Welcome to another episode of Optics Trade Debates. Today, we are going to answer one of the questions we commonly receive from our customers, that is: Which of the red dots in your offer are not made in China?
Red dots are made in several different countries, not only China and European countries. That is why divided them into groups: European, American, Asian, Israel, and unknown. Let us begin in Europe, as everything started here – Aimpoint invented the red dot in Sweden and is still one of the biggest producers of red dot sights in the world.
Next on the list is Noblex, who used to be named Docter. They are especially known for their open reflex sights – very popular for pistol users and rifle users. Shield Sights is a brand that has increased in popularity in the last 5 years and its products are made in the United Kingdom. Leica’s Tempus is made in Portugal, while Meopta makes their products in the Czech Republic.
Zeiss used to produce Z-Point and Compact Point in Germany. Since then, the two red dot sights have been discontinued. Europe has many countries that produce red dot sights. When it comes to the US, there are 2 manufacturers: Trijicon and Eotech.
Moving on to Korea, there is DI Optical — all their products are made there, and they have a lot of knowledge, especially when it comes to full-tube sights. Traveling East, we come to Japan. There is a wide array of red dot sights of Japanese origin that many manufacturers offer, such as Sig Sauer, Delta Optical, Kahles, C-more, and many others.
These red dot sights typically come with the same footprint and because C-more were the first to have this footprint (at least we think so), we often refer to it as the C-more footprint. There are also some Japanese manufacturers who produce their own red dots, Sightron being one of them. Half of all the dots on the optics market are made in Japan.
Then there is Israel and Mepro M5, M21, and MOR. Hartman red dot sights are also made in Israel, meant for professional use, and are battle-proof. Let us not forget Russia and Vomz, who are also producing their red dot sights.
Then, we are left with the unknown. For these products, we are pretty sure they are not made in China, but the manufacturers do not specify where these are made.
This includes MRS from Steiner, RD17 and RD20 from Blaser, Point Pro from Delta, some sights from Leupold,… In 2021, there are many red dot sights that are not manufactured in China – there are other places where companies manufacture them. This however does not mean that Chinese red dot sights are not of quality.
So if you do not wish to buy a red dot made in China, you have many options. If you have any additional questions or comments, please leave them in the comment box or send us an e-mail, and we will gladly help you. Take care until next time!
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