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Schmidt und Bender - Historie

Schmidt & Bender is a synonym for quality and precision, for tradition and innovation. As early as 1957 the family business engaged in the development, production and optimization of riflescopes that always meet the ever increasing requirements in this segment.

Since that time a great amount of passion, ingenuity and a strong awareness for quality, together with a close and successful cooperation with the shooters have always contributed towards accomplishing that goal. Thus Schmidt & Bender has become one of the leading suppliers of precision scopes in the world.

Schmidt & Bender. Founder & Forerunner. Hunting & Fascination. Quality & Precision. Tradition & Innovation. Synonyms for a company supplying high-quality hunting scopes on a global scale.

Something which today may sound rather natural must be attributed in the first place to the hard work and zeal of the two founders who launched their "Project Passion" in 1957. In that enterprise the initial rather poor means in terms of the available materials did not impede precision mechanic Helmut Schmidt and master precision engineer Helmut Bender in any way. Quite the opposite: employing a considerable portion of heart and soul as well as a lot of ingenuity and the utmost skills of their craft they laid the foundation for the path they pursued to become the world's top scope suppliers – among which the company ranks today.

50 years later Schmidt & Bender still is a family business that will soon continue to pursue the values and traditions of the two founders in the third generation.

Since each hunter, each hunt and each climate has its own specific requirements, Schmidt & Bender offers a wide variety of different scopes in two product lines: the Klassik series, perfected through model updates and continuing development over many years, epitomizing the traditional style in form and function. And the future oriented Zenith series, expressing without doubt progress and aesthetic awareness.

Here are the strong points of these two series in further detail: basic solidity and resistance of the main tube. Abrasion-resistant, precious looking anodized surface finish. Reliable function of all mechanical parts. Optics, designed and manufactured to the latest requirements, as well as multiple coating finishes, developed in accordance with the latest findings with respect to thin film technology. The user may select between scopes with constant and variable magnification, different main tubes, with or without rails and with a great number of reticles.

A propos, the latest progress in Schmidt & Bender illuminated reticle technology and the new Convex internal rail are additional proof of our development team's creativity and the close contact with the users of our products.

Whether in the heat-simmering savannah of Africa, in the cold deserts of Alaska or the raw landscapes of the European North: with their proverbial solidity and reliability the scopes of these two series will always be your ideal partner for a fascinating hunting experience.

Why we have equipped the Schmidt & Bender reticle illumination with an automatic switch-off function is rather easy to explain. Many of our employees are passionate hunters themselves, collecting their own experiences and those of hunter friends and clients all over the world. Systematic developing activities, extensive practical testing and regular talks with rifle producers, gunsmiths and shooters also help in finding the right solutions. Innovative and in the most practical applications.

These processes are particularly safe since they are all conducted following the strictest regulations of the DIN ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System, from design via manufacturing up to after-sales services. Thus our employees at Schmidt & Bender always meet a requirement they have asked themselves to comply with, i.e. to not only meet the requirements of the customers, but to exceed them.