Where are Vortex Scopes Made? (Verified by Vortex Optics)

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Vortex is an American company, but where are Vortex scopes made? I wasn’t sure, so I dug into the issue and got the answers straight from the horse’s mouth in Barneveld, Wisconsin:

Vortex themselves.

More specifically Mike in customer service, who was more than happy to answer my questions.

According to Mike from Vortex Optics, Vortex produces riflescopes in the USA, Japan, the Philippines, and China. Let’s break it down by product line.

Razor HD AMG

Vortex optics builds one scope in America, the Vortex Razor HD AMG (AMG meaning American Made Glass).

VORTEX RAZOR HD OVERVIEW (2)

The Vortex Razor HD AMG is 6-24×50 first focal plane beast of a long-range riflescope that is machined from a single block of aircraft-grade aluminum and then assembled with literal laser precision at the Vortex facility in Wisconsin.

VORTEX RAZOR HD OVERVIEW

Razor

The rest of the Razor line is made in Japan at a partner facility.

VORTEX RAZOR LENS

Razors are the top-line scope in the Vortex optics line-up, and Japan has a reputation for producing quality glass.

VORTEX RAZOR EYE RELIEF

A reputation that is reflected in the final product. Leupold rifle scopes are also known for their high quality rifle scopes.

VORTEX RAZOR INCLUSIONS

Viper

Viper riflescopes are a mid-level offering from Vortex.

VORTEX VIPER OVERVIEW

These sleek and durable Vortex scopes come from a place not known for optics, the Philippines, along with the Diamondback 4-12×40 riflescope.

VORTEX DIAMONDBACK 4-12X40 OVERVIEW

Early on there were some quality control issues at the plant, so Vortex optics brought in supervisors and engineers from Japan to ensure that the products are built to standard.

VORTEX VIPER MOUNTED (1)

A caveat to this is that the Viper red-dot, and most of the other Vortex red-dot sights, are not made in the Philippines but rather our next stop, China.

VORTEX VIPER LENS

Made in China, But the Good Made in China

A product bearing the label “Made in China” can conjure mixed emotions in some people. With Vortex scopes, they should be good ones. Like the Philippines, Japanese engineers and optics experts supervise and staff the Vortex scopes production facilities in China to verify adherence to Vortex’s high standards.

VORTEX DIAMONDBACK 4-12X40 OVERVIEW

The bulk of Vortex’s rifle scopes production occurs in China. This includes the Diamondback Tactical FFP (First Focal Plane), Strike Eagle, and Crossfire rifle scopes product lines. Asia seems to be the place for optics. In fact, Bushnell gets theirs from South Korea.

VORTEX DIAMONDBACK 4-12X40 MOUNTED

Speaking of Bushnell, I wrote a review on the Bushnell 1-4×24 AR Optics Riflescope.

Conclusion

So, they got fancy factories, but can I trust where Vortex scopes are made and to stand behind their optics if something goes wrong?

In short, yes. All of these Vortex scopes and the entire product catalog are backed up by the Vortex warranty “If you ever have a problem, no matter the cause we promise to take care of you.” They are a company that believes in their product, and from personal experience, it shows.

That said, what are your thoughts on Vortex Optics? Let me know in the comments below. Also, check out my Best Holographic Sights Guide.

FAQ

Which Vortex scopes are made in USA?

Out of all the Vortex scopes, the only one built in the USA is the Vortex Razor HD AMG 6-24×50.

Which Vortex scopes are made in Japan?

The Razor lineup (with the exception of the HD AMG) is produced in Japan.VORTEX RAZOR INCLUSIONS

Where are Vortex Diamondback scopes made?

The Diamondback 4-12×40 scope is built in the Philippines. All other Diamondback Vortex scopes are manufactured in China under the supervision of Japanese optics experts and engineers.VORTEX DIAMONDBACK 4-12X40 MOUNTED

Where are Vortex Viper scopes made?

Viper scopes are built in the Philippines at the same factory as the Diamondback 4-12×40.VORTEX DIAMONDBACK 4-12X40 OVERVIEW

41 thoughts on “Where are Vortex Scopes Made? (Verified by Vortex Optics)”

  1. This is why I buy Leupold now. My understanding is that the glass for most lines comes from Japan, but the rest of the riflescope is made in the USA. Without spending $3,500, I can get a riflescope that mostly made in the USA, supporting American workers. And their warranty is, of course, second to none. You call ’em, they say send it to us, and they send it back ready to rock. Sometimes you even get a brand-new riflescope as an upgrade. *That* is warranty service.

    “Made in China, stays in China”…I like that! I think I’ll use it. 🙂 And if it’s my money that I’m spending, I will do my best to buy American.

    I’ll stick with the Leupold Mark 4’s for as long as they keep selling ’em. They work, they’re solid, and they’re made here.

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    • I respect that sentiment, but also remember that many companies that make products in China and elsewhere also employ American workers (myself included).

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      • Well, they should employ more American workers and less slave-sweatshop labor in China, by moving that production back over here. I guess you’re one of the fortunate ones whose decent-paying manufacturing job didn’t get shipped overseas; I know far too many people who weren’t so fortunate. Plus, Red China is not exactly our friend. So, yeah, “made in China, stays in China” if it’s my money I’m spending and I can buy American.

        We need to vote more with our wallets that way. My cell phone is actually USA-made. Yes, you read that right. It cost more than the Red China-made ones, but I get American quality and ensure American workers get paid. I also have much better assurance that there aren’t backdoors planted into the hardware.

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  2. Because I’m like just about everyone my money don’t grow on trees but I am fortunate enuff to have vortex viper 2.5-10-44 made in the phillipines so far it’s been a super great rifle scope it’s built like a tank I do believe

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  3. Vortex a so-called American conpany outsources it’s production to 3rd world sweat shops and still charges premium prices? Meanwhile Leupold, Redfield, Weaver, Burris, etc. are trying to remain competitive.
    The Chinese can build quality products. They do have a space program. They also pride themselves on selling their junk to fat, lazy, stupid, instant gratification seeking Americans. There’s a reason there are a couple of supercarriers doing figure 8s in the South China Sea and it’s not because the Chinese are our good BFFs.

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    • I couldn’t have said that better.

      The Redfield brand got sold last year to Academy Sports, and now the current line of Redfield riflescopes are made in China. The Leupold-made ones, specifically the Revolution line, are the USA-made, quality ones.

      Note that Burris offshores a lot of its riflescope production to sweatshops, too. So does Weaver. So, be careful of them as well if you buy from them.

      At least Zeiss has the decency to have their so-called “less expensive” line made in Japan, and they’re A.) a friend, and B.) make very high quality stuff.

      Shame about Vortex. I had hoped they would stay primarily American.

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    • I have several vortex products, and they are top notch and much less expensive. I never had any problem with any of them. Even mounted on a .458 socom.

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  4. Just remember that every dollar we send to china, they will use it to build up their military. Their goal is to wipe out the USA. Covid 19 from china wiped out over a million Americans without firing a single shot. They also decimated our strong economy and supply chain. I would hope every U.S. company would remove their manufacturing out of china and move it back to the USA. Vote with your dollar and your words!!!

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  5. I am from Wisconsin, and I was excited to learn about Vortex as they are made in Wisconsin. Then, I found this link when I was trying to find “where in Wisconsin” they are made. Yes, it’s nice that “one” of Vortex’s scopes is made in Wisconsin, but I will not buy Vortex unless they pull production from China. But, there are so many people who keep themselves in the dark, uneducated, about what they buy, or simply don’t care, that I will make a difference. Irregardless, Vortex lost my business before it began by having anything made in China.

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  6. You can’t make money as a consumer; money is made by producers.
    If you don’t produce it here you can’t control its placement in the supply chain.
    Our reliance on others is our weak link.
    This is a problem that can’t be fixed overnight and can’t be fixed at all if you never start fixing.
    The founding fathers understood this and warned us about it. History is a good place to look for solutions to our future. Wake Up!

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  7. All of this hullaballoo over where your scope is made, while you drive cars with parts made in Mexico, hardly a friend of the USA, or elsewhere. Your TV is not made here, in fact most likely, except for one poster the phone or computer you used to post your comments was also made in China or somewhere else. We live in a global economy so get over it. Most of us have a limited amount of money to spend, and we want the best quality we can get for the money. If I can buy a xyz scope for $200 that offers the same quality as one from abc company for $400 I will buy the scope for $200 and take the leftover $200 and spend it right here in the USA on more products and services which put money into our economy.
    If you have unlimited resources you can choose to spend more money than I can, and that is your right and privelege, but that does not make you morally superior to me because I can’t do the same.
    Please don’t bash those of us who choose to buy scopes we can afford so that we can spend more time pursuing our outdoor passions.

    Thanks

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  8. David : post 2023 / could not have been said any better. We seem to pick and choose our battles , hide behind a tree with a m16 , but forget to observe that which is behind us , our whole lives have become saturated with hidden realities, we hastily run to a cause, maybe because there’s nothing else to do and want to be part of something, but stop and observe,
    Look at VORTEX. For example, JOBS” VORTEX employs well over like 800 employees, I have heard they are such a loving company to there people, employees drive up to 1 1/2 hours to work, there culture is second to none , they pay their people very well, benefits
    OFF OF THE CHARTS no one wants to leave , they give their employees extra benefits OH YES so some parts are made over seas ? Some assembly ect. Where is the mention of (For life warranty.) Second to none quality, AND AGAIN employing HunDreds of people, thought – sending all that money to foreign countries? I think more money is being made and kept in and for our people,
    So you MAY REPLY on your Chinese Thai Japanese ,phones ,computers from your Chevy or ford that has computers made in India China. Japan ect , parts Canada Mexico , laughing, or your Honda kia Hyundai , Toyota . Final. I don’t like anything leaving USA but it’s here and here to stay, our lives would stop functioning as we know it if y’all didn’t buy anything that has foreign anything in its makeup, I say MAKE WISE CHOICES , support legislation to control all of this ,until it is all changed do ur best at all of what you do,
    GOD BLESS ALL,and support each other,
    If you saw what VORTEX does to support law enforcement and military at their facility, I KNOW you would see them on such a much diff way .

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  9. PS I AM NOT ADVOCATING FOR CHINA. Simply do ur home work , support legislation to change America back to being great ,we are a self sustaining country , my father ww2 tank commander and interpreter for Patton . Keep us free and great , he fought for it …

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