Minox works together with hunters and experts in order to satisfy the requirements of the customer. It all begins with the idea of what the potential customer needs. Then the designer considers which solution is the most suitable and what can be built.
After the theoretical work, feasibility takes center stage. Can external suppliers provide the necessary parts in the quantity and quality that will satisfy Minox standards?
How the production of a MINOX ZP series riflescope starts ...
Once all of that is assured, and the idea and material are set, then the production process gets underway. However, before assembly of a Minox ZP model can begin, all of the parts first need to be gathered together – in the case of a ZP, this involves 248 individual parts, after all.
One of the parts mounted in what is called the component assembly is an O-ring. The dimensions of undergo testing, at which time the illumination settings are fine-tuned on the turret as well. This is just a small step, however.
The erecting system is adjusted at another station at Minox. It is one of the central elements in a riflescope. Cleanliness is immensely important during this step. It is not permissible for any contamination to penetrate the riflescope.
The “wedding” takes place once all of the components have been gathered together, whereby the erecting system is inserted into the tubular body of the riflescope and fixed in place. This is not yet the end of the job for Minox, however.
What has not been suitably tested and approved is not leaving the production sites at MINOX in Wetzlar. We were live on site and were able to convince ourselves.
MINOX ZP riflescope on the test bench
On the shock test bench, the ZP needs to withstand a force of 1,000 kg. That is more than on a normal firearm. Environmental simulations are also carried out. A Minox ZP needs to readily handle cold, pressure, and heat. It is also filled with nitrogen there after the air is evacuated. Quality assurance is performed following each work step.
However, it is the final practical test that is the most fun.
A Blaser Tactical 2 most clearly shows what a Minox glass needs to withstand before it reaches the customer.
We were impressed by so much effort and precision. And you can be sure that a manufacturer like MINOX, who assembles his products in Germany, also offers the corresponding after-sales technical service.
You can see all of the steps for producing a Minox ZP model in chronological order in our exclusive video by all4shooters.com.