SOLD FOR: $1025
Make: Quality Hardware Manufacturing Co.
Model: M1 Carbine, Barreled Action Only
Serial Number: 897383
Year of Manufacture: 1942-1944, ATF Modern
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine Fed (no magazine included), Barreled Action Only
Receiver: “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. .30 M1”, “QUALITY H.M.C. / 897383”. This serial number is not in the Quality HMC range, and appears to be restamped. (page 30 of Larry L. Ruth w/ Scott A. Duff The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide)
Trigger group: The trigger guard is marked with a flaming bomb Ordnance mark, the inside of the magazine well is marked “•U•” on the rear (Underwood production).
Magazine release: “M” (Type IV)
Rotary safety:“N.” Post war rebuild code.
Operating slide: “G”, “AOB”, “15”- IBM part.
Front sight: “R” (Inland or Rock-Ola) – Type I sight.
Rear sight: “J.A.O. / 7160060”. Type III replacement sight.
Barrel band: “J.M.Q.” on the band and “EM-Q” on the bayonet lug (EM-Q is consistent with Quality Hardware production, we could not find a reference to the “J.M.Q.” marking). Type III.
Barrel: “W” on the top-front, incomplete ovalled “WP” on the top-middle, flaming bomb Ordnance mark on the right flat (Winchester production). Type I.
Bolt: “ •U•” (Underwood) Type III. Has a drain hole.
Hammer: “HI” (Inland), Type III
Barrel Length: Approximately 18 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a post set between two protective wings. The rear sight is a fully adjustable Type III aperture sight dovetailed to the rear of the receiver.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The 4 grooved bore has bright lands, semi bright grooves and sharp rifling. There is some fouling and minor erosion in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This barreled rifle receiver retains about 94% of its current metal finish. There are infrequent spots of minor erosion under the finish. The rifle shows some operational wear. The trigger group has some scattered minor surface oxidation. The receiver and trigger group show areas of thinning. The rifle shows light scratches and marks on the barrel and the receiver. The markings are clear. Overall, this barreled rifle receiver rates in about Very Good-plus condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None. Please note, no magazine is included.
Our Assessment: This Quality H.M.C. M1 Carbine was built between 1942 and 1944. It has since been refinished, some parts have been replaced, and a new serial number applied. It needs a stock before you get out to the range but those aren’t too hard to find online. Its mix of parts may also make for a good source for other rebuilds.