SOLD FOR: $1834
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 1314171
Year of Manufacture: November, 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 / 1314171” 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 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 White Sewing Machine mark (page 88-90). The magazine release is marked “M” and “WI” which is an Inland 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 “W” which is a Winchester 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 “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 138). The sling well is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester (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 face of the grip is marked with a “P” proof. The top of the recoil plate is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 135). The recoil plate screw is marked “x x” which is a Winchester mark (page 133). The left side of the trigger, above the trigger, is marked with an Arsenal Rebuild stamp from the Anniston Arsenal “AAG” (page 183).The rear of the magazine is marked “K.I.” (upside down) which is an Inland subcontractor mark from the Keller Brass Company. It is not listed in our reference material (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 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 surface erosion. The belly of the stock shows areas that have been sanded. The bottom right of the grip shows a repair. The edges of the repair are still visible. The wood shows several scrapes & scratches. Some have damaged small areas of the surface wood. These marks have been finished 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 Plus overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright at the muzzle. The rifling is deep. There is some light intermittent erosion in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.8.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish as refinished. The top of the barrel shows light thinning under the barrel band and forward of the barrel band. The barrel & front sight have small scratches and oxidation showing through the finish. The right side of the receiver and bolt show some thinning consistent with cycling. The receiver shows discoloration from oil residue and oxidation. Most of the markings are deep. The barrel markings are light. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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 light soiling on the canvas as well as oxidation & scrapes on the metal. It is in Very Good Plus to Fine condition. The rifle comes with a 15 round magazine that shows light handling marks. 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. Winshester was responsible for about 13.5% of the total number of WWII M1 Carbines.
This Winchester M1 Carbine was made back in 1943. After WWII the rifle was Arsenal Rebuilt at the Anniston Arsenal and is marked accordingly on the stock. The rifle has since been refinished. The rifle retains most of its Winchester marked parts. This Winchester M1 Carbine is in Very Good Plus condition. It will add to your collection and should be a blast out at the range. Good luck.