Frequently Asked Questions
Who Invented The Neoprene Scope Cover?
Jon Stram invented the first neoprene scope cover.
What is a Scopeshield Scope Cover Made of?
ScopeShield® branded scope covers are primarily made of 2mm or 3mm Neoprene and laminated with nylon fabric on both sides. This facilitates both a good seal around the scope’s lenses to keep out moisture and foreign matter.
Why is Scope and Sight Protection Important?
Protection of Your scope, particularly it’s lenses, is of vital importance to any hunter.
Proper alignment, commonly known as ‘sighting In’, is obvious, but if your scope lenses become unusable due to fogging, dust, mud, raindrops, snow, sleet, etc., then your firearm becomes useless since you cannot accurately bring it to bear upon your target or game animal.
What About Using the Scopeshield Scope Cover in a Leather Scabbard?
When you use a ScopeShield Scope Cover, there are no hard edges or protrusions to catch on a leather scabbard, either going in or coming out. The snug fitting Neoprene ScopeShield will make the sliding into a leather scabbard easier and gentler on the scope than doing it without your ScopeShield in place.
Due to the form fit of your ScopeShield, and the Keeper Loop™, your ScopeShield will not come off of your scope or rifle and get jammed down into the scabbard. The ScopeShield has no ‘trigger’ to spring open accidentally while placing your firearm into or pulling your firearm out of a leather scabbard.
Because of the shrouding effect of your ScopeShield cover on your rifle’s action, the snow and debris that can fall into a scabbard and get into your rifle’s action are largely prevented.
There’s another problem that you’ll avoid by equipping your scope with a ScopeShield cover when you’re using a leather scabbard- holster wear.
If you’ve ever used a blued handgun in a leather holster, you know what we mean. Over time, the continual holstering and un-holstering of a blued handgun will wear the finish off your handgun in any places where the leather comes into contact with your gun. For example, along the sides of the end of the barrel, on the sides and edges of the cylinder, and other places depending upon the design of your handgun and your holster.
Because it protrudes from the rifle, a rifle scope is very susceptible to the same type of wear as a handgun in a leather holster.
Removing anything that is a barrier to the success of your hunt as soon as possible is vital. Every missed opportunity means more hard work for you and your team. A missed opportunity, and it takes only one, and your hunting experience can turn into a failure in the blink of an eye.
The importance of getting that shot is how, and why, ScopeShield® scope cover is different from every other scope protection device.
How Did the ScopeShield Scope Cover Come About?
Jon was not satisfied with any of the scope protection devices he had tried, and in the mid-1990’s he was involved in outfitting on Prince of Wales Island in S.E. Alaska. Prince of Wales is a rainforest, averaging 150 – 200 inches of rain per year, and hunting in extremely wet conditions was an everyday occurrence. If you can’t keep your scope clear and in working conditions at all times, you can’t hunt effectively. Every device Jon or his hunters used failed in one way or another, so Jon started working on a design that would fulfill the 3 Basic Attributes that he believed any scope protection device should have:
1. Protection – It must protect Both scope lenses from any weather or field condition encountered Without Failing. Rain, Humidity, Snow, Changing Temperatures, Dust, Dirt, Mud, etc. – None of these conditions should alter the Scope Protection Device or any of its protective functions in any way.
2. Simplicity – It must be easy and foolproof to use in the field while Hunting.
3. Speed – It must not slow down the Hunter or his reactions in any way.
What are the straps on both ends for?
The smaller strap on the back end of the ScopeShield® scope cover is called the Grabber Loop. This loop allows for quick and easy removal of the ScopeShield scope cover from the scope by giving a quick tug backward and up, which allows the ScopeShield scope cover to spring free of the scope. This ‘spring’ action is due to the stretch of the neoprene, and with a good quality neoprene, will not lose it’s stretching ability over time or from being continuously stretched over a scope.
The larger strap on the front, or objective end of the ScopeShield scope cover is called the Keeper Loop™. This loop goes around the barrel and fore-end or fore-arm of your firearm, within the sling swivels and sling of your firearm. By placing the Keeper Loop™ on your firearm in this manner, you avoid any possibility of loss of the ScopeShield scope cover while removing the ScopeShield scope cover from the scope. This allows you to remove it quickly from the scope while you are maintaining your focus on your target, or game animal.
Why not Just protect the lens of the scope, why the whole scope?
There are several very good reasons.
- The ScopeShield scope cover, by protecting your whole scope while in the field, protects your investment in your scope by preventing the avoidable damage and wear from abrasions, bumps, and the general wear and tear that an average day hunting in the field can subject a rifle scope to.
- The ScopeShield scope cover is designed to protect your whole scope from the wear that occurs when transporting your firearm while Hunting. Whether traveling in a vehicle, such as a truck, SUV or Jeep; on an ATV, motorcycle, bicycle, boat, canoe, sled, float plane, mule or horseback, or any other means of transportation, damage to Your scope is an avoidable possibility. The damage may not reduce the use of the scope, but it will reduce the value based off looks alone.
- Perhaps most importantly, due to the design of the ScopeShield scope cover, if you will take the added precaution of giving the ScopeShield scope cover a slight tug downward once you have placed it upon the scope, you will also shroud most, and probably all, of your rifle’s action underneath. How much protection you can expect will depend to some extent on how high your scope is mounted upon your firearm, the type of action Your firearm has, and where the scope is mounted on the firearm.
The ScopeShield scope cover is most effective at protecting the action of your firearm with bolt action rifles equipped with a low or medium scope mount. Lever actions, pumps, semi-autos, and single shots will also be protected to a greater or lesser degree depending upon the individual firearm.
When a scope is mounted upon a rifle in a long eye relief or Scout position forward of the rifle’s action, no protection of the rifle’s action can be expected through the use of the ScopeShield scope cover. The ScopeShield scope cover will still protect the scope just as well in the scout configuration.
By protecting the open, exposed part of your action from twigs, pine needles, dirt, snow, rain, and other debris, you lower the possible reasons for failure. If your rifle action is covered, and debris is not allowed to enter, there is less likelihood of a jam, which can slow or prevent your first shot or follow-up shot. If snow and rain don’t enter the action, on a day with temperatures below freezing, your action is much less liable to freeze up, again preventing a shot, or being able to work your action for a follow up shot.
By protecting both Scope and action with one device, and allowing for both scope and action to quickly be cleared to shoot by the simple tug of the shooters thumb and index finger, You have sped up the shooting process, removed the excuses of a fouled scope and a fouled action, and improved the odds for success by the hunter.
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