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Old 09-23-2019, 08:47 AM
S99VG S99VG is offline
 
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So right now on one of the auction sites there's a 1903 "sniper" with a Litschert scope that the seller has up for some big money. Frankly the gun is beyond my financial means and not within my scope of interest, but based on this post its likely a complete fake?
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:11 AM
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I'm not sure which one you are referring to. I see one listed with that they detail is a 1.55 serial, but it looks more like a 1.35 in the pic. But if this is the one you are referring to, no it's not a real sniper rifle.

I have substantial amount of sniper docs from 1900 to 1973. Including the test trials for the Army and Marines. There is never a mention of any Litschert scopes used or even trialed by either branch.

The Navy and Air Force usually acquired sniper rifles built by the Marines or Army, the few times I've ever seen mentions of them getting rifles. So I've never seen any mentions of them building their own rifles as of yet either.

It should be assumed that any Marine sniper rifle you see, or really any 1903 Sniper in General past the 1903a4, should be assumed to be a clone. You really have to study them in depth to be able to know what is real.

Marine snipers are exceedingly rare. There are not many out there at all. On some variations, only a few are known to exist. Even some of the ones you see in books, labeled as real, are not.
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:39 PM
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I'm not sure which one you are referring to. I see one listed with that they detail is a 1.55 serial, but it looks more like a 1.35 in the pic. But if this is the one you are referring to, no it's not a real sniper rifle.

I have substantial amount of sniper docs from 1900 to 1973. Including the test trials for the Army and Marines. There is never a mention of any Litschert scopes used or even trialed by either branch.

The Navy and Air Force usually acquired sniper rifles built by the Marines or Army, the few times I've ever seen mentions of them getting rifles. So I've never seen any mentions of them building their own rifles as of yet either.

It should be assumed that any Marine sniper rifle you see, or really any 1903 Sniper in General past the 1903a4, should be assumed to be a clone. You really have to study them in depth to be able to know what is real.

Marine snipers are exceedingly rare. There are not many out there at all. On some variations, only a few are known to exist. Even some of the ones you see in books, labeled as real, are not.
Again, thank you for your insight and willingness to share your knowledge.
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