| HuntMaster wrote:|
There are very few consumer items made entirely in the US anymore. Even stuff that says "made in USA" on the product usually has at least some components made elsewhere (i.e. screws, o-rings, etc.).
This holds true for German products, also. It is not possible to know where every component comes from.
Could you imagine a Swarovski factory that produced the metal pieces, rubber o-rings and eye- cups, chemical coatings, and even the nitrogen gas that goes in to their products?
Sounds dumb to mention all this, but there are those out there that believe all these items are produced by the same company,and even same location.
Swarovski makes their scopes in Austria, and 99% of the pieces comes from neighbouring countries. This is why it says Made in EU on the Z6i and not Made in Austria. It would really be bad publicity if costumers would think that anything in their 2500€ scope is made in China. Even more because optics buyers in Europe are mostly hunters and for them where something is made is really important.
The same goes for guns. Common way of thinking is that a hunters gun has to be made by a gunsmith by hand. If you really can not afford, this then you buy Sauer, Blaser or Manlicher and you give the gun to a gunsmith to do the engravings in wood and so on.To have at least something unique. But everyone really wants a gun made by Johan Fanzoj (http://www.fanzoj.com/en/home/index.html)or any similar gunsmith.
So where a scope or a gun is made is really important.