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Three Japanese-made Weaver riflescopes were put through their paces for this review and found to be rugged with quality optics.

A LEADING NAME in riflescopes since 1933, the first Weaver scopes were made in El Paso, Texas. In the years following World War II, Weaver brought out two of the best hunting scopes of that time; the K2.5 and the K4 signified a quantum leap forward for American optics. Weaver scopes underwent considerable improvement over the years and action-mounted target models, the T6, T10 and T16 appeared in 1977.

They were upgraded by giving them more accurate internal adjustments a year later. The Micro-Trac system has four tiny carbide balls on the outside of the inverter tube – top, bottom and both sides – which tracked precisely and made adjustments repeatable. By 1979, Micro-Trac had been installed in all of the Weaver hunting models.

In 1984 after half a century of scope production, the W.R Weaver Co, went out of business and was sadly missed, but in 1986 Omark Industries who had begun supplying Weaver mounts two years before announced the introduction of a new era of Weaver scopes made to their specifications in Japan. The new Weavers were upgraded from the ones made in El Paso. They had one-piece aluminium alloy tubes in place of the old steel tubes and retained a slightly modified version of the Micro-Trac system.

Since then, Weaver scopes have been acquired by Meade Optical, a California-based maker of telescopes who branched out into the riflescope trade a few years ago with the purchase of Weaver, Redfield and Simmons brands. Under the Meade banner, Weaver scopes were further upgraded until today’s Classic and Grand Slam series are recognized by the industry as being in the “best value for money” category.

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