German WW2 ZF41/1 Telescopic Sight (Zielfernrohr).


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WW2 German ZF41/1 Telescopic sight and case, both Waffen stamped in good working order. In 1941, the short 1.5x Zielfernrohr 41 (Zf41) telescopic sight was fitted to some Karabiner 98k rifles for sharpshooting use. The Zf-41 was in fact the first attempt to provide the ordinary infantryman with a rifle capable of being used, if not for pure sniping, then at least for sharpshooting. It was initially planned to equip most combat units with the Zf-41 scopes, but only 6% of German weapons production could fit the sight. Though useful for sharpshooting with normal infantry units, the design was generally rejected by sniper schools and disliked by snipers. Lack of better scopes meant the Zf-41 was used by snipers at the early stages of the war in the Eastern Front.
By the end of the war in 1945, more than 100,000 Zf-41 scopes had been produced, the largest production of German optical sights during the war. Approximately 3,000 were marked zf-40, 29,000 were marked zf-41 (zf-40 and zf-41 later had this etched out and zf-41/1 added when they came back for service or repair) and the rest designated zf-41/1.




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