SOLD FOR: $1600
Make: Winchester. The receiver was originally produced by the Underwood Corporation.
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 6467201. This is a Winchester serial number. Underwood did not use serial numbers in this range.
Year of Manufacture: January to March, 1945 (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: The import mark is on the barrel flat under the wood. It reads “IMPORTED BY SHERWOOD INT’L / NORTHRIDGE, CA. U.S.A.”. The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. .30 M1” on the front and “UNDERWOOD / 6467201 / A W” on the rear. This receiver was originally manufactured by Underwood. It was acquired under Wincheter’s late war “spare parts” program. The bottom of the “UNDERWOOD” name was crossed out with a “line” and the area below was stamped “A W” by Winchester. The receiver was also assigned a Winchester serial number. For more info and sketches of these marks see page 325 of Larry L. Ruth’s book, WAR BABY!.
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 “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 78) and the bottom is marked “9”. The hammer is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 89-90). The magazine release is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 100-101). The smooth push button safety is marked “ “EW” ” which is a Winchester mark (pages 95). The inside of the operating slide is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 65) and the bottom is marked “7160091”. The right lug of the bolt is marked with a partial “AOB” stamp which is an IBM mark (page 36). The top of the round bolt is marked “X” which is a production mark. The front sight is marked “R” which was used by Inland and Rock-Ola (page 56). The Type III rear sight is marked “I.R.CO.” which is a Winchestermark (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 “M-U” which is an Underwood mark (page 138). The sling well is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 108 – 109). The top of the recoil plate is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 135). The recoil plate screw is marked “x” which is a Winchester mark (page 133). The left side of the butt is marked “STD / PROD / RWH” which is a rebuild stamp from the Standard Products Corporation (page 184). The rear of the magazine is marked “O SG” which is a Saginaw Gear 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 Type III adjustable 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 buttplate shows discoloration and an area of surface erosion. The bottom of the forearm is marked “I with a line through it” and “W / A” in faded paint. This area shows an area of sanding. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Many of the marks have damaged small portions of the surface wood. Most of 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.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright; light grey at the muzzle. The rifling is sharp. There is fouling and a freckling of light erosion near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.1.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, and areas of discoloration. The receiver, barrel, and trigger group shows areas of thinning below the wood. The right side of the receiver and bolt show thinning consistent with cycling. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very 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. The magazine shows scrapes & oil residue. It is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
The 15 round magazine is not available to residents of California or any other state with magazine capacity restrictions.
Our Assessment: This Winchester M1 Carbine has Rare markings on the receiver. The receiver was originally manufactured by Underwood. It was acquired under Wincheter’s late war “spare parts” program and is now considered a Winchester receiver. The bottom of the “UNDERWOOD” name was crossed out with a “line” and the area below was stamped “A W”. These markings were added by Winchester. The receiver was also assigned a Winchester serial number.
After WWII this Winchester M1 Carbine served for a U.S. friendly country and is now import marked. Luckily the import mark is on the barrel flat so you only see it when the rifle disassembled. The rifle was “Arsenal Rebuilt” by the Standard Products Corporation and now uses a mix of USGI parts as well as lots of original Winchester parts. This is a good looking M1 Carbine to add to your collection.