SOLD FOR: $1255
Make: Standard Products
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 1986509
Year of Manufacture: April to June, 1943 (page 31 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 of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. .30 M1” on the front and “STD. PRO. / 1986509” on the rear. The top of the barrel shank is marked “P”. The barrel flat is marked “5557154HC / 1 – 73 LOT 3” and with a Defense “Eagle” Acceptance stamp. This is a Military contract barrel made by Herlo Engineering Corporation in January of 1973 (see Our Assessment below). The left rear of the trigger group is marked “ST” which is a Standard Products mark (page 78 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production). The hammer is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 89 – 90). The magazine release is marked “M” and “HI” which is an Inland mark (page 100-101). The rotary safety is marked “J.A.O.” which is a Post WWII rebuild mark (page 95 & 185). The inside of the operating slide is marked “PI” which is an Inland mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “SG” on the left lug which is a Saginaw Gear mark (page 36). The front sight is unmarked which is consistent with other manufacturers (page 56). The Type II rear sight is marked “H in a shield” which is a Standard Products mark (page 29-30). The Type III barrel band is marked “circled A” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 59 & 185). The underside of the handguard is unmarked; the marking may have been lost during refurbishment (page 138). The sling well is marked “RMC” which is a Rock-Ola mark (page 108-109). The rear of the magazine is marked “RUGG” which is listed as a miscellaneous mark (page 142 -143).
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 II aperture.
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 a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows small scratches and discoloration. The right side of the stock shows an edge repair above the op rod. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some of these marks have damaged or removed small portions of the surface wood. These marks have been oiled over. 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 overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished. Original Barrel Finish
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright at the muzzle. The rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The receiver and trigger group show scrapes, small scratches and areas of light thinning; mostly under the wood. The right side of the receiver and front of the bolt show light thinning from cycling. The barrel markings are deep. The receiver markings are faded. Overall, this rifle 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: The rifle comes with a canvas sling and a 15 round magazine. The canvas sling shows discoloration & soiling on the canvas as well as surface erosion on the metal. It is in about Good to Very Good condition. The magazine shows scrapes & thin scratches. It is in about Very Good Plus condition. The 15 round magazine is not available to residents of California or any other state with magazine capacity restrictions.
Our Assessment: This Standard Products M1 Carbine was originally built back in 1943. It has since been rebuilt using a mix of USGI parts and a Herlo Engineering Corp. barrel. The rifle was refinished during the rebuild so it looks good and has a strong bright bore.
Here is some barrel info from www.uscarbinecal30.com/barrels.html:
“Herlo Engineering Corp. manufactured .30 Caliber Carbine barrels under government contract from 1970-1974… All of the Herlo .30 Caliber Carbine barrels were rejected by the government due to numerous quality control problems…Not all of the barrels had these problems but the percentage was sufficient to warrant the entire contract being rejected. A Los Angeles area surplus dealer purchased these barrels from Herlo about 1975. Many, if not most, of the barrels were sold to the government of South Korea with many imported back into the United States in the mid 1990’s by Armscorp in Baltimore and Red Cloud in Virginia. Others have surfaced on carbines returned to the U.S. Army by other nations. Thousands of these barrels have been sold retail. Over the years several companies and/or owners have attempted to correct the ones out of spec.”