SOLD FOR: $2775
Make: Winchester. This rifle uses all Winchester parts.
Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 1092207
Year of Manufacture: May 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 front of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. .30 M1” and the top rear is marked “Winchester / Trade Mark / 1092207”. The top of the Winchester barrel is marked “W” and with a Winchester “PW in an oval” proof mark. The trigger group is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 78 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition). The hammer is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (pages 88-90). The magazine release is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 100 & 185). The checkered push button safety is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester and others (pages 95 & 185). The inside of the operating slide is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 65). The bolt is marked “W” on the right lug 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” which is consistent with Winchester and others (page 29). The Type I barrel band is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester and others (page 59). The inside of the Type I handguard is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester (page 138). The sling well is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester (page 108-109). The right side of the buttstock is marked with a “crossed cannons” cartouche and “W.R.A. / U.H.D.” which is a Winchester mark (page 124). The recoil plate is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 135). The rear of the magazines are marked “SW” which is a Winchester 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 dual flip up aperture.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock has a pistol grip, Type I barrel band (the loop is missing), sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes and a small amount of surface erosion. The base of the grip is missing a small piece of edge wood. The wood shows several scrapes and scratches. The wood has 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 condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is erosion at the muzzle and on the face of the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.0.
In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates a 7 out of 10.
Many military and C&R-eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide. For example, the U.S. used corrosive ammunition throughout WWII. The U.S. military did not begin to phase out corrosive-primed ammunition until the 1950s.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches and areas of discoloration from oxidation. The exposed portion of the barrel shows heavy discoloration from both oxidation and oil residue. The action shows operational wear. Most of the markings are deep. 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 15 round magazine that appears to function properly.
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. Winchester was responsible for about 13.5% of the total number of WWII M1 Carbines.
This Winchester M1 Carbine was made back in 1943. The rifle has seen a bit of use but it is an 80 year old military rifle that was most likely put to use during WWII. Luckily the rifle still has great markings including lots of small Winchester W stampings. This M1 Carbine uses all Winchester parts which makes it quite collectible.
…Now go shoot something!