By the eightieth anniversary of the PU sight release, which became one of the most famous sights of Soviet snipers during the Great Patriotic War, the Shvabe Holding of Rostec State Corporation has updated its design. The anniversary version is notable for a polymer coating on the case and a stylized inscription "80 years of PU".
The collection line is intended for exclusive sale in the EU countries. The design of PU 3.5x22 is similar to the serial PU produced earlier. The difference is in the method of reticle manufacturing. Now it is produced by photolithography and has a smaller thickness - 0.1 mm. The reticle of the original sights produced during the war was hand-made 0.2 mm tungsten filaments.
The sight is equipped by original packaging and a side bracket for mounting on the Saiga-type carbines. Limited edition includes 400 pieces. Each scope has a unique number and a confirmation certificate. The product developer and manufacturer is the Novosibirsk Instrument Making Plant (NPZ, JCS) of the Holding.
“The release of the anniversary batch should significantly increase the demand in the export market. Recently in Europe there has been an increase of the interest in a Soviet history and attributes of the war years, and a large number of reenactors and collectors have also appeared. The sight will also be interesting as a nice gift. The line is produced in a limited edition especially for the European distributor DTG - Defense Technology Group srl., Italy, ”said Ivan Ozhgikhin, Deputy General Director of Shvabe.
The sights are expected to be available in the EU in fall.
"Optical rifle sight of the 1940 model", better known as PU ("sight short-cut ") was developed in 1940 in Kharkov. The first batches were intended for Tokarev's sniper rifle, and since 1942, thanks to the development of a bracket by designer Dmitry Kochetov, they began to be used on the Mosin 1891/30 rifle.
During the Second World War, the PU 3.5x22 sight was used by many famous Soviet snipers, such as Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Vasily Zaitsev, Roza Shanina and others. In general, from 1940 to 1945, more than 500 thousand PU sights were produced. After the end of Great Patriotic War, they were widely used in sporting rifles and hunting carbines.