Apparently Mr. Nichols owns Guns unlimited in Omaha, NE. He was supposedly a one time executive for Simmons who decided to go at it on his own. The scopes are supposed to be exact copies of the Simmons line and they were made in Japan. They were considered low-end with many costing under $100.00, they did have a few costing as much as $200.00. I would guess that these scopes were made by Hakko, that is only a guess. Nichols was also the one time importer of SKB shotguns. That is about all that I know on the subject.