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Redfield scopes - history - Redfield Gunsite Co. Denver Colo

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Redfield scopes - history - Redfield Gunsite Co. Denver Colo

Postby john-ranger on Thu Mar 10, 2005 11:26 am

I'm trying to find out a little history of the Redfield scope company. When they were established. Quality control issues. Where the optics were/are made. There is a scope for sale that shows it was made "Redfield Gunsite Co. Denver Colo." Was wondering if this was one of the "older" Redfields. If so, any information about this company. I'm looking for a low power fixed scope, steel, 2 to 3 power that is "high quality" optic for a 1885 High Wall 45-70. Thanks.
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Postby ranburr on Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:06 am

The original Redfields were excellent scopes made in CO. One of their claims to fame was perfecting the second focal plane variable power scope. They were forced out of business by the EPA. I believe that they were at the same site for over 40yrs. As a result the area became contaminated by lead and other nasty chemicals that had been used in their manufacturing over the years. The new Redfield has no ties (other than name) to the old Redfield. The new scopes have changed hands a number of times and they are currently owned by Meade. The general quality of the new scopes is pretty much crapola. I would do a Google and Amazon search for the history of Redfield, there are some books on the company.