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    Posted 6 years ago

    rniederman
    (325 items)

    Continuing with yet another military rifle scope post (I’ll get back to early cameras and photographic equipment soon enough): As I’ve mentioned in the other postings @Windwalker expressed an interest in my son’s collection.

    As background, for the past several years I have been photographing a variety of early rifles and historically interesting parts for my son who was a Marine (having deployed in Fallujah as a sniper squad member and returned unharmed). While doing the photography, I came to appreciate the subtle industrial beauty and personality of this equipment.

    This particular scope is obscure, incredibly rare and extremely cool. Aside from the interesting history and solid build; it has an artful monochromatic no-nonsense look and sculptural quality that amazed me while handling and taking pictures.

    Anyhow, I hope many of you find this as interesting as I do.

    The following information is an excerpt from my son’s post on the m40rifle.com forum. The information is historically fascinating.

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    “This is a Leatherwood prototype scope made for USMC tests in 1977. The base is shaped to attach to an M16's carry handle and this scope is pictured in DFA vol. 1 page 58.”

    Another forum member posted additional information (again excerpted from the post's thread):

    “... there are four of these scopes, at the current time, that are known to exist. Two are in museums and two are in private hands ... Leatherwood /Realist was the manufacturer and they were 2.5 power, with a one-inch tube. The mounts, as well as the scope are stamped USMC, as they were made for the Corps in, I believe two batches. Some were delivered in the Fall of 1969, for testing and they were tested again in 1977. From my information, they were initially tested in the I - Corp Region of Vietnam, to address the triple - canopy jungle environment problem. The Redfield 3-9x40 was too much of a good thing in that situation and it was surmised that a lower powered optic would be more advantageous at times. The tapered post reticle was also supposed to aid in low light situations too. The scopes did come with Weaver rings. Also, these scopes are of, imo, outstanding quality and clarity and are built like tanks. Truly the way a combat scope should be.”

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    Comments

    1. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      fortapache
      pops52
    2. Windwalker, 6 years ago
      very cool Scope ....Thanks for sharing Rob...

      http://www.m40rifle.com/forum/optics-accessories-equipment/riflescopes/18292-prototype-leatherwood-usmc-m16-scope
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Neat ! I want one !!!
    4. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Hey WW ... you found one of my son's posts. There are lots more!
    5. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      Thomas
      Phil
    6. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      vetraio50
      Nicefice
    7. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse
      Caperkid
    8. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      Michael
      BB2
    9. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks!
      Sean
      David
    10. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Thanks, Trey!
    11. Matthesen3006, 5 months ago
      Hi,
      I think I just bought a mount in a box of random parts. I’m pretty sure it’s not a repro. It has the part that sticks out the bottom, and it has the small dimples on the right part. Can you send me photos so I can compare them?
    12. rniederman rniederman, 5 months ago
      Hi, Matthesen3006. It's probably best to review your mount with my son, he's the expert and understands all the nuances of what to look for. Post your email address as a reply and I'll send him your comments. I'll also delete your email after I have it. Thx. - Rob

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