(Right) German soldier with a G43 sniper. Original War time pictures of snipers with G43s are rare.

Mauser G41(M)

Walther G41 (W)

(Left) Picture of a ZF40 scope as used on the G41 snipers.

Example of a 1945 Berlin-Lubecker Maschinenfabrik K43 Sniper

Example of a 1945 QVE code (BLM) K43 Sniper.

(Above) The majority of BLM produced snipers seem to have been fitted with scopes supplied by dow. However, it is likely that some ddx scopes were also used. 

(Left) Picture showing the receiver markings.

(Right) Picture showing the matching bolt carrier.

(Left) BLM numbered the stock until the very end of production in the f block of 1945. Walther stopped this practice around the N block of 1944.

(Left) Later war stocks will show "chatter" marks in the wood as the process of finish sanding was eliminated.

(Right) The rifle serial number was engraved on the left side of the scope mount. (Far right) A 214 inspection stamp was placed on the right side.

Example of a 1944 Walther G43 Sniper

(Left) Example of a mid/late 1944 G43 sniper assembled by Walther. Pictured with a original wood scope case.

(Left) Scope mount was fitted to the rifle and then numbered to match. By this time Walther was only numbering the mount with the rifle serial number. The practice of adding the scope serial number had stopped. Notice also that the Walther 359 inspection stamp is placed in the center of the mount.

(Left) Group of pictures showing the number matching receiver, bolt and stock. Walther stopped numbering stocks around the N block in 1944, shortly after this rifle was assembled.

(Right) This G43 was fitted with a ddx scope. Walther seems to have used ddx scopes the majority of the time.

Example of a 1944 Walther Panel Cut G43 Sniper

Example of a 1944 Walther Panel Cut K43 Sniper.

(Above) Pictures showing the receiver with panel cut and matching bolt. 1943 and early 1944 G43s were built using panel cut receivers. Later in 1944 they show up again in production.

(Above) Picture of the matching scope mount. (Left) This sniper was fitted with ddx scope. Typical of Walther rifles. 

Scope Mounts

Scope mounts went through small changes during the last year of the war.

Walther 359 Mounts

Example of a early Walther scope mount with both scope and rifle serial number stamped on the mount. This practice was soon stopped.

Early Square

Example of a mid  square Walther scope mount with only the rifle serial number stamped. The number was moved from the left side to the right. Also, serial numbers were engraved as opposed to stamped. A rolled pin is used on the bottom of the mount.

Mid Square

Example of a mid/late round Walther scope mount with only the rifle serial number engraved. Under side of the mount still has a rolled pin.

Mid Rounded

Example of a late round Walther scope mount with no serial number engraved. Under side of the mount now  has a solid pin.

Late Round

Berlin Lubecker 214 Mounts

Early Square Mount

Example of a early square BLM scope mount. Notice the 214 inspection stamp is located on the left. The mount on the far left looks to have some sort of paint applied. It is unclear if this is original or done post war. Early BLM mounts are rare.

Rounded Mount

Example of a typical round BLM scope mount with only the rifle serial number engraved. BLM numbered the mounts on the left. Under side of the mount still a rolled pin.

Late Round Mount

Example of a late round BLM scope mount with no serial number engraved. Also, late BLM mounts replaced the rolled pin with a flared pin.

ZF4 Scope

There were three manufacturers of the ZF4 scope, ddx, dow and bzz. There are several small changes to these scopes and slight variations to their markings. Carl Zeiss also made a version of the scope known as the ZF K 43/1




Example of a ZF4 scope with the gas plug added. These plugs were add so that during production the scope's o-ring seals could be pressured tested followed by vacuuming out any moisture. Once this was done a nitrogen dry air was sealed inside the scope via the plug.

Early ddx scopes have a small screw on the ocular of the scope. This screw was used to secure and center the internal lens mount and to protect it from recoil. These are not found on later scopes.

Example of a ZF scope with a large thread objective lens. It is not clear why these were made.

Example of a L marked scope for use with the FG42 by the Luftwaffe

Example of a P marked scope. Possibly for use with the MP43.

Example of a Bu marked scope which seems to relate to the retilce.

Carl Zeiss ZFK 43/1 Scope

Examples of ZF K43 mark on QVE 45 Rifles