I e-mailed Burris and asked them why I couldn't find the good ol' "Made in USA" on the 3-9 promo that came with the piece of junk, China made spotting scope. (I bought a very inexpensive 15X-45X 40mm scope, made in Japan, back in 1977 from KMART with the KMART name on it that is much sharper and brighter than the 20X 50mm spotter that came with the promo.) I e-mailed Burris to ask why I could find any "country of manufacture" markings on the riflescope is is what they said:
From: Customer Service [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2005 7:59 AM
To: 'Shaffer, John'
Subject: RE: Burris Manufacture
At this time all spotting scopes and binoculars from all manufactures are
made overseas and have been this way for many years.
Burris growth has outpaced it's internal manufacturing capacity. This has
forced Burris to expand it's manufacturing capacity beyond the limitations
of the Greeley Colorado Burris factory. Burris recently began making some of
our 3x-9x-40 and 4.5x-14x-42mm Fullfield II riflescopes in a factory in the
Far East. As such Burris has removed the printing on the scope which used to
say MADE IN USA.
Burris could have expanded it's manufacturing capabilities in the USA,
however competitive price points Burris has tried to maintain in the $200
range for the 3x-9x-40mm Fullfield II compared to imported brands like Nikon
Buckmasters and compared to Leupold VXI, both of which contain far fewer
quality features than the Fullfield II, also caused Burris to evaluate
lesser cost manufacturing.
The 3x-9x-40mm Fullfield II scopes are currently being made both
domestically and abroad. Every single component and every specification is
identical between domestic and foreign manufacture. Burris monitors assembly
in both plants, and even furnishes some US parts to the foreign plant. In
our plant the Greeley Colorado, Burris 100% final inspects every scope for
over 20 quality control criteria. Any and all servicing or warranty work
that may be required will continue to be done at the Burris Greeley Colorado
You can be assured that irrespective of manufacturing facility, every
Fullfield II riflescope is an original Burris design and made to the very
high quality standards and specifications that are synonymous with the
Burris brand. All scopes of course continue to carry the Burris Forever
Another company bites it and outsources. I wonder why they don't put on the scope where they are made now, as boldly as they used to put "Made in USA" on them. In fact, there is no country of manufacture listed anywhere on the scope, or the literature that came with the Burris Fullfield II that I got on the promo.