SOLD FOR: $1225
Make: Underwood Corporation
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 2797986
Year of Manufacture: March to April, 1944 (page 31 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). Barrel Date: November, 1943
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark under the barrel reads “ARL ORD ARLINGTON VA”. The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. .30 M1” on the front and “UNDERWOOD / 2797986 / flaming bomb” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “UNDERWOOD / 11 – 43 / flaming bomb” and “P”. The right rear of the trigger group is marked “INLAND” which is an Inland mark (page 78 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition). The hammer is marked “.U.” which is an Underwood mark (page 89). The magazine release is marked “M” and “SI” which is an Inland mark (page 100 & 101). The rotary safety is marked “circled S” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (pages 95 & 185). The inside of the operating slide is marked “UN” which is a National Postal Meter mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “AI” on the left lug which is an Inland mark (page 36). The face of the front sight is marked “.U.” which is an Inland mark (page 56). The Type III rear sight is marked “I.R.CO. / 7160060” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 29 & 185). The Type III barrel band is marked “AMCO” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 59). The stock is unmarked. The rear of the magazine is marked “circled B” which is listed as a “Miscellaneous” mark in our source material (page 142-143).
Barrel Length: Approximately 18 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bladed post set between 2 protective wings. The rear sight is a fully adjustable Type III aperture assembly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, Type III barrel band with sling loop & bayonet lug, sling well, sling pass through and metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scratches, small dents and oxidation. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Several have damaged or removed small portions of the surface wood. Most of these marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 ? inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The lands are semi bright. The muzzle and grooves are light grey. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.9.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its metal finish. The receiver & rear of the barrel show a freckling of light surface erosion under the wood The left side of the receiver shows light surface erosion at the wood line. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches and varying degrees of discoloration from oxidation. The markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a 15 round magazine. It shows scrapes, thinning, discoloration from oxidation and some light surface erosion. It is in about Good condition. The rifle comes with a green nylon sling. It shows soiling & discoloration on the nylon as well as scapes on the metal. Overall it is in about Very Good condition.
The 15 round magazines are not available to residents of California or any other state with magazine capacity restrictions.
Our Assessment: This Underwood M1 Carbine was made back in 1944. After WWII it served in a U.S. friendly country. It was eventually imported back into the U.S. for sales to the civilian market and is marked accordingly under the barrel. This M1 Carbine has seen some use but can still slay paper and ring steel out at the range.