Here is a P. Köhler scope on short side rail (SSR) mount. This civilian scope was “militarized” by adding the rifle serial on the scope and on the mount. This set was most likely used by military police before the World War II or by the SS.
This ZF39 type scope was made by K. Kahles in Wien. These 4×60 sniper scopes were given the code “cad” during WWII. They were used on SSR, LSR and high turret mounts (like this one).
Hensoldt Wetzlar Dialytan 4x “bmj” , used with single claw mount
Dr.W.Gerard M4x scope with unit markings still engraved
ZF41/1 coded “kov” (Etablissement Barbier, Bénard et Turenne, Paris)
ZF41 Carrying case with WaA542
This scope was made by Carl Zeiss in Jena. The Zielvier 4×81 model characteristics were used as a standard for the “ZF39” denomination. Following its meter dial and serial number, this scope was probably used by the Reichswehr in the late 20’s or early 30’s.
Below you can see two pictures both showing German snipers using K98k mounted with Zeiss Zielvier scopes on turret mount.
This ZF.41 complete set was dug out in Russia, where it was used on the easter front. Some markings are still visible on the mount and carrying can. Interesting fact is that it came with its original knarinol cloth and dust brush (not pictured).
Another type III ZF41/1. This one is coded “dow”, related to Opticotechna G.m.b.H., in Prerau, Czech.
Here is a type III ZF41/1 coded “gkp” (Rufs & Co manufacturer in Kassel)
For comparison wit the ZF.41 below, this ZF41/1, also coded “cxn” (Emil Busch A.-G., Optische Industrie, Rathenow), is a later type II sight. This model doesn’t use flat rollers anymore.
Here is an early Z.F.41 made by Emil Busch A-G in Rathenow (code cxn). The “K.F.” marking (Kältefest) indicates that the scope was lubricated with cold-resistant grease “Invarol”. Early ZF41 sights used flat rollers mounts.
ZF41/1 coded bearing the code “kov”, related to the manufacturer Etablissement Barbier, Bénard et Turenne, Paris.
ZF41/1 coded “cxn” for the manufacturer Emil Busch A.-G., Optische Industrie in Rathenow. The “M” marking meaning remains unknown today.
Dialytan 4x on high turret mount. The code “dkl” stands for the manufacturer Josef Schneider Optische Werke in Bad-Kreuznach. The rear foot shows the “RW” proof stamp.
4x rifle scope made by Dr. W. Gerard in Charlottenburg. This one has a Reichswehr type mount and was probably used for training during the 30’s.
Here is a ground-dug K.Kahles 4×60 wearing the war-code “cad”. The recoil ring tells that this scope was mounted on its K98k with a LSR mount. To some people, these dug scopes are just a piece of junk. For me these items are really interesting. While we’re seeing more and more fakes in our small collecting world, these pieces coming from the ground don’t lie on their history.
This is an early reworked G98 configuration with SSR mount (type 2) used by the SS. We “often” see Ajack 4×90 scopes with this SS configuration but Hensoldt 4x scopes are much more uncommon, even more with matching mount and/or rifle. Note the typical SS runes on the elevation turret and the rifle serial number reported on the scope main tube. Collection and pictures : Dave Roberts
Here is a very sought after 4x scope. This ZF39 was made the manufacturer J. Schneider Optische Werke in Bad Kreuznach, war code “dkl”. This one is mounted on a LSR mount and comes with its matching carrying can and sunshade.
Early civilian Ajack 4×90 scope modified to be used by the Waffen SS snipers. These scopes were used on reworked G98 rifles with SSR mount. Note the typical SS 1-3 meter dial and the rifle numbed engraved on the scope main tube. On the other side of the elevation turret should be a skull and cross bones along with SS runes and the marking “Diesntglas” but it was erased post-war on this scope.
Here we have a matching ZF.41 telescopic sight and carrying can. Unfortunately, the set misses the klarinol cloth and dust brush to be complete. The ZF.41 wears the code “cag”, corresponding to the manufacturer Swarovski Optik in Austria.
bmj coded sniper scope made by Hensoldt & Söhn Werke AG in Wetzlar. This one comes with a high turret mount.
H/4×60 sniper scope made by Karl Kahles manufatcurer in Vienna. This model was fitted with a recoil ring to be used with the long lateral side mount (LSR) on K98k sniper rifle. Later, these “H/4×60” and Kahles logo were replaced by the war code “cad”.