Romanian I.O.R. scope mounted on a Czech VZ.24 sniper rifle. Below is a rare picture of a sniper holding a VZ.24 with an I.O.R. scope. The soldier behind is holding an Orita 1941 smg.
A WWI sniper scope made by Emil Busch A-G in Rathenow. This model Visar 2,75x comes with its matching carrying case and the remains of a leather eye cap. Rifle numbed engraved on the scope and the case is n° 5756 d.
A complete WW1 set composed of a Oigee Berlin Luxor 3x scope with its matching carrying case (rifle. N° 2495 z) and accessories. The small key was used to move the rear mount leg when mounted on the rifle.
Here we have an other rare sniper scope made by C.Reichert in Wien. It was used on the Mannlicher M95 sniper rifle. The E.A.XI. marking on the mount states for Erzeugungs Abteilung 11 (Production Department 11). Collection and pictures : Dariusz Marzec
Here is an extremely rare set : an Aldis Scope with Alexander Martin mount for the P.14 rifle. Only 421 of these rifles were made and a very few of them remain today.
Emil Busch A-G Rathenow Visar 2,75x was one of the most used sniper scopes during WWI. This one was mounted on the rifle n° 5756 d.
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.
Leather protection caps used on ZF39-type scopes during WWII. WaA414 refers to Hensoldt & Sohne Optische Werke A-G, Wetzlar from 1939 to 1942
Metal carrying can issued by Emil Busch A-G in Rathenow for the 2.75 scope during WWI.
PEM scope made at the Progress plant factory in 1939. The places where the bluing is still intact show that this scope was mounted on its rifle with a lateral mount.
PU sniper scope made in 1943 at the Progress plant factory. The different meter dial fonts on both adjustment turrets and the “CB” mark mean that this scope was originally made for SVT40 but has been modified later to be mounted on Mosin Nagant 91/30
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 PEM scope was one of the few PEM scopes made in 1939 at the Kharkov Machine-Building Plant (FED), while most of them were made at the Progress plant. The front part of a lateral mount is still present.
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).
Here we have an early I.O.R. 4,25 x 28 sniper scope used on VZ.24 rifles. I.O.R. is the acronym for Întreprinderea Optică Română (Romanian Optical Enterprise). This major optics company established in 1936 in Bucharest, Romania.
W.R. Weaver Co. Mod. M73B1 sniper scope used on Remington or Springfield 1903 A4 rifles. This scope was originally the civilian Weaver 330 mod. C scope, slightly modified for sniper use during WWII.
Below : an excellent quality picture showing PFC Edward Foley with the 36th division (Italy 1944), holding his 1903A4 mounted with a Weaver M73B1 scope.
The J. Unertl 8x sniper scope is probably the biggest scope used during Word War II. As you can see on the markings, it was used by the U.S. Marine Corps.
Here is a WWI leather carrying case made for the Warner and Swasey Mod. 1913 telescopic sight. R.I.A marking stands for Rock Island Arsenal.
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.
Another rareWW1 sniper scope made by R. Fuess Berlin-Steglitz. Green paint was pretty uncommon 14-18 sniper scopes. Only a few manufacturers used this finish on their scopes, mostly late war.
World War I sniper scope made by Hensoldt in Wetzlar. This model, Ziel Dialyt 2,75x, probably was the smaller sniper scope used during the WWI. This one was mounted on the rifle (Gewehr) N° 7835.
Very rare wooden carrying case used during the inter-war period for the Austrian C.Reichert 4x sniper scope. “HV” is the Heeresverwaltung stamp (army administration) while “31” shows the date 1931.
C.P. Goerz Berlin 4x Carrying case made during World War I era. The case was originally painted green.
Another rare PEM scope also made in 1943, during the siege of Leningrad. Note the simplified Smirnskiy mount, expedient canvas lens covers and brass tube, roughly made of loose parts due to the lack of materials and machinery during the siege.
Here is a very are PEM scope made in 1943 by the Gomz factory, during the siege of Leningrad. This one still has its original expedient canvas lens caps and cover. Side rail mount is made by Izhevsk factory.
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 is a very uncommon rifle scope made by the Société Belge d’optique (Gand) and used on Belgian Mauser 1935 or 1936. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a lot of information about this scope. Feel free to contact me if you can help, thank’s.
Early 1938 Progress PEM sniper scope on its lateral mount, also used on Mosin Nagant 91/30. This set is in pretty bad condition but at least the mount and scope matching condition eventually shows that they were not put together post-war.
Soviet 1938 dated PEM sniper scope (made at Progress factory) with its original Smirnsky top mount used onMosin Nagant 91/30.
A hard to find P14 Periscopic Prism Co. LTD Mod.1918, probably mounted on Enfield SMLE or P14 during world War II or later.
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.
Bavarian type sniper scope made by Dr. Walter Gerard in Charlottenburg. Along with the Voigtländer Skoparette, the Dr. W. Gerard “G” 4x was a Bavarian “classic” sniper scoped used during World War I. Note the Bavarian style meter dial 200m – 400m – 600m.
Here is one of the “classic” Prussian sniper scopes used during World War I. This 3x scope was made by R.Fuess in Berlin. Scopes made by R.Fuess were sometimes painted green.
Pre WWI G.Z.IIII Prismatic rifle scope made by Carl Zeiss in Jena.
1943 dated PU scope, made by PRogress factory in Omsk, on a rare original Tula (plant n°314) SVT40 mount dated 1941. SVT40 sniper variants were produced from 1941 to 1942 so this PU scope doesn’t match its mount and was originally mounted on a Mosin Nagant 91/30 rifle.
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”.
Luxor 3x sniper scope made by Oigee manufactuer in Berlin. This model was one of the most used during WWI. Its deported mount is also typical and wears the same rifle number “n° 712 i” than the scope main tube. Meter dial is Prussian 1-10 style.
Skoparette 4x scope made by Voigtländer manufacturer in Braunschweig. It had Bavarian style meter dial 2-4-6 (200m-400m-600m). You can see by the deer logo that this model was a civilian hunting scope at the first place, before to be used by Bavarian snipers during World War I.
C.P. Goerz Berlin 3x scope wearing the rifle number (gewehr. Nr.) 6876. Meter dial is Prussian style 1-10. This mount was one of the first interchangeable models made for sniper use, allowing to mount the scope on any other rifle fitted with the right bases without needing of gunsmith modifications.