SOLD FOR: $2525
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 5770019
Year of Manufacture: October to December, 1944 (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 / 5770019” 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 “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 89-90). The Type IV magazine release is marked “M” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 100-101). The rotary safety is marked “M inside a C” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (pages 95 & 185). The inside of the operating slide is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 65). The bolt is unmarked which is consistent with a post WWII rebuild (page 36). The front sight is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester and others (page 56). The Type III rear sight is marked “H in a shield” which is a Winchester mark (page 29). The Type III barrel band is marked “C” which is a Winchester mark (page 59). The inside of the handguard is unmarked which is consistent with a post WWII rebuild (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 faded Winchester cartouche “W.R.A / G.H.D.” next to a “crossed cannons” cartouche which are Winchester marks (page 123). The grip is marked “P”. The top of the recoil plate is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 135). The left side of the stock is marked “AAA” above the trigger which is an Arsenal Rebuild stamp from the Augusta Arsenal (page 183). The rear of the magazine is marked “IS” 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 an adjustable Type III aperture assembly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The 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 light surface erosion. The barrel band shows a patch of surface erosion. 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 muzzle & grooves are light gray. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent erosion in the grooves and at the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches and discoloration from oxidation. The rear of the receiver shows discoloration under the rear sight. The barrel shows a patch of light surface erosion under the wood. The sides of the receiver show some thinning under the wood. The right side of the receiver and bolt shows some light thinning consistent with cycling. Most of the markings are well defined. 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: The rifle has a green canvas sling attached. It shows soiling & discoloration on the canvas as well as oxidation & scrapes on the metal. It is in Very Good condition. The rifle comes with a 15 round magazine that shows light scrapes. It is in Fine condition.
The 15 round magazine is not available to residents of California or any other state with magazine capacity restrictions.
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. Winchester 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 refinished and 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.