Sold For: $1,350
Model: M1A1 Folding Stock
Year of Manufacture: 1942 – 1944
Markings: The inside of the stock, in the channel forward of the action slot is marked “OI”. The Springfield crossed cannons are on the right side of the pistol grip. The underside of the hand guard is marked “Q-RMC”. Poorly cast in the buttplate is “B257614”, oiling this spot helps to see it. The butt of the stock is marked “RI”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is an original M1A1 Folding Paratrooper stock. The stock has its original finish. The wood has darkened considerably from age and handling and the left side of the forearm is bruised and battered from the folding buttplate. There are many marks and dings; the butt of the pistol grip has worn from operation of the folding stock, though “RI” can still be seen. There is a ding at the bottom edge of the pistol grip, on the right side. The wood is otherwise sound. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A sling and the oiler are included.
Our Assessment: Many reproduction stocks have been made, though there are things to look for so you know you have a real one . . . This one checks out: 1) Solid steel rivets (no tubular) for the leather cheek piece, 2) Dark American walnut, 3) Number cast in the buttplate, 4) Tube diameter within a reasonable standard deviation of .310, 5) Crossed Canons, OI & RI markings. This one is the real deal and the stock is what makes a carbine a Paratrooper carbine. This is quite an item and any WWII collector should have one that checks out as this one does.