U.S. M1 Carbine
National Postal Meter
Serial Number: 4,290,XXX

Bavaria Forestry Police-N+O


Letters N+O following Bavaria Forestry Police indicate the Bavaria Districts of Niederbayern (Lower Bavaria) + Oberpfalz. The police for these two districts were combined into one police force. The forest area in these districts borders Czechoslovakia, which is the reason the Forest Police were armed early after the end of WWII. The German side is known as the Bavarian Forest. The Czech side is known as the Bohemian Forest.

Barrel Group

Barrel   Marlin undated
Front Sight type 1 unmarked
Barrel Band type 1 unmarked
Barrel Skirt   long
Slide type 4 N15 (National Postal Meter)

Barrel has both a P proof mark and the NPM specific punch mark on the barrel. Also has a small flaming bomb on the right side, just above the gas cylinder. Slide (6515) has different digits than receiver serial number. INTRAC import mark behind front sight on bottom of barrel.

Stock Group

Stock type 3 RSG (Rock-Ola Mfg. Co.)
Handguard type 1 Pedersen U (Pedersen Bros. of Wilton, CT for Underwood)
Buttplate   late Winchester

Slingwell of stock has 4 digits different than receiver serial number. Handguard has no 4 digits. very faint ordnance wheel and boxed SG on the right side of the butt. No mag well or butt plate protrusion. Hand Guard: 2 rivet, marked with a cursive Pederson and a U.

Receiver Group

Receiver type 2 National Postal Meter
Rear Sight type 1 TN on leaf (The Todd Company for National Postal Meter)
Operating Spring Tunnel Housing    
Recoil Plate   W (Winchester)

Bavaria Forestry Police-N+O milled into top of receiver to left of bolt.

Bolt Group

Bolt type 2 A.I. (Inland)
Extractor Plunger    
Firing Pin    

Last four digits of receiver serial number are not electropenciled into the top of the bolt.

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type 4 U (Underwood)
Trigger type 2 S HR (H&R Machine Co. for Standard Products)
Sear type 2 SW (White Sewing Machine Co. for Standard Products)
Hammer type 3 WMB (Walkill Machine Co. for IBM)
Trigger Housing Pin type 2  
Safety type 3 SN (Sargent & Co. for National Postal Meter)
Magazine Catch type 2 W.I. (Winchester or Inland)

Rear of trigger housing on T four digits do not match the receiver serial number.

Additional Information

No further

Information and photographs courtesy of John Powell

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