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Lot 1622: Springfield M1D Sniper Rifle with Weaver K4 Sniper Scope

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Scarce Springfield M1D Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle with Weaver K4 Sniper Scope

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Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Scarce Springfield M1D Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle with Weaver K4 Sniper Scope

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: M1D
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30-06
Barrel: 24 inch
Finish: parkerized
Stock: walnut
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Catalog Page: 314
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

The receiver was originally manufactured circa January 1945 and subsequently upgraded to a M1D sniper rifle configuration by the installation of the barrel. The M1D sniper barrel is correctly marked "SA-6-52" with the integral scope base that has been fitted with one of the very scarce mid-1960s era "1 inch" M1D scope mounts with a Weaver 60-B commercial 4X scope. Development of this scope mount began in July 1964 with the issuance of the Purchase Order (No. LX-1095-X) from the American Firearms Corp. to the International Armaments Corp. of Alexandria, VA. It was eventually followed up with a formal order in mid 1965. The obvious intent was to field an improved sniper scope (in lieu of the WWII M84 sniper scopes) for use in Vietnam. It has been noted that the CMP has released several original M1D sniper rifles with these rare 1 inch scope mounts and also did sell approximately 75 of these rare mounts in the mid 1990s. The history and subsequent use of this rare variant sniper rifle is documented on pages 533-536 in the book "The M1 Garand" by Canfield. The Weaver scope has an all blued commercial finish with the desirable post and cross-hair reticle. It has a mix of WWII and early Korean War era internal components, the standard sights, and a post-war, wide base gas cylinder. It is fitted with an unmarked walnut stock and handguard set with no visible cartouches or proofs. The stock has a lace-on leather cheekpiece marked "MRT/11-58". The scope tube has the standard Weaver commercial markings. It comes with a milled T-37 flash hider and post-war, green web sling and the correct gray plastic scope covers. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine as assembled with 90% of the current mixed parkerized finish overall with a green tone on the receiver and a slate gray finish on the barrel. The stock and handguards are in very fine plus condition with a nice medium brown color overall showing only very minor handling marks. The Weaver scope retains 98% of its original blue finish with clear sharp optics.

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