CenterPoint rifle scopes are one of the most popular brands on the market, but who makes them? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at who makes CenterPoint scopes and what sets them apart from other brands. We’ll also discuss some of the company’s history and how it has become one of the leading providers of optics products.
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Are CenterPoint Scopes Any Good?
CenterPoint scopes can be a good option for shooters seeking reliable and affordable optics. They are known for offering decent performance at a reasonable price point.
However, their quality can vary across different models, so it’s crucial to consider the specific scope in question. These scopes are generally suitable for beginners and budget-conscious individuals who are looking for a functional optic without breaking the bank. Experienced shooters may find them adequate for certain applications, such as casual target shooting or hunting.
The best scope from CenterPoint depends is probably their CenterPoint 4-16×40. But the best scope depends on your individual needs and preferences. Their different scopes offer a range of products with varying magnifications, reticle styles, and features.
Who Makes CenterPoint Scopes?
The CenterPoint scope line is owned by the Crosman Corporation located in Bloomfield, New York. Unfortunately, the CenterPoint scope line itself is not manufactured anywhere near the headquarters.
CenterPoint scopes are manufactured at a Chinese manufacturing plant. There’s no denying that Chinese manufacturing has come a long way in recent years. In fact, many of the Vortex scopes are made in China as well.
However, when it comes to quality, there are still some inherent potential issues that arise from having manufacturing based in China instead of the United States.
- Less adherence to quality standards. In the U.S., there are stricter regulations in place that manufacturers have to adhere to in order to produce products of a certain quality. In China, however, these regulations are often less strict, which can result in products that don’t meet the same high standards as their American counterparts.
- Many Chinese manufacturers often cut corners in order to save costs, which can also impact the quality of their products.
There is no wonder I have found issues with the Vortex Venom & issues with the Vortex Viper in the past. They are both Chinese-made products. And although I have never performed an in-depth CenterPoint scope review I am fairly certain there will be some issues with such a cheap scope.
What Is The History Of The Crosman Corporation?
Crosman Corporation has been incorporated since 1924, making it one of the oldest airgun manufacturers in the world. The company started out as Crosman Rifle Company, producing firearms for target shooting and plinking. We learned in our post about who makes cabelas scopes that most scope companies are owned by parent companies!
In the 1930s, Crosman began experimenting with CO2-powered guns, and by the 1950s, they were one of the leading manufacturers of airguns. In fact, their very first rifle required 3-10 pumps to pressurize the gun for each shot.
Is A CenterPoint Scope Worth It?
If you’re a moderate to experienced shooter, you’re probably better off avoiding CenterPoint scopes entirely.
Why? Because cheap scopes tend to have quality issues, and CenterPoint is no exception. Their first focal plane scopes are often loose and difficult to keep zeroed, which is frustrating for anyone who wants to be able to hit their target reliably.
When it comes to gun optics & accessories…you get what you pay for. If you’re only paying $30-$80 for a scope & 30mm scope rings, the chances are you won’t be getting premium products like what I tested in my list of the best M&P 15 Sport 2 scopes!
I will say that if you’re a beginner and have a limited budget, CenterPoint scopes may be worth trying out. Many of them come with features such as:
- Adjustable objective lens
- Mil-dot reticle
- First focal plane scope
- Parallax for under ~50 yards
Problems With CenterPoint Scopes
Cheap scopes like CenterPoint are known to frequently have issues. Now I won’t 100% blame this on the price range of the scope, because I have found similar issues with Leupold which is an excellent scope.
Here are some of the issues I found with CenterPoint Scopes:
- Poor Quality Scope Covers – Scope covers break easily and are relatively useless.
- Adjustment Knobs Got Stuck – The adjustment knobs are of no use if they don’t work!
- Small Objective Lens – Does not allow for maximum light transmission.
Types of Center Point scopes
Here is a list of the most popular CenterPoint scopes available today:
- CenterPoint Tag Bdc 4-16×40 mm Rifle Scope (Black), LR416AORG2
- CenterPoint 6-20x50mm Riflescope with Tag and Bdc Illuminated Reticle (Black)
- CenterPoint 3-12x44mm Rifle Scope (30mm tube) with Precision Lock Turrets (Black), LR312SFT2
- Centerpoint 3-9x32mm Rifle Scope, Illumination Mil-dot Reticle, LR392RG2
- CenterPoint 3-9 x 50 mm Rifle Scope and Sight with Picatinny Rings, Tag BDC Reticle (Black)
- CenterPoint FFP Spectrum 3-9x40mm Rifle Scope LR394FFPS1
- CenterPoint CP4032 Scopes 4x32mm Duplex Reticle with Lens Caps and Dovetail Rings
- CenterPoint Riflescopes and Sights 3-9x40mm with 30mm Picatinny Rings, Precision Lock Torrent System, LR394SFT2 Riflescopes Sights
These optics range in price from ~$30 to $100. Remember they make regular rifle scopes and not a pellet gun scope. I personally would recommend going with any of their bdc reticle scope options. Walmart is the primary retailer for center point scopes.
Is The Warranty Any Good?
Surprisingly, the CenterPoint line does come with a warranty for the original scope owner. Here is a picture of what is covered.
Frequently Asked Questions
What scope comes on CenterPoint crossbow?
Does Crosman own CenterPoint?
What brand rifle scope does the US military use?
Is CenterPoint a good brand of crossbow?
The Bottom Line
Now you know where CenterPoint scopes are made and my thoughts on this scope line. Remember, you get what you pay for with rifle scopes. I know people will call me a scope snob, but I have learned my lesson buying cheap scopes. If you have the budget, I definitely recommend looking for a better option.