SOLD FOR: $2141
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 1202308
Year of Manufacture: August, 1943 (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 import mark. The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. .30 M1” on the front and “WINCHESTER / TRADE MARK / 1202308” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “W” and with a Winchester “PW in an oval” proof mark. This is a correctly marked Winchster barrel (page 49-50 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). The hammer is marked “KR” which is a Rock-Ola mark (page 89-90). The magazine release is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 100-101). The smooth push button safety is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester and others (pages 95). The inside of the operating slide is marked “AOB” which is an IBM mark (page 65). The right bolt lug is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 36). The front sight is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester and others (page 56). The Type I rear sight is marked “S” on the left which is consistent with Winchester and others (page 29). The Type IA barrel band is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester and others (page 59). The inside of the handguard is marked “BR-B” which is an IBM mark (page 138). The sling well is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 108 – 109). The right side of the butt is marked with a Winchester cartouche “W.R.A / G.H.D.” next to a “crossed cannons” cartouche which are Winchester marks (page 123). The top of the recoil plate is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 135).
Barrel Length: Approximately 18 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a post set between two protective wings. The rear sight is a Type I flip up dual aperture assembly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock has a pistol grip, Type IA barrel band with sling loop, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes, scratches, and discoloration. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Many have damaged small areas of the surface wood. These marks have been oiled. 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: Refinished
Bore Condition: The lands are bright, the grooves are semi bright, and the rifling is sharp. There is intermittent erosion in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish as refinished. The trigger group shows scrapes & thinning under the wood. The left side of the receiver has a small area of surface erosion bleeding through the new finish. The metal shows several small scrapes & light scratches. The right side of the receiver shows some thinning consistent with cycling. Most of the markings are deep. The barrel markings are light. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition as refinished.
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: There is No magazine.
Our Assessment: The M1 Carbine was developed and produced after WWII started. Over 6 million were made by a number of U.S. companies to assist with the all out war effort. The M1 Carbine was widely issued to U.S. Military Forces which numbered over 16 million during WWII. The M1 Carbine contributed greatly to U.S. efforts during WWII.
Winchester is responsible for the development of both the M1 Carbine and the .30 Carbine cartridge. Despite having a long firearms history and being responsible for M1 Carbine development, Winchester did not produce the majority of M1 Carbines during WWII. Winshester was responsible for about 13.5% of the total number of WWII M1 Carbines.
This Winchester M1 Carbine was made back in 1943. The rifle has been rebuilt but still retains several of its Winchester marked parts. This Winchester M1 Carbine is in Very Good condition. It will add to your collection and should be a blast out at the range. Good luck.