SOLD FOR: $1325
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 5603041.
Year of Manufacture: April to June, 1944 (page 32 of Scott Duff’s book, The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). No Barrel Date
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top front of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. .30 M1” and the top rear is marked “Winchester / Trade Mark / 5603041”. The top of the barrel is marked “W” and with a Winchester “PW in an oval” proof mark. This is a correctly marked Winchester barrel (page 49 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition). The right side of the barrel is marked with a partial “flaming bomb” just above the gas piston. The right rear of the trigger group is marked (faded) “Q-NL” which is a Quality Hardware mark (page 78). The hammer is marked “W” which is a White Sewing Machine mark (pages 88-90). The magazine release is marked “M” and “WI” which is an Inland mark (page 100). The rotary safety is marked “S in a circle” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (pages 95 & 185). The inside of the operating slide is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “IO” on the left lug which is an Inland mark (page 36). The front sight is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester and others (page 56). The Type I rear sight is marked “W S I” which is an Inland mark (page 29). The Type IA barrel band is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester and others (page 59). The recoil plate is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 135). The underside of the handguard is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 138). The stock is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester (page 108). The muzzle cover is marked “U.S.”. The sling is unmarked. The dual mag pouch is marked “U.S.” on the front and “HAV.STCH.CO. / 1943” on the rear. The 10 round aftermarket magazine is unmarked.
Barrel Length: Approximately 18 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a post set between two protective wings. The rear sight is an adjustable Type I flip up dual aperture assembly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The wood stock has a pistol grip, Type IA barrel band with sling loop, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows small scrapes & oxidation. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. These marks have been oiled over. Both sides of the stock show small filled holes below the front of the receiver. The LOP measures 13 ¼ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is semi bright. The area near the muzzle is light grey. The rifling is sharp. There is fouling and light erosion near the muzzle. The fouling should clean up a bit. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 66% of its metal finish. The trigger group was abrasively cleaned & refinished during the rebuild. The exposed portion of the barrel shows discoloration from oxidation and surface erosion. The metal shows scrapes, handling marks and light thinning on the leading edges of the metal. Most of the markings are deep. 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 10 round aftermarket magazine, new production green canvas sling, USGI muzzle cover and a USGI dual mag pouch. The magazine shows light marks and is in about Fine condition. The sling shows light scrapes on the metal and is in about Fine condition. The muzzle cover shows oxidation on the metal and fading on the canvas. It is in about Very Good condition. The dual mag pouch shows spots of soiling and light discoloration. It is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This Winchester M1 Carbine was made back in 1944. At some point it was rebuilt but it still retains its original Winchester barrel. The rifle has seen some use, but it is over 75 years old and was around for WWII. This M1 Carbine shows just the right amount of distress to distinguish it as a wartime rifle.