U.S. M1 Carbine

Underwood
Serial Number: 2879430

Bavaria Rural Police

Background

Carbine purchased in Canada and owned by a Canadian. No U.S. import marks. Most likely part of the shipment imported into Canada by Century Arms in the mid 1970's.

Carbine has the markings that identify it as having been used by the Landpolizei (rural police) in the American Occupation Zone of Bavaria.

Barrel Group

Barrel type I Underwood 1-44
Front Sight type II EU (unknown subcontractor for Underwood)
Barrel Band type IA unmarked
Barrel Skirt   unknown
Slide type V PI (Packard Manufacturing Corp of Indianapolis, IN for Inland)

Slide does not have last 4 digits of serial number

Stock Group

Stock type II (manufacturer mark appears to be obscured by numbers)
Handguard type I RSG (Rock-Ola Manufacturing Co. of Chicago, IL for Saginaw Steering Gear)
Buttplate   National Postal Meter

Last 4 digits of serial number stamped in slingwell. Handguard stamped 9191. Rear of stock has number 36 stamped into it.

Receiver Group

Receiver type II Underwood
Rear Sight type III I.R. CO. (International Register Co. of Chicago, IL)
Recoil Plate type SG (Saginaw Steering Gear)

Bolt Group

Bolt type II (Flat) WU (Universal Winding Co. of Torrington, CT for Underwood)
Ejector type  
Extractor type unknown
Extractor Plunger type  
Firing Pin type unknown

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type IV .U. on rear magwell wall (Underwood)
Trigger type unknown
Sear type .U. (Underwood)
Hammer type III .U. (Underwood)
Safety type (push safety) unmarked
Magazine Catch type III EP-Q (Eaton Pond Co. of Springfield, MA for Quality Hardware)

Last 4 digits of serial number stamped in rear of trigger housing.


Information and photographs courtesy of RJB

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