Winchester M1 Carbine M-1 WWII .30 Semi Automatic Rifle 3 Mags & Pouch C&R
SOLD FOR: $1750
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 5735128
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 / 5735128” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “W” and with a faded 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 “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 “WMB” which is an IBM mark (page 88-90). The magazine release is marked “cc / M” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 100-101 & 185). The rotary safety is marked “circled S” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 95 & 185). The inside of the operating slide is marked PI” which is an Inland mark (page 65). The left bolt lug is marked “ROCK-OLA” which is a Rock-Ola mark (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 double stamped “JM” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 59 & 185). The inside of the handguard is unmarked which is consistent with a post WWII rebuild (page 138 & 185). The sling well is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 108-109 ). The left side of the butt is marked with an Arsenal Rebuild stamp from the Ogden Arsenal “O.G. in a box” (page 183). The right side of the butt is marked with a “crossed cannons” cartouche. The base of the grip is stamped “Z” with a “P” proof. It is also painted “26”. The rear of the magazine in the rifle is marked “UI” which is an Inland subcontractor mark not listed in our reference material. The 2 mags in the magazine pouch are still in their long term storage paper. We opened them enough to view the markings. They are marked “circled II”, an Inland mark, and “UQ”, a Quality Hardware mark (page 142-143). The front of the magazine is marked “U.S.” and the rear is marked “C.B. MFD. Co., Inc. / 1943”.
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 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 has been refisihed. Small marks show through the new finish. The handguard is darker than the body of the stock. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Several have damaged small portions 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: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright at the muzzle. The rifling is deep. There is some light intermittent erosion at the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs, light scrapes, and area of discoloration. The discoloration is from both oil residue & oxidation. The rear sight base shows light thin scratches from the shell deflector being installed & removed. The top of the barrel shows scrapes & light thinning under the barrel band. The right side of the receiver and bolt show thinning consistent with cycling. Most of the markings are deep. The barrel markings are light. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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: A shell deflector is included in the auction. The deflector was most likely used by a left handed shooter. It is secured by compression around the rear sight base. It is easily removed. It shows scrapes & small light scratches. It is in Very Good Plus condition.
The rifle has a green canvas sling and dual mag pouch attached. The mag pouch shows light soiling. It is in about Fine condition. The sling shows soiling & discoloration on the canvas as well as oxidation & scrapes on the metal. It is in Very Good condition.
The rifle comes with three 15 round magazines. Two of the magazines are still in their long term storage paper. They are in Fine condition. The magazine in the rifle shows scrapes, thin scratches, and thinning. It is in Very Good condition.
The 15 round magazines are 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. Winshester was responsible for about 13.5% of the total number of WWII M1 Carbines.
This Winchester M1 Carbine was made back in 1944. After WWII the rifle was Arsenal Rebuilt at the Ogden Arsenal and is marked accordingly on the stock. The rifle was rebuilt with USGI parts but still retains several Winchester marked including the barrel. This Winchester M1 Carbine looks good and has a strong & bright bore. It comes with 3 mags, a mag pouch and a sling. Good luck.