U.S. M1 Carbine
Rock-Ola
Serial Number: 1707927

Bavaria Border Police
LandesGendarmerieKommando Ober÷sterreich (LGK O÷)

Background

Returned to the U.S. Army by the government of Austria. Provided to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), by the U.S. Army. Purchased from CMP, prior to the armorers.

Barrel Group

Barrel type IIB Rock-Ola undated
Barrel Skirt   long
Front Sight type I T R (Taylor Freezer Co. of Beloit, WI for Rock-Ola)
Barrel Band/Swivel type III MMQ on band, bayonet lug removed
Slide type III Rock-Ola

Barrel has Rock-Ola name on top of barrel near front sight and on the right side of the gas piston housing. Barrel band has had the bayonet lug cut off, not uncommon in Austria. Slide has the last four digits of the serial number stamped in the slide arm.

Stock Group

Stock type I RMC (Rock-Ola Music Company)
Handguard type I RMC (Rock-Ola Music Company)
Buttplate   National Postal Meter

Last four digits of receiver serial number stamped in slingwell and underside of handguard. Letter R scratched into inside of stock in slide cut.

Receiver Group

Receiver type II Rock-Ola
Rear Sight type II H in shield (replacement GI sight)
Operating Spring Tunnel Housing   attached
Recoil Plate type III Rock-Ola

Bavaria Border Police stamped into top of receiver left of bolt.

Bolt Group

Bolt flat UN stamped on right lug, R etched on left lug (Union Switch & Signal Corp. of Swissvale, PA for Rock-Ola)
Ejector type I  
Extractor type III R (Rock-Ola)
Extractor Plunger type II  
Firing Pin type I Rock-Ola

Bolt has last four digits of receiver serial number etched on top. War Baby! by Larry Ruth p.400 indicates Union Switch & Signal supplied Rock-Ola with 3278 bolts between August and October 1943 and the bolts were marked UN-R on the face of the left lug. The bolt on this carbine is marked UN on the face of the right lug and etched with the letter R on the face of the left lug.

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type II Rock-Ola
Trigger   Rock-Ola
Sear type I Rock-Ola
Hammer type III KR (Kal Machine Works of Chicago, IL for Rock-Ola)
Trigger Housing Pin type II  
Safety type IV rotary S encircled
Magazine Catch type IIA EPB (Eaton Pond Co. of Springfield, MA for IBM)

Last four digits of receiver serial numbed stamped in rear of trigger housing at top.