Ain't she pretty?
As per the article, civilian sales will cease come January 2017. This is not the end of the world for civilian shooters, of course as there are many other excellent alternatives to the Mark 4. And there is also the secondary market. You should never pay full price for anything especially a $2000+ glass in a tube.
One question I have always wanted to ask the very discriminating shooters that are this community: has anyone ever used a Shepherd scope? Like many of you, I have seen their advertisements in Firearms News for years and years but have not come across a single person that could vouch for the products. So either they are really, really good and people assume that the name vouches for itself, or they are really, really crappy and people assume that everyone knows. Kinda like Mosin's.