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As well as I am very interested in the best modern high end scopes I do also have an interest in vintage scopes.

I use some of them, and for example the Ross here is a great scope when it comes to sharpness.

 

Is here anyone else using older scopes or have any interesting scopes lying around?

 

Technika

 

Ross, London 15X scope, probably made before 1914, mounted on a Mauser .22 from mid 30th.

Pecar 2,25x64 on trombone in swing mount.

Zeiss Zielmulti, worlds first variable scope came in 1922. This one is a 1-4X

The eyerelief is constant, isent it strang how Zeiss manage to do that 85 years ago and Leupold and trijicon can't make it decent today on their low power variables.

 

 

 



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Folks forget just how good those older scopes are. I have 4 Lyman Alaskans, 3 Leupold Alaskans (2.5, 4 & 6X), 2 Zeiss c.1935 2X & 4X,(huge picket posts), Kollmorgans: 2.5, 4 (3) & 6 X, 2 BalVar 8s, 1 BalEight (fixed 8X),  a lot of old Weaver Ks from 1X to 6X, Norm Ford Texan 2.5X 22mm tube, Unertl small game 4X and the newest old one a M8  6X Leupold.
I, as you, wonder what has happened to eyerelief. Back in the day it was common to mount a Lyman Alaskan in a Griffin & Howe side mount with the eyepiece in front of the bolt handle. No bolt or safety altering and a fast sight shooting both eyes open. Ebay is a good source for old scopes but the good ones are not cheap. A minty Alaskan will be over $200 and one that was NIB with papers just sold for $450. Among them all my vote is for Kollmorgens (I'm talking USA as my experience with old euro scopes is very small) as long as Leupold & Conetrol still makes 26mm rings they are no handicap and optically & mechanically they are very precise.
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Stith 4X PCH in 1903 springfield mounts U.S. Marked


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My oldest scope. Prototype PSO-1 IF filter M2 circa 1985.

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SVD

 

Military scopes and sights is great fun, but it's not vintage in my opinions.

 

Here is me with a .50 and Aimpoint MPS sight, a nice day at work......

 

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OK,you are rightgreat pics technika.
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We have this old 20X Redfield in our "Optics Museum".

 

 

 

 

 

Then we have a lot of older short production run scopes that are hard to find.

 

 

 

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Nice

 

Are those scopemodels that you have sold in the past or is this scopes that you come across over the years?

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The ones on the shelf we sold in the past. Models that have been discontinued. The Redfield was a trade in I believe.
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I do not think I have anything too old.  I have a russian PU 3.5x22 scope on my Mosin-Nagant Sniper replica.   The scope I have mounted actually has new lenses, but I also have a original WWII one lying around somewhere.  Aside from that I have a Weaver K2.5 2.5x20 that still has Microtrak adjustments and was made in Japan.  Not sure when it was made, but in the 80s probably.  Similarly, I have an Israeli 6x40 Nimrod also made in mid 80s (a surprisingly nice scope).  The only old binocular I have is a Meopta 8x30 which I think was one of the first coated binoculars Meopta made (60s I think).

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Tagged!!

 

Old school optics!!

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Everyone should have one Lyman Alaskan. O'Connor sure killed a lot of game with his with a FIVE minute Lee Dot (custom but still available from T.K. Lee)
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Ilya

 

Who made the Nimrods?

I read about them from time to time (only good things) but I have never seen them.

 

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go to
http://www.reesesurplus.com/sniper.html
second rifle down has nimrod scope.
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Nimrods were made in Japan, and imported to Israel by an entity called Koor Trading company. I do not think they were ever commercially distributed when new.  The glass on it surprisingly good.  I think it has a very slight yellow tint, but resolution is quite exceptional.  When I originally bought it a few years ago, I also bought a Zeiss Diavari ZA T* 1.5-6x42, that was also used by IDF around the same time on different weapons.  Nimrod was slightly less bright than the Zeiss, but had better center field resolution to my eye.  That surprised the heck out of me back then.  Interestingly, both handily outperformed the then current production Leupold M8 6x42 and a few other other decent scopes I compared them two.  I sold the Zeiss since then and a couple of the Nimrods, but I kept one Nimrod mounted on a Finnish M39.

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I bought a number of those IDF Zeiss 1,5-6X as well that was sold to redicusly low prices. (250 USD i belive)

The outside looked like hell but interoior was mostly of them ok.

 

One sight was defect and I tried to contact the company.

However they do only respond to sales, when there is problems they don't respond anylonger.....

It's thesame company that sells Nimrods as well.

 

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Yep.  scopetica, right?  Then they figured out that they can charge more and almost doubled the prices (I do not think anyone is buying them at these prices, since their inventory levels did not change for a while).

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Yep scopetica, avoid them.

 

Very nice and kind as long as everything was ok.........

 

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I have a Weatherby Imperial 2  1/2 power to 10 power that is being serviced at Parsons scope service in Ohio, they specilaze in vintage scopes. I bought the rifle and scope for $ 371 new back in 1968 and this is the first service. The rifle and scope were both made in Germany it was my first varmint rifle and I will keep it till I die ,may even be buried with it if I po the wife more buying shooting stuff.

 

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Has Parsons improved their turnaround? A few years ago it took up to a year to get a scope back albeit very well done.
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Don`t Know I haven`t got the scope back yet.

 

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Looking in my gun safe, all my hunting rifles are scoped with Weaver steel tube Widefield scopes. A K4W on the Marlin .44 Mag, a K3W on the 742 Carbine, and a V9W on the Husky. When I find something I like, I stick to it.
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Where do you dive Steve? I used to be a St Lawrence & great lakes wreck diver but now that I'm old I content myself with the reef here in Key West. Yes those Old Texas Weavers were fine scopes I still have a K1 with a 5 min dot and no CH on my 10 bore BPS.It has stood up to 100s of 3.5" loads and nasty weather without a whimper.
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LOL. I don't dive......sorry. I got that name from an Adam Sandler movie. A little kid had a plastic action figure called Scubasteve.
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