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Which is better Swarovski or Khales?



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I have one each, both 3x9's.  The Kahles is good, but the Swarovski is way better.  Of course it cost a few hundred dollars more also.
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Doesn't Swarovski own Kahles? 

 

I was under an impression that Kahles is Swarovski's lower cost and military application brand (as well as some sporting optics) while Swarovski brand name is utilized strictly for sporting optics.  Overall, Swarovski brand has better optics, but you can find some features in Kahles product line not available in Swarovski products and vice versa.

 

Similarly, Hensoldt, I believe, is owned by Zeiss with a similar difference between brands.  If memory serves me right Hensoldt brand name is used strictly for military contracts.  I read somewhere that all Zeiss binoculars are actually made at a Hensoldt factory.

 

Minox, I think, is owned by Leica and is their lower (comparatively) cost brand.  The last I hears Leica has moved the production of most Minox products to China a few years back with a very strict quality oversight by Leica QA.

 

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Kahles is a great scope though.  Especially if you get one off the sample list, you can find a great deal.  The field of view is huge throughout the power ranges.  I have a 2-7 AH and love it.
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Swarovski does own Kahles but they are not a lower brand or a brand they use for military applications.

 

When Swarovski bought Kahles, Swarovski did not even have a rifle scope line.  Kahles is the worlds oldest scope maker.  Read their history here.

 

For a while Swarovski held Kahles back and used their ideas on Swarovski scopes.  Since about five years ago they stopped sharing technology and Kahles has really excelled.  Their new CSX line has taken Europe by storm.  Their new one inch line to be launched this month is already being called the finest one inch scope in the world.  Their new Multi-Zero feature is one of the best innovations in recent history.  After seeing the new Kahles scopes and knowing what all went into them I have already taken my Swarovski off my #1 gun and sold it.

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