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     LOT 340
Exceptional U.S. Springfield M1C/1952 MC-1 Garand Semi- Automatic Sniper Rifle with U.S.M.C. Contract MC-1 Kollmorgen Sniper Scope in Griffin & Howe Mount - Serial no. 3664103, 30-06 Springfield cal., 24 inch round bbl., parkerized finish, walnut stock. This is a desirable example of a World War II M1C Garand sniper rifle manufactured by Springfield Armory in March of 1945, subsequently reconfigured into a U.S.M.C. MC-1 type sniper rifle. During World War II (late 1944- mid 1945) approximately 4,000 M1C sniper rifles were manufactured by Springfield Armory, and most were refurbished during the Korean War. Hundreds were transferred to NATO allies in the 1960s and hundreds more destroyed in the 1980/90s. Following the Korean War, the Marine Corps adopted the new/improved Stith Kollmorgen MC-1 4X telescopic sight with the larger Griffin & Howe mount adapted for use on the M1C sniper rifle. The Marines designated these rifles as the “1952 Sniper Rifle” and issued them in limited numbers from 1954 through 1967. Blade and peep sights, “DRC” windage knob, “3-S A 8 x4” (x is likely a 5 that has been struck over with an upside down P firing proof ) marked barrel, and “SA” bolt and trigger housing. The receiver has been drilled and tapped for the Griffin & Howe pattern post and screw arrangement affixed with the unmarked Springfield Armory manufactured scope mount numbered “3713217”. The ring base bears the Griffin & Howe address on top, “T4” is stamped on the back of each ring half, and the scope is marked “MC1193-P” on the tube to denote it as being part of the original first U.S.M.C. contract for these scopes, and “4X DOUBLE STITH MOUNTS S.A. TEX./KOLLMORGEN OPTICAL CORP. BROOKLYN. N.Y. PAT. PEND.” around the objective. The scope is fitted with windage and elevation knobs and the standard fine cross-hair reticle. Glass bedded stock with a circled “P” proof mark on the front of the pistol grip (partly obstructed on the bottom edge by a gouge), and a checkered steel buttplate. Includes M2 cone flash hider, Storm Queen rubber scope lens covers and “MRT/1 52” leather cheek pad. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine as Springfield Armory converted to M1C sniper configuration, retains 97% arsenal refurbished parkerized finish. Stock is very fine with defined edges, a one inch gouge on the front of the pistol grip and some light handling marks. Mechanically excellent. Scope is excellent with clear optics. Included cheek piece is excellent. Estimate: 6,500 - 9,500
lower left of the receiver. The left side of the barrel is roll- stamped with the two-line
Ithaca legend followed by “CYL” and a “P” proofmark, with a second “P” stamped on
the left side of the receiver near the barrel. The barrel is fitted with a World War II pattern six-hole heat shield with bayonet adapter. The Ithaca “Roto-Forged” logos are stamped on
the right of the barrel and receiver. The pistol grip stock has impressed checkering on either
side of the wrist, and is fitted with an Ithaca branded black plastic buttplate. “SP-30-06” stamped
on the right of the bayonet adapter. A nearly identical Ithaca Model 37 trench gun is illustrated on page 267 of “The Worlds Fighting Shotguns” by Thomas F. Swearengen with the caption, “Right side of an Ithaca Model 37 reportedly made for Army Special Forces”. Rock Island Auction previously sold an identical example exactly 400 serial numbers off this one (serial number 371369484, auction 71 lot 1611). CONDITION: Excellent, retains 95% plus original parkerized finish with a few scattered areas of very minor/light spotting, light cycling wear visible on the magazine tube, and sharp markings and edges in the metal. Wood is excellent with some light handling marks, one small chip in the left side checkering, and defined edges. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 5,000 - 8,000
  LOT 341
Desirable Vietnam Era USSF Marked Ithaca Model 37 Special Forces Trench Style Slide Action Shotgun - Serial no. 371369084, 12 gauge, 20 inch round bbl., parkerized finish, walnut stock. This is an Ithaca Model 37 riot gun with trench handguard attachment and “USSF” stamped on the

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