Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3632: Springfield Armory U.S. M1C Rifle 30-06

Auction Date: May 1, 2016

Desirable Korean War Era U.S. Springfield U.S.M.C. M1C/MC-1 Garand Sniper Rifle with Kollmorgen Scope

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,500 - $11,000

Desirable Korean War Era U.S. Springfield U.S.M.C. M1C/MC-1 Garand Sniper Rifle with Kollmorgen Scope

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: M1C
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30-06
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 252
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Developed in 1944, the M1C was the first production-level sniper variant of the M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle. While highly effective as a sniper weapon, the manufacturing process was rather involved, requiring a Springfield receiver to be selected off the production line before heat treating, shipped to Griffin & Howe for base installation, and then returned to the Armory to complete the process. While phased out of production in favor of the M1D, which could be produced in-house by Springfield using finished and surplus M1 rifles, the M1C saw sniper duty through Korea and into Vietnam. Less than 8,000 were completed during World War II, with a batch of converted but unassembled receivers finished up circa 1951-1953 for Korea, resulting in a total production of less than 13,000. This example has a receiver originally manufactured in December of 1944, with a "5-52" dated Springfield barrel, "DRC" and "NI- C" rear sight knobs, Springfield bolt, hammer, safety, trigger housing and operating rod. The scope base is secured to the receiver with the proper 2-pin/3-screw arrangement, with two-piece "T4" marked scope rings and the two-line Griffin & Howe markings on top. The scope is a U.S.M.C Specification Stith Mounts/Kollmorgen Optical 4x Double (4xD), numbered "MC 1179-P" on top. Smooth pistol grip stock, with a circled "P" on the wrist, "SA" cartouche on the left side of the buttstock, green canvas sling dated August 1952, and a plastic oil container in the trap. More information can be found about this rifle on pages, 130-132 of "The Complete Book of U.S. Sniping" by Peter Senich, and included with the rifle is a photocopy of a memorandum from the U.S. Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA, declaring this item by serial number as being transferred from their museum collection.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as Springfield Arsenal rebuilt with 98% of the parkerized finish, showing some light handling marks and bright edge wear. The stock is also very fine with some dings and darkening of the finish. A lighter area is present on the buttstock consistent with where a leather cheekpiece may have been, but no piece is included, nor are any screw holes present. A few light scuffs are present on the scope adjustment knobs, and the optics are clear. Mechanically excellent.

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