SOLD FOR: $1435
Make: Standard Products
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 2102303
Year of Manufacture: October to December, 1943 (page 31 of Scott Duff’s book, The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide).
No Barrel Date
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine. There is No Magazine.
Markings: There is no import mark. The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. .30 M1” on the front and “STD. PRO. / 2102303” on the rear. The left side of the receiver is marked “8 G” below the wood line. The barrel is marked “MARLIN” and “P”. Marlin supplied barrels to Standard Products (page 51 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production). The left rear of the trigger group is marked “S” which is a Standard Products mark (page 78). The left side is also marked “19-A”. The hammer is marked “WA” which is a WWII rebuild mark (page 89-90 & 185). The magazine release is marked “M” and “EI” which is an Inland mark (page 100-101). The rotary safety is marked “JAO” which is a post WWII rebuild mark (page 95 & 185). The bottom of the operating slide is marked “SG” which is a Saginaw Gear mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “2” and “OI” on the left lug which is an Inland mark (page 36). The front sight is unmarked which is consistent with others (page 56). The Type II rear sight is unmarked. This is not a USGI part (page 29-30). The Type III barrel band is marked “MMQ” and “EM-Q” which are Quality Hardware marks (page 59). The underside of the new production handguard is unmarked; this is not a USGI part (page 138). The left side of the stock is marked with a large 1974 dated, Italian Fabbrica d Armi a Terni Arsenal Rebuilt stamp “star / FAT / 74 in a box”.
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 two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, Type III barrel band with sling loop, sling well, sling pass through and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows surface erosion. The refinished barrel band has surface erosion showing through the new finish. It is securely in place but does not seat fully on to the stock. The main body of the stock shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Many of the marks have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The LOP measures 13 1/8 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. There is intermittent erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, scratches, and light discoloration from both oxidation and oil residue. The most prominent marks are on the top of the barrel. The trigger group shows some light thinning under the wood. The receiver and bolt show operational wear. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: There is No Magazine
Our Assessment: 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 Standard Products Company was founded around 1930 by a physician who decided to begin producing automobile parts. The company was very successful. By 1954, all cars made in the U.S. contained at least one Standard Products part; some had as many as fifty.
During WWII Standard Products contributed to the war effort by producing M1 Carbines. Standard Products had no previous history in firearms production or development. This may be why they only produced about 4% of the total number of WWII M1 Carbines. Standard Products M1 Carbines are scarce, making them quite valuable to collectors.
This Standard Products M1 Carbine was built back in 1944. At some point after WWII it appears to have served in Italy as the stock is marked with a large Italian cartouche. The rifle has been rebuilt and was refinished when it was rebuilt. We do not know who rebuilt the rifle but it was rebuilt using mostly USGI parts. The Marlin barrel appears to be original. Marlin and other manufacturers supplied barrels to the Standard Products factory for M1 Carbine assembly. This is a good looking M1 Carbine to add to your collection. Good luck.