View Full Version : Anyone Know where I can get a PeriScope?

Jamie Young
January 16, 2002, 12:52 AM
I saw them in a Surplus magazine a few years ago and I wish I would have gotten one. They are the little Mirror things The Military used for Trench Warfare. I saw surplus ones for Modern Military forces for like $20. I'd like to find one for Playing Paintball.

January 16, 2002, 01:21 AM
Two little hunks of mirror and some PVC water pipe and you're in business :)

Jamie Young
January 16, 2002, 01:24 AM
Ok Mr. Smarty Pants

Nah I want a little one.

Actually thats not a bad idea. I'd probable end up playing with it in the bath tub though:D

Steven Mace
January 16, 2002, 03:47 AM

If you're looking for one like this try visiting
http://www.surplusshed.com/closeouts.cfm for more information. Hope this helps!

Steve Mace

January 16, 2002, 03:22 PM
There was a used Russian submarine on ebay a while back.


Jamie Young
January 16, 2002, 10:02 PM
C.R.Sam I think that may be a wee bit too big for me;)

Steve Mace thats more along the lines of what I'm looking for. The one I saw was a little smaller but that might do just fine.

January 16, 2002, 10:46 PM
At least you won't have to fear people with Angels and Autocockers anymore :)

January 16, 2002, 11:14 PM
Try I.M.A. AT www.ima-usa.com or phone 908-903-1200.Ever try gum&mirror easy to use.I'v seen the type you are asking about in Gun List & Shotgunnews.

Jamie Young
January 16, 2002, 11:41 PM
That site has something screwed up in the Processing order page.

That place is actually about 45min from me. I don't know if I want to drive up there for a $15 item.

I'll have to pick up a copy of Shotgun news. The Online site didn't have anything.

January 18, 2002, 05:30 PM
I'd have to dig through my catalogs, but I've seen tank and APC periscopes used in the driver/gunner/TC positions for sale. If they're anything like the ones in the Bradleys, though, I'd say they're way too heavy and bulky to be lugging around dismounted. Just for paintballing, I'd go with Borf and just make you a little one.

Jamie Young
January 18, 2002, 05:58 PM
I actually just ordered that Periscope yesterday and got it today:) Its pretty neat for $15. It is a bit heavier than I expected. I saw a smaller one years ago for Infantry. This one will do for Defense but Its a bit heavy to carry around playing Paint Ball.

January 20, 2002, 12:11 AM
Actually, the PVC / mirror idea would work - use small mirrors (look at sciplus.com for all kinds of optics)& 2" pvc. cut pvc to length desired (or you could "nest" 2 sizes of pvc , but you need a relatively close fit). Cap the ends, cut a hole at the top & bottom that are 180 degrees away from each other. Place a mirror at approximately 45 degrees at each end so that light entering the the top hole is reflected to the lower hole - it may take some fine tuning, but you should be able to make one that fits your needs. (made one when I was a kid out of a cardboard tube & a couple of cheap pocket mirrors - it works.

Jamie Young
January 20, 2002, 12:15 AM
I think I might do that. I need a smaller almost Pocket size one.

January 20, 2002, 01:04 AM
if i hit your periscope with a paintball you are out

i doubt a scope would improve your game as much as more paint and a faster gun

i played last week against some guys that must of ran 500 rounds in 5 minutes a piece, the paint must of been free, cause it fell like rain

if yer in a bunker and a timmy with an attitude has you in range
yer toast, peeking at them with a periscope is gonna confirm yer locale
& yer gonna be lugging that scope to the dead zone

unless yer senario playing, you burn 15 minutes of game play best
travelling light

Jamie Young
January 20, 2002, 01:18 AM
Out of about 20 games I've played this year, I have NEVER been shot anywhere other than My Face hands and feet. I always got taken out trying to peek around a corner or over a stump. If I had something that was about 2-3 inches in Diameter and was camouflaged THEY"D NEVER SEE ME UNTILL THEY WERE 5ft AWAY

Jamie Young
January 20, 2002, 01:20 AM
Besides when I get done making a Periscope its going to look like a wooden log:)

January 20, 2002, 01:38 AM
One length of PVC piipe. Two elbows. Two little mirrors. Simple.


Jim V
January 20, 2002, 06:54 PM
Edmund Scientific has a 'scope or two. Or hijack a submarine.

Jamie Young
January 20, 2002, 08:09 PM
Do they have a website?

January 20, 2002, 10:08 PM



Jamie Young
January 20, 2002, 11:29 PM
Thanks DZ

Futo Inu
January 24, 2002, 02:48 PM
I played lasertag yesterday for the first time - it was a hoot. But paintball would be more fun I'm sure. The devil is going to be in the precise placement of the mirrors in the tube at 45 degrees, and what to hold them in place with.... Easier to buy one seems to me, esp for your purpose soda, b/c u want something very small and thus easily camoflauged - the smaller one u try to make, the harder to get the mirror to set right.....

You paintball guys, tell me something - I've never been. Do you have select-fire guns??? How much are they? I hear they can be up to $2,000. Any links to pics? Please tell me it's not that much fun, and I don't need to try it. I REALLY don't need to be spending money on yet another hobby - but a select-fire paintball gun sounds like a kick in the pants. U guys play capture the flag or last man standing primarily???

January 24, 2002, 03:25 PM
...what the heck are you going to DO with that periscope, Sodapop?

And those sandbags?

And that 104? :o

- pdmoderator

Jamie Young
January 24, 2002, 03:51 PM
PdModerator- What sand Bags and what 104? What are you talking about?

Futo Inu- I'm not Paintball expert, I've only played twice in the last year. We played all kinds of games, capture the flag, Kill the Taliban.

You really don't need to over complicate things playing Paintball. Running and Hiding means more in the game than your weapon. You get a little more accuracy and power out of a longer barrel. But, I don't think you really need to spend more than $600 for a fancy paintball gun. Most people I know that own their's are under $250. I've heard a lot of bad things about Full Auto paint guns because the CO2 tends to freeze things up inside. I have spent close to $100 a day playing and I can't conceive of how much I would spend on Paintballs if I had a Full auto or Select fire gun.

Full auto Paintball guns can cost in the thousands.

January 24, 2002, 04:57 PM
...only it didn't work too well, I guess. My apologies.

- pdmoderator

Jamie Young
January 24, 2002, 06:38 PM
:o :D OK I got it now. Sorry I've been getting pretty defensive lately due to the amount of Flak I've been taking for some of My posts. I didn't catch on;)

January 25, 2002, 01:25 AM
I bought an AT-85 automatic paintball gun. When I bought it, it cost about $550, plus $~80 for accessories (more magazines - instead of a hopper, it feeds from 60 round forearms and a 20 round magazine!), and $300 for a HPA system. So it comes out close to $1k.

It's definately a hoot - the AT-85 is a very unique paintball gun (some police agencies use it to deliver pepperballs which are basically paintballs with pepper-spray fluid inside of them).

Unfortunately, since I live at 5300 feet and play at over 7000 feet, the AT-85 seemed to have problems coping with the high altitude. I never got to play an actual game with it.

In case you're interested, I am offering the marker, the forearms, instructions, etc, for $300 :) Even if it doesn't work, ATS says that they will fix it to working performance for $30; that's a pretty good savings over a brand new one.

June 11, 2005, 01:50 PM
www.govliquidation.com might have one

June 23, 2005, 10:26 PM
Brigade Quartermasters

August 2, 2005, 03:36 PM
had some at one time

August 2, 2005, 11:15 PM
Woah, back from the dead.