Model: M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 5772473
Year of Manufacture: December, 1943 – November, 1944 (http://m1family.com/topic9.html); No Barrel Date
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top front of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. .30 M1”; the top rear reads “Winchester / Trade Mark / 5772473”. The top of the barrel is marked “W” and with a Winchester “PW in an oval” proof mark. This is a correctly marked Winchester barrel (page 49 of Craig Riesch’s book, U.S. M1 Carbines Wartime Production 7th Edition). The right side of the barrel is marked with a “flaming bomb” just above the gas piston. The right rear of the trigger group is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 78). The bottom of the trigger guard is marked “9”. The hammer is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 89). The magazine release is marked “M” and “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 100). The Type I push button safety is marked “EW” which is a Winchester mark (pages 95). The inside of the operating slide is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 65) and the bottom is marked “7160091”. The bolt is marked “W” on the right lug which is a Winchester mark (page 36). The top of the recoil plate is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark (page 135). The recoil plate screw is marked “x”. The front sight is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester and other manufacturers (page 56). The Type III rear sight is marked “H in a shield” which was used by Winchester and others (page 29). The Type II barrel band is unmarked which is consistent with Winchester and others (page 59). The sling well is marked “W” which is a Winchester mark. The inside of the handguard is marked “W’ which is a Winchester mark (page 138). The right side of the stock is only marked with a “crossed cannons” cartouche, which is the correct marking for this serial number range of Winchester M1 (page 119 – 120).
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, adjustable aperture assembly.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece oil stained hardwood stock has a pistol grip, metal barrel band, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The bottom of the forearm shows a scratch and two small deep scrapes. The left side of the stock shows a small deep compression mark below the receiver. The right side of the grip shows two long thin scratches and a small scrape. These marks have been oiled. The wood shows a few other light marks. The buttplate shows some discoloration from oxidation. The LOP measures 13 ¼ 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
Bore Condition: The bore is semi bright and the rifling is crisp. There is no visible erosion. The bore shows an M. E. of 1.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The barrel shows long thin scrapes and small scratches. The right side of the receiver and bolt show some thinning from cycling. The metal shows other light scrapes and handling marks. The screw heads are intact. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
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: The rifle comes with one 5 round magazine that shows light scrapes. It is in about Fine condition. The rifle also comes with an unmarked green canvas sling. It shows light discoloration and some light marks on the metal. It is in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a matching Winchester M1 Carbine that was made during WWII. Even the stock cartouche is correct for a Winchester M1 in this serial number range. It is not import marked and is in Fine condition. A matching Winchester in this condition is a rare find. The M1 carbine was developed by Winchester and should be a part of any M1 Carbine collection. This M1 Carbine should also make a Winchester or WWII collector happy. Good luck.