It is a 1" tube, right? Interestingly, I always thought back in those days that the 1" scopes were kind of an afterthought for Zeiss to go after the US market. Their construction alone (that bell shaped zoom ring) always appeared to me inferior to the 30 mm tube. Maybe they actually were...Thank you for your well thought out and deliberate analysis. The scope still won’t shift off 9 power after being removed from the rings. I do realize it’s my fault for not returning the scope in a timely manner. It’s just I have lost all faith in it and believe it or not it’s useless to me and I don’t have a problem just throwing it away. I have thought about getting it repaired and then selling it but I feel that would be dishonest. It’s nice and clear. Lighter than binoculars. Maybe a spotting scope in my day pack would be a suitable use for it.
I commend your honesty for not sticking some else with it. Here is a suggestion: put it on a full size .22 ($350 CZ 455) and ring a 6" plate at 100 yd with it a few thousand times before each hunting season. It is simply amazing what it does for someone's shooting! And that will be an infinitely better scope than most folks have on their .22...