If you're an old fart like me, you remember Redfield scopes. They were a leading line back in the '50s and '60s, capturing a major portion of the rifle scope market. Most of us remember the Redfield Widefield scope, which gave us state-of-the-art for the times. Some of those scopes are still seen on older rifles and most of them are wonderful scopes. As Redfield declined, Leupold ascended to become the eminent scope maker in the United States.
If you've been watching the sporting news at all, you know that Leupold recently bought the Redfield name and intellectual property. They're bringing out a new line of scopes under the brand, trying to resurrect the name. The website says that the new scopes will be unveiled at SHOT show.
Dave Petzal talks about the new Redfield scopes at The Gun Nut, and says they're bringing out four models initially. A 2X7, 3X9, 3X9X50, and a 4X12. All made in the United States and priced from $129 to $219. They're supposed to be good, no-frills hunting scopes updated to this generation.
I'm a fan of Weaver and Swift scopes. I have both on my rifles and like them a lot, but I'm not impressed with the trend lately of putting bells and whistles on a scope. All I want in a scope is simplicity, reliability, good glass, and durability. My favorite hunting rifle carries a Weaver K-6, which is about as simple a scope as you could possibly put on a rifle. It's a fixed power scope and suits me just fine. Swift and Weaver both use Japanese optics. While it's hard to argue with Japanese optics, (Canon and Nikon make some wonderful lenses), the Redfield line is marketed as a US made scope, and that has a certain cachet for me.
I'm glad to see Redfield back in the game. Now, if they'd come out with a serious no frills fixed 10X and price it under $200.00, they'd sell a boat-load of them.