SOLD FOR: $1875
Make: IBM. The International Business Machines Corporation, USA.
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 3824761
Year of Manufacture: October to December, 1943 (page 29 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 front of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. 30 M1” and the top rear is marked “I.B.M. CORP. / 3824761”. The barrel is marked “I.B.M. CORP.” and “P” (under the barrel band). The left rear of the trigger group is marked “BE-B” which is an IBM mark (page 78 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition). The hammer is marked “B/R in a circle” which is a Rock Ola mark (page 90). The magazine release is marked “M” and “EI” which is an Inland mark (pages 100-101). 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 bolt is marked with a faded “S’G’-” stamp on the right lug which is a Saginaw S’ G’ mark (page 36). The front sight is marked “N” which is consistent with IBM and others (page 57). The Type III rear sight is marked “I.R.CO. / 7160060” which is an IBM mark (pages 29). The Type III barrel band is marked “SA” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 59 & 185). The underside of the handguard is marked “JL B” which is an IBM mark (page 138). The sling well is marked “JL B” which is an IBM mark (page 108-109). The rear of the magazine is marked “OI-B” which is an IBM 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 III flip up dual aperture assembly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The 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 handguard and the bottom of the forearm shows scrapes, scratches and compression marks. The remaining wood scattered scrapes & handling marks. These marks have been oiled. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright near the muzzle. The rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up some. There is intermittent light erosion near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.7.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its metal finish. The receiver and trigger group show areas of thinning below the wood. The trigger group also shows surface erosion and pitting. The covered portion of the barrel shows light thinning and patches of oxidation. The exposed metal shows scrapes, scratches and discoloration. The discoloration is from both oxidation and oil residue. The receiver & bolt shows operational wear. Most of the markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good 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 comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), a green canvas sling and a 15 round magazine. The magazine shows several small scrapes & scratches. It is in about Very Good Plus condition.
The 15 round magazine is not available to residents of California or any other state with magazine capacity restrictions.
Please see photos as to the condition of the other items.
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 International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) was one of several contractors who tooled up during WWII to produce M1 Carbines in support of the war effort. IBM only produced about 5.7% of the total number of WWII M1 Carbines. IBM’s low production numbers make IBM M1 Carbines quite desirable.
This IBM M1 Carbine was made back in 1943. It has been rebuilt using a mix of USGI parts but still retains several IBM parts. The most notable (for collectors) is the “I.B.M. CORP.” marked barrel. The rifle was purchased through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. This collectible wartime military rifle should keep you smiling out at the range. It also comes with a magazine and a sling so all you need is some ammo. Good luck.