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    WWI 1903 Sniper Replica Display Rifle

    Here are some pictures of my sniper replica project. (Several Years in the making)
    -Started with a junk 1913 W&S scope and a Drill rifle barreled receiver (not originally a sniper).
    -Machined the mounting and adjustment system from aluminum.
    -Machined the scope rail from steel
    -Dimensions were derived by scaling photos and drawings
    -Reproduction stock -- I hand cut the finger grooves

    Just an old drill rifle to display my scope on -----

    1st picture is the junk scope before I started. Salt Flat

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    Since there are so many W&S scopes around without the scope feet, I believe there would really be high interest in reproduction mounts (not the scope bases, but the "feet" of the scope). Especially with the M1908 scope, most of the scopes are missing the bases and could be recompleted.

    But first of all, congratulations to that high end reproduction. Looks really great!

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    great project and great dedication.
    7 years that's almost as long as it would take to change a spark plug on an MG oooops ooooer typo! yikes I am outa here

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    Wow very impressive piece of work Saltflat! Did you reproduce the eyecup as well? What material did you use if I may ask.
    Very impressed you accomplished all this without shop drawings --KUDOS!

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    Jim, the reproduction eye cups are available from Hayes Otoupalik.

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    First, thanks to all for the kind comments. A lttle secret regarding the eye cup--it is actually a piece of wood that I turned in the lathe. The non symmetrical part was carved by hand. Then some filler, primer, sanding, paint etc. At some point I will use this as a casting pattern to make a rubber mold and cast my own eye cup. Salt flat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Promo View Post
    Jim, the reproduction eye cups are available from Hayes Otoupalik.
    Thanks Georg. I had heard that several years ago but wasn't sure if he still had them.

    Jim

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    Isn't that nice? Very well done.
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Promo View Post
    Since there are so many W&S scopes around without the scope feet, I believe there would really be high interest in reproduction mounts (not the scope bases, but the "feet" of the scope). Especially with the M1908 scope, most of the scopes are missing the bases and could be recompleted.

    But first of all, congratulations to that high end reproduction. Looks really great!
    Superb. Mine is going on a 1909 Benet Mercie but now I am thinking I need an 03 Sniper rifile.

    ---------- Post added at 05:29 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:25 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by JGaynor View Post
    Thanks Georg. I had heard that several years ago but wasn't sure if he still had them.

    Jim
    I picked one up from Hayes last week. May paint mine white. Not sure when they went over to the black. Same thing happened with car tires in the same period. They started adding carbon to the pure rubber and what happened is history.

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