After selecting and receiving my latest scope purchase I was determined to find the best scope cap/covers money could buy. First of all I’ll begin by telling you that I went with the Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50 FFP with the EBR-1 (MRAD) illuminated reticule. It will eventually be paired for life with my current Mega Arms SPR project (still ironing out some cycling issues). I didn’t start my quest intent on having the best scope caps money could buy but as I searched and read reviews on various covers, I became acutely aware that all scope covers were not created equal. Finding the proper size was challenging as well what with all of the various different charts and measurements.
Many hours of googling and surfing the net finally brought my attention to the Aadmount Scope caps/covers. They were receiving rave reviews by all that were adventurous enough to plop down the $100+ some odd cost of owning a set. With the old adage in mind, “buy once, cry once”, I committed myself to owning a set of the Aadmounts that would fit my new Vortex Viper PST. As I browsed the simple but elegant website for Aadmount, I realized that they also sold scope mounts that were as highly touted as their scope covers. Once I had selected the set of caps that I needed I began to check out and was very surprised to see that I was charged a sales tax. I thought, “That can’t be right”. Are these guys local? Come to find out, these caps were designed and built by a gentleman right here in Everett, Washington. I was pleasantly surprised by this development and frankly was never so happy to have to pay sales tax on something. Imagine, the most renowned scope covers found on the internet, designed and manufactured by a small family owned and operated shop right here in my hometown of Everett. The cheap skate in me instantly determined to contact the owner, Jon Aadland of Aadland Engineering to see if I could save on shipping by meeting him. He was gracious enough to agree on meeting with me at the local West Coast Armory North.
Aadland, as I came to find out, is pronounced odd-land. Jon Aadland was extremely personable and took the time not only to tell me his story but also helped me fit the covers to the scope, which I had brought with me. The Aadmount covers are unique in several ways and he took the time to explain the improvements that he had built into his product. The Aadmount covers come with the revolutionary feature of being able to tighten the covers once they are slipped onto the scope housing, via a little hex head screw that cinches the cover ring around the ocular/objective lens housing. The wrench for this operation is provided in the Aadmount scope cover kit. The material used to make the covers is also very unique. It appears to be made of a dense foam rubber but is actually a very durable, textured synthetic material that is pliable enough for fitment without rendering itself brittle. It is hard enough to provide more than ample impact protection to any value of scope and optical lenses. The ocular cap also features a flip lever for easy deployment of the hinged cover. Jon also explained that the covers were tough enough to tug by the opened hinged cap for removal from the scope without injury to his product. It is difficult to convey just how tough these things are with pictures alone. They are quite literally built like tanks but seem just as light as any other random scope covers. Jon also offers discounts to the LE/Military community. This is a total win, win situation. They will be the last scope covers you will ever have to buy. This product gets three thumbs up from old11b.
A link to the website: https://www.aadmount.com/