SOLD FOR; $1425
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 1323320
Year of Manufacture: November, 1943 (page 32 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). Barrel Date: June, 1944
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: There is no 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 / 1323320”. The top of the barrel is marked “UNDERWOOD / 6-44 (faded) / flaming bomb” and “P”. The left rear of the trigger group is marked “16” which is a production mark and “N which is a National Postal Meter mark (page 78 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition). The hammer is marked “I.K.” which is an Inland mark (pages 89-90). The magazine release is marked “WA / M”which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 100-101). The rotary safety is marked “M inside a C” which is a post WWI rebuild mark (pages 95 & 185). The inside of the operating slide is marked “PI” which is an Inland mark (page 65-66) and the bottom is marked 7160091”. The bolt is marked “W” on the right lug which is a Winchester mark (page 36). The front sight is marked “N” which was used by other manufacturers (page 56). The Type III rear sight is marked “I.R.CO.” which is a Winchester mark (page 29). The Type III barrel band is marked “SI” which is an Inland mark (page 59). The inside of the handguard is marked with a partial “S A” stamp which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 138 & 185). The sling well is marked “A 4” and “circled K”. These marks are not listed in our reference material. Our research indicates that this may be a stock produced by Keystone (pages 108-109). The rear of the magazines are marked “UN” which a National Postal Meter mark and “IA” which is an Inland 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 an adjustable Type III aperture assembly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The wood stock has a pistol grip, Type III barrel band with sling loop & bayonet lug, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The wood shows scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Some have damaged small areas 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 Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright near the muzzle. The rifling is sharp & deep. There is some fouling and intermittent light erosion in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs, light scrapes, and light thinning on the leading edges of the metal. The right side of the receiver and the bolt show some thinning consistent with cycling. The top rear of the receiver shows a small area of scrapes & thinning. The screw heads show light use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action function 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 green canvas sling. It shows light scrapes on the metal. Overall it is in about Fine condition. The rifle comes with two 15 round magazines. They show scrapes and small scratches. The magazine that shows discoloration from oxidation along the bottom is in Very Good Plus condition. The magazine that shows surface erosion is in Good to Very Good condition.
The 15 round magazines are not available to residents of California or any state with magazine capacity restrictions.
Our Assessment: This Winchester M1 Carbine was made back in 1943. At some point it was rebuilt using a mix of USGI parts but still retains some Winchester parts. There are lots of nice markings on the metal and the bore is strong & bright. This M1 Carbine comes with 2 magazines and a sling. This is a nice looking M1 Carbine that will add to a Winchester or WWII collection.