Dinger wrote:So what were you doing to forget you had a gun on the bonnet for the 10+ seconds the defender takes to get to 40?
I had my son with me and I broke my normal routine I have when I returned to the car. I always place my rifle on the RHS wing whilst I unload and get the truck opened up. On this occasion the rifle was placed on the passenger side wing as I was helping helping my son (7 yrs) with lighting as it was dark. Not being in my line of sight and at night, I just plain missed seeing it when I drove off. With my lad in the truck I was focussed on getting him sorted and chatting about the hunt.
Once when I was soldiering (mid 90's) I drove a couple of hours with a F88 (not mine and I didn't see it placed there) on the wing of a 110 gun buggy...unfortunately in this case the K95 lasted only 5 minutes and jumped free as I cornered on a dirt road.
I will never use the wings again as a temporary shelf...left or righthand side. I could have easily lost my rifle forever.Hannes will look after you. Who knows they may lose the scope during repairs and give you a new one?
I'll drop Hannes an email soon and see what he recommends. Whatever happens I'm sure it will end up being cheaper to repair than replace.
It happens.... at least it sounds like the damage was manageable and the rifle sure shoots just fine!