• Model: M1C & M1D
  • Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
  • Barrel Length: 24" (610mm)
  • Twist: 4 Grooves, RH Twist
  • Magazine: 8 round internal box magazine.
  • Trigger: Military Two-Stage
  • Stock: Wood
  • Metal Finish: Parkerized
  • Weight: about 11 lbs (5 kg)
  • Overall Length: 43.6" (1107mm)
  • Additional Notes: 2.5x power M81/M82, and 2.2x power M84 were all used M73B1 2.5x Telescopic site (Weaver 330C) was an alternate T4 Cheek pad, and M2 flash suppressor were accessories The more advance T-37 flash suppressor was never "officially" adopted

The semi-automatic M1 Garand was adopted as the standard issue battle rifle for the US Armed Forces in 1932 and finally started to enter service in 1936, which then led to constant refinement of the rifle. This refinement and adoption procedure precluded any work being done on a sniper version of the M1 which, as is common between wars, rated very low on the priority list for the M1. As World War II broke out for the USA, a large demand for scoped rifles and snipers developed. Because the M1 was the standard issue rifle, it was first examined for feasibility as a sniper rifle and two prototypes were approved, but because of the difficulty required to manufacture the specialized versions, they were delayed and the adoption of the M1903A4 happened in 1943 and began to be produced. This did not mean that the M1 sniper rifle ceased to exist, but instead it moved forward and authorization to produce a sniper version of the M1 was approved. Work was slow and finally the M1E7 and M1E8 were evaluated and eventually approved for production. In June of 1944 the M1E7 (renamed M1C) was adopted as the standard issue sniper rifle and replaced the M1903A4 making it “Limited Standard”. The M1E8 (renamed M1D) was adopted in September of 1944 as a “Substitute Standard”. The only difference between the C and D was the scope mounting system.

M1D scope mounting closeup

Because the M1s were loaded with en-bloc clips from the top of the rifles, the scopes could not be mounted in the desired location directly above the receiver. The scope mounting systems had to mount the scopes off to the left hand side of the rifle and a strap on leather cheekpiece was required to properly align the shooters eye with the scope. Over the years several different scopes were used on the M1Cs and Ds but they were all low powered when compared to today’s optics.

During World War II Springfield Armory produced 7971 M1Cs but they did not make it into the hands of US service men until the closing days of the war which prevented them from being battle tested. That all changed with the start of the Korean war, where the M1Cs were still the standard issue sniper rifle. During that time period another 4796 M1Cs were produced and during the war they proved satisfactory with a max range of 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 that max range as was the lack of military match ammo that would have been issued to snipers. The rifles continued their service until the mid 60’s and the start of the Vietnam war. During the production run in the 1950’s it was discovered that the mounting system of the M1D was superior and eliminated many of the production problems associated with the M1C and it became the more widely produced variant with 21,380 of them being built. The M1C also became the USMC standard issue sniper rifle in 1951/2 but with a different scope as the USMC performed an extensive evaluation process to locate the best scope on the market. The scope they adopted was known as the Model 4XD (a 4x Scope produced by Stith-Kollmorgen) but this rifle combination, sometimes known as the MC 52, did not see much combat use during Korea and limited use during the early years of the Vietnam war.

Sniper Central Ballistic Cards

The Vietnam war saw the end of the M1Cs and Ds as the requirement for sniper rifles changed. The Marine Corps adopted the Remington M40 and the US Army adopted the XM21 a few years later. The M21 was based on the M14 which was basically a M1 shrunk down to shoot the shorter 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge instead of the .30-06. So it can be said the spirit of the M1C sniper rifles carried on for many more years in the M21.

We have shot a classic M1C’s and they are an acceptable performer out to about 500 yards, after which it is difficult to hit man size targets. These are classic sniper rifles, and they bring in a hefty collectors premium for good rifles, but they are a fine addition to anyone’s rifle collection and a significant part of US sniping history.

M1D from the Sniper Central Collection



I have what I believe to be a brand new in the box never fired M1D from the DCM. It was part of My father’s estate. What am I going to do with It?


Well, you have a lot of options. They are a very desirable rifle and worth a decent amount. If you have documentation that came with it, such as from the DCM, then that will help with determining the originality. You can sell it on one of the sites, or we might be interested in buying it here.

Andrew Ling

I am a collector and believe you have one of the rare early DCM distributed rifles. I have few DCM Garands but not the M1D. Very interested and offering $2500.00.
Email me if you want to talk more.
Andrew Ling


I have a total of 5 garands 3 of which are snipers. 2 that are m1D and 1 that is m1C. All are for sale if you would be interested. Send me a email Thanks
Josh Barton

Jeff Wilson

Looking for a M1C or M1D please email if you have one to sell. Thanks

Jim Mitchell

Those prices have more than tripled as of this date 3/12 2023 ! I work for the new DCM, now the CMP!!! The model 84 scope that should be attached to the rifle will cost as much as the rifle!!!!

Raymond Herbst

I’d like to see pictures and story posted. Let us know what you decide to do with this treasure.
If you let it go, don’t just put it out to highest bidder. Let it go to someone that will display it and present it for viewing to generations to come.


The M1 rifle wasn’t “…loaded with stripper clips …” as stated in the early part of the main page. It loads with en-bloc clips. My M1 from 1954 loads via en-bloc & has no provision for stripper clips.
All that needs be done is a find-n-replace.


Hey guys! I have a beautiful M1D built on an IHC Garand. I also have an original mount and a USGI M84 telescope. She’s a good shooter. I also have a nice IBM M1 carbine. I’m in the market for another carbine. If any of you fellows have one you might be interested in selling let me know. Thanks guys.. Be well.

Lonnie Taylor

I have a M1 Garand I believe it is a M1D from everything I can find. I also have two M84 scopes along with 4 mounting brackets. The scopes are in mint shape for their age. Looking to sale it all do to the fact I am left handed and my eye sight is not good enough for the iron sights


I have a M1D built in1943 redone I believe in 1956 by H&R. I want sale it with everything I have with it. It left to me by my uncle the problem is I am left handed and my eye sight is not good enough to use the iron sights.

dean riggan

what is the value of an arsenal refurbished cmp m1d with NOS scope, cheek pad and m2 flash hider?


When you say NOS scope, I’m assuming it is the one that came on the refurbished rifle?
The blue book is about $3500-4000, but they sell for more than that. I would estimate about $5000 if its is all there and excellent condition.

Phil Shoemaker

I have been asked to sell my late brother in laws firearms and one is a like new copy of the M1 D Garand sniper rifle.
I am at a loss to set a value but can send photos and appreciate any information


Hey for anyone interested in selling military firearms and/or accessories please check out my website. I host worldwide auctions and can get you top market value for your items

Michael Callahan

I have a DCM M-1D with all of the paperwork issued with the piece. In the DCM shipping box are all of the “accoutrements” for it, including the scope, still in sealed packaging. I might be interested in parting with it.


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