H024580 FOUR POWER "bmj" SHARPSHOOTER'S SCOPE. (Gewehr-Zielfernrohr)

BACKGROUND: The importance of telescopically enhanced rifles became apparent during WWI, and the urgent need to supply front line troops with this type of weapon forced the German military to request the public to donate sporting rifles equipped with telescopic sights for front line usage, with poor results. In spite of the experience in WWI, and due to political in-fighting telescopic sights weren’t assigned a high priority in the Reichswehr era. In 1938 the Wehrmacht Ordnance office requested a four magnification telescopic sight be developed for sharpshooters, but personnel in the OKH, opted to produce a 1.5 magnification telescopic sight, which was soon found to be insufficient for its required usage. This resulted in the requestioning of commercially produced sights from sporting rifles to be pressed into military service.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 30cm long, blued, tooled steel construction, issued, four power magnification, sharpshooters scope. The top center of the tubular scope has a milled range, elevation adjustment dial mounted on a small alloy base. The adjustment dial base is well marked with an impressed serial number to one side, "83953", and a lubrication designation code, "+", indicating lubricant vacuum grease type 1442 which was effective to minus forty degrees Celsius. Nicely marked "bmj", indicating manufacture by M. Hensoldt & Söhne Wetzlar. The optics are still clean and clear with the single vertical and dual horizontal side bar reticle pattern sights. The elevation adjustment dial raises or lowers the reticle sights as required. The scope is in overall very good condition.

GRADE ****1/4                         PRICE $1,550.00

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