SOLD FOR: $2876
Make: Standard Products
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 2186702
Year of Manufacture: January to March, 1944 (page 31 of Scott Duff’s book, The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide). Barrel Date: February, 1944
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 “STD. PRO. / 2186702” on the rear. The left side of the receiver is marked “1 0 E” below the wood line. The barrel is marked “UNDERWOOD / 2-44 / flaming bomb” and “P”. Underwood supplied barrels to Standard Products (page 50 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production). The left rear of the trigger group is marked “ST” which is a Standard Products mark (page 78). The hammer is marked “SW” which is a Standard Products mark (page 89 – 90). The magazine release is marked “SW” which is a Standard Products mark (page 100-101). The smooth push button safety is unmarked which is consistent with Standard Products and others (page 95). The inside of the operating slide is marked “circled S” which is a Standard Products mark (page 65). The bottom is marked “103”. The bolt is marked “43 S” which is a Standard Products mark (page 36). The front sight is marked “N” which was used by Standard Products and others (page 56). The Type I rear sight is marked “S” on the left which was used by Standard Products and others (page 29-30). The Type IA barrel band is unmarked which was used by Standard Products and others (page 59). The underside of the handguard is marked “S-HB” which is a Standard Products mark (page 138). The sling well is marked with a faded “S-HB” which is a Standard Products mark (page 108-109). The right side of the butt is marked with a “crossed cannons” cartouche. The recoil plate is marked “STANDARD / PRODUCTS” which is a Standard Products mark (page 135). The rear edge of the buttplate is marked “S-S3” which is a Standard Products mark (page 114). The rear of the magazine is marked “S-O” which is a Standard Products 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 I dual flip up aperture.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, Type IA barrel band with sling loop, sling well, sling pass through and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows spots of light surface erosion along the edge. The wood shows several scrapes & scratches that have been oiled. Most of the marks are small or light. 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 to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished. Original Barrel
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright at the muzzle. The rifling is deep. There is some light erosion at the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish as refinished. The receiver has oxidation, small scratches and some pin prick surface erosion (below the wood) showing through the new finish. The left side of the receiver shows an area of discoloration below the wood. The front of the barrel & front sight shows scrapes and a freckling of discoloration from oxidation. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine 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 refinished 15 round magazine and a canvas sling. The magazine shows light scrapes and small spots of thinning. It is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition. The sling shows some light soiling on the canvas as well as scrapes on the metal. 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: 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.
The Standard Products Company was founded around 1930 by a physician who decided to begin producing automobile parts. The company was very successful. By 1954, all cars made in the U.S. contained at least one Standard Products part; some had as many as fifty. During WWII Standard Products contributed to the war effort by producing M1 Carbines. Standard Products had no previous history in firearms production or development. This may be why they only produced about 4% of the total number of WWII M1 Carbines. Standard Products M1 Carbines are scarce, making them quite valuable to collectors.
This is a “Matching” Standard Products M1 Carbine that was built back in 1944. The Underwood barrel is original. Standard Products did not produce barrels. Underwood and other manufacturers supplied Standard Products with barrels to assemble M1 Carbines with at the Standard Products factory. The rifle has lots of Standard Products markings on the metal & wood. The receiver has been refinished and the stock has been oiled. The rifle looks impressive for being a wartime rifle that is over 75 years old. This is a nice M1 Carbine worth collecting