Right outside of the engineering department is a test board for contrast, color consistency, chromatic aberration, tracking, and glare. While we do test for all of these in our lab, we also test our products in real-world lighting conditions. This is extremely important because this is where you’re actually going to use them. Many optic purchases are made in a store with bright lighting, which can actually make inferior products look very bright and crisp. To test true performance you need to use the optics in low-light or glare-producing conditions outside.
We use a number of different CNC machines, but most of them are the Index brand, which are the very best CNC machines available today. These allow us to keep incredibly tight tolerances, while maintaining a high-volume output.
Thanks to advances in technology, raw material goes in one side, and an almost finished maintube emerges from the other.
Bead blasting is the last step for all external parts before anodizing. This bead blast chamber uses a proprietary process to ensure tolerances stay exact, while also creating that matte/satin texture Leupold scopes are known for.
After the parts come back from anodizing, a number of them go through our laser room. Any kind of logo or marking on the products is lasered into the surface, so that they’ll never fade. The lasers are extremely accurate and precise down to microns.
With all of these machines, it’s extremely important that we keep them running smoothly. Our highly-skilled maintenance department provides preventative maintenance and fixes any catastrophic failures. A job this big requires an even bigger tool box. We utilize a high-tech automated storage and inventory system to keep just about everything we need on hand, so our machines stay running strong.
Once a work order comes down from the planning department, the material handlers get the components ready for the assembly clean room. Before parts actually go into the clean room, they are washed in our sonic cleaning station to make sure there’s absolutely no dust or debris on them before getting assembled. Since scopes are basically intricate magnifiers, any kind of debris on the inside will be very evident as soon as you look through them.
Once the parts make their way into the clean room, material handlers combine all of the parts it takes to make a certain scope and stage them on a cart. Those carts are then rolled over to an assembly line where they get built into the final product. The lines are segregated by the product type and the complexity of the build.
'THE PUNISHER' RECOIL SIMULATION
In order to move into production, every one of our riflescope designs must survive our ruthlessly abusive recoil testing system ( 5,000 impacts at x3 the recoil of a .308 with no impact shift ) before it's ever considered worthy of our lifetime guarantee. The Punisher has been known to spit the guts out of many competitor scope brands.