U.S. M1 Carbine
National Postal Meter
Serial Number: 4,369,693

Bavaria Rural Police
&
LandesGendarmerieKommando Salzburg (LGKSb)

Background

This carbine appears in the Centerfire Systems, Versailles, KY, catalog dated 06/08/1995. The description of the stock, barrel, barrel band, Bavaria Rural Police, and markings on the trigger housing are consistent with the appearance of this carbine.

Barrel Group

Barrel type II Marlin, undated (manufactured by Marlin Firearms Co. for NPM)
Front Sight type  
Barrel Band type I  
Barrel Skirt    
Slide type  

National Postal Meter did not manufacture any of their own barrels. All barrels for NPM were manufactured by others. In this case, the barrel was manufactured by Marlin Firearms Company. Last 4 digits of receiver serial number on slide arm. INTRAC KNOX TN importer marking on bottom of barrel behind front sight.

Stock Group

Stock type III obscured
Handguard type II  
Buttplate    

Stock slingwell has both the entire serial number and the last 4 digits of the receiver serial number, obscuring the stock manufacturer marking. Bottom of handguard has both number sequences also.

Receiver Group

Receiver type II National Postal Meter, U (manufactured by Union Switch & Signal for NPM)
Rear Sight type I unmarked
Operating Spring Tunnel Housing   attached
Recoil Plate type  

Receiver manufactured by Union Switch & Signal under contract to National Postal Meter. Union Switch & Signal manufactured a total of 50,052 receivers for NPM, 48,572 delivered to NPM between October 1943 and March 1944. Bavaria Rural Police on top of receiver to left of bolt.

Bolt Group

Bolt type II  
Ejector    
Extractor    
Extractor Plunger    
Firing Pin    

Last four digits of receiver serial number electropenciled into the top of the bolt, on top of last 4 digits of receiver serial number stamped into the bolt.

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type III Q-NL (National Lock Co. of Rockford, IL for Quality Hardware)
Trigger type  
Sear type  
Hammer type  
Hammer Spring type  
Trigger Housing Pin type  
Safety type IV  
Magazine Catch type III  

Bottom of trigger housing has markings LGKSb (Gendarmerie Salzburg) with the inventory number 0001. Rear of trigger housing on T has numbers 2705 stamped into it. This indicates that this trigger housing was on another carbine before this carbine, the last 4 digits of the serial number of the other carbine being 2705. Caution should be exercised in assuming at what point this carbine and this trigger housing were joined together. At the point in time INTRAC imported this carbine, this trigger housing appears to have been on it. It may, or may not, have been on it when the Austrians received it.

Information and photographs courtesy of Roland Dodge.

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