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.
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.
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 The different meter dial fonts on both adjustment turrets and the “CB” mark mean that this scope was originally made for SVT40 but has been modified later to be mounted on Mosin Nagant 91/30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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.