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Hi guys,
I've seen a Bushnell Banner 3-9x56 with illuminated reticule for sale on a site here in Denmark. The price is excellent (at least by Danish standards!), but I'm worried about buying it in case it's a fake.

Is there any way I can see if it's genuine? 


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Welcome Fred to OT,that being said I would ask the person selling for the serial number & call Bushnell.If they refuse to give you that info ,I'd look some where's else!
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Thanks for the advice! Do all Bushnell scopes have serial numbers?
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I don't think that the lower models do...... Think was the key word.
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I've never heard of fake Bushnells...  I know about the Luppys.
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Originally posted by cornhuskid cornhuskid wrote:

I've never heard of fake Bushnells...  I know about the Luppys.

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I've only hear of fake Leupolds and fake Nikons as well. To me its logical, the scammer wants to appeal to the mass market with the "superior" product. Leu's and Nik's are probably your top two scope manufactuers that people recognize. Don't get me wrong, I love Bush and so do others---but I wouldn't guess they try a fake Bush unless it was the 4200 or 6500. Just my opinion though--Bboy623
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Bushnell is tough to verify.  They have some scopes for European sales only.  If I was you, I would call or e-mail the Bushnell division in France.  They are in charge of all the Euro models and styles.

 

But as far as knock off scopes go, when I was in living and working in Germany, my gun shop in Nurnberg, had a lot of fake scopes turning up, mainly Leupold, Millett and even Bushnell.  The Leupolds were copied by the Chi-Com factory that makes Leapers. 

 

And the older line of Milletts were being knocked off, BY  THE SAME COMPANY!  Who sold the defects to any non-US purchaser.  Before they were purchased by Bushnell, Millett had a big warning on their web page not to buy a scope with their name on it, until you could call or e-mail the serial number to them, to verify it was one of their products.

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I can´t imagine someone making fake banners. They don´t shine for anything in the market but for the low price. I don´t see how someone can profit by making fake products that are already cheap.
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They are not cheap in Europe.

 

Bushnell Banner Rifle Scope 3-9x 40mm Multi-X Reticle Matte
Produkt : 294067
Produktstatus: lieferbar (Lieferzeit 10-14 Tage)

Preis: 
146.10

146 Euros = $187.90 as of todays exchange rate (Aug. 18th)
 
SWFA price for same scope  $84.95
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i agree. We sell Banners all day long for $$129.00 here in Mississippi. Couldn't imagine  them being faked. The 6500 may be a diff story 
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I started smirking at the thought of someone faking a Banner...until life's memories started intruding.
Never underestimate the greed/cleverness/stupidity of a thief.

The Chinese are copying everything under the sun and congratulate themselves for being 'smart' enough to get away with it.

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A friend of mine bought a couple Bushnell Elite scopes that have extremely poor performance.  Elites are not cheap.  At least not by my standards.  I have a Trophy XLT that perfomrs way, way better.  I suspect his are fake, but I'm not sure how to break it to my friend.  Hey, Ron!  Your scopes a piece of crap! 
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