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Scopes

The first documented development of a firearms-specific sight was in 1835 by Morgan James of Utica, N.Y. James worked with civil engineer John R. Chapman to produce the Chapman-James sight. In 1855, William Malcolm of Syracuse, N.Y. began producing the ancestor of the modern telescopic rifle sight. Malcolm incorporated achromatic lenses like those found in telescopes, adding the ability to make wind and elevation adjustments for more accurate shooting. It was Malcolm's creations and sights made by L.M. Amidon of Vermont that came into common usage during the American Civil War.

Early scopes did not return to zero after adjusting windage and elevation and were prone to fogging in rainy or snowy conditions or during altitude changes. Variable power scopes were developed in the late '40s, and it was in the '50s when reliable, long-lasting options began to emerge. By the '60s, waterproof telescopic sights came into their own, laying the groundwork for contemporary sights with high-powered optics in aircraft-grade aluminum housings.

Today, rifle scopes have been adapted for handgun use. Specially coated low-light lenses can make the dimmest targets seem as bright as day while night-vision lenses are capable of bringing even pitch-black environments into reasonably clear focus. Whether antique or contemporary, collectors often focus on scopes at auction.

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** SWAROVSKI OPTICS A Z6i 1-6X24 TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. R790350898,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
** SWAROVSKI OPTICS A Z6i 1-6X24 TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. R790350898,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £400- £600
£4002 Bids
SWAROVSKI OPTIK A 'Z6I' 1-6X24 SR CD-I TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. R775120478,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
SWAROVSKI OPTIK A 'Z6I' 1-6X24 SR CD-I TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. R775120478,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £400- £600
£4001 Bid
CENTER POINT SCOPE 4-16x40
Oct 08, 12:00 PM EDT
CENTER POINT SCOPE 4-16x40
by Blackwell Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
ZEISS A 'VICTORY COMPACT POINT BLASER' RED DOT GUN SIGHT,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
ZEISS A 'VICTORY COMPACT POINT BLASER' RED DOT GUN SIGHT,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
LEICA AN LRF 800 RANGEMASTER,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
LEICA AN LRF 800 RANGEMASTER,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £100- £150
£1000 Bids
SWAROVSKI OPTICS A 1.5-6X42 HABICHT TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. P642705862,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
SWAROVSKI OPTICS A 1.5-6X42 HABICHT TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. P642705862,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £250- £350
£2500 Bids
FRENCH MAS 49/56 APX SCOPE WITH MOUNT AND CASE
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
FRENCH MAS 49/56 APX SCOPE WITH MOUNT AND CASE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $600- $1,000
$3000 Bids
AN 'ATN X-SIGHT II HD 5-20X DAY / NIGHT RIFLE SCOPE', serial no. 444025,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
AN 'ATN X-SIGHT II HD 5-20X DAY / NIGHT RIFLE SCOPE', serial no. 444025,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £400- £600
£4000 Bids
SCHMIDT & BENDER A 3-12X50 TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. 220582,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
SCHMIDT & BENDER A 3-12X50 TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. 220582,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £400- £500
£4000 Bids
KAHLES A 'HELIA CSX' 3-12X56 TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. 545142 L,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
KAHLES A 'HELIA CSX' 3-12X56 TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. 545142 L,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £500- £700
£5000 Bids
SCHMIDT & BENDER A 'KLASSIK' 8X56 TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. 312750,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
SCHMIDT & BENDER A 'KLASSIK' 8X56 TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. 312750,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £250- £350
£2500 Bids
SWAROVSKI OPTIK A 'PVI-2' 3-12X50 TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. P764598132,
Nov 22, 10:00 AM GMT
SWAROVSKI OPTIK A 'PVI-2' 3-12X50 TELESCOPIC SIGHT, serial no. P764598132,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £300- £500
£3000 Bids
NIKON PROSTAFF SCOPE 3-9x40
Oct 08, 12:00 PM EDT
NIKON PROSTAFF SCOPE 3-9x40
by Blackwell Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
FINE UNERTL 12 POWER SCOPE WITH LENS CAPS
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
FINE UNERTL 12 POWER SCOPE WITH LENS CAPS
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids

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