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U.S. M1C & M1D
|Calibers:||.30-06 Springfield (7.62x63mm)|
|Magazine:||8 round internal box magazine.|
|Barrel Length:||24" (610mm)|
|Barrel Profile:||4 Grooves, RH Twist|
|Weight:||~11 lbs (~5 kg)|
|Overall Length:||43.6" (1107mm)|
|Stock:||Standard M1 Garand|
|Sights:||2.5x power M81/M82, and 2.2x power M84 were all used
M73B1 2.5x Telescopic site (Weaver 330C) was an alternate
|Features:||T4 Cheek pad, and M2 flash suppressor were accessories. The more advance T-37 flash suppressor was never "officially" adopted.|
Only small numbers of M1C/D's made it to the frontlines in WWII, so they were never really battle tested, until the Korean conflict, when they were still the standard issue sniper rifle. There they proved satisfactory with the max range being about 600 yards, with fairly reliable hit percentages from 4-600 yards. Of course the 2.5 power scopes were a severe limiting factor to the max range. There was no military match ammo that was issued to snipers, so they just used standard ball, which I'm sure hurt the accuracy of these weapons also. The rifles continued their service until the mid 60's and the vietnam conflict. The M1C also became the USMC standard issue sniper rifle in 1951, and was used extensively by the USMC during the Korean conflict. The USMC adopted a new scope in 1954 known as the Model 4XD (a 4x Scope produced by Stith-Kollmorgen) but it did not see much combat use.
I have shot M1C's and they are an acceptable performer out to about 500 yards, after which its tough to hit man size targets. It is tough to be objective having been spoiled with the M24 and other modern sniper rifles. These are classic sniper rifles, and they bring in a hefty collectors premium for good rifles, but they are a fine addition to anyones rifle collection.