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After being contacted by Justin H of Nebraska, we'd developed and launched a new product line:
Scope Stand-offs & Barrel Rests for Sports Afield safes:
After working with Justin via texts and emails for a few weeks, he said I could share his messages and texts with you to help you see how things went. I of course, have edited these for clarity, to keep it pertinent, and protect his privacy.
FROM OUR CONTACT PAGE:
You've just received a new submission to your Contact Form.
Name: Justin H, Nebraska USA
Question or Comment
I am looking for stand offs for Sports Afield safes (or ones that will work for my safe). I have pictures of the barrel rests and the extensions for scoped rifles, but your system will not let me paste them here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Please, let me know how to send you the pictures, or if the stand-offs you make for other safe systems will fit. I’ve called Sports Afield: they don’t sell accessories, nor can they tell me where to get more. My safe only came with 2 scope stand-offs. I want more, and it seems the stand-off fairy just puts them in the safe: they have no clue how to direct me to getting more. I'm confused as to how a company has parts made for their safes and is not be able to direct a consumer where to get more accessories.
Hoping maybe you can help me out.
My reply (via email... if you want our email address fill out a Contact form and we'll email you back... typically within 24-48 hours... but we don't post our email address openly in order to combat spam)
Thanks for your interest in our services and products!
You can send pictures here to this email address (or text them to my cell phone below). I'll take a look at what you have if you get them to me.
Main/Voice: 989 795 2526
Cell: (removed... again use the Contact form and I'll gladly provide it to those who need it)
From: Justin H
Here's some pics of what came with the safe:
Let me know if these pics will work. Also, on top of needing more stand-offs, these Scope Stand off's seem a little to short for my rifles with bigger scopes on them. Can you make some of them longer for those rifles?
To: Justin H
Got the Pics. I think I can help you. Though what you sent looks like it is over-molded in soft rubber: anything I make will be all hard plastic.
If you want to move this forward: I will need you to send me a barrel rest (that is screwed to the wall of the safe) and one of the scope stand offs. Once I get them in my hands I can probably mimic them, and make some stand-offs that are longer for your rifles scoped with bigger objective lenses.
Our address (for US Mail) is:
PO Box 223
Fostoria, MI 48435
Voice: 989 795 2526
To: Tom (Badger Ridge)
I appreciate your patience helping me out. They are in the mail.
From: Tom (Badger Ridge)
I appreciate the opportunity to make a new product that helps folks. I'll let you know when they get here and when I have a solution to show you.
I'll summarize the rest for you... once I got them in-hand, it was pretty apparent I could mimic them (sans the soft rubber over molding). Also it was apparent quickly that the small tits that held the scope stand off to the barrel rest was a weak point. Even weaker when made via 3D printing. After consulting with Justin, we decided the way forward was to utilize screws to hold them to the barrel rest. This requires the installer to chase the existing 3/16" holes on the factory barrel rest with a 3/16 drill (to put the hole all the way through). The pictures below should help:
As the barrel rest is tapered, these Nut Holders are also tapered, and require installers to position them so that the nuts are parallel to the top of the scope stand-off (and the screw is therefore parallel to the wall of the safe).
On top of developing the 3 different size Scope Stand-offs, we also developed and offer for sale entire barrel rests that mimic the original's dimensions. Our barrel rest is not over-molded with soft rubber, and the holes for the scope stand off are made fully through so that its compatible with both the original Sports Afield Stand-off along with the 3 lengths made by Badger Ridge.
We hope to be able to help/serve you with our products. If you have an idea or need please call us or use the Contact form to reach out to us and initiate a conversation. We'll quickly reply via email and give out my cell number if needed! We like to help!
I'll let Justin have the last word (cause it does make my head swell):
Hey Tom this is Justin.
Wanted to personally take the time to thank you for all your help getting me standoffs for my Sports Afield safe. From start to finish the whole interaction has been nothing short of awesome. If only all businesses were as easy to deal with as yours is! With all the commercial and retail chains you don’t get the service you would expect: you only get that from people just like you and your business. I’m so happy I took a chance and messaged you! (on a whim I had nothing to loose..) I’m so happy I did: you went above and beyond!
Thanks for the great service the patience and willingness to help a guy like me out. I will be sure and send links to anyone I know share your business with everyone I know looking similar products they can’t find anywhere else. You’re not limited to just what I was looking for! I cannot thank you enough Tom!
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