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PRODUCT FOCUS

the ray-vin scope stand and mount
A spotting scope stand and adjustable mount for outdoor weather and lumpy ground may require a different design than one suited for indoor ranges. If you need a stand for service-rifle, benchrest or F-Class, here’s a solution worth looking into.

by chip lohman, managing editor

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hort-and-stout appeared to be the preferred scope stand design as I walked the windy firing line at Camp Perry’s National Rifle Matches last year. At the time, I was unaware that Tim Knapp was using one of the popular Ray and Ruby Brandes (Ray-Vin) scope stands when I snapped his cover photo for the October 2009 issue, which ultimately led to this review. While you may have become accustomed to your weighted 5⁄8-inch Freeland stand with multiple scope-head adjustments for use in indoor rifle matches, the Ray-Vin design has reduced all those scope head knobs to a single control. Sweet! A simple twist of the fine-thread mount handle loosens both the Delrin clamp on the vertical rod and the clutch face on the scope mount swivel ball. Add a low center of gravity stand with a wide, three-legged base that folds upwards for compact storage, and you have a reliable piece of gear that is sturdy, quick-to-adjust and easily transported. And for F-Class or service rifle prone, the optional Outrigger extension mount will place the scope about 8 inches closer to your eye without encroachment from the stand’s tripod legs. One example of the creative mind of engineer-shooter Ray Brandes is his newest adjustable control head— The Eclipse. Introduced in 2009, the Eclipse makes an already innovative one-knob design even more rugged and self-storing. One no longer needs to insert a keeper into the mounting jaws when the head is removed from the stand. Brandes also simplified the swivel mount by replacing the vee-lock-balland-plate system with a welded, stainless steel plate. In an ongoing quality-assurance program, Brandes learned that the swivel vee lock had been a minor problem when the mounting screw wasn’t kept tight, allowing the ball to wear against the vee in the mounting plate. Though fewer

than 10 customers required service, Brandes redesigned it. Problem solved. In his characteristically candid approach, Brandes’ website lists a comparison among several scope heads on the market with the caveat “We make an excellent solution, but we realize it may not be best for everyone.” When asked about the origin of the company name, Ray explained, “The ‘Vin’ comes from Ruby’s real name, which is Vincentine. The name was always a problem, like it wouldn’t fit on credit cards, she got scheduled for boy’s gym class, etc. So, one day she was looking at her birthstone ring when she answered the phone and blurted out: ‘This is Ruby.’ She has been Ruby ever since!” For instructional videos and information on their complete product line, contact RayVin at (850) 482-7562 or www.ray-vin.com.


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Shooting Sports USA - July 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - July 2010

Shooting Sports USA - July 2010
Competitor’s Corner
Contents
Shooter’s News
Product Focus
Book Review
Shooter Spotlight
Score Sheet
Airgun Maintenance
First NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship
NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships
NCAA Rifle Championships
ACUI Clay Target Championships
A Page From History
Coming Events
Member Info./Classified Ads
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Shooting Sports USA - July 2010
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Competitor’s Corner
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 3
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Contents
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 5
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 6
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Product Focus
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Book Review
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Shooter Spotlight
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 11
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Score Sheet
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 13
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 14
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 15
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Airgun Maintenance
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 17
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - First NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship
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Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - 21
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - NCAA Rifle Championships
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - ACUI Clay Target Championships
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - A Page From History
Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Coming Events
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Shooting Sports USA - July 2010 - Member Info./Classified Ads
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