U.S. Carbines in Germany and Austria

U.S. M1 Carbine

The Gendarmerie: Salzburg

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In 1958 the population of the Austrian state of Salzburg was 328,700. Salzburg is 7153.62 sq. kilometers (4445 sq miles). The capitol of Salzburg is the city of Salzburg.

In 1958 the Gendarmerie of Salzburg was headquartered in the city of Salzburg with regional commands in:

  • Salzburg (284 personnel in 46 posts)
  • Zell am See (284 personnel in 46 posts)
  • [Almanach der österreichischen Bundesgendarmerie, 1958]

    LGKSb U.S. M1 Carbines

    LGK Sb

    Landes Gendarmerie Kommando Salzburg

    So far, all of the U.S. M1 Carbines that have been found with the markings of Salzburg on the trigger housing, also have a Bavaria police agency marking on the receiver. There are probably carbines that were used by Salzburg that were not obtained from Bavaria, they just haven't surfaced yet.

    Regarding the markings of numbers on the various parts, it's impossible to determine what was done by Austria versus Bavaria. All have had the last four digits of the serial number inside the slingwell, in the bottom of the handguard, on the side of the slide arm, in the back of the trigger housing at the top, and etched into the top of the bolt. This marking m.o. was used by Bavaria and several of the Austrian states. Some of the bolts have the last 3 digits of the serial number stamped in the bolt. This has been observed on some of the Bavaria Rural Police carbines and is not known to have been done by Austria. Some of the slinwells and/or some of the handguards have the entire serial number stamped inside. Again, this is known to have been done by some of the Bavaria agencies. Some of the parts with 4 digits, also have the 3 digits, and sometimes also have the entire serial number. This is indicative of more than one area having used the carbine, however, this is known to have happened in Bavaria without the carbine having served in Austria.

    One thing that is consistent on the carbines used by Salzburg is the parts configuration. Generally the parts are accurate for the date of manufacture and the U.S. manufacturer. Some have had the rear sight replaced with an adjustable version and/or the rotary safety as opposed to a push safety, but most generally retain early parts if they had them.

    All of the carbines used by Salzburg that are outside Austria, appear to be in the USA only. They were imported from Austria by INTRAC of Knoxville, TN in 1993 and sold retail and wholesale by Centerfire Systems and Tennessee Guns in 1994 and 1995. These carbines have an INTRAC import mark on the bottom of the barrel behind the front sight. This import mark was sometimes etched very faintly. For further information on INTRAC and their importing these carbines, refer to Imports/Exports.

    The highest Salzburg inventory number observed so far is LGKSb 0746. The number of personnel assigned to Salzburg in 1958 was 568. It's possible more carbines were issued to each state as the number of Gendarmerie personnel increased.