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    ZFK55 and ZFK 31/43 sniper scope maintenance and repairs

    You might have wondered where the post concerning the sniper scopes went. I deleted it because I have an update from Jean Louis as to how we are going to proceed with this.

    He had been considering allowing us to manufacture the specific tools required for the ZFK 55 and the K 31/43 scopes. After a long discussion with my father-in-law, who will be repairing the scopes here in the US, Jean Louis' opinion is matched my father-in-law's in that Swissicon products manufacturing those tools would not be a good idea in general.

    The tools themselves are rather complex and the feeling of all three of us was that unless the end user was fully versed in the use of these tools, they would be of little value to him and could also get him into difficulties with being unable to effect the actual repairs. Since there are no parts available for either of the scopes, new parts would have to be manufactured by a micro machinist and that is one of the qualifications my father-in-law has. He's the past head of department for Jekyll and Davidson, Swift instruments and optics, and to others that I've forgotten (of course).

    The book from Jean Louis is something that every k31/43 rifle owner should have, but understanding it and using it effectively is not a simple thing, therefore, Swiss products will be the contact point for repair of either or both of those scopes.

    We arrived at that final decision considering the number of phone calls, emails and questions that would very certainly come from an end user. None of the three of us have the time or facility to answer any of those. It may seem to you to be counterproductive to put out a tech manual and not provide a way for the end user to actually utilize it, but because of the rarity of these scopes and the construction complexity and the potential need for micro machining a new part, we feel it is best to keep one point of repair here in the United Statesicon.

    My son, Latigo will be traveling to the coast sometime in December or January to take a one-week course with his grandfather in the repair of the scopes. He will also inherit both the tools and the micro machining equipment required to maintain and repair the scopes. After that, it will be a faster turnaround for repair and return of those scopes. Any scopes requiring repair will have to be shipped to Swiss products in Kalispell Montana before being sent on to my father-in-law. He's in his early 90s and cannot have or accept direct contact with an end-user.

    All three of us hope you understand this and if you have one of these wonderful rare rifles, it's more than worth waiting a few extra days to get your scope taken back to like new functional condition.

    I thank you, Leslie thanks you, Leslie salt company @ 1765.

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