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Z.F.43(B)


Z.F.43(B)01
               from "THE AMERICAN RIFLEMAN" April,1947


  The ZF43(B) was made especially for G41 by Emil Busch A-G which used the manufacturer code cxn and was a primary manufacturer of ZF41. The 'B' is from the capital letter of 'Busch' and it also suggests that the scope ended up at a experimental level and was never adopted officially.
  There are little references on this scope(*1), and thus little is known. But from the facts that it was placed right above the G41 rear sight supplying a long eye relief for more than 30cm, and it had 4-power magnification which ZF40 had 1.5-power, it might have been planed to be a further development of ZF40 or a speciallized version for sniping purpose. Anyway, together with G41, the ill-fated ZF43(B) have given way to the combination of G43 and GwZF4 within 1943.
  ZF43(B) had a length of approximately 190mm. Together with its original mount, it had a unique appearance such as the large ocular lens compared to the objective. The elevation was adjusted by the disk on top of the tube, and windage was made with a large knob on the right side of the mount.
  As with the case on the mounts of ZF40, none of the mounts for ZF43(B) seem to exsist, but some of the scopes have survived. The picture below shows a top view of the ZF43(B) which is a property of a collector in USA together with original factory container. The markings found on ZF43(B) are designation "ZF43(B)", manufacturer code "cxn", lubricant code "+" and serial number. The serial numbers are seen on 143000 range, which seems to be carried over from other optics (i.e. ZF41) made by cxn.


Z.F.43(B)02
                 David W. Davis collection and photograph



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(*1) Reference F and N. It is clear that Senich(F) refered the article(N) from the quotation in his writing.
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