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W.R. Weaver Model 440 Scope (ohio)

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by xikennedyix78, Aug 21, 2010.

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  1. xikennedyix78

    xikennedyix78 Member

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    I have a W.R. Weaver Model 440 Scope and was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about it. The pictures aren't so good but I hope the work well enough. The only markings on it are shown in the 2nd photo and read like this;

    MODEL 440
    PATS. PEND.
    W.R. WEAVER CO.
    EL PASO TEX. U.S.A

    It measures 11.25in X .75
    Any information will be helpful, Thank you!

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  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Don't know what to tell you.

    Bill Weaver was an early pioneer in American rifle scope manufacture & design.

    Your 440 is a 4x version of the 330 2 1/2x, and both were made in the late 1930's through WWII.

    The 330 was used by the military as a sniper scope on the 03A4 Springfield sniper rifle, and I believe the 440 may have been too later on.

    They are not much of a scope by todays standards, and prices reflect that.

    rc
     
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    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    I checked my copy of Brophy and Campbell and even Canfield. None of these authorities assert that the Weaver 440 was used on the 03A4. It would do well to write Springfield Armory National Historic Site and ask them for confirmation.

    BTW, rcmodel knows more than I do about the scope. I didn't know the 440 was 4X.
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    I have even seen conflicting reports of the 4x power.
    Some sources say it was 3 1/2x.

    Without digging through a lot of old books, I just said 4x, but it may have been 3 1/2?

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  5. xikennedyix78

    xikennedyix78 Member

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    Thank you, for the responses. My weaver came with a 1930 Win Mod 52, yea not good since they drilled into the barrel right in front of the reciever. If I had a dollar for everyone that nit picked the drill holes at the gun show this past weekend I'd be a $100.00 richer! But I did get a decent buck for it so I'm happy.
     
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    I also have an old 440. The military did buy some 440's in WWII, but they may have been for training rifles. At any rate I've never been able to find any documentation that they were ever used by snipers.

    The good news is that they are externally identical to the 330, so there is a market with people trying to recreate WWII era sniper rifles. They're worth a good bit to the right people - try some of the sniper forums for more info and current prices.
     
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