Got home from the gun club late last night after shooting a round of this years winter lamp shoot ( air rifle). Couldn't get into our driveway because of idiot car driver parking across the entrance so parked in a layby opposite. Opened boot to retrieve rifle,etc. As I closed the boot lid, rifle slip parted company with shoulder!!!!
I trIed to save it, but you know how it is, arms full of kit, keys in hand,etc.. I saw the impact. Straight onto the scope (Murphy's Law).
Indoors, the first priority was to inspect the damage. I couldn't open the zip as it had obviously taken the full impact. Luckily this is a twin slider job, so, opening the other half of the zip I was able to unscrew the mod and extract the rifle with a bit of jiggling.
I expected the worst, but the only apparent damage was a (very) small indentation to the top of the elevation turret. No other apparent marks.
I had to wait until I got in from work this morning to test the rifle in the garden. 1/4 " down,1/4" left of zero. Turret adjusted normally! Rifle now zeroed.
I can't believe my luck.
The cause of the problem was the plastic spring clip on the shoulder strap. The keeper had twisted, allowing the clip to disengage. Normally I only lift the slip using the twin handles but this time I had grabbed the shoulder strap and swung it onto my shoulder.
The moral has to be, stick to your normal routine or you will get bitten. I got off very light, only a very small unnoticeable mark on the scope and the gun slip now reduced to one slider. Since SWMBO has got used to the idea of a new stalking rifle next month I can guess what she would say if I told her I would have to spend another £600 on a new scope as well. So can you!
After repairing the slip it now sports about half a metre of duct tape around each clip.