This is a nice example of a scarce World War I era Winchester A5 telescopic sight with Winchester patent scope rings. The Marine Corps, and to a lesser extent the Army, installed Winchester A5 telescopic sights on a few Model 1903 rifles in the 1914-1915 period for testing and use in competition. The Marines took some of their telescopic sighted Model 1903 target rifles to France in 1917 for issue to snipers. This was considered to be the first successful scope produced by Winchester. The top of the scope tube is roll-stamped with the two-line Winchester address and patent dates followed by the model designation "A5". Equipped with the micrometer adjustable windage and elevation knobs on the rear mount with a grasshopper spring. Includes a World War I era leather scope case marked with "A.B.D." military inspectors initials. Also includes a period leather/metal shooting bag with carry handle containing two old oil bottles and one Remington UMC .44 XL shot cartridge. Provenance: The Mac McCroskie Collection
Very fine, retaining 85% original blue finish with smooth gray and brown patina on the balance. Clear optics, although out of focus and not properly adjusting. Included scope case is fine with some light age related wear, and one of the loops separated at the stitching. Included shooting bag is fair with mild age related wear and numerous separated stitches.
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