A few years ago I was sitting n a tripod stand hoping to ambush a deer with my suppressed .44 magnum. when it occurred to me that out in the open as I was, even though the titanium surface of the suppressor was not real shiny, it still did not blend in with my surroundings all that well. When I got home, I wrapped the suppressor in camo duct tape. I liked the effect so much I did much of the plastic shoulder stock, and the Burriss scope as well.To my mind, the only thing more handy to have around than standard duct tape is the camo version, and it has held up well on this firearm for 3 years so far.
Fast forward to last week, and I am scoping two Ruger revolvers, my .45 LC New Model Blackhawk, and the .44 magnum Super Blackhawk. I had 3 handgun scopes available in the safe to choose from ” a silver Weaver 2X, a blued Leupold 4X, and a blued T/C 2.5 X x 7.5X variable. I had decided to leave the 4X on my .30/30 Contender, and wanted to use the T/C variable on the .44 mag, 2X Weaver on the .45. More than one person told me the silver scope was not at its best on a blued revolver – or verse visa – so I began looking at ways to fix the problem – including camo duct tape.
Instead, I found a product called Scope Skin, from Gun Skins (www.gunskins.com). As the name implies, this company makes a flexible covering for entire guns – or for scopes only. It is a heat sensitive material that can be cut to any size or shape needed, and applied with a hair dryer if a heat gun is not available. I actually used my wife’s hair dryer on mine, as I think my industrial strength heat gun would have been too hot!
I am not a fine craftsman on such things, and even I found applying the scope skin fairly painless. They have a link to a Youtube video that shows how to do it, it that helps. I changed on step in the process, removing the scope rings and covering beneath them instead of going around them in place as in the video. This allowed me to leave a thin cushion under the ring to protect the scope from ring marks. I covered the rings separately.
After getting the T/C scope done first, since it was already off the gun and easy to “practice”on, I had more than enough material left to get the silver scope covered. I am pleased with the look, and I think the “Midnight Camo” color/pattern I chose will not look too bad on the .44 mag when it comes back from Texas Custom Guns wearing it’s new “Stainless” Cerakote finish!
Oh, I have to admit the ScopeSkins covering does look a little better than my camo duct tape job!