Dan sent us these photos be took at the Imperial War Museum in London. This M1 Carbine, which was used by Norwegian resistance during WWII,  has a German ZF-41 scope attached to the handguard. The German ZF-41 scope was the original “scout-style” scope. It has a long eye relief allowing is to be mounted in front of a Mauser action. Jeff Cooper adopted this concept for his Scout Rifle. The ZF-41 with its a low magnification of 1.5x, would have made a good scope choice for a carbine such as the M1, the downside was that these scopes were quite heavy and built like tanks!



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  • puhiawa

    Ah. The parachute model. A valuable gun.

  • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

    Have read some stuff about the Gewehr 33/40 or Vz. 33 carbine being produced, or atleast issued here in Norway with the ZF-41. So the scope might have come from one of them.

  • Mc Cain

    Desperate times, desperate measures. I’d love to know how accurate that thing was with that scope.

    • puhiawa

      Within 50 yards, very. LOL.
      But then that is not to ridicule the gun or round. I would take it over a 9 or 45 any day in close. Combat. And my father said the same thing. His is in the safe.

  • Tassiebush

    What a fascinating pairing

    • Scouse

      I have an M1 Carbine, sat for years in Austria, in a Police Armory, very good condition. Needs good 15 round magazines, not South Korean!

      • Tassiebush

        Sounds nice!

  • Southpaw89

    Now I want one, and repros of both the rifle and scope are available, so unlike many of my fantasy firearms this one would be fairly easy to put together.

  • RICH

    ALAS….. ! ! When I got divorced in 1980 I sold my gennie’ Inland M1A1 Paratrooper for …….. $175, OUCH ! The last one I saw at a gunshow was going for $2,700.00……. OUCH squared ! !

  • Jas

    Necessity makes for strange bedfellows. A para M1 with German scope. Like it. Any idea how that scope was attached to the gun? Don’t tell me it was screwed onto the wooden forend.

    • Devil_Doc

      That was my first thought as well..

    • Rock or Something

      Sheer. Will.

  • josh

    if you think about it, this seems like a sign in the progression of putting glass/sights on semi-autos, rather than only for dedicated bolt actions or turret guns. Modernization as hampered only by available technology