MKVI Snipers Observer Telescope
MKVI Snipers Observer Telescope. Military brass three-draw telescope, by H C Ryland & Son Ltd., marked Tel Sig MKVI also GS, HCR & Son Ltd, No 5863, OS 717 GA, leather case, caps & strap.
This is a brass bodied, leather covered three draw telescope with leather case. This scope is stamped with the British Military broad arrow, confirming service issue. The leather and stitching of the telescope cover and case are in very nice condition. The telescope itself has a dent free body and slides freely. The optics are very clear and the scope has the two position eyepiece. The sunshade slides freely.The scope tube is marked TEL SIG MK VI also GS H.C.R. & Son Ltd (H C Ryland & Son) NO. 5863 OS 717 GA /l/ (Broad Arrow). Basically this is a very nice British Army General Service and Signaller’s MK VI telescope made in the late WWI to late 1920’s timeframe. These telescopes were most famously used by British Sniper teams in WWI, WWII, and into the 1960’s and 1970’s. The scopes were used alongside later Scout Regiment telescopes and were usually tucked neatly into a compartment of the transit chests for Enfield No 4T and L42a1 sniper rifles. These early scopes were highly prized for the quality of their optics.
Introduced just after WW1, the MkVI was lighter than the MkIV. It kept the same awkward format of two different eye pieces and leather end caps connected to a shoulder strap that feeds through two loops sewn to the leather body. The MkVI was solid and made with thicker gauge brass and over-engineered compared to its successor, the Scout Regiment.
An excellent and correct addition to any WW II snipers kit.