Rifle Scope Reviews

January31st

Vintage Scopes

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Vintage Scopes

Most optics from the WWII era are of lower quality than modern optics, but they are still very usable. More often than not you will find clear, though not perfect parts. Some things to check on vintage scopes like this are that the reticle still functions smoothly and there is no significant rust on the ranging ring. Some other things to check on vintage scopes are that the condition is very good, there are light, if any, ring marks, and few normal use marks. Make sure the optics are clean, clear & bright, and that the lenses are as scratch free as possible. If everything works as it should, the scope can be a good purchase. Make sure the external adjustments work fine and that none of the cross hairs is bent or loose. You can expect to see some exterior signs of use, but again, as long as the optics and crosshairs are clear, your vintage scope should be good to go.

Vintage J Unertl Spotting Scope 24 X 63 with Freeland Stand
Vintage J Unertl Spotting Scope 24 X 63 with Freeland Stand
$1,600.00
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Vintage STAR TREK 1968 Rayline Jet Disc Tracer Scope Gold Rifle Ray Gun MOC
Vintage STAR TREK 1968 Rayline Jet Disc Tracer Scope Gold Rifle Ray Gun MOC
$1,199.99
Time Remaining: 22d 15h 22m
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VINTAGE GERMAN SNIPERSCOPE CARL ZEISS JENA ZIELVIER No 95783+OR KLAW MOUNTS
VINTAGE GERMAN SNIPERSCOPE CARL ZEISS JENA ZIELVIER No 95783+OR KLAW MOUNTS
$565.00
Time Remaining: 8d 11h 7m
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VIETNAM USSF RECON JAPANESE MADE COLT RIFLE SCOPE 4X20 VINTAGE BOXED MINT
VIETNAM USSF RECON JAPANESE MADE COLT RIFLE SCOPE 4X20 VINTAGE BOXED MINT
$535.00
Time Remaining: 23d 12h 2m
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Some old scopes are so simple that they have no crosshairs and no adjustments. Some have what are called "TV views", which are basically flattened circles that allow you to get a little bit more left and right viewing.

Weaver makes some of the best vintage rifle scopes in US history, and though they are simple (fine and simple crosshairs), they sometimes come with variable objectives and variable power settings too. If you end up buying a vintage scope, make sure that most, if any, of the wear and tear on it is simply storage wear. Also make sure that the glass is clear and the adjustments work well. Remember that even though some scopes are old, that does not necessarily make them cheap rifle scopes. These can cost a lot of money as they are rare and one of a kind.

After firing many rounds in a long shooting session, it is understandable to experience eye fatigue, especially if using vintage scopes which do not have modern amenities such as clarifying lenses and zooms and whatnot. You can tell if you have eye fatigue if you still have blurry vision after an extended period of time shooting.

2 Comments

  • Comment by Bob — March 28, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    I recently acquired Lyman Super Target Spot Scope in 10x and I wondered if there was any place to acquire the lens covers and a sunshade?
    Bob Bentz

  • Comment by danny smith — August 13, 2011 @ 12:19 am

    have a WWII vintage kodak optic scope range finder numbers on the barrell c7671650 & 7636615 that’s all we have been able to find out if you could give information on how to find out histoy and value

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