The M82G2 replica scope and mounting system is made by Hi-Lux for use on the 1903A3, M1C, and M1D rifles and is legal in the CMP Vintage Sniper Rifle Match. The scope is fixed 2.5 power, has a crosswire and post reticle, and external dimension/scope rings are 7/8 inch. Bases are Redfield design which utilize the two-hole design on the 1903A rifle.
When the U.S. was forced into WW II in late 1941, America's infantry troops were not prepared for the scale of combat they would encounter. The country was not prepared to arm hundreds of thousands of new riflemen with the latest U.S. military rifle - the semi-automatic M1 Garand. Several hundred thousand WW I vintage Springfield Model 1903 rifles were pulled out of storage and sent back into war - and both Remington and Smith-Corona used modified original tooling to produce a slightly modernized version of the rifle, known as the M1903A3. Some were fitted with a low-power 3/4-inch tube 2.5x scope, to become the official U.S. Army M1903A4 sniper rifle, while the Marine Corps installed an 8x target scope on select '03 rifles to create their Model 41 sniper rifle.
By 1944, U.S. troops had been adequately armed with the M1 Garand, which had proven to be an excellent and reliable combat rifle. Efforts were then turned to transforming some of these rifles into sniper rifles - and the M1C was born. Since the Garand is a top eject semi-auto rifle, a mount was devised that off-set a scope enough to the left side of the receiver to allow empty cartridge cases to clear without hitting the scope.
The riflescope chosen for the new M1C sniper rifle was the 7/8-inch tube 2.5x Lyman Alaskan - which was designated "TELESCOPE M82". The sporting versions of this riflescope had proven to be rugged, and capable of withstanding rough and tumble use in the wilds of Alaska, and to withstand the hard recoil of rifles with the firepower to put down a 1,000 pound grizzly.
This scope was actually used in two versions - the M82 with a tapered post reticle, and the M81 with a cross-wire reticle. Primarily the M82 was used to turn select M1 Garand rifles into effective, 600 to 800 yard sniper rifles. However, some were also mounted on Remington Model 1903A4 Springfield pattern bolt-action .30/06 rifles. The scopes and rifles saw a limited amount of use as WW II wound down, but were called upon again for use during the Korean Conflict of the early 1950s. A few of the rifles also saw service in Vietnam during the 1960's.
Hi-Lux Optics has totally re-engineered this scope design from the inside out, to produce the clearest, brightest and most reliable scope of this type ever manufactured - and we're proud to add it to our lineup of Wm. Malcolm vintage riflescopes. Our goal is to bring to the Vintage Sniper Rifle competition shooter a top quality scope that surpasses the quality of the WWII/Korean era originals used on the M1C sniper rifles.
Externally, this scope is the spitting image of the original. Internally, this scope is far superior, featuring a modern erector unit and DiamondTuff14 multi-coated lenses for superior light transmission and clarity. The new M82G2 scope also offers more windage and elevation adjustment than the original. The M82G2 provides a total of 80 MOA for both windage and elevation.