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I received this from a buddy of mine who owns a gun shop back home.


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.
In recent months, counterfeited Leupold Mark 4® 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.
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
· Adjustments
· Objective
· Bottom of Turret
 

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Its awful when you can't buy name brand products without having to authenticate them. Thanks for the Info. One thing more to watch out for.
 

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well that is a shame that we have to be on the look out, that was a nice looking scope too.
 

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D--n Chinese I really believe they're out to undermine and conquer. shoddy goods "Croc" lookalikes that cause foot problems, lead paint in toddler toys, "Chinese crawfish" caught in, IMO pouluted pounds which we in Louisiana know better than to buy. and now "make-believe Leupold scopes! Thanks Mr. Clinton you really had the "people's" interest at heart
when you pushed NAFTA through! Question is Which people?
 

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D--n Chinese I really believe they're out to undermine and conquer. shoddy goods "Croc" lookalikes that cause foot problems, lead paint in toddler toys, "Chinese crawfish" caught in, IMO pouluted pounds which we in Louisiana know better than to buy. and now "make-believe Leupold scopes! Thanks Mr. Clinton you really had the "people's" interest at heart
when you pushed NAFTA through! Question is Which people?


Just a clarification...NAFTA stands for North American Free Trade Agreement (The only countries involved are Canada, America, Mexico). China wasn't covered under that deal. We have had trade deals with China that go all the way back to Nixon.

In fact, President Fox of Mexico once remarked at a press conference that he was so disappointed to see "good manufacturing jobs go to China."

How's that for mud in your eye! I feel really sorry for them, don’t you?

If you really have your heart set on berating a President for something, try George Bush Sr. he helped make us a member nation of APEC (Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation) in 1989. And not one President has given darn since…To pass the fare share of the blame, it was under President Clinton that trade barriers were reduced to their lowest rates ever in 1993.
 

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O.K. I apologize for blameing "Slick Willie" about the shoddy Chinese merchandise but I still think he was the worst president to hold the office in my life time I like what I saw on a bumper sticker whie he was in office "Impeach Clinton and her husband too!"
 
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