For Steiner, superb performance and bone-deep tenacity was born in the ruin of war. In 1947, in the face of demolished infrastructures and a collapsed economy, Karl Steiner started a one-man workshop in Bayreuth, Germany, obsessed with a single goal: creating optical products so functional, sturdy and uniformly flawless that nothing in the chaotic, mass-production post-war world could compare. His passion for unmatched optical perfection pushed Steiner-Optik from a hardscrabble startup to a 50-man factory within six years, and on to become a worldwide optical icon with binoculars and rifle scopes for every purpose, a history of innovation, and legions of diehard enthusiasts in every category.
These premium German optics are now available in 65 countries, prized by sportsmen and spectators, birders and mariners, aviators and explorers, and deployed by security and military forces around the globe. The research, development and production site in Bayreuth is arguably the most advanced optical facility on earth. Steiner world-class lenses, coatings and prisms are created, perfected and produced in Germany, enduring the most exhaustive production, inspection, testing and approval process in the industry – lenses alone go through 460 exacting steps. Finished lenses, crafted and uniquely multi-coated for specific purposes, are assembled into specialized binoculars and riflescopes, then inspected, tested and approved again. Once past final inspection, each and every Steiner optic provides the most reliable, accurate and satisfying viewing experience in its category, bar none, period.
Steiner was the first to develop the lightweight, indestructible rubber-armored Makrolon® housing, all-conditions nitrogen-charged fogproofing, the military laser protection filter, integrated binocular/compass, water-repellant Nano-Protection® lenses, and countless – and continuing – coating technologies that produce the highest contrast and light-transmission. Steiner is also a leading innovator in optoelectronics with the first integrated international-grade digital compass binocular and the integrated binocular/laser rangefinder.
Steiner’s combat-hardened performance is the stuff of legend around the world. No optic has proven its worth in so many tough environments and critical situations. When Steiner says fogproof, waterproof and shockproof, it’s sincere and it’s forever: anywhere, any time, every time.
In 2012, Steiner acquired Laser Devices, Inc., now known as Steiner eOptics, (click here for a history of Steiner eOptics) a USA manufacturer of laser aiming devices and tactical flashlights for military and law enforcement personnel who demand tough, virtually indestructible products. From the U.S. homeland borders to the mountains of Afghanistan and the deserts of Iraq, eOptics products deliver the reliability that literally spells the difference between life and death.
As a member of the elite Beretta Group – the world’s oldest weapons manufacturer – Steiner is stronger, more versatile, and more innovative than ever. Every Steiner product will provide best-in-class performance for life – and for lifetimes to come.
Steiner makes trusted optics for life’s defining moments. The successful pursuit and capture of these moments demands the fast and precise detection, location and identification of a distant objective. Whether the objective is wild life, a marine bearing, law enforcement suspect or military combatant, our optics enhance an individual's most important sense, vision, so that on land or sea –– Nothing Escapes You.