He immediately removed the other scopes off ebay. Said I was right, they all had the same serial numbers Re: Chinese verses Leupold Re: coyote268 #12955556 06/29/18. 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. Site offers IMEI blacklist check for all users, and government agencies for free. Every Leupold scope produced since 1974 will have a letter included in the serial number acting as a date-code. Scopes manufactured prior to 1974 will typically have a five or six digit serial number without a prefix or suffix. Scopes using a letter as a prefix (the beginning of the serial number) were produced between 1974 and 1992. Naturally, the serial numbers should provide the date of manufacture. I recently made a purchase for the above Leupold scope and was concerned as to receiving an authentic Leupold scope. I do own other Leupold scopes but cannot recall if any labels or stickers were placed on the box. In fact, I do not believe this to be so.
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Support staff at Leupold’s facility in Beaverton, Oregon were surprised to find a number of rifle sights being returned for service… which were not actually genuine Leupold sights.
It seems that a number of counterfeit sights have been manufactured in Hong Kong and China, and sold through various methods – primarily over the internet. This is, of course, a matter of great concern to anyone wanting a genuine Leupold scope! How can you be certain that the scope you buy is, in fact, a genuine Leupold product?
First, all of the counterfeit Leupold scopes have been the Mark 4 models. Other counterfeits may be out there, but everything seen thus far by Leupold staff have been the Mark 4.
The first and most obvious place to look is on the adjustment dial, which will not include the antiqued brass Leupold medallion. The counterfeit scopes all have a bare black center on the adjustment dials.
Additionally, the objective ring is etched in white on black, and does not say “Leupold.” All authentic Leupold sights have black on black objective rings, with “Leupold” engraved on the ring. Finally, the “Leupold” logo and “Mark 4” are laser engraved in silver on the bottom of the turret.
Counterfeiting on the internet is rampant, and it is always worth a little effort to ensure that what you are getting is a real Leupold sight. Checking these three basic features of the sight you ordered can easily discern whether you have been duped, or are in fact the proud owner of a genuine Leupold sight.
When in doubt, all scopes sold by Leupold either directly or through an authorized dealer are tracked, and the serial number will confirm whether it is in fact a Leupold-manufactured rifle sight. By calling 1-800-LEUPOLD, Leupold’s staff will be glad to confirm any valid serial number as genuine.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.Identifying Marks:
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Counterfeited Leupold Prismatic riflescopes:
The absence of a serial number and barcode on the bottom of the scope is the easiest way to identify these counterfeits. A brass ring may be visible when looking into the objective and screws can be seen on the top of the finger click adjustments under the caps. The product name is not engraved on the black ring.