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Who invented the scope?

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Wikipedia notes that the first documented telescopic rifle sight, commonly called a scope, was invented by Morgan James of New York between 1835 and 1840. The invention was documented by John R. Chapman, who teamed up with James to produce the Chapman-James sight.

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In 1880, August Fiedler of Stronsdorf, Austria, built the first practical telescopic sight based on a refractor telescope. Other scopes of the period were the Malcolm, Amidon, Davidson and Parker Hale telescopic sights. The Malcolm scope was an original design, and it was the first to use telescopic lenses. The Malcolm and Amidon scopes were the ones most frequently used during the Civil War, according to Wikipedia.

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