U.S. M1 Carbine
Inland
Serial Number: 53088

LandesGendarmerieKommando Ober÷sterreich (LGK O÷)

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). The carbine has been buffed to a high polish, removing some of the GI markings. The receiver does not have Bavarian markings and there is no evidence that any were removed. The stock and bolt are both marked with a four digit number; however the number does not correspond to the serial number or the inventory number located on the trigger housing.

Barrel Group

Barrel   GI markings removed (see below)
Front Sight type I unmarked
Barrel Band/Swivel type III AMCO on band (GI replacement)
Slide type V PI inside(Packard Mfg Corp of Indianapolis, IN for Inland), 7160091 on bottom (drawing/part number)

The Barrel has been polished to the point that the manufacturer markings and date are no longer visible. Markings on the flat portion of the barrel aft of the gas piston indicate that the barrel was manufactured by Inland. The front sight appears to have one letter of the original markings left; however, upon closer inspection it is evident that this is a tool mark. The type of cut on top of the sight was one of several variations observed on milled front sights, some of which were unmarked.


Inland "Hieroglyphics" (internal inspection marks)

Stock Group

Stock type III W (Winchester) w/ Ordnance bomb
Handguard type II unmarked (used by Inland)
Buttplate   possible late Winchester

The number 0044 is stamped inside the slingwell along with W for Winchester and the Ordnance bomb. The numbers 5 over 5 are stamped upside down further inside the sling cut. The number 11 is stamped at the barrel band inside the stock. The P proofmark is present on the front of the hand grip. The buttplate dot pattern is somewhat unique and appears to be a variation of a late Winchester buttplate.

Receiver Group

Receiver type II Inland
Rear Sight type II SA (Springfield Armory) on right, crossed cannon cartouche on left
Operating Spring Tunnel Housing   attached
Recoil Plate type markings possibly removed

The receiver has been buffed to a gloss finish; the GI markings are still strong and visible. The front trigger housing lug on the bottom of receiver has been cut for a type I trigger housing pin. The recoil plate has been polished to a high reflective blue, possibly removing any GI markings.

Bolt Group

Bolt flat U (Underwood)
Ejector type  
Extractor type III IN (Electric Wiring Machine Div. of IBM Rochester, NY for National Postal Meter)
Extractor Plunger type  
Firing Pin type III W (Winchester)

The Bolt has the number 0044 lightly etched on top.

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type IV BE-B (unknown subcontractor for IBM)
Trigger   SN (Silver Creek Precision Corp. of Silver Creek, NY for National Postal Meter)
Sear type II R.I. (Reece Button Hole Machine Co. of Boston, MA for Inland)
Hammer type IV WM (post WWII M2)
Safety type IV M in horse shoe (GI replacement safety)
Magazine Catch type III WA over M (GI replacement mag catch)

Photos & information courtesy of Ryan Miller