1900 to 1918

Here is a pretty rare French manufactured Lebel model 1886 M93 fitted with an original A.P.X. 1916 scope. The Lebel M93 used to be the French main sniper rifle during World War I. The APX scopes evoluted from APX 1915 to APX 1917.

Below are three black & white pictures, taken in the trenches, showing French snipers using Lebel M93 rifles mounted with APX scopes.

 

1915 Periscopic Prism Company Ltd. Sniper scope, used on Enfield SMLE (serial n° 6133 Y) during WW1. Even if several scope models were used by the United Kingdom during WWI, the 1915 P.P.Co was the most used by British snipers.

 

Below : a black & white picture showing snipers of the King’s Own Regiment in Salonika, possibly June 1916.

Snipers of the King_s Own Regiment on Salonika, possibly June 1916

 

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This 3x sniper scope was made by Voigtländer in Braunschweig. A lot of these were used during WWI. This one is bearing the rifle serial number 1139 cc but its mounts bears a different number. Below you can see a b&w picture showing a German sniper using this scope in the trenches during winter 1916.

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Here is a complete set used by a German sniper during WWI. The scope was made by Oigee in Berlin, model Luxor 3x. The scope, mounts and carrying case bear the G98 serial number 7368 bb. The case also comes with its little cleaning brush and mount adjustement key.

The well-known picture below shows a German sniper aiming through a similar scope from its trench during WWI. Note the carrying case attached to its belt.

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The Oigee Berlin Luxor 3x scope was used in large number during WWI. This kind of deported mount was also widespread, allowing to aim with the regular sighting parts of the rifle without taking off the scope. This scope cames with its matching carrying case (rifle n° 2543 cc)

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C.P. Goerz Berlin 4x is an interesting WWI scope because it was mounted on a mount which could be seen as the ancester of the WWII turret mount. This was, with the similar Goerz 3x mount, the only mounts from 14-18 that could be changed from a G98 to another one without modification (having the right bases on it, of course).