Can It Be Fixed?

You're in the middle of attaching your scope to a different rifle and the thing slips out of your hand. It crashes to the floor, hitting the work bench on the way down. A word or two slips your lips as you pick it up and hope it isn't damaged. No such luck. Now what?

Or, perhaps your riflescope is old. You've had it for years and it has served you well but it just isn't doing the job the way it did in the past. Is there some way to extend its life beyond today?

Maybe Yes and Maybe No - Check Your Warranty

The answers are yes and no. Our research has shown us that there are a few things you can do to get a broken riflescope repaired - some work better than others. Before we go much further though, it's a good idea to check the warranty you received when you purchased your scope. If you bought it second-hand, or didn't receive a warranty with the scope, then the project could turn out to be costly at best. Many of the top manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty with their product, but you have to read the paperwork well as there can be some subtle wording in there which, if you miss it, can void your efforts.

Keep Your Sights in Sight

If you have a warranty, then contact the customer service department of the manufacturer and follow their guidelines in terms of sending the scope in for repair. We've heard some horror stories from folks who have sent their scopes in for repair and they've "disappeared", or the cost of the repair was a lot more than the scope itself was worth. Do your homework. Assume nothing.

Who's On First?

Riflescope manufacturing companies change hands regularly and, as a result, you'll want to be sure you know who owns the company that made your sights. For instance, Tasco is owned by Bushnell, so Bushnell is the company to check with in terms of repairs. Redfield was bought out as well. You might have to play detective. At the end of the day, some companies have been reported to have advised the customer that the sight is not repairable and offered them a "great deal" on a new sight.

Some Alternative Contacts

If you don't have a warranty, you can still contact the manufacturer - some actually will replace the piece. We found a site for you to search out which may be of great help. The Gun Guy site can point you in the right direction when it comes to finding a reputable place to have your scope repaired. You can also check www.scribd.com for the Riflescope Owners' Handbook, which may give you some instruction on simple repairs you can do yourself.

A Guy You Can Trust

If you have a Redfield scope that needs repair, one name comes up over and over again. Mike at Iron Sight Inc. in Tulsa has a great following of satisfied customers. He can't be rushed though, so if you give him the time he needs, he'll get the job done. Check him out at scopeservice@tulsacoxmail.com and see if he can help you.

Or, Maybe Just Buy a New One

At the end of the day, it may not be worth the investment of time and money and you may be better off just buying yourself a new scope.