ORIGINAL GERMAN ZF 4 SNIPER SCOPE AND MOUNT FOR THE FG42 and G/K43 RIFLE
The scopes were mainly produced for the G/K43 rifles, but many were also produced for use on the FG42 - marked "L". Very hard to find item with the L marking
Background and history
The Gewehr-Zielfernrohr 4-fach (Gw ZF4x) or 4 power telescopic rifle sight was the great white hope of the beleaguered German sniper. Faced with increasingly skilled Soviet snipers, as well as massive numbers of regular troops, the military leaders pressed for a sniper rifle and scope combination capable of mass production. After a thorough examination of the Soviet PU telescopic sight and the semi-automatic M1940 Tokarev rifle, it has been indicated that the German military wanted a copy as fast as possible. This new scope was to be mated with the newly produced G43 semi-automatic rifle. The general idea was to produce every single G43 with the capability of having a telescopic sight mounted on an integral rail milled into the receiver. I believe the end result was meant to field a designated marksman's rifle as opposed to a dedicated sniper rifle. In practice, skilled snipers employed the G43 system. Production levels never reached the point where every good marksman could be equipped with one.
This is a "ddx" scope with the special and not so common marking "L" - for use on the FG42.
Note the original leather, rivets and stitching on the Scope Cover.
This is a Pointed post:
German wartime ZF4s can be found with two types of reticle pattern: "blunt post with horizontal bars", and "pointed post with horizontal bars".
This Has: Triangle contra arrow:
"bzz" and "ddx" used always the "triangle" type. "dow" used up to very late in the war the "triangle", but the bold "arrow" appears after about number 40,000. All scopes made after the war have the bold arrow, so if you see a "ddx" or "bzz" scope marked with the bold arrow - then you are sure of fraud.
This Has: Sunshade, Rubber eye cup, Wood Plug and Leather are 100% original.
This is: WaA214 marked Original Scope mount with round edges, very rare to find.
Original WW2 German mounts and scopes have been sold for $4000.00 and up.
This Scope is 100% Original
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