SOLD FOR: $1846
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 1208451
Year of Manufacture: September, 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 / 1208451” on the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “W” and with a Winchester “PW in an oval” proof mark under the barrel band. This is a correctly marked Winchester 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 double stamped “flaming bomb” just above the gas piston. The right rear of the trigger group is marked “INLAND” which is an Inland mark (page 78). The hammer is marked “HI” which is an Inland mark (page 88-90). The magazine release is marked “EI” which is an Inland 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 “AOB” which is an IBM mark (page 65). The right bolt lug is marked with a faded “SG” which is a Saginaw Gear mark (page 36). The front sight is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester and others (page 56). The Type II rear sight is marked “H in a shield” which was used by Winchester and others (page 29). The Type III barrel band is marked “MMQ” on the band and “EM-Q” on the lug which are Quality Hardware marks (page 59). The stock is a new production CMP stock. The right side of the butt is marked with a CMP cartouche that consists of “crossed rifles” surrounded by “CIVILIAN MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM”. The interior of the forearm is marked “DTC”.
The rifle comes with an extra USGI M1 Carbine stock. The inside of the handguard is marked “OI” which is an Inland mark (page 138). The sling well is marked “OI” which is an Inland mark (page 108 – 109). The right side of the butt is marked with a “crossed cannons” cartouche. The face of the grip is marked “P” and the base of the grip is marked “circled P”. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked with an Arsenal Rebuild stamp from the August Arsenal “AAV” (page 183). The recoil plate is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 135).
The rifle comes with two 10 round magazines and two 15 round magazines. One 10 round mag is marked “MADE IN / U.S.A.”. The other is marked “pro / mag / MADE IN U.S.A.” and “CAR-01 .30 M1 CARBINE”. The rear of the first 15 round magazine is marked “BW” which is a Winchester mark. The rear of the second 15 round magazine is marked “U” which is listed as a miscellaneous 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 II adjustable aperture assembly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The new production hardwood 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 refinished. The barrel band shows an area of surface erosion. The right side of the butt shows a chip at the oiler cut out. The wood shows light scrapes & light handling marks. The LOP measures 13 1/2 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent erosion in the grooves and at the muzzle. The fouling should clean up some. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.5.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 89% of its metal finish. There are scattered scraps & thin scratches on the metal. The barrel shank, receiver and barrel (under the barrel band) show discoloration from oxidation. The bottom of the receiver also shows surface erosion. The barrel shows scrapes and a spot of thinning under the barrel band. Most of the markings are deep. 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: The rifle has a new production canvas sling attached. It is in Excellent condition. The rifle comes with an extra USGI M1 Carbine stock. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The wood has been oiled. The stock is in Very Good condition.
The rifle comes with two 10 round magazines and two 15 round USGI magazines. One of the 15 round mags is still in its torn long term storage paper. It shows oil residue and is in Fine Plus condition. The other 15 round mag shows scrapes & thin scratches. It is in Very Good Plus condition. The first 10 round mag shows scrapes, thin scratches and oxidation. It is in Very Good condition. The 10 round ProMag is in Fine 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 1943. It has since been rebuilt and set into a new production stock from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The CMP stock is marked with a CMP Cartouche. The rifle comes with an extra USGI stock just in case you want to keep the rifle in its “original configuration”. The rifle also comes with two 15 round USGI magazines and two 10 round magazines. This is a good looking Winchester M1 Carbine to add to your WWII collection…and to take out to the range.