WWII IBM M1 Carbine I.B.M. .30 US Semi Automatic Rifle MFD 1943 C&R

Sold for $2231.00

LSB#: 220722RW007

Make: IBM. The International Business Machines Corporation, USA

Model: M1 Carbine

Serial Number: 3653460

Year of Manufacture: July to September, 1943 (page 29 of Scott Duff’s book The M1 Carbine Owner’s Guide).
Barrel Date: July, 1943

Caliber: .30 Carbine

Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine

Markings: There is no import mark. The top front of the receiver is marked (faded)“U.S. CARBINE / CAL. 30 M1” and the top rear is marked “I.B.M. CORP. / 3653460”. The barrel is marked “I.B.M. CORP. / 7 -43 / flaming bomb” and “P”. 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 “AMB” which is an IBM mark (page 90). The magazine release is marked “EP-B” which is an IBM mark (pages 100-101). The smooth push button safety is unmarked which was used for other manufacturers (page 95). The inside of the operating slide is marked “AOB” which is an IBM mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “SB” on the left lug which is an IBM mark (page 36). The front sight is marked “PO-B” which is an IBM mark (page 57). The Type I rear sight is unmarked. The marking appears to have been lost to refinishing (pages 29). The Type IA barrel band is marked “UI” which was used by Inland and National Postal Meter (page 59). The underside of the handguard is marked “JL B” which is an IBM mark (page 138). The sling well is marked “BR-B” which is an IBM mark (page 108-109). The rear of the magazine is marked “IS” which is a Standard Products 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 I flip up dual aperture assembly.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, Type IA barrel band with sling loop, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scuffs. The wood shows scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some have damaged small areas of the surface wood. The bottom of the grip shows hairline cracks that appear to have been repaired. 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 as refurbished.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling in the bore which should clean up some. There is erosion at the muzzle. There is light intermittent erosion in the remaining grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.2.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scuffs and a few scrapes. The left side of the trigger group has surface erosion showing through the new finish. The receiver has some pin prick surface erosion showing through the new finish below the wood line. The receiver and bolt show light operational wear. Some of the receiver markings are faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine 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 comes with a 15 round magazine. The magazine shows a few scrapes. It appears to function correctly.
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.
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. The metal has been refinished and the wood has been refurbished so this M1 Carbine looks pretty good for its age. It has been rebuilt but still has lots of IBM parts including its IBM marked barrel. This collectible wartime military rifle should keep you smiling out at the range.  Good luck.