H041589 CASED ZF41/1 SHARPSHOOTER'S SCOPE. (Gewehr -Zielfernrohr 41/1 mit Kasten)

BACKGROUND: As early as 1928 personnel of the Reichswehr High Command decided that the marksmanship efficiency of the individual German soldier had advanced to the level that the development and expense of producing sharp shooting scopes was unjustified. After Hitler’s rise to power the confidence in the marksmanship ability of the German soldier still held sway but due to discord and infighting within the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army), the development of sharpshooters scopes was officially approved in mid-1939. As a sign of the internal discord the HwaA, Heereswaffenamt, (Army Ordnance Office), a sub-section of the OKH, responsible for testing, evaluation and eventual issue of all army ordnance items, advised development of a four power magnification scope, but mysteriously this advice was overruled and the development of a one and one/half power magnification scope was approved. Of Note: Four power magnification scopes were also being developed and produced but in limited quantities. The one and one/half power magnification ZF41 sharpshooters scope was designed for use with the K98 carbine, and was first issued in quantities in 1941. In 1942 it was ordered that six percent of all K98 carbines manufactured be equipped with the ZF41 mounting base, and issued with the scope and carrying case. The first issues of the scope were designated "ZF41", while later issues were some what simplified and were designated "ZF41/1". Regulations of December 31ST 1943 stated that further production of the ZF41-ZF41/1 scopes be discontinued but it appears the order was not strictly adhered to as the scopes continued to be produced up until early 1945. Of Note: When issued the rifle, scope and scope carrying case would all have had matching serial numbers.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The one and one/half power magnification, tooled steel and sheet metal construction, ZF41/1 scope with a milled, range elevation, adjustment dial and a side rail bridge mount. Optics are dirty/cloudy and will need a professional cleaning. Maker marked to "jve". Overall nice clean condition. Comes with a "jvb" (Wessel & Müller Beschlagfabrik of Luckenwalde) maker marked case. Complete as shown. The interior of the case has a horse hair padding, a cut-out, cylindrical, wooden, scope retaining compartment and a cylindrical cleaning brush slot. The interior of the top lid has an internal compartment with a spring loaded cover for the treated "klarinol" cloth to prevent condensation. The cleaning brush and klarinol cloth are both absent.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $1,900.00

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