U.S. M1 Carbine
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In keeping with Austria's declaration of neutrality, instead of an army they formed a security force for self defense, the Bundesheer. With the end of the Occupation of Austria and departure of the Allied Forces in September 1955, the B-Gendarmerie shed its "secrecy" and name, becoming the nucleus around which the Bundesheer was built. Their first test was not long in coming, with the revolt in Hungary in October and November 1956 seriously threatening Austria's borders. [B-Gendarmerie, Waffenlager und Nachrichtendienste, Der militärische Weg zum Staatsvertrag by Blasi, Schmidl, and Schneider][Austrian Armed Forces - From a Secret Army to the Member of a European Security Framework by Wilhelm Theuretsbacher}
The Bundesheer retained 8000 M1 Carbines and 1885 M1A1 Carbines, along with all of the larger weapons. The Bundesheer did not use M2's, bayonets, or 30 round magazines.
It appears different units did different things in the way of rack markings.
Three U.S. M1 Carbines used by the Bundesheer
"Rack mark" below slingwell, with name sticker
Very small number located on the bottom of the stock between the trigger housing and recoil plate estuncheon (nut)
Numbers on the bottom of the trigger housing
The Bundesheer used replacement barrels manufactured by Erma Werke of Dachau, Bavaria. These barrels have no markings identifying the manufacturer. They have the appearance of a U.S. GI carbine barrel as manufactured by Underwood and several other original GI contractors during WWII, most notably the concentric circles left when the exterior of the barrel was machined.
A number of the front sights on the Bundesheer carbines have black paint on top between the sight ears, to cut down on glare. The front sight on several of these carbines has been filed down to adjust the elevation of aim.
A number of the Austrian Gendarmerie carbines had this sticker on their stock.
Translated it means "Our Army". The intent is similar to the U.S. Army's "Army of One".
The below hang tag was attached to the trigger housing. It appears to be a document transferring an M1 Carbine (K-M1) with one magazine from one unit to another.
|TN - Einheit [Unit] (Abgeber/Empfänger) [Giver/Receiver]|
|Kurzbezeichnung [Abbreviation]||Kennziffer [Index] (Teil - Nr.) [Part #]|
|Beleg - Nr [Proof #]||RegNr. EDV: [Registration #]|
|DC||Geräteart: [Device Type]||GG/Z||Masseinheit [Unit]||Menge: [Quantity]|
|Kennziffer der Anforderung [Index Requirement]||Phrase - Code:|
|Kennziffer [Index] 7530-0-100-0204 Kurzbenennung [Short Designation] AnhK/AusgAnw|
The below hang tag is a repair request. Notice the date (1995 - June - 21). This was one of the carbines returned to the U.S. Army by Austria in 2008, and sold by the Civilian Marksmanship Program in 2009.