In 1909 China cnc machining founded Redfield Gun Sight Company to produce rifle sights. For several decades Redfield diopter sights were popular on the market until optical sights. At the end of 1940’s Redfield along with Leupold was one of the leading American manufacturers of hunting optics.
However in the last quarter of the XX century Redfield began to experience increasing difficulties. It was a result of poor management and business strategy planning mistakes as well as market conditions which management could not change even if they wanted to. All these reasons leaded Redfield to announce the closure in 1997.
During the next few years, the company, or rather the brand was sold, bought several times. Among the companies who temporarily owned the brand were Blount, ATK, Meade Optical and ATK again. Some of these temporary owners intended to establish production of the Redfield scopes in China, but for various reasons (primarily financial) these plans were never implemented as wanted.
Reborn of Redfield brand
In April of 2008 Leupold & Stevens is buying this “once prestigious” Redfield brand along with the company-owned intellectual property. There were a very pessimistic forecasts right after the official announcement, however, time and results shamed the skeptics. Leupold & Stevens has not only returned Redfield scopes to its rightful place, but also revived the status of the manufacturer of rifle scopes made in the USA.
In September of 2009 the first model of the Redfield Revolution rifle scopes became available in the U. S. This scope was completely made in Beaverton, state Oregon. The body of the Redfield Revolution scopes was manufactured on the same CNC machines using the same aviation aluminum alloy 6061-T6, as the body of the Leupold Scopes.
Thus when hunters in the XXI century were using Redfield Scopes on their rifles they were just as confident using them as their fathers favored the sights of this company in the 1960s. However, new Redfield Scopes had a significant advantage over scopes made in the last century: they were designed with the latest achievements in the field of opto-mechanical technology, which was more than a fantasy in XX century.
The price for the Revolution rifle scopes was really competitive. Retail price was $80-100 lower than price of similar Leupold VX-I models. Such strategy allowed Redfield Scopes directly compete in terms of price with the scopes imported from China excelling them in quality and reliability.
Redfield Scopes’ benefits
Even though the cost is important but it is not the main factor when choosing the Redfield scope. There is a fairly long list of benefits:
- Redfield scopes are the high quality and have the multiple layers of protective coating on all surfaces wherein the glass is contacted with the air.
- Optical system gives a brighter image, correct color and contrast throughout the visible spectrum.
- The “tunnel effect” doesn’t occur when you change the zoom. Objectives of Redfield scopes are clearly distinguishable at any lightning.
- Any light shadows and reflections are excluded if the exit pupil is in correct position.
- The best modern rifle scopes provide light transmission significantly higher than 90% at the day and night. However the high light transmission is useless if there is not a great contrast. It helps to distinguish the game on the background of dense brush in low light conditions. Redfield Scopes fully comply with this requirement.