company that assembles the parts ... it's just hard to beat a worker that has no choice but to work for 6 cents or what ever it is.

It's just the way it is they do make some really nice glass at a price that's hard to beat they also make junk one just has to look for what they can afford VRS what they want. While I could be very wrong I don't think there are any us bases optic companies that make glass anymore every company I hear spouting about made in America 6 months later you find out there glass is made overseas which is fine with me as long as the quality is heavenly scrutinized by the company that assembles the parts ... it's just hard to beat a worker that has no choice but to work for 6 cents or what ever it is.

AMG is an acronym for Advanced Manufacturing Group. This is a group within Vortex’s engineering department that works on projects to be U.S.- made / made with U.S.-sourced parts to produce the highest level of performance of any optic on the market.

Most of Silicon is USA, except their accuser and acupoint line which are assembled here, but source parts from Japan and Czech Republic. Got a chance to tour their new facility in late summer 2018 (accidentally discovered a Razor with Horus reticle that wasn't released yet during my tour and had to sign a NDA with Vortex) and they have plenty of room to expand for manufacturing and engineering.

A bunch of companies make glass in the US, but it is not coming used in higher end products, not rifle scopes. There most prominent is probably Corning. Correct.lots of them, but I was not aware that any specialized in optic prescriptions for scopes...

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Meh, “assembled” in Colorado with foreign parts. The glass is sourced from Japan. But the reticle is etched in Greeley.

The scope was designed from the ground up in Greeley Colorado, and is fabricated and assembled there. So it's about as American made as a fella could hope for these days.

Can anyone else confirm that Leopold is now selling Chico scopes? Also been trying to avoid Chinese goods. I’m trying to explain to my kids (who keep seeing China in media due to Wu flu) that the Chinese government lies about everything and is not to be trusted.

Lacroix optical a small lens manufacture in Batesville Arkansas, and they were contracted by Vortex to make lens for the AMG line originally not sure if they are still or the sole source. Get ready to sell every fucking vehicle you own.

Not a single one of them, regardless of the brand, is 100% made in the USA according to your definition.A lot of people on this thread don't understand the realities of modern manufacturing businesses. You guys probably think GMC and Chevy trucks are different and made in GMC plants and Chevy plants.......

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My Accord is one of the absolute most American (by value content) vehicles sold in this country today. Engine manufactured at Honda's Anna, OH engine manufacturing plant Body stamping made at Honda's Marysville, OH assembly plant and at KTM's St Paris, OH stamping plant All sorts of components (fuel, exhaust, electronics, interiors, etc) manufactured at a slew of American, European, and Japanese parts makers with American plants all over the Midwest Vehicle assembly at Honda's Marysville, OH assembly (since 1982) The only foreign major component is the 6 speed manual transmission, made at a Honda plant in India.

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