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Looking for a few riflescopes manufactured between 1920 and 1930

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mags, Mar 26, 2011.

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  1. Mags

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    So I have a 1924 Model 8 with a side mount scope mount but no scope. I want to find a scope with rings for the period. The problem is I don't even know what scopes were made back then.

    So if some of you guys could posts the models of some scopes for that period I would greatly appreciate it so I can search around for them.

    It would be even better if you guys know where one is.
     
  2. rust collector

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    Some of the earlier scope manufacturers are seen in Jack O'Connor's works. Lyman, Noske, Stith, Kollmorgan, and Unertl come to mind. Weavers were popular here when I was growing up in the 60's, and Redfield was an early maker as well.

    Here's a book on the topic: http://shop.collect.com/product/old-gunsights-rifle-scopes/

    If you know any ancient gunsmiths or hunters, they will probably be glad to fill you in.

    Good luck!
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Problem is some, not all, of these old scopes will probably cost as much as the rifle depending on what they are. I wanted a Unertl for a hatchcock m2 clone before I found out the cost.:what: Theres some cheaper models floating around on GB right now for around $200 but I'm no expert on scopes when it comes to pre 40's scopes.

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=221478659
     
  5. rust collector

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    More early scope info. Sounds like they've improved considerably:
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BQY/is_9_51/ai_n14816198/

    Here's an outfit that repairs old Lyman scopes, and they may have some older speciments:
    Q: I have an old All American Scope which is in need of repair. Where do I send it?
    A: Lyman has not manufactured scopes for quite some time. We have sold the last of our parts and fixtures to a company in Ohio, who is currently making repairs to the scopes. We would recommend you contact them directly at: Parsons Scope Service 2213 Smith Road PO Box 192 Ross, OH 45061 513-867-0820 psscopes@concentric.net

    More info. http://unertl.alexweb.net/ I would be inclined to get a modern scope with the look of an older model. The Model 8 with all the mechanical energy may have been tough enough on the original scope to have put it out of commission.
     
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