U.S. M1 Carbine
Standard Products
Serial Number: 2,078,3xx

Gendarmerie Rural Police, Lower Austria

Background

Purchased 01/2007 from a private party in Kentucky. The trigger guard stamped LGKNÖ identifies this rifle as having been in the inventory of the Gendarmerie Rural Police, Lower Austria, Austria. There are no other markings on the rifle indicating it's an Austrian or Bavarian carbine.

Barrel Group

Barrel type 1 Underwood 11/43
Front Sight type 1 N with 6 on left side (Saginaw SG)
Barrel Band/Swivel type 3 MMC/EMQ (Quality Hardware)
Gas Piston Nut    
Barrel Skirt    
Slide type .U. (Underwood)
Operating slide stop    

Barrel has flaming bomb ordnance mark just below date of manufacture. Underside of barrel below manufacturer is stamped "INTRAC KNOX, TN". Slide has last 4 numbers of serial number stamped on the outer side of the rail.

Stock Group

Stock type 3 W (Winchester)
Handguard type 2 IO (Inland)
Buttplate    

Left side sling well above manufacture mark and underside of handguard have last 4 digits of serial number.

Receiver Group

Receiver type 2 Standard Products
Rear Sight type 3 IRCO 7160060 (International Register Co.)
Operating Spring Tunnel Housing type  
Recoil Plate type 3 SG (Saginaw Gear)

Bolt Group

Bolt type 2 SG (Saginaw Gear)
Ejector type  
Extractor type  
Extractor Plunger type  
Firing Pin type  

Bolt has last 4 digits of serial number etched on top.

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type 1 Rock-Ola
Trigger type  
Sear type  
Hammer type 3 W (Winchester)
Trigger Spring type  
Trigger Housing Pin type  
Safety type 4 SS
Magazine Catch type 3 M

Trigger guard has 6871 stamped on rear "T" (does not match receiver serial number), bottom of trigger housing forward of trigger guard is stamped LGKNÖ with 1286 underneath the letters. The 1286 would be the inventory number assigned by the Austrians.

Information and photographs courtesy of Joe McMahon

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