U.S. M1 Carbine

Rock-Ola
Serial Number: 4,566,568

LandesGendarmerieKommando OberÖsterreich (Upper Austria)

Bavaria Rural Police

Background

This Carbine was returned to the U.S. Army by the government of Austria. It was then transferred by the U.S. Army to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Purchased from CMP December 2009.

Barrel Group

Barrel type IIB undated, Rock-Ola
Gas Piston Housing type swaged Rock-Ola on right side
Front Sight type II RP (planert Skate Co. of Chicago for Rock-Ola)
Barrel Band/Swivel type III (cut down to type II) /
Slide type II PI encircled (Packard Mfg Co. of Indianapolis, IN for Inland, also used by Rock-Ola)

Last 4 digits of serial number stamped in slide arm. Barrel band has bayonet lug cut off, normal for some of the Austrian Gendarmerie due to a public aversion to bayonets from an incident in the early 20th Century.

Stock Group

Stock type II highwood unmarked, w/Ordnance Cannons and WRA over GHD (no box) on right
Handguard type II OI (S.E. Overton of South Haven, MI for Inland)
Buttplate   unmarked (late Rock-Ola)

Last four digits of serial number stamped in slingwell and under handguard.

Receiver Group

Receiver type II Rock-Ola
Rear Sight type II H in shield (Hemphill Mfg Co. of Pawtucket, RI for Winchester and as replacement)
Operating Spring Tunnel Housing type integral
Recoil Plate type III AU (unknown subcontractor for Underwood)

Bavaria Rural Police on top of receiver to left of bolt.

Bolt Group

Bolt type II flat CU (unknown subcontractor for Underwood)
Ejector type  
Extractor type U (Underwood)
Extractor Plunger type  
Firing Pin type U (Underwood)

Last 4 digits of serial number engraved in top of bolt.

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type III W (Winchester)
Trigger type  
Sear type II RI (Reece Button Hole Machine Co. of Boston, MA for Inland)
Hammer type II W (Winchester)
Safety type IV double S encircled (GI replacement safety)
Magazine Catch type IIA SG (Saginaw Gear)

Information and photographs courtesy of Jonathan Moorhouse