Rudolph Optics – Japanese Technology – 30% Less – At Your Local Dealer – SHOT Show 2017

Rudolph Optics

At first I was unsure as to how I was supposed to take seriously an optics company named Rudolph that had a reindeer on their SHOT Show booth. I mean really? But then I looked down the glass and was surprised to find that the scopes are nice. Poking and prodding, I discovered that Rudolph Optics are made in the same factory as a very popular Japanese scope manufacturer that I will not say here, and they sell for 20-30% less for about the same thing. I don’t believe you would be able to tell the difference in the quality. The outside finish and logo screening isn’t as nice on the Rudolph scopes, and they don’t have some of the proprietary controls, like zero stop.

Distribution on Rudolph is mostly limited to their own dealer network, and of course that is why they were at SHOT Show, trying to pick up more dealers. I found them on Optics Planet, and if you look around they come up at a few other online retailers.

The nice thing about Rudolph Optics is their no questions asked lifetime warranty. They are an importer, not a genuine manufacturer, so they kind of have to be around still should something go wrong with your scope. That catch is that like he says, it is extremely unlikely that something will. I nonetheless would not discount the warranty, but also take it with a grain of salt.

See if your local dealer carries Rudolph Optics first. Comparing Optics to each other, especially the Asian countries to each other, and those to German and British and Eastern European and American optics, just isn’t what it was even 5 years ago. What you can get for not a lot of money is astounding, so look down some glass before you make your next big optics purchase.

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  • Dusty January 24, 2017, 1:56 pm

    I looked through the Optics Planet and the Rudolf sites and neither has technical specifications listed- like eye relief, length, weight etc. The Rudolf site has a “contact us” link, but it apparently only allows drivel like social media type communication. I don’t buy optics that I can’t evaluate pre-purchase- I don’t care who might be making them. Leupold, Nikon, and Pentax still get the nod here.

    • Rudolph Optics January 26, 2017, 11:24 am

      Dusty, if you go to our website,, you can look at the “other details” tab on any of our scopes and all the information you mentioned is listed there. Please feel free to email us if you have any questions.

    • JB January 26, 2017, 11:41 am

      I found all of the specifications on their website when I checked them out. Everything you mentioned was listed plus more about each scope. They also have a phone number listed to get in contact with them. They do have links posted to connect with them on Social Media as well. I’ve seen their scopes at the dealer near me and they’re pretty nice! I went in to buy a Vortex and ended up buying a Rudolph scope and then got their rangefinder with the money I saved. Don’t knock it till you try it!

  • akjc77 January 24, 2017, 3:16 am

    Are We talking about same factory that makes Nikon? Kinda like Howa makes the Weatheby Vangaurd rifles? Japanese always been known for superior glass, matter of fact during WW2 many of our Navy were looking thru Japanese binoculars and such to fight the Japanese Navy!!

    • code3driver January 24, 2017, 11:49 am

      Nikon doesn’t start with a “V”. I am guessing he means Vortex.

      Anyone else see the irony in Guns America promoting foreign manufacturers…

      • Joe January 24, 2017, 6:20 pm

        I’m happy they do! Some of those foreign manufacturers make better products than some American manufacturers.

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