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Leapers Scopes

2009-10-18 019

A few weeks ago I received an email from a large airgun dealer- would I be interested in running an article supplied by them in my blog? Sure, if it added to the content and met my standards.  A few weeks later it arrived, and unfortunately it was simply a few lines about making sure you use scopes braced for the two-way recoil of spring guns- something you can read about in my previous posts- and a plug for Leaper scopes. I turned it down.

On reflection, though, I though I should say a few words about Leaper scopes. I first came across them several years ago, when I was actively  shooting airgun field target. The leapers scopes were much cheaper than anything else around, and yet the few dealers carrying them claimed they were more rugged than most of the scopes scopes scopes sold for airgun use. At the time, I found it hard to believe that scopes selling as cheaply as Leapers were rugged enough for airguns. Surprise: They are.

A bit of background:  Just about all low-end (i.e., costing less than several hundred dollars) rifle scopes come from a handful of Pacific Rim factories. The scope you buy may be labeled “RWS” or “Beeman” or “Tasco” but those companies had little to do with the manufacture of the scopes. They supply the makers with a list of specifications, chosen from a checklist of what’s available from the maker, have their name stamped on the scope, and that’s it.

There’s nothing wrong with this system. Better to farm out the making to a company with expertise than to try and reinvent the wheel. And small companies can get involved in having scopes made to their specs without a huge capital investment. I knew a guy back in the field target shooting days who did just that- he’d take orders for a special field target scope he spec’d out, and every few months he’d have a batch of them made.

I suspect that’s how Leapers got started, but today they offer several hundred different scopes, many of which are suitable for airguns- like the 4×32 compact  scope seen on my Beeman C1, above. All Leapers scopes use a rugged etched reticle, adequately braced for airgun (or even assault rifle) use, and they’re pretty inexpensive, too. For a mid-priced gun like the C1, they’re a good match.

6 Comments

  1. Titou78 wrote:

    So, feeling disappointed with Leapers’ proposal ? It seems that real good articles from airguns or scope manufacturers are pretty hard to find 😉

    Back to Leapers, as you seem experienced in this field, have you already tested their “advanced” reticles like the “ARE” ? I am wondering if it is worth trying to buy one for my next scope.

    Thanx for your opinion.

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 7:45 am | Permalink
  2. mje wrote:

    The article was actually from a retailer, not Leapers. But no, haven’t tried one of the newer ones yet.

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 7:49 am | Permalink
  3. Jack Jines wrote:

    I own 3 RWS guns, 350, 48 and a 34. The models 350 and 48 have destroyed close to a dozen scopes. Some of these scopes cost as much as $350. I recently purchased two of the Leapers 3x9x32 models. After mounting them on the 350 and 48, they are still right on target after over 1000 shots. The price of these scopes was only $50 each. I’m very impresed with the ruggedness of this product…..Jack

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 7:52 pm | Permalink
  4. mje wrote:

    Jack: The amazing thing is that all it takes to recoil-proof a scope for spring-air guns is to use a proper retaining ring- something that costs pennies to add- instead of an indentation rolled into the tube to retain the scope elements. And yet you have people selling $350 scopes that do it the cheap way.

    Titou: What the retailer (not Leapers) sent me was a two-paragraph blurb. You can find plenty of good articles about scopes on line- on this web site 😉 I haven’t seen their advanced reticles.

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 10:58 pm | Permalink
  5. Scott298 wrote:

    I own a 350 mag .177 and have scoped it with a leapers 3×12 with illuminatrd reticle and side wheel parallex. I have put wellover 2000 rounds thru the 350 and have never had a scope issue with the leapers. When they came out with the touch-n-tap set up to change the illumination I ran into a slight problem. Prior to the touch-n-tap the illumination was adjusted by a nob on top of the scope. When they switched to the touch pad the illumination would turn off at every shot. When I brought this to their attention with a probable solution to cure the problem – it worked Imagine a corporation actually listening to the customer! They were very gracious and I have to say-unless your ready to fork over more than $500 for a scope the only thing cheap about leapers is their price! If I were to buy another air rifle you can bet the ranch that a Leapers will proudly be on top of it!

    Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Permalink
  6. empact wrote:

    after owning a leaper scopes for my gamo socom it’s one of the best scopes i have ever used it was so good it made me buy another scopes for my RWS 48 .very well made keep up the good work

    Monday, May 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

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