Interesting info Arsenal of Democracy WWII

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Interesting info Arsenal of Democracy WWII

#1 Post by Ben_Rumson » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:00 pm

At it’s peak in August 1945 the U.S. Navy was operating some 6,768 ships.Every vessel required binoculars. 23 battleships, 28 aircraft carriers, 71 escort carriers, 72 cruisers, more than 288 submarines, 377 destroyers, and thousands of patrol, amphibious, supply, and auxiliary ships. Consider there were many other classes too including 544 PT Boats, and some 82,266 landing craft built during the war! The most common issue was the 7x50. Several makers contributed, Bausch & Lomb at the top of the heap. The place I found this info just found some NIB unissued.
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#2 Post by jeepnik » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:00 pm

So, where did you find the info, and are they for sale?
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#3 Post by Blaine » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:13 pm

With computer machining of lens and modern materials, I'd opine that today's less expensive glass is a better value than the top line articles of the WWII era....
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#4 Post by jnyork » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:27 pm

My older brother brought home a pair of those, they were in the family for many years. I agree with Blaine, they were not so hot by today's standards.

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#5 Post by jeepnik » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:33 pm

I'm quite sure Blaine is correct. But, as a piece of history a pair would be nice to set on the shelf next to my dad's shadow box with his flag, medals and ribbons.
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#6 Post by Blaine » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:28 pm

jeepnik wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:33 pm
I'm quite sure Blaine is correct. But, as a piece of history a pair would be nice to set on the shelf next to my dad's shadow box with his flag, medals and ribbons.
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#7 Post by Ben_Rumson » Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:29 pm

Sorry I didnt get this up soone...runder the weather
http://www.company7.com/library/sard_7x50_mk.html
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#8 Post by Ray Newman » Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:25 pm

The Esteemed Blaine G.is correct. Speaking form personal experience, the WW II G.I.binoculars are not as good as today's cheaper/economical computer designed/fabricated binoculars. The clarity, color rendition, brightness of those old lenses just is not there.
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#9 Post by Ben_Rumson » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:01 pm

The Japanese have a great tradition of optical glass making. The Germans were their ally in WWII and supplied them with their glass which was known to be the finest in the world. The Japanese took their cue from this and developed their optical glass making to a degree that by the 1960s Made in Japan binoculars were only bettered by Lietz & Ziese.
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#10 Post by jcw » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:41 pm

I have a Japanese Tesco 4X scope. Very good glass.

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#11 Post by Ben_Rumson » Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:49 pm

I got some 70s vtg Bushnell 7x50 U.S.N. marked binos I.F. Rubber Armored Waterproof like new for a decent Buy Now price.
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#12 Post by Carlsen Highway » Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:49 pm

They must have specified cheap lenses for that military contract. What is better today is lens coatings which reduce flare. But old lenses, Leica, Shcneider, Nikon etc, are as sharp as anything made today.

It was standard practise in the NZ army to nick the field glasses off dead German officers.
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