Last week I was on various forums, GB and ebay looking for an ART II. On eBay I came across this ad for a "Vintage Redfield 3 x 9 Rifle Scope- Denver Colorado"
Looking at the pictures posted, it appeared to be either a well done clone or something home brewed, I couldn't really tell. Bidding began at $127 and a second bid of $139. The second bidder was topped out around $650, I set my max bid and waited. I posted in the Optics forum here about the USMC Greenie serial number range and learned a few things. Shortly after, I won the auction, paying $661.51 plus shipping. After a few PMs between M1Army and I, and a couple of responses on the thread, I came into contact with USMCSGT0331. Earlier this week, this arrived-
Earlier today I received an email from Ryan. He and others had been working through pictures I had sent him, and they had authenticated the scope as being an original Greenie. Ryan stated that it was the highest serial numbered scope that had turned up. It was authenticated by the coloring and other distinct physical features.
As of now I am unsure of what I'm going to do with the scope. But I can say that it will not be hidden away or placed on a slap together clone. Before anyone thinks of making an offer, one of Ryan's associates has made an offer to buy it. If I do decide to sell the scope, that individual will have first right of refusal.
I am grateful and appreciative to Ryan, his friends, M1Army, and others who took the time to assist me with authenticating the ebay Greenie.