Redfield Revolution rifle scopes are an exception to the rebranding rule.
Normally, I’m not a big fan of rebranding. You’ll most often see this in the firearms industry when a company spends a lot of years and sweat building up a reputation, only to go out of business and have some lower-rent entity pick up their name.
Pretty soon all the craftsmanship is gone and only a crudely stamped, albeit familiar, name remains.
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Redfield was a great American name in optics before falling on hard times a few decades back and going out of business. Redfield had actually been gone for so long that it looked like nobody would ever resurrect the name, and the cynic in me figured if it was brought back it wouldn’t be worth noticing. Sometimes the weirdest things happen, though.
Redfield was resurrected by Leupold, a company that already had a phenomenal line of optics that hunters and shooters have loved for years. What did Leupold want with another scope brand?
I sure couldn’t tell you, but so far it’s been working pretty well for them.
A while back I decided to pick up a Redfield Revolution scope for a recently-acquired varmint rifle. Now, by and large, I’m not fond of having too much magnification in my scopes. I prefer to do most of my big game shooting at shorter ranges and about a 4X usually proves to be plenty.
Sure, some of my gravitating towards lower magnification also has to do with the fact that I’m a cheapskate, but I figured I was saving a lot of dough by going with a Redfield, so why not splurge?
I went with a 4-12×40 in this case to give my varmint rig a little more utility. I had the choice of two different reticle designs. Redfield offers a bullet drop compensating reticle they call the Accu-Range which has several different marks built into it for holding dead-on at different ranges.
This reticle was intriguing, but a drop-compensating reticle is always built to accommodate a certain velocity range, and I have a terrible habit of switching scopes from gun to gun.
I went with the more traditional 4-Plex reticle so that, if the need arose to switch the scope from a gopher gun to a 45-70, I wouldn’t suffer any confusion.
After shelling out some cash, which was considerably less painful than usual when purchasing a 4-12, I mounted the Redfield to my rifle and headed out to the range.
Like any good skeptic, I kept waiting for something to be off with the Redfield. I’m sorry, I just can’t help it when I get a good deal. In this case, though, I’ve been forced to become more of a “glass is half full” guy.
The Revolution adjusts in perfect little ¼ MOA movements, and holds its point of impact like a champ. I’ve even taken the time to walk the point of impact around the four quarters of the target to see if the scope would play nice. So far, a certain number of clicks up or down plus a certain number left or right gives me beautiful, thumbnail-sized groups in a new quadrant.
Just to make sure, I’ve given the scope a few good raps to see if it will get knocked loose, but nothing ever changes.
From what I’ve seen my Revolution is all the scope I’ve come to expect from Leupold over the years, and the very reasonable price tag makes me feel even better about it.
If you like a good product at a good price the Redfield line of optics is well worth taking a look at.