Introduction to Leupold
Leupold is a family–owned business, and their commitment to quality begins in the state–of–the–art facility in Oregon. It is here that they design, engineer, and manufacture their precision optics. It is also here that Leupold holds their renowned Lifetime Warranty.
Every product they make is backed by their lifetime warranty and is built with only the finest quality materials and craftsmanship. When it comes to making spotting scopes, Leupold has an impressive selection of products.
Their scopes are designed to be lightweight and durable, making them perfect for any outdoor activity. Its optics are renowned for their clarity and resolution, allowing you to see even the smallest details. The scopes are also waterproof and fog proof, meaning they can handle any environment.
Where are Leupold Scopes made?
While a number of their competitors are increasingly manufacturing their scopes in China and South Korea, Leupold spotting scopes are made in Beaverton, Oregon, USA. Since 1907, Leupold has been providing premium optics for hunting, shooting, and outdoor recreation.
At their Beaverton, Oregon factory, Leupold and Stevens employ over 700 people. Since the manufacturing of binoculars has been outsourced to factories in Japan and China, the US factory primarily manufactures riflescopes, red dot sights, spotting scopes, rangefinders, and thermal trackers. This is the case for a lot of binocular manufacturers and not specific to Leupold. If you are interested, please read the best binoculars manufactured in the USA.
For machining metal bar stock into main tubes for riflescopes, the Beaverton factory has 150,000 square feet of space. A raw material storage department on-site is responsible for obtaining and storing raw materials. The riflescope housings are made of aerospace-grade aluminum alloy.
Here is a great video giving a sneak peek inside the amazing Leupold Factory.
The History of Leupold
Fred Friedrich, an immigrant from Germany and his brother-in-law Adam Voelpel set up a manufacturing workshop for scientific devices in Portland, Oregon in 1907. This was called Leupold and Voelpel and served primarily as a repair service for land-surveying products. In 1911, civil engineer John Cyprian Stevens hired the business to create the water-level recorder he designed and registered a patent for. The project was successful, prompting Stevens to become a partner of the enterprise; this led them to rename it Leupold, Voelpel & Co., commemorating his involvement.
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What do we think of them?
We asked our resident hunter, Stephen Fitzgerald, who owns two Leopold scopes including the fantastic Leupold SX-2.
“I think Leupold spotting scopes are great for hunters. They offer high-quality optics and are built to last. They also offer a wide range of magnification levels, so you can find a scope that meets your needs. The lenses are clear and allow you to get the most out of your hunting experience. They are also relatively lightweight, making them easy to transport in the field. Overall, I think Leupold spotting scopes are a great choice for any hunter.”
An optics enthusiast – I love bird watching as well as wildlife. Originally from South Africa, I moved to the UK at a young age. I love reviewing the latest binoculars as well as traveling. I work as a comms consultant during the day. My plan is to travel across the world so building up to that goal.