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    Lyman Alaskan Scope - history & value

    I have a Lyman Alaskan All-Weather 2 1/2 X scope with a serial number 29XXX. It has a fine cross hair w/ dot recticle and has caps on the 2 adjustments. Very good condition with clear optics. I was wondering if anyone would be able to supply any history on this scope, and perhaps an approximate value. Thanks


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    The only TRUE value of your scope is the price it gets at auction. Because if you don't know its commercial value (hence the reason for asking the question.....), that is the price that it will fetch from someone who wants one

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    Value $150-$225

    Hunting/target scope manufactured from the late 1930s into @1960. Various improvements, mostly related to moisture sealing during it's production span.

    Also manufactured without windage and elevation adjustments for use with "external adjustments".

    Your reticle is probably a "lee target dot" reticle. It was available in different MOA diameters.

    With various post reticles it was adopted by the US Gov and Canadaicon for use on the M1903A4/M1icon C-D Garand and No4MkI*T.

    It was the design basis for the M.81 and M.82 scopes, and the M.84 scope is an "improved" Alaskan.
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    Can you enlighten us as to when Lyman improved the waterproofing Lee Enfield. I only ask because when the UKicon looked at a couple of Canadianicon made No4T's with the Lyman scopes, they couldn't keep the water out. Plus other faults, but the water ingress caused the trials to cease

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Laidlericon View Post
    Can you enlighten us as to when Lyman improved the waterproofing Lee Enfield. I only ask because when the UK looked at a couple of Canadian made No4T's with the Lyman scopes, they couldn't keep the water out. Plus other faults, but the water ingress caused the trials to cease
    The first W&E adjustable Alaskans did not have caps over the turrets.

    The mid ones [ No32 (T.P.) ] have caps over the turrets, but the cap threads run off the end of the turret

    The late ones have a plate at the bottom of the threaded section which has a flat rubber washer which the cap threads down against.


    left to right:
    "PreWar" (uncapped)
    "mid production" (similar to M.81, M.82, No32MkI(T.P.))
    "post-war commercial" (notice the plate below the cap)
    "mid production with caps removed" (actually an M.82 scope)
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    Very interesting. Thanks very much, much obliged. We have 4419-S and as you say, it's the mid production (pic 2) and definately not waterproof.

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