Good post TTundra. Anyone that thinks the alphas are not prone to breakage is kidding themselves, or doesn't have much experience. I personally knew of 6 Swaro scopes go belly up (1 of them was mine) when talking to various hunters that came to our camps. A guy could search a couple of the big hunting forums and find numerous examples of Leica binos, along with their spotty customer service, going south, and every other brand for that matter. As to rookhawk's claims about owning the best....I'm all for it. Problem with that argument is you could likely add up all the animals he and his kids have ever shot, and that wouldn't come close to the number of animals I've culled with a Tikka rifle alone.