This page, over time, will be developed as a gallery and information source for Pecar-Berlin scopes. None of the items shown here are for sale. If you have anything to add, please contact us. We are always looking for Pecar-Berlin documents, brochures, photographs and, of course, examples of scopes themselves. Boxed, mint examples are preferred, however anything will be considered. We cannot promise to pay best prices, however please bear in mind that they will become part of a collection for reference and posterity, and not resold!
Above: a few Pecars in the collection…
‘The World’s MOST ADVANCED Riflescopes’
As many will already know, sadly, in 2007, Pecar Berlin closed its doors for good. Over the past 70 years Pecar Berlin scopes have represented high quality, bombproof designs that have withstood the test of time. I have no doubt that future generations of shooters will be able to enjoy Pecar Berlin products owned by their fathers and grandfathers - such is the ruggedness of the design!
Before we get started it may be useful to list the various models available in more recent times (note the 30 year guarantee!):
Now a short journey back in time…
Below are excerpts from a Pecar sales flyer, USA version, dated late 1950s. It is showcasing the “New Vari-Powered Riflescopes”. Take a look at the comments from the “Expert” gunmen and the prices back in the 1950s!
Here is another US sales flyer from late 1950s, or at least later than the flyer show above. How do we know this? Well, as inevitable as death and taxes, the prices have gone up! Not a vast amount - mostly just a couple of dollars. It details the various models available - a selection of just 6 models for the US market at the time.
This flyer also showcases the interchangeable reticle system and the different types of reticle available.
Pecar Berlin 4-10×45:
The largest and most numerous type in the collection is the venerable 4-10×45 Variable.
These consist of the following serial numbers:
Both A16371 and A16391 were the first to be purchased in the collection over 20 years ago. Both were brand new when obtained and sat on top of a Steyr SSG PII 308Win and a Parker Hale M-87 308Win for most of their lives until being retired into the collection.
One example still has the original box, cleaning cloth and instructions:
Here is an sales brochure excerpt featuring the 4-10 model along with the next example in the collection - the 3-7×35….
And some more up to date instructions on use of the variable scopes:
Here are some pictures of an interchangeable reticle unit as referred to in the instructions above:
Pecar Berlin 3-7×35 Variable:
Next up are three 3-7×35 Variables. The smaller brother to the 4-10×45, these scopes made lovely versatile yet compact variables that could put up with plenty of punishment and still function effectively on the magnum calibres!
These consist of the following serial numbers:
Here is a review from June 1970 issue of ‘The American Rifleman’ for the 3-7 model:
Pecar Berlin 1.5-4×21 Variable:
One of the favourites in the collection is the 1.5-4×21
This particular scope was purchased from a chap very keen on his hunting. In fact he has been all over the world to hunt big game. This scope was mounted on top of a 375 H&H and here is a story attesting to the ruggedness of Pecar scopes:
‘….Hmmm - lets see - Bison hunting in Canada a few years back - out in the bush on Quad bikes in 15 degrees below.
Had a .375hh + 1.4-4 Pecar slung under my thigh - pointing backwards along the seat so it would not be snagged by the prolific red willow we were traversing.
Crossed a frozen beaver pond then drove up a narrow cut on the opposite side - quad in low ratio - a wheel caught, bit on a tree and drove straight up the trunk!
Bailed out and landed ’scuttling’ on hands and knees with the tombstone-like bulk of the vertical quad towering over me. Amazingly, there it stayed - rather than falling over backwards and squozzing me!
Inspection revealed the entire lot was propped by the barrel of my rifle!! Checked barrel to see if it had been bent - nope, not to the naked eye. Checked zero - bloody thing was an inch out!
Cheap and nasty things, those Pecars!….’
Courtesy of Ian F (Devon)
Pecar Berlin 3×36
One of the older scopes in the collection - a 3×36 fixed power:
Here is an excerpt from a sales brochure:
The 3×36 is shown at the top of this excerpt and is known as a ‘Junior’ version of the scopes…not bad for $37.50!
Pecar Berlin 6×45:
This is the single example of the 6×45 in the collection.
This is another of the boxed examples in the collection.
Here is another excerpt from a sales brochure - although it relates to the older 6×59 scope version. There is also an explanation of the interchangeable reticle system:
Pecar Berlin 4×81 and 4×35 Fixed:
The collection has 4 examples of the 4×81 (3) and its newer designation 4×35 (1). The ‘81′ in the original model is, in fact, not the diameter of the objective (which is usually the case) but the relative ‘brightness’.
The 4×35 is complete with box; instructions and cleaning cloth:
Here is a sales brochure excerpt for the 4×81: