were produced by:
AGFA Kamerawerk, München, code "bzz" - a
rare scope. About 3500 made and all marked GwZF4
GmbH, Prerau (Czechoslovakia), code "dow". About 40,000 produced for the Wehrmacht. Most marked Gw ZF4.
A few of the last were marked: ZF K 43. BLM used almost exclusively "dow". Walther used in some
cases "dow". Opticotechna made about 10,000 ZF4 more marked "dow", but the German marking was lined out, and the scopes were
then used by the Czech army. Almost all of these were marked ZF K 43.
Voightländer und Sohn, Braunschweig, code "ddx". The
first were marked Gw ZF4. The last were marked K43 and some were double marked: Gw ZF4 K43. About were 73,000 produced.
Walther used "ddx".
The Dec. 15, 1944 it was announced that the designation changed from Gw ZF4 to ZF K43 - so the ZF4
suffered also of "the German name games".
This indicates that about 116,500 ZF4 were made for the Wehrmacht. As told elsewhere on these pages about 58,000 G43 ZF4 were delivered
from Walther and BLM. The actual use of the scopes was only 50% of the production. Where did the other 50% end?
Some were made for the FG42 (marked "L"), some didn't meet the production standards?, some weren't shipped
from the factory?, some were destroyed, bombed etc.?
The color of the triangle indicates the internally used grease:
Blue: grease for cold climate, most are seen with a blue triangle
White: grease for temperated climate
Green: grease for hot climate
Many of the last produced didn't have a color at all
A "dow" scope
A late variant - note the phosphated finish.
A "ddx" scope
with the special and not so common marking "L" - for use on the FG42. (Beware fakes are out there)
A "L" fake
A not so cleverly made fake
More pictures of the "L" marked ddx scope
The engraving style of the "L" changed several times
The "Bu" scope
Rare. A special reticle after an idea of Hauptmann Burk, Gebirgsjägerschule Mittenwald.
The "P" scope
Rare. Used on the MP43 with side mount
The elevation drum is marked "P" and the distance between the graduation is more
than on the standard ZF4. Consequently the maximum distance is only 600 m. See a couple of pictures
more on the MP44 / StG44 site.
The "Threated Objective lens" scope
Presumed to have been made by Voigtländer. Other than the standard triangle marking for the
elevation dial, there are no other markings on these scopes. They have a "gas plug" which is typical
for the last made Voigtländer scopes. The annular abutment grove is far deeper and set about 10mm to the rear.
This makes fitting the standard ZF4 mount or using the standard rubber eyepice impossible, so it must have been
a kind of test scope.
Note the original leather, rivets and stitching.
A real FG42 scope
Rare. Marked "L" + FG 42 and a serial number.
The "K.Z.F." scope
Super rare. It's presumed that this scope was used on the K98 for the "Swept Back Mount"
The "Versuch" (Test) scope
The marking is here:
This should mean test #69, serial# 037 - some of these don't have the side adjustment (but this here has)
Pointed versus blunt post
German wartime ZF4s can be found with two types of reticle pattern: "pointed post with horizontal bars", and
"blunt post with horizontal bars".
One-piece stamped reticle
Voigtländer used on their last production a "one-piece stamped reticle". It should be more sturdy
than the first design which proved very fragile with several tiny parts. It's possible to see the construction without disassembly.
Look from the front of the scope up against light and note that the sides just aren't up and down, but
go at an angle out to the horizontal bars. (The photo is taken from Darrin Weavers book). The lowest recorded number
with one-piece stamped reticle is ddx #70092 and it's marked K43. It might be possible to find earlier scopes with the stamped steel reticle
(send me a mail). One-piece
stamped reticles are always with a "pointed post".
ZF4 used in
Czecho-Slovakia after the war
The G43 was used by the Czechs after the war with the designation vz43. After
the adoption of the vz52 and later the vz58, the Vz43's were relegated to reserve and training use.
Many of the used scopes were normal ZF4 scopes produced during the German occupation. They have a
horizontal line through the markings. Most of these are of the late K43