If you were good enough to get a new Leupold Mark 4® riflescope for Christmas than you were better than a lot of us boys and girls. Still, you'd better take a close look at your new toy. According to the company, there are some hard-to-spot fakes hitting the market:
_Leupold® is issuing a customer alert to purchasers of products, particularly via Internet sales, in regards to bogus Leupold products that are apparently being illegally imported from the People's Republic of China. . . .
Leupold employs serial number tracking for all its riflescopes, so if a customer finds a scope that is suspect, he or she can simply write down the serial number and call 1-800-LEUPOLD to confirm if it is indeed authentic.
[Most counterfeits] have "Leupold Mark 4" laser engraved on the bottom of the turret in a silver etch, while the black ring on the objective is etched in white and does not include the name "Leupold." An authentic Mark 4 riflescope will always be engraved black on black and have the name "Leupold" engraved on the black ring.