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JMB1943

I am currently watching the series “Gallipoli”, an Australian production, on TV.

One episode relates the story of a young Australian lad who is a very good rifle shot.

He volunteers to be a sniper, and is taken to Billy Sing to be trained.

Sing tells him to forget the v-notch of his No. 1, Mk. III and gives him a kit (which looks official) to enable the fixing of what looks like a magnifying glass over the front sight; does not appear to have a cross-hair. This he does and shoots down any number of Turkish soldiers.

 

I had not previously seen a reference to this sniping sight, and wonder if this was only an Australian device. 

Does anyone know the name of this modification?

 

Regards,

JMB

 

 

 

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4thGordons

There were several optical attachments but if I recall correctly this was a Lattey Sight set.

(Sights, Optical (Lattey) MkI) LoC para17556 Sept 1915

 

There were other similar types Neill Sights, Martin Sights and Gibbs Sights - but the Lattey is best known and associated with Gallipoli.

 

Chris

Edited by 4thGordons
add LoC number

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JMB1943

Chris,

 

Thanks for this info.

 

Regards,

JMB

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ServiceRumDiluted

This might be of interest, a run down of the Martin sight

https://youtu.be/c5f--O2UQNc

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JMB1943

SRD,

 

Thanks for that link, it is very informative regarding the use of optical sights.

I also watched the video of the P. 14 (T) rifle; again very clear and interesting explanation of the telescopic set-up.

 

Regards,

JMB

 

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asanewt

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. We have a .177 Walther air rifle for 6/10 m target use which came with an "Eagle eye" front sight.

 

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