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Lot 565: M1C Sniper Rifle with Kollmorgan USMC MC1 Sniper Scope and Mount

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Desirable U.S. Springfield Armory M1C Sniper Rifle with USMC MC1 Sniper Scope

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Estimated Price: $5,000 - $8,000

Desirable U.S. Springfield Armory M1C Sniper Rifle with USMC MC1 Sniper Scope

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: M1C
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30-06
Barrel: 24 inch
Finish: parkerized
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
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Catalog Page: 336
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

This is a desirable example of a WWII M1C Garand sniper rifle manufactured by Springfield Armory in 1945, subsequently reconfigured into a USMC MC1 type sniper rifle. The original M1C sniper was developed by Springfield Armory in late 1944 with approximately 4,000 M1C sniper rifles manufactured by the end of the war. Most were subsequently refurbished at the start of the Korean War. During the early post-war years due to the shortcomings of the original M81/M82 and M84 sniper rifles during the Korean war the Marine Corps contracted with the Stith Kollmorgen company to develop a new/improved and larger 4X sniper scope. They also contracted with Griffin & Howe to develop a larger more robust scope mount, so that both could be issued/used on standard M1C sniper rifles. As adopted by the USMC in this configuration it was cataloged as the MC-1 sniper rifle and the Marines designated these rifles as the "1952 Sniper Rifle". They were issued in limited numbers circa 1953-1967. This is an original first pattern Stith-Kollmorgen sniper scope fitted with a correct style Griffin & Howe MC-1 type sniper scope mount. The scope tube is marked "MC 922-P" with the objective eye-piece roll marked in two lines: "4X DOUBLE STITH MOUNT S.A.TEX/KOLLMORGEN OPTICAL CORP. BROOKLYN NY." The scope is fitted with the improved, "audible click" windage and elevation knobs and the standard fine cross-hair reticle. The scope has the original blue/black type finish. The scope mount has the original markings: "GRIFFIN & HOWE INC. NEW YORK/PAT. #1.856,549 MAY 3, 1932" and is fitted with the "T4" marked scope rings with the later square end locking levers. The top of the mount is also etched with rifle serial number "3372487". The actual rifle has the standard Springfield Armory markings over serial number "3252184" with a correct wartime bolt and trigger group with a early post war op-rod marked "6535382-SA" with the locking bar rear sight set. The M1C scope bracket (base) with three new screws and two new taper pins and is renumbered "379/0508" on the side. The barrel is stamped "1-S-A-12-44" with the breech in the white. Fitted with reproduction cone type flash hider, marked on the underside "FLASH HIDER/XM-2". It has a standard walnut stock with a deep "AAG" proof followed by a boxed "SA/NFR" and cross-cannon cartouche with a circled "P" proof in the grip area. It has an unmarked leather cheekpiece (not screwed in) with a stamped steel checkered buttplate. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 95% plus of the arsenal green/gray type parkerized finish overall with only minor edge and high spot wear. The stock and handguard set is all in very fine condition with a nice dark brown color with clear cartouches and proofs, and only minor handling marks on the sides. The Kollmorgen scope retains 90% plus of its original black finish with minor wear and scratches from field use. The optics are clear and the windage and elevation knobs work correctly. A solid representative example of a scarce and desirable USMC, MC1 sniper rifle.



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