Meopta Optics – Czech Quality You Never Heard Of? – SHOT Show 2015

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Meopta is a quiet company. Their booth presence at SHOT is subtle. It is off the main floor, and decorated in what can only be described as a clean, classy, and understated. This put the focus on what you really want to see from the Czechoslovakian glass maker–the clarity of their glass. You could walk past the booth without ever getting the message. But if you stop long enough to pick up a scope, you’ll see instantly why Meopta gets so much respect from within the industry. And you will see it clearly.

The MeoPro 4.5-14x50. Why settle for a simple 3-9?

The MeoPro 4.5-14×50. Why settle for a simple 3-9?

Or if you want less magnification on the close-up end, the MeoStar 1.7-10 should allow for fast target aquisition.

Or if you want less magnification on the close-up end, the MeoStar 1.7-10 should allow for fast target acquisition.

New for 2015 are additions to the MeoStar and MeoPro scope lines. The new MeoStar scopes have red-dot reticles that can have an excellent feature built into their controls. Between each positive stop is an off setting. So if you like a 7 on the brightness dial, simply turn it to 6.5, or 7.5 and the light will be off. To turn it on, simply turn the dial one click and the light appears at the right setting. No more cranking way up to find the right spot.

Note the half-stops on the dial, which are "off" positions.

Note the half-stops on the dial, which are “off” positions.

Just bright enough for the show floor.

Just bright enough for the show floor.

An interesting side note. Meopta makes their own line of scopes, binoculars, and spotting scopes. They’re slowly expanding their line to include more in the tactical world, where fashion–more than anything else–determines reputation. But there’s more to Meopta. They make glass and components for some of the other big names in the industry. I’d stopped by the booth on Friday, as the SHOT Show was winding down, and there were some interesting visitors in the Meopta booth. I’m not going to name any names, but I will say that one of the major players in the American optics scene was there, checking them out. And I could tell by the look on his face that he was impressed with what he saw.

Check out Meopta if you haven’t already. The quality is on par with the most fashionable names in European optics. But the prices aren’t. You will pay for quality, not for the name.

The XXX.

The Meopro 4.5-14×40.

The other side.

The other side.

Available reticle patterns.

Available reticle patterns.

The selection a bit staggering. Really, with this many options, how do you choose?

The selection a bit staggering. Really, with this many options, how do you choose?

And Meopta has a full line of binoculars and spotting scopes, too.

And Meopta has a full line of binoculars and spotting scopes, too.

With a doubler attached, the binoculars become even more useful.

With a doubler attached, the binoculars become even more useful.

The size of these is deceptive. The big ones are XXX power.

The size of these is deceptive. The big ones are have 56mm objective lenses.

Another attempt at capturing the actual reticle.

Another attempt at capturing the actual reticle.

 

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  • JTH May 20, 2016, 8:08 am

    My 3.5 x10 scope has great glass but the turrents are NOT repeatable. A pain to site in and now I’m scarred if I bump the rifle to hard (25-06) I might lose the zero. I don’t know if I would buy it again.

  • Denny April 15, 2016, 1:10 pm

    I own a cabela’s euro hd spotting scope made by meopta. The glass in my opinion is just as good, if not better than the top three euro.scope makers. At 70 power, excellent clairity, and razer sharp edge to edge.

  • Charles August 2, 2015, 7:26 pm

    Meopta scopes are awesome. You have to use one to know that. I have read about them here http://bestar15scope.org/meopta-scopes-for-sale-and-reviews-quality-value/ and as a matter of fact, I will get one for my rifle asap. Cheers!

  • john July 17, 2015, 1:51 am

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  • Craig February 17, 2015, 11:42 am

    Meopta does provide excellent optical quality at a decent price. Where they fall short is customer service. I have a pair of Cabelas Euro brand 10×40 binocs made by Meopta that I paid $800 for about 5 years ago. Very good resolution and brightness. They went with me on every hunt and one day I looked through them and saw a double image. They were never treated harshly but became misaligned. Emailed Meopta and asked to pay to have them fixed. Sean emailed back and said he would get me a price. This was Sept. of ’14. Monthly emails and phone calls since have not been returned. Meopta customer service is aweful so buyer beware. My $800 binocs that should have lasted a lifetime are unusable junk and Meopta USA doesn’t care.

  • jeff February 8, 2015, 4:53 pm

    “I agree. Now you’ve insulted not only the Czechs, but also the Slovaks – and embarrassed most Americans.”

    I am so embarrassed and I think this article is do degrading and insulting that it will probably lead to wwiii. I for one will not be able for days to sleep due to the improper usage of country names.

  • Rick February 7, 2015, 10:21 am

    Sounds like a bunch of kids trying to show the world who is smarter. “Just the facts mam” Thanks for the informative article.

  • Cam King February 6, 2015, 1:31 pm

    Top of the line glass..I got a Meopta 10×42 binocular a few yrs ago..Wish I had it many yrs ago..Low light is fantastic…You won’t be sorry if u get this brand…Same as Cabella’s Euro…

  • Samsang February 6, 2015, 12:27 pm

    A wiki search supports the author’s accounting of Meopta’s birthplace. Quibbling advances no ones purpose pertaining to gun interest. Trolling is more productive in a slow moving boat.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meopta

    • RH February 8, 2015, 7:15 pm

      I guess we better start referring to Texas as “New Spain” according to that logic. The Author should have used “Czech glass maker.”

      It has nothing to do with trolling, If you want the rest of the world to stop referring to us as uneducated idiots, we should not act like them.

      • Army127 February 14, 2015, 5:19 am

        Then stop acting like one! To be honest he was correct about the companies birthplace. Also it has little relavance really, we are talking about scopes and the quality of such scopes in this article not trying to pinpoint the exact spot where the company started. And yes RH it’s the Czech Republic now but it wasn’t always that way was it? No it was not. So let’s drop this silliness and stick with the major part of the article which is Meopta makes excellent scopes, binos, and spotting scopes for a reasonable price for what you get in quality. Also they make glass for more companies than you would think. Try dome research and you will see how much quality and excellent craftsmanship you get for a middle price point.

  • superken February 6, 2015, 9:44 am

    I agree, stop with the nitpicking. Most of us born in the early part of the last century know about and where Czeckoslovakia/Czech Republic is (wouldn’t want to make that bet with those who are a product of our curent education system). The article is a well done, informative piece and I thank you. I, too, was aware of Cabelas’ connection. Incidentally they currently have the 4.5-14 for about $750. A Zeiss is available for about $1000. A 3-9 Nikon can be had for $250. So you see where Meopta fits. Good glass for somewhat less that the old established names.

  • Silent Wolf February 6, 2015, 8:42 am

    Good article. I myself have not heard of Meopta. You talk of great value. Where does the price point start?

    • Scott February 6, 2015, 9:59 am

      I have 2 of these scopes 3x12x56 with lighted reticle. I also have 2 Swarovski scopes one with a lit reticle and I would put the meopta up against the Swarovski any day. They are every bit as good at half the price. $1000.00 for the 3x12x56

  • Silent Wolf February 6, 2015, 8:33 am

    Good article. I myself have never heard of Meopta but am curious as to what one might expect to purchase one for. How do they stack up against Zeiss or Leuopold?

    • Administrator February 6, 2015, 8:40 am

      They have OEM’d for Zeiss.

  • CHP February 6, 2015, 7:55 am

    Dave H, sorry but anyone who shops for high-quality / great value glass and has done so at a Cabela’s store / website has known about Meopta for years! They were making a line of binos and scopes for Cabelas…and Cabelas also carried a few Meopta branded optics as well. I fully agree with you assessment of the value / quality of Meopta optics. But you might be among the minority who “never heard of” Meopta before you stumbled accross their booth @SHOT.

  • Zack February 6, 2015, 6:39 am

    Rh, you are an idiot. Everyone knows that the countries in Europe change their name like Americans change their opinions. This was a great article; I thought it was well put together. If you don’t like it, then don’t read it. Don’t post something so immature and degrading just to puff your chest out, if we wanted such nonsense I would go watch my banty rooster. Good job Dave! I thought this was an awesome article, I had never heard of this company. Maybe next year I’ll be able to somehow go hobble around the SHOT show.

    • Whyawannaknow1 February 6, 2015, 9:22 am

      Zack, I certainly agree. France changes its name so often- and Sweden, good lord, who can keep up with all THEIR name changes.

      Now SPAIN- don’t even get me started on Spain, that one changes so fast, the new ones practically blur as they roll by you.

      I’m glad I had a chance ta chat about Europe wit a well educated fella like youse, somes doesn’t even knows where dat place is on da map.

      Damn flighty Europeans just can’t pick a country name and stick with it for over 500 or 600 years. Sheesh!

      Later on, maybe we can take a trip out to Sarjevo, maybe discuss post WWI European politics and the geopolitical ramifications of breaking up the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It’d be SWELL!

  • sergio varagnetii February 6, 2015, 4:18 am

    Hello my name is sergio and I live in Argentina, I have a Lee Enfield 303 british model No. 4-MK 2 (1953) wanted to place a telescopic sight I wonder which model would go on the rifle and what is its price. thank you very much

  • Rh February 5, 2015, 8:11 pm

    Czechoslovakia has not existed for decades, it is a product that comes from the Czech Republic. Come on man, get in the right century.
    Look at the photos you put in the article.

    • MeanDean February 6, 2015, 9:02 am

      I agree. Now you’ve insulted not only the Czechs, but also the Slovaks – and embarrassed most Americans.

      Scopes look nice though.

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