POTD: The M1, but Better!- Springfield Armory M1D Sniper Rifle
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! The M1D has this air of proud history around it as the World War Two Sniper M1. The truth is a bit further from that though! In reality, the M1C was developed first in 1943 and the M1D was in 1944 and they were used in very small numbers before the war was over. Both rifles saw equal use in Korea and even later in Vietnam. The main difference between the two rifles is the scope mount.
“Originally produced in May 1945 according to the serial number, this rifle was subsequently converted to a M1D sniper rifle. The breech end of the barrel is marked “P S-A-4-52”. Has a blade front sight and an adjustable peep rear sight ,with a flash hider and a M84 scope secured to the left side of the receiver on a quick detach mount. The bolt is marked “B-130”, with standard receiver markings. Smooth pistol grip stock with two “P”s are stamped in the grip area with a leather cheekpad (not secured to buttstock) marked “MRT / 10 52” and checkered buttplate with compartment. With shipping box, canvas scope case, and cleaning rod with accessories.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 3617: Springfield Armory M1D Sniper Rifle with Scope [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #51, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved August 13, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/51/3617/springfield-armory-m1d-sniper-rifle-with-scope