The original one's were high dollar close outs several years back because Weaver was making a line up change. Demand was so great (as was the scope) that Natchez convinced Weaver to keep making them. I don't think the glass is as good in the current one's but it's by no means bad.
Scopes are built like a tank and you rarely hear of one failing. I have the original close out,2.5x10x50, and love it. Illuminated dot is very fine, bright when needed and doesn't wash out or halo like some red dots and other IR scopes tend to.
When the WCE scopes first came out, I got a 2.5x10 50mm and a 56mm version. Very impressive. Then I got the same 2 scopes as well as a 1.5x4.5 2-3 years later. The inner workings seemed less precise and overall lower quality. Still, I think they are relatively good values. I prefer the 50mm over the 56mm.
I wound up buying the 6-24x50 version back in the summer and putting it on a 223. Had trouble getting it lined up but it turned out to be the bases instead of the scope. Have only used it for target practice but I’m happy with it so far.
I have wondered about the 8-32 version. Is it clear at the higher magnification? Also, do they stay on point when on a gun with heavy recoil? The 32x would be great for long range shooting Thanks