While organizing my safe, I placed a Leupold VX-3i LRP rifle scope mounted in a ZRODelta DLOC mount on top of an upright rifle box. While leaning down and diving back into the safe, I butt-checked the box with my thicc curves and sent the scope flying.
It fell like a sack of rocks from my full shoulder height of about five feet to the hard floor below.
It landed squarely, precisely on the objective lens with a heart-skip-inducing CRACK!
In fact, it landed so squarely that it hit and stuck there dead, staying right freakin’ there. No bounce, no tipping over.
I picked the scope up and the lens cap was destroyed. The objective bell had smashed right through it. This was a hard, solid impact.
But everything seemed fine at first glance. No visible marks on the objective lens.
And when I took it with me on the next range trip, the VX-3i went back onto the Strasser RS14 Evolution rifle that I had been testing and the scope’s zero was still dead-on. Moving it to other review rifles since and sending hundreds more rounds downrange, it’s still 100% as good as new. Excellent.
I’ve broken other scopes with far less abuse than that. The moral of this story: a good riflescope — thanks Leupold! — can shrug off some very bad mistakes.