So true our scopes were terrible. The little orphan Weavers and Swayses etc. were crude. They were like looking at the world thru a dirty Coke bottle. The XGerman Snipers like John Unertle and Lichert brought the American military to the modern sniper scopes of the day. The USMC uses the Unertle to this day. I saw a real nice SMLE sniper rig with all the toys at Cabelas last week. It was priced at $5,000.
Nice orginal 1903A3s are going for around $1,000 these days.