The first semi-automatic sniper rifle adopted by the U.S. Military, the M1C was an effective weapon but intricate in construction; one would need to take a receiver off the line mid-production, ship it to Griffin & Howe of New York for scope rail installation, then return it to Springfield to be made into a complete rifle. While in theory superseded by the more armorer-friendly M1D, the M1C served well as a primary sniper rifle in World War II, Korea and as late as Vietnam. The receiver in this rifle was manufactured in February of 1945. Blade front and peep rear sights, "S-A-7-51" barrel, "-12SA" bolt, "-12-SA" trigger housing, and a "6 SA" operating rod. The rifle is fitted with a standard blued M84 2.2 power telescopic sight with post and cross-wire cross-hairs, sliding sun shield, rubber eyepiece, and wearing a plate on the right side marked "TELESCOPE/M84/SERIAL NO. 30612". The scope rail is secured to the side with three screws and two pins, serial numbered to match the rifle on the left, with a Griffin & Howe patent marked ring assembly numbered "3509544". Boxed "S.A./N.F.R." and "crossed cannons" cartouches marked on the left of the stock and a "P" proof underneath the wrist. Includes a Hart M2 flash hider, russet leather cheek-piece stamped "MRT/2 52" on the right, oiler and combination tool in butt compartment.
Exceptionally fine, retaining 98% plus arsenal refurbished parkerized finish, showing a few scratches and some light handling marks. Stock is excellent with defined edges, some light handling marks, and crisp stampings. Scope is excellent, retaining 97% original blue finish on the tube with some light freckling, and clear optics with some light debris inside the lenses. Mechanically excellent.
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