H070273 SHARPSHOOTER'S SCOPE CARRYING CASE. (Scharfschützengewehr -Zielfernrohr Tragerkasten)

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 HwaA, Heereswaffenamt, (Army Ordnance Office), requested a four magnification telescopic sight be developed for sharpshooters, but personnel in the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army), opted to produce a 1.5 magnification telescopic sight, which was soon found to be insufficient for its required usage. This resulted in the re-questioning of commercially produced sights from sporting rifles to be pressed into military service. Of Note: The need for a four power scope was finally realized in 1943 with the development of the Gw ZF4 scope. When issued the scopes came in protective carrying/storage cases and this example is an early commercially produced scope case for an unknown scope.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 30cm tall, 8cm diameter, private purchase cylindrical, thick, tanned leather construction scope case with a vertical machine stitched seam and bottom panel and a removable top lid. All complete with the exception of the shoulder strap. Unmarked.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $395.00 (Or Best Offer)

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