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Where are Meopta Riflescopes Made?

Introduction

Headquartered in the Czech Republic, Meopta® Optika s.r.o. is a world-renowned producer of optical and Optoelectronic systems for the industrial, military, and consumer markets. The sports optics division of the company manufactures a series of high-quality products, mainly rifle scopes, spotting scopes, and binoculars. Imaging products offered are hand-held cameras, enlargers, video cameras, film projectors, and others. In addition to these, Meopta® also produces optical components, such as prisms and lenses for several distinguished brands. The multi-national company has one of the largest production facilities in Europe, currently located in the city of Prerov, Czech Republic with a manpower of more than 2,000 employees.

Meopta logo

Meopta logo

History

Meopta® Optika was founded in 1947 as a result of the merger of two Czechoslovakia-based optics manufacturers, namely C.P. Goerz in Bratislava and Optikotechna in Prerov.

P. Goerz

Established during the late 1800s, C. P. Goerz was a Vienna-based manufacturer of optical devices. In 1907, the company established a production facility in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia for optomechanical products that were initially geared towards Austria-Hungary’s naval forces. The company produced military-grade products throughout the First World War for various armed forces, but soon after the war ended, changed its approach towards the business. Beginning in 1919, C. P. Goerz entered the civilian market when it started producing optical devices, such as compass, binoculars, film cameras, magnifying glasses, field glasses, and mechanical instruments, including speakers, manometers, refractometers, and mechanical alarm clocks.

Optikotechna

Optikotechna was founded by Engr. Alois Benes in Prerov, Czechoslovakia as a producer of optical components in 1933. In the initial years, the company offered lenses and optical condensers, but by 1937, the production had gradually switched to mainstream optical devices, such as composite lenses, binoculars, rifle scopes, transparent-slide projects, and personal cameras. In no time, Optikotechna had added several factories in the nearby regions to accommodate the rising demand for its products. The success was short-lived and the manufacturing business had to be surrendered when Czechoslovakia was invaded in 1939 during Second World War. During the German occupation, the company was forced to manufacture military-grade optical instruments for the German army, which included riflescopes, binoculars, rangefinders, and periscopes. This continued until the end of WW2, after which the company was nationalized.

Formation of Meopta® Optika

In 1947, Optikotechna was merged with C. P. Goerz to become Meopta® Optika. Since its inception, the company has offered civilian-targeted products, particularly rifle scopes, spotting scopes, binoculars, hand-held cameras, enlargers, video cameras, film projectors, and others. During the Cold War era, the company produced military-grade optical devices to the point where it represented 70% of the company’s business. The production shifted back to civilian products in 1989, which was followed by the privatization of the company in 1991.

Currently, Meopta’s main factory lies in Prerov, Czech Republic that covers a 135,000 m2 area with a large manufacturing floor that spans over 26,000 m2. Since becoming private, the company has garnered a significant following among sport optics fanatics. The majority shareholder of the company established a separate company in the US, New York, by the name Tyrolit, but renamed it to Meopta®, USA Inc. in 2005.

Production Facilities

The Meopta® name has a long history of producing outstanding optomechanical and optoelectronic products. Ever since it was established in the 1930s, the company has offered products to the industrial, military, and consumer markets.

Meopta Sports Optics

Meopta Sports Optics

Meopta® rifle scopes are produced in the company’s main production facility in Prerov, Czech Republic.

Prerov, Czech Republic

The manufacturing process for rifle scopes at Meopta® is divided into three main stages:

Research & Development Stage

Research & Development is an integral component of all manufacturing processes everywhere without which it would be impossible to create innovative products. The R&D activities at Meopta® are performed to complement the ongoing manufacturing processes for all products through continuous improvement, right from the start to finish.

The R&D activities include the following operations:

Mechanical Design

The mechanical design of optical devices, especially rifle scopes, plays a crucial role in protecting delicate optical components, such as lenses, from high-caliber recoils. Another function of a well-designed rifle scope housing is to provide accurate positioning for lenses and adjustment mechanisms, without which a rifle scope will not perform as desired. The design team at Meopta® pays special attention to requirements of surface finish, dimensions, and geometric tolerances. All of this is achieved using world-renowned CAD packages, particularly Creo Parametric software from PTC.

Optical Design

Optical Design is a specialized field of physics that deals with the optical properties of materials. At Meopta®, researchers study the effects of physical design, material, and optical coating to corresponding optical properties like light transmission, refractive index, reflection, and others. Software applications that are specially used for this purpose are Zemax and Oslo.

Structural Calculations

One of the main stages of R&D is to analyze and validate innovative mechanical and optical designs. Engineers achieve this by applying real-world loads, including thermal shock, vibrations, and impact loads on Finite rifle scope assembly designs using the Finite Element Analysis technique. By using PTC Creo Simulate, it becomes particularly easy for engineers to identify key design areas that require modifications. Additionally, engineers can play with the mechanical design of rifle scopes to create lightweight designs without affecting mechanical strength.

Manufacturing stage

The R&D stage goes hand-in-hand with the manufacturing stage, which converts the latest innovations in optics design into high-quality rifle scopes with outstanding optical and mechanical performance. The manufacturing processes that take place at Meopta’s Prerov site include:

Meopta Meopro Riflescopes

Meopta Meopro Riflescopes

Precise machining and material selection

Riflescopes are one of the most complicated optical devices in existence today since their design requires consideration of multiple factors, especially seamless zoom adjustment, shock proofing, water, and fog proofing. Seeing these critical requirements, rifle scope manufacturing requires precise machining equipment. At present, Meopta’s production floor is jam-packed with state-of-the-art CNC machinery from distinguished brands. These include precision milling centers with up to 5 controlled axes, high-speed lathe machines, Electric Discharge Machines, and equipment for grinding, bending, soldering, threading, and honing equipment.

Raw materials that are suitable for rifle scopes and binoculars are required to have a high strength-to-weight ratio. Materials that fit this description include Aluminum Alloys, Titanium, Stainless steel, and high-strength polymer plastics. The range of manufacturing equipment available at Meopta® is more than capable of machining such materials with ease.

Heat Treatment

Heat Treatment is a combination of various processes that are designed to treat raw materials using high temperatures. The reasons for heat-treating materials can vary, but the most important is the improvement of hardness and machinability and relief of residual stresses. The on-site heat treatment facility at Meopta® features a temperature-controlled furnace with an upper-temperature limit of up to 1,3000C. It is purpose-built for performing annealing, duralumin hardening, normalizing, gas quenching, carbonitriding, and tempering operations on Aluminum Alloys, Titanium, and Stainless steel material.

Metal Surface Coating

No matter how a riflescope is designed, the contact between metal and glass cannot be completely eliminated. Since lenses are delicate and sensitive to touch, any surface distortion on the internal surface of the riflescope tube can damage the lenses and render an otherwise expensive scope useless. Metals are inherently prone to corrosion and surface scratches. To solve this problem, engineers at Meopta® process metal surfaces through a combination of operations, such as anodizing, electroplating, blackening, painting, and zinc phosphating. This step concludes the manufacturing of metallic components for rifle scopes and other Meopta® products.

Optical Elements

Meopta® uses fluoride HD glass that is known for brilliant light transmission, minimized chromatic aberration, and exceptional color fidelity. The whole functionality of Meopta® products is reliant on optics, therefore it is necessary to allocate significant care to its design and manufacturing. Glass is different from metals in the sense that it cannot be formed or machined using conventional methods. At Meopta®, glass is cut using German-made grinding equipment that achieves desired shapes and sizes slowly and precisely. One such high-speed manufacturing technology employed at Meopta® is Synchrospeed.

While precise grinding does its job well, glass still retains surface roughness due to its brittle nature. One may think why such high requirements are necessary for the manufacturing of lenses. In order to achieve optimum values of reflection and refraction, highly smooth surfaces on lenses are a must. Meopta® houses Magneto-Rheological Finishing (MRF) equipment that is used to give required curvature and polished surfaces to lenses. For non-spherical glass elements, such as prisms, skilled operators employ contact profilometers of Taylor Hobson and Luphoscan brands.

Optical Coating

Now that all optical elements are designed and manufactured, the next step is optical coating. Contemporary multi-coatings are designed to serve more than one purpose, i.e. light transmission, anti-reflection, polarization, beam splitting, phase correction (prisms), and protection against surface abrasion and water contamination. As of 2020, Meopta® has 40 vacuum chambers for intricate multi-coatings on lenses and prisms.

Meopta® rifle scopes feature the following four optical coatings:

MEOLUX: The latest addition to Meopta’s proprietary coatings, MEOLUX, is designed to enhance light transmission of lenses by limiting undesired light reflections. The coating processes a light transmission of up to 95%, which is perfect for hunting during twilight and night-time hours. At present, only the MeoStar R2 series riflescopes feature the MEOLUX anti-reflective coating.

MEODROP: Water, grease, and dust are all the enemies of external lens surfaces. A little bit of whichever will ruin your experience of hunting on a fine excursion. MEODROP is a hydrophobic optical coating that is designed to prevent unwanted elements from clinging to the surface of lenses and ensure clear and unblemished images by turning the impurities into beads and rolling them off the surface.

MEOBRIGHT: MEOBRIGHT is another optical coating that is designed to improve the inherent light transmission rate of lenses. Promising up to 99.7% light transmission, MEOBRIGHT is perfect for hunting in low-light conditions. Optical elements of MeoPro Optika6, MeoStar R1, MeoPro, and ZD series rifle scopes feature this coating.

MEOSHIELD: MEOSHIELD is an anti-abrasion ion technology featuring a Silicon coating that is designed to protect the external lens surfaces from abrasion and scratches in the most demanding situations.

Assembly stage

As the name suggests, this stage deals with the assembly of mechanical and optical components to form the complete assembly of rifle scopes and other products that Meopta® offers. Components are brought in batches to assembly workstations where a competent workforce of 300 personnel assembles them together using adhesives or fasters. Assembly operations are either carried out in a cleanroom environment or a dedicated assembly hall depending on the requirements:

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Cleanroom assembly

A cleanroom is an atmosphere-controlled room that is designed in a way to prevent unwanted particles, such as dust, dirt, or human hair, from contaminating the inner atmosphere. The cleanroom at Meopta® is built in a manner to fulfill the requirements of ISO standard 14644-1 class 3-6 and ISO standard 14644-8 class 9 for clean environments. Additionally, a particle counter monitors the cleanliness of the inside atmosphere and signals detected impurities above a threshold value. All components are properly cleaned before they are brought inside the room. At Meopta®, the cleanroom area is primarily employed for integrating electronics components, such as PCBs.

Standard assembly process

The assembly operations for rifle scopes are performed at the standard assembly area. The assembly of optical devices also requires a clean environment that is free of dirt, pollen grains, moisture, and dead skin cells. Why? Because only a minuscule amount of contamination on the surface of a lens can potentially affect the optical performance, particularly in the airtight optical cavity of rifle scopes. Imagine trying to remove an unwanted particle from the internal surface of the objective lens.

To fulfill the requirements of rifle scope assembly, the standard assembly area at Meopta® has several flow-boxes that are fitted with HEPA filters that promise a purity of ISO 1000 class. A few operations that are carried out at these miniature cleanrooms are:

  • Nitrogen-purging
  • Assembly of rifle scopes
  • Hydrophobic coating of lenses
  • Resolution and Interferometric measurement

Quality Control and Inspection

All components are checked for non-conformances beginning at the very start of manufacturing, which is cutting block sizes. Following this, all steps from glass grinding, turning, milling, optical coating, and metal surface coating are immediately followed by an inspection for quality. Non-conforming parts, if found, are either sent for rectification or scrapped. The final stage of rifle scope manufacturing at Meopta® is the inspection of the newly-built scope for various parameters, such as focus, windage/elevation adjustment, Nitrogen-leakage, shock vibration testing, and others.

Manufacturing of components in Asia

While most of the Meopta® products are manufactured in-house in Prerov, Czech Republic, the production of an affordable line of rifle scopes and binoculars is outsourced to the Philippines where the production and labor costs are considerably lower. Individual components are then sent to the Prerov factory where the final assembly takes place along with other premium products. While labor and production costs in the Czech Republic itself are lower compared to Europe, it is still comparatively lower than in Asian countries, particularly Vietnam and the Philippines.

Series Origin

Meopta® currently offers the following series of rifle scopes:

Hunting Scopes

Meopta offers the following series of rifle scopes for tactical and sports shooting:

MEOSTAR® R2

The MEOSTAR® R2 is the newest addition to Meopta’s high-quality hunting scopes. Available in 5 configurations, the series is designed to perform in a range of hunting situations, such as driven hunting, stalking, low-light hunting, and long-range hunting in highlands. With a high value-for-money, R2 scopes sport an impressive list of features, including 6X optical zoom, wide field of view, and MEOTRAK™ II elevation and windage adjustment system. All of these scopes are fully produced in the Czech Republic.

The series is equipped with Meopta’s proprietary multi-coating technology, especially MEOLUX™, MEOSHIELD™, and MEODROP™. Some additional features of the series include an 8-step reticle illumination, repeatable accuracy, 30 mm main tube, shock-resistant construction, waterproof design, and Nitrogen-filled fog proofing.

The MEOSTAR R2 series is available in the following configurations:

MEOSTAR® R2 1-6X24 RD SFP

Equipped with a true 1X zoom, the MEOSTAR® R2 1-6x24 is designed for close-range hunting applications, particularly stalking and driven hunting. The scope offers a wide field of view of 37.6-6.3 m/100m at 1X zoom, which certainly comes in handy when hunting for fierce fast-moving game, such as wild boars or deer in heavily forested terrain. If the situation calls for it, the hunter can jump to 6X zoom and take the shot confidently without breaking a sweat. The technical specifications include 1-6X magnification, 24 mm objective, a field of view of 37.6-6.3 m/100m, 98-96 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 138/138 MOA, click value of 0.52 MOA, and the main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with 4C/1, KDOT 2, BDC 2, and BDC 3 illuminated reticles.

Meopta MeoStar R2 1-6x24

Meopta MeoStar R2 1-6x24

MEOSTAR® R2 1.7-10X42 RD SFP

Whether it is stalking in thick forests or high-seat bait hunting in poor lighting conditions, the MEOSTAR® R2 1.7-10X42 RD should be your go-to hunting scope. Though light on weight, the optic packs a ton of features that will transform your hunting experience into a memorable one. The main highlights of the scope include 6X optical zoom, excellent low light performance, and compact construction. Some of the specifications of this scope include 1.7-10X magnification, 42 mm objective, a generous field of view of 21.9-3.7 m/100m, 98-94 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 88/88 MOA, click value of 0.24 MOA and the main tube of 30 mm diameter. Illuminated reticle options include 4C/1, 4K, BDC 2, and BDC 3.

Meopta MeoStar R2 1.7-10x42 RD

Meopta MeoStar R2 1.7-10x42 RD

MEOSTAR® R2 2-12X50 RD SFP

Most hunting scopes available in the market today are designed for daylight hunting and when it is dark, hunters have no choice but to pack their bags and head for home. This is especially heart-wrenching when you have not had any luck the entire day. Seeing this problem, MEOPTA unveiled the 2-12x50 all-rounder in its MEOSTAR® R2 range of hunting scopes. Featuring a large 50 mm multi-coated HD objective along with reticle illumination, this scope is perfect for medium to long-range hunting in all lighting conditions. Technical attributes of the scope are 2-12X magnification, 50 mm objective, 6X zoom, a field of view of 18.6-3.1 m/100m, 98-95 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 70/70 MOA, click value of 0.24 MOA, and the main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with 4C/1, 4K, BDC 2, and BDC 3 illuminated reticles.

Meopta MeoStar R2 2-12x50 RD

Meopta MeoStar R2 2-12x50 RD

MEOSTAR® R2 2.5-15X56 RD SFP

This MEOSTAR® R2 variant is built-ready for performing in a range of hunting situations, such as dark twilight hours, dense woodlands, wide-open grasslands, and rough mountainous terrains. The highlight of the optic is the large 56 mm multi-coated objective lens that encourages avid hunters to continue their hunting excursions way past the sunset without having to look at their wristwatch. Specs include 2.5-15X magnification, 56 mm objective, 6X zoom, a field of view of 14.9-2.5 m/100m, RedZoneTM reticle illumination with 8 levels, 97-95 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 60/60 MOA, click value of 0.24 MOA, parallax adjustable from 10 m to infinity, and the main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with 4C/1, 4K, BDC 2, and BDC 3 illuminated reticles.

Meopta MeoStar R2 2.5-15x56

Meopta MeoStar R2 2.5-15x56

MEOSTAR® R2 8X56 RD SFP

The MEOSTAR® R2 8x56 is an outstanding hunting scope that is purpose-built for hunting in low-light conditions, especially in high-seat, stand, and bait hunting. Offering a fixed 8X magnification, the scope promises incredible optical performance thanks to a large 56 mm objective and MEOLUXTM anti-reflective coating. Specifications of the scope are 8X magnification, 56 mm objective, a field of view of 4.5 m/100m, 100 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 56/56 MOA, click value of 0.24 MOA, and the main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with 4C/1 and 4K reticles with RedZoneTM illumination technology.

Meopta MeoStar R2 8x56

Meopta MeoStar R2 8x56

MEOSTAR® R1

The MEOSTAR® R1 is another premium line of hunting rifle scopes from Meopta® that has provided avid hunters the right confidence in the field for many years. The series guarantees solid optical performance in all outdoor conditions, regardless of climate and lighting, which is one of its key characteristics. R1 scopes are purpose-built for a range of short to medium and long-range shooting applications, including stalking, driven hunting, stand hunting, varminting, and long-range hunting. All of these scopes are fully produced in the Czech Republic.

Primary features of MEOSTAR R1 scopes include red-dot illumination, 4X optical zoom, MEOBRIGHT™ anti-reflection coating, MEOSHIELD™ anti-abrasion coating, MEOTRAK™ II elevation/windage adjustment system, 30 mm main tube, shock-resistant construction, waterproof design, and Nitrogen-filled fog proofing.

The MEOSTAR R1 series is available in the following configurations:

MEOSTAR® R1 1-4X22 SFP

The MEOSTAR® R1 1-4x22 is the ultimate rifle scope for close-range hunting applications, whether it is driven hunting, stalking, or big game hunting. Hunting for the dangerous game requires the simultaneous use of both eyes for rapid aiming. Featuring a true 1X magnification, this R1 variant offers a wide field of view of 35.9-8.6 m/100m that is particularly helpful in aiming for a fast-moving game like whitetails or wild boars. Features of the optic are 1-4X magnification, 22 mm objective, 4X optical zoom, a field of view of 35.9-8.6 m/100m, 84-88 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 112/112 MOA, click value of 0.52 MOA, and the main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with 1, 4, and Z-Plex II non-illuminated reticles and illuminated KDOT reticles.

Meopta R1 1-4x22 RD

Meopta R1 1-4x22 RD

MEOSTAR® R1 1.5-6X42 RD SFP

If you are a deer-hunting fanatic, chances are that you will love the MEOSTAR® R1 1.5-6x42 hunting scope thanks to its edge-to-edge sharpness and color rendition. The scope starts with 1.5X magnification at the low end, which is perfect for stalking deer and other big game in densely forested areas. If the game senses you and tries to run away, the 6X magnification is just a dial away using a variable 4X optical zoom. Technical specifications of the scope are 1.5-6X magnification, standard 42 mm objective, a field of view of 22.4-6.8 m/100m, 82-95 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 95/95 MOA, click value of 0.24 MOA, and the main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with illuminated 4C/2, BDC 2, and BDC 3 reticles.

MEOSTAR® R1 3-10X50 SFP

The MEOSTAR® R1 3-10x50 is an all-rounder hunting scope that is built-ready for nearly all hunting situations. The scope includes a large 50 mm objective lens with ion-assisted multi-coating technology, which features excellent light gathering capability for ultra-bright images even in low-light conditions. The main applications of the scope are low light hunting, stand hunting, varmint hunting, and alpine hunting. Some of the specifications of this scope include 3-10X magnification, 50 mm objective, 3X optical zoom, a field of view of 13.3-4.0 m/100m, 80-82 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 70/70 MOA, click value of 0.24 MOA, and the main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with non-illuminated 1, 4, and Z-Plex II reticles.

MEOSTAR® R1 3-12X56 FFP

Fitted with a 56 mm objective lens, the MEOSTAR® R1 3-12x56 is purpose-built for hunting at night (where legal). The large objective features Meopta’s proprietary ion-assisted multi-coating technology, which ensures capturing of maximum light and prevents unnecessary loss of light using the anti-reflective optical coating. Because of this, the scope is able to produce outstanding images with exceptional clarity at night. Technical aspects of the scope are 3-12X magnification, 56 mm objective, 4X optical zoom, a field of view of 11.0-3.5 m/100m, 83-77 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 43/43 MOA, click value of 0.24 MOA, and the main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with 1, 4, 4B, 4D Dichro, MW MV, and Z-Plex I non-illuminated reticles, and 4C/1 and 4D Dichro illuminated reticles.

Meopta MeoStar R1r 3-12x56

Meopta MeoStar R1r 3-12x56

MEOSTAR® R1r 3-12X56 RD SFP

The MEOSTAR® R1r 3-12x56 is equipped with many of the same characteristics of the R1 3-12x56 variant, except that the etched glass reticle is placed on the second focal plane instead of the first. While FFP reticles are excellent for long-range hunting, the SFP reticles allow the hunter to utilize the true potential of the scope at all magnifications since the reticle size remains constant. Primary features of the optic are 3-12X magnification, 56 mm objective, 4X optical zoom, a field of view of 11.0-3.4 m/100m, 90-80 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 43/43 MOA, click value of 0.24 MOA, and a main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with non-illuminated 4, Z-Plex II, and 4D Dichro. Options for illuminated reticles include 4C/1, 4K, BDC 2, and BDC 3. The RGD variant of the scope features a dual (red-green) illuminated 4C/1 reticle.

Meopta MeoStar R1r 3-12x56

Meopta MeoStar R1r 3-12x56

MEOSTAR® R1 4-12X40 SFP

If you are looking for an all-rounder hunting scope that offers a high value-for-money, look no further. The MEOSTAR® R1 4-12x40 is designed to perform in nearly all types of hunting, whether it is varmint hunting, big game hunting, high-seat hunting, or long-range hunting up to 500 m. It features Meopta’s anti-reflective and protective optical coatings, so you can enjoy your hunting excursion without worry. Technical specifications of the scope include 4-12X magnification, 40 mm objective, 3X optical zoom, a wide field of view of 10.1-3.4 m/100m, 91-80 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 55/55 MOA, click value of 0.24 MOA, and a main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with non-illuminated 1, 4, Z-Plex II, and MMD reticles.

MEOSTAR® R1 4-16X44 SFP

The MEOSTAR® R1 4-16x44 is the ultimate hunting scope that offers precision and repeatable accuracy in long-range hunting. While the scope is aimed at big game hunting, high-seat hunting, and long-range hunting applications, it is well-suited for varmint hunting and Hunter Field Target shooting competitions. Primary specifications of the scope are 4-16X magnification, 44 mm objective, 4X optical zoom, a field of view of 8.5-2.4 m/100m, 100-80 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 42/42 MOA, click value of 0.24 MOA, parallax adjustable from 9 m to infinity, and a main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with non-illuminated MilDot, Z-Plex II, and MW HV reticles.

MEOSTAR® R1 7X56 SFP

The MEOSTAR® R1 7x56 is an excellent rifle scope for low-light hunting. Equipped with a 56 mm objective with Meopta’s world-class optical coatings, the scope is perfect for hunting beyond the twilight hours (where legal). Since it offers a fixed 7X magnification, fewer optical elements ensure a 90%+ light transmission rate that is perfect for hunting wild boars and coyotes at night. Technical attributes of the scope are 7X magnification, 56 mm objective, a field of view of 5.8 m/100m, 85 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 52/52 MOA, click value of 0.24 MOA and a main tube of 25.4 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with non-illuminated 1, 4, 4B, and Z-Plex I reticles, and an illuminated 4C/1 reticle.

OPTIKA6

Unveiled in 2019, the Optika 6 is an affordable hunting riflescope line that offers multiple features from Meopta’s modern line of rifle scopes. Promising a high value for money, the series is perfect for demanding hunters who often require reliable optics for their day-long adventures in the wild in unpredictable weather and lighting conditions. These scopes are assembled in the Czech Republic but some parts are outsourced from Asia.

The series is fitted with zero-stop, 6X optical zoom, lockable turrets, MEOBRIGHT™ anti-reflection coating, MEOSHIELD™ anti-abrasion coating, MEODROP™ hydrophobic coating, zoom throw lever, 30/34 mm main tube, shock-resistant construction, waterproof design, and Nitrogen-filled fog proofing.

The MEOPRO OPTIKA6 series is available in the following configurations:

OPTIKA6 1-6X24 SFP/FFP

The Optika6 1-6X24 SFP from Meopta is designed to offer a mix of close-range hunting and competitive shooting capability to the user. Featuring a true 1X zoom, the scope is perfect for IPSC and 3-gun shooting competitions in addition to a range of hunting applications, particularly driven hunting and stalking. The scope is available in either First or Second Focal Plane reticle options. The FFP variant offers tactical-style turrets, while the SFP model features capped turrets for elevation and windage adjustment. The technical specifications include 1-6X magnification, 24 mm objective, 6X optical zoom, a field of view of 36.5-6.3 m/100m, 100 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 120/120 MOA, click value of 0.5 MOA, and a main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with non-illuminated Z-Plex I and illuminated 4C/1, KDOT 2, BDC 3, and KDOT RD reticles.

Meopta MeoPro Optika6 1-6x24 FFP

Meopta MeoPro Optika6 1-6x24 FFP

OPTIKA6 2.5-15X44 RD SFP

Optimized for medium to long-range hunting, the Optika6 2.5-15x44 is an all-rounder rifle scope that is well-suited for stalking big game, high-seat hunting, varminting, and mountain hunting. The scope features capped turrets for elevation and windage adjustments that come with a resettable zero, putting guesstimate work out of the picture when you need to dial different ranges. Some of the specifications of this optic are 2.5-15X magnification, 44 mm objective, 6X optical zoom, a field of view of 13.3-2.3 m/100m, 100 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 70/70 MOA, click value of 0.34 MOA, parallax adjustable from 9 m to infinity, and a main tube of 30 mm diameter. Non-illuminated reticle options include Z-Plex I, BDC, and BDC Dichro, whereas options for illuminated reticles are 4C/1, 4K, BDC 3, .223 RD, and .308 RD.

Meopta MeoPro Optika6 2.5-15x44 SFP

Meopta MeoPro Optika6 2.5-15x44 SFP

OPTIKA6 3-18X50 RD FFP/SFP

Available in either FFP or SFP reticle design, the Optika6 3-18X50 is another long-range hunting scope that pairs perfectly with a range of caliber sizes thanks to its robust built quality. The scope is ideal for a range of hunting scenarios, particularly stalking, stand hunting, alpine hunting, and low-light hunting. The SFP variant offers capped elevation and windage adjustment turrets while the FFP variant has an exposed tactical-style elevation turret with built-in locking. Specifications of the scope are 3-18X magnification, 50 mm objective, 6X optical zoom, a field of view of 11.2-1.9 m/100m, 100 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 90/90 MOA, click value of 0.25 MOA, parallax adjustable from 23 m to infinity, and a main tube of 30 mm diameter. Non-illuminated reticle options include Z-Plex I, 4D Dichro, BDC Dichro, and 6.5CM Dichro, whereas options for illuminated reticles include 4C/1, 4K, Z-Plus RD, BDC 3, 0.308 RD, 6.5CM RD, and 0.223 RD.

Meopta MeoPro Optika6 3-18x50 FFP

Meopta MeoPro Optika6 3-18x50 FFP

OPTIKA6 3-18X56 RD FFP/SFP

Fitted with a 56 mm multi-coated objective, the scope is designed to provide excellent low light performance in poor lighting conditions, especially during twilight and dawn hours when there is minimal light. The scope is available in both FFP and SFP configurations; the SFP model features capped elevation and windage adjustment turrets, whereas the FFP variant offers an exposed elevation turret with built-in locking and zero-stop. The technical specifications include 3-18X magnification, 56 mm objective, 6X optical zoom, a field of view of 11.1-1.9 m/100m, 100 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 90/90 MOA, click value of 0.34 MOA, parallax adjustable from 9 m to infinity, and a main tube of 30 mm diameter. Non-illuminated reticle options include BDC and BDC Dichro, whereas options for illuminated reticles are 4C/1, 4K, BDC 3, Z-Plus RD, BDC RD, and MRAD 1.

Meopta MeoPro Optika6 3-18x56 SFP

Meopta MeoPro Optika6 3-18x56 SFP

OPTIKA6 4.5-27X50 FFP/SFP RD

The Optika6 4.5-27x50 from Meopta is a long-range hunting scope that is light on the pocket, but definitely heavy on the specifications sheet, offering high-tech features like illuminated reticles, resettable zero, and lockable turrets. The scope packs an intricate set of optical elements that set the 6X optical zoom in motion and take you from a measly 4.5X to a massive 27X magnification. This Optika6 variant is also available in either FFP or SFP variants, and all scopes come equipped with exposed, zero-resettable windage turrets and exposed, locking elevation turrets that guarantee repeatable accuracy. Technical aspects of the scope are 4.5-27X magnification, 50 mm objective, 6X optical zoom, a field of view of 7.3-1.2 m/100m, 100 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 84/84 MOA, click value of 0.34 MOA, parallax adjustable from 23 m to infinity, and a main tube of 30 mm diameter. Non-illuminated reticle options include Z-Plex I, BDC, and 4D Dichro, whereas options for illuminated reticles are 4C/1, BDC RD, .223 RD, .308 RD, 6.5CM RD, and MRAD 1.

Meopta MeoPro Optika6 4.5-27x50 FFP

Meopta MeoPro Optika6 4.5-27x50 FFP

OPTIKA6 5-30X56 RD FFP

If precision shooting at extremely long distances is what keeps you going, the Optika6 5-30x56 is the right hunting scope for you. The scope features a large 56 mm objective made of extra-low dispersion glass, which promises crystal clear images with edge-to-edge sharpness and amazing color accuracy even in poor lighting conditions. Perfect for big-game hunting and Hunter Field Target, the scope offers a high value-for-money thanks to features like reticle illumination, resettable zero, and zero-stop. Specifications of the scope include 5-30X magnification, 56 mm objective, 6X optical zoom, a field of view of 8.2-1.2 m/100m, 100 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 110/110 MOA, click value of 0.35 MOA, parallax adjustable from 23 m to infinity, and a main tube of 30 mm diameter. Non-illuminated reticle options include Z-Plex I and BDC Dichro, whereas options for illuminated reticles are MilDot 3, 0.308 RD, and MRAD Dichro.

Meopta MeoPro Optika6 5-30x56 FFP

Meopta MeoPro Optika6 5-30x56 FFP

OPTIKA5

Released in 2021, the Optika5 series from Meopta is the latest collection of compact rifle scopes that are primarily made for hunting. The Optika5 line is available in four variants that are ideal for a range of hunting situations, including stalking, high-seat hunting, varmint hunting, and mountain hunting. Despite a reasonable pricing structure, the series features the MEOBRIGHTTM anti-reflection lens coating that guarantees a light transmission rate of 90%+, significantly enhancing color reproduction and contrast levels. These scopes are assembled in the Czech Republic but some parts are outsourced from Asia.

The series is packed with several contemporary features, such as 5X optical zoom, 1-inch main tube, elevation/windage adjustment turrets, and MEODROPTM hydrophobic water repellent coating. Additional features include side-mounted parallax adjustment, shock-resistant construction, waterproof design, and Nitrogen-purged fog proofing.

The MEOPRO OPTIKA5 series is available in the following configurations:

OPTIKA5 2-10x42 PA

The Optika5 line from Meopta® is a series of highly affordable rifle scopes that are packed with exciting features that are otherwise available on a rather expensive rifle scope model. The Optika5 2-10x42 is no exception, as it features Meopta’s proprietary ion-assisted anti-reflective and protective coating technology that is designed to provide you with the ultimate shooting experience. The variant is best-suited for close to medium-range hunting applications, such as stalking, varmint hunting, and bait hunting. The technical specifications include 2-10X magnification, 42 mm objective, a field of view of 18.6-3.8 m/100m, 92 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 175/175 cm/100m, click value of 0.7 cm/100m and the main tube of 25.4 mm diameter. The PA version of the scope features parallax adjustment from 10 yards to infinity. Reticle options include non-illuminated Z-Plex and Z-Plus.

Meopta MeoPro Optika5 2-10x42

Meopta MeoPro Optika5 2-10x42

OPTIKA5 3-15x44

Featuring 15X magnification in a compact 1-inch tube, the Optika5 3-15x44 is designed to engage targets in medium to long-range distances. Although perfect for whitetail hunting, high-seat hunting, varminting, and mountain hunting, the scope is an excellent scope for hunting sports, including Hunter Field Target competitions. Despite its low price, the optic features top-notch optical coatings that provide an excellent shooting experience in all weather conditions. The main specifications of the scope are 3-15X magnification, 44 mm objective, a field of view of 12.4-2.6 m/100m, 92 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 175/175 cm/100m, click value of 0.7 cm/100m, parallax adjustable from 10 yards to infinity, and the main tube of 25.4 mm diameter. The scope comes with either Z-Plex or Z-Plus non-illuminated reticle.

Meopta MeoPro Optika5 3-15x44

Meopta MeoPro Optika5 3-15x44

OPTIKA5 4-20x44

Stepping into the long-range category, the Optika5 4-20x44 packs a plethora of functions in a compact and lightweight housing made of Aluminum alloy. The optic is best-suited for stalking, high-seat hunting, alpine hunting, and long-range hunting. Additionally, the scope comes in a low-profile design and sits lower on the rifle when mounted, giving a polished appearance. Primary specifications include 4-20X magnification, 44 mm objective, a field of view of 9.3-1.9 m/100m, 92 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 175/175 cm/100m, click value of 0.7 cm/100m, parallax adjustable from 10 yards to infinity, and a main tube of 25.4 mm diameter. Non-illuminated reticle options are Z-Plex and Z-Plus.

Meopta MeoPro Optika5 4-20x44

Meopta MeoPro Optika5 4-20x44

OPTIKA5 4-20x50 RD

The Optika5 4-20x50 RD is an excellent long-range hunting scope that is designed to engage targets way beyond 500 m. Equipped with modern features, including high-quality lens coatings, illuminated reticle, 1-inch main tube, and parallax adjustment. Featuring a 50 mm objective, the scope is perfect for medium to long-range hunting applications, particularly stand hunting, big game hunting, mountain hunting, and low-light hunting. The main attributes of the scope are 4-20X magnification, a field of view of 9.3-1.9 m/100m, 92 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 175/175 cm/100m, click value of 0.7 cm/100m, parallax adjustable from 10 yards to infinity, and a main tube of 25.4 mm diameter. Non-illuminated reticle options include Z-Plex and Z-Plus, whereas options for illuminated reticles are Z-Plus RD and BDC-3 RD.

Meopta MeoPro Optika5 4-20x50

Meopta MeoPro Optika5 4-20x50

Tactical and Sports Shooting Scopes

Meopta offers the following series of rifle scopes for tactical and sports shooting:

ZD Tactical

Based on the MEOSTAR R1 technology, the ZD series of rifle scopes is designed for a range of tactical applications. Designed for professionals, the series is used and trusted by many in tactical shooting situations, such as armed forces and law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the series is widely used by recreational shooting aficionados in competitive shooting sports, such as F-Class competitions and long-range Precision Rifle Series. All scopes in this series are made in the Czech Republic.

The series offers reticle illumination, zero-stop, 6X optical zoom, MEOTRAK™ II elevation/windage adjustment system, lockable turrets, MEOBRIGHT™ anti-reflection coating, MEOSHIELD™ anti-abrasion coating, 30 mm main tube made of Duralumin, shock-resistant construction, waterproof design, and Nitrogen-filled fog proofing.

The ZD series is available in the following configurations:

ZD 1-4X22 RD SFP

The ZD 1-4x22 RD is an excellent short-range scope that is ideal for close-quarter combat in real-world tactical situations. Featuring a true 1X optical zoom, the scope provides a wide field of view that is unreal and captures all sudden movements of the target without much effort. In addition to combat, the riflescope is perfect for IPSC and 3-Gun competitions. Thanks to illuminated reticles and 1X zoom, the need for carrying a red dot sight is eliminated as the ZD 1-4x22 performs amazingly up to 600 yards. Technical aspects of the scope are 1-4X magnification, 22 mm objective, 4X optical zoom, a field of view of 36.1-9.2 m/100m, 81-88 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 112/112 MOA, click value of 0.52 MOA, and the main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with illuminated 7.62 NATO and 5.56 ZD reticles.

Meopta ZD 1-4x22 RD

Meopta ZD 1-4x22 RD

ZD 4-16X44 RD SFP

The ZD 4-16x44 is a premium sports scope that is purpose-built for use by sport shooters for targets located up to 800 meters away. Featuring high-performance mechanics, the scope is designed to withstand the heaviest of calibers and guarantees repeatable accuracy. Highlights of the scope are SFP reticle, adjustable objective, and high-profile tactical-style turrets. Primary specifications of the scope are 4-16X magnification, 44 mm objective, 4X optical zoom, a field of view of 8.5-2.4 m/100m, 100-80 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 47/47 MOA, click value of 0.17 MOA, parallax adjustable from 9 m to infinity, and the main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with the MilDot S illuminated reticle.

Meopta ZD 4-16x44

Meopta ZD 4-16x44

ZD 6-24X56 RD SFP

The need for powerful optics in sports riflescopes has grown significantly in the past two decades. To accommodate the ongoing demand, engineers have come up with high-tech devices that are designed for targets located at extreme distances over and beyond 1,000 meters. Built-ready for 7.62x51 NATO or .338 LM or 12.7mm calibre rifles, the ZD 6-24X56 RD is an exceptional optics that is perfect for day and night use, thanks to a highly-adjustable reticle illumination system. The technical features include 6-24X magnification, 56 mm objective, 4X optical zoom, a field of view of 5.6-1.5 m/100m, 89-90 mm eye relief, elevation/windage adjustment of 42/83 MOA, click value of 0.24 MOA, parallax adjustable from 25 m to infinity, and the main tube of 30 mm diameter. The scope comes equipped with illuminated MilDot 2, MT 223, and MT 308 reticles.

Meopta ZD 6-24x56 RD

Meopta ZD 6-24x56 RD

MEOTAC 3-12X50 RD FFP

The MEOTAC line is the latest addition to MEOPTA’s range of tactical shooting scopes. Currently available in 3-12x50 configuration, the series is designed to not only meet the professional needs of armed forces and law enforcement agencies, but it is the perfect scope series for enthusiastic sports shooters and demanding hunters. Like its hunting counterparts, the series offers the world-class MEOLUX™ anti-reflection coating technology that guarantees more than 95% light transmission. Additional optical coatings include MEODROP™ hydrophobic coating, and MEOSHIELD™ anti-abrasion coating.

The MEOTAC line is equipped with illuminated reticle, First Focal Plane reticles, zero-stop, lockable turrets, shock-resistant construction, waterproof design, and Nitrogen-filled fog proofing. Primary specifications of the scope are 3-12X magnification, 50 mm objective, 4X optical zoom, a field of view of 12.2-3.1 m/100m, 90 mm eye relief, MEOTRAK™ II elevation/windage adjustment of more than 30 MRAD, click value of 0.1 MIL, parallax adjustable from 25 m to infinity, and the main tube of 34 mm diameter made of Duralumin. The scope comes equipped with an illuminated MilDot 3 reticle.

Meopta MeoTac 3-12x50

Meopta MeoTac 3-12x50

Conclusion

Based in the Czech Republic, Meopta® Optika is among the largest rifle scope manufacturers operating in Europe along with Zeiss, Swarovski, and Steiner. In addition to sport optics, the company offers a series of products and services for consumer, military, and industrial markets. Manufacturing of these products requires a large production facility that can handle the workload, and Meopta’s Prerov factory is an excellent example.

The factory houses the required equipment and workforce of 2,000 employees to manufacture the current product line and more. All but some riflescope models from Meopta are completely manufactured and assembled at the Prerov facility. The individual mechanical and optical elements of the affordable line of riflescopes (Optika 6 and Optika 5) are manufactured in Asia, and their assembly operations are carried out at the factory in the Czech Republic.

If you are in the market for hunting, tactical, or target scopes, Meopta has a range of rifle scopes that are available at various prices to suit potential customers.

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