U.S. M1 Carbine
Quality Hardware Manufacturing Corporation
Serial Number: 4,650,xxx



This came from a fellow Carbine Club member that originally purchased it from a long time collector that has many high end Carbines, so I was told.

Barrel Group

Barrel type 2B Inland Mfg. Div. 11-43
Front Sight type 1 QJ (O.D. Jennings Co. for Quality Hardware)
Barrel Band type 1A UI on band, unmarked swivel (Union Hardware Co. for Quality Hardware)
Barrel Skirt type 2 short skirt
Slide type 4 "2" "UN-Q" (Union Switch & Signal Corp. for Quality Hardware

Quality Hardware obtained all of it's barrels from the government free-issue program. There is a "J" stamped on the top of the chamber just in front on the receiver. There are two "P" firing proofs, one about 2 inches infront of the gas port, the other about three inches infront on the handguard. No receiver digits on slide. Barrel has no import mark.

Stock Group

Stock type 2 "Q-RMC" with cross cannons (Rock-Ola for Quality Hardware)
Handguard type 2 RMC (Rock-Ola)
Buttplate   Quality Hardware

No receiver digits on stock or handguard

Receiver Group

Receiver   Quality H.M.C.
Rear Sight type 1 "GE-Q" on rt. "S" on lft. (Gerrard Co. of Chicago for Quality Hardware)
Operating Spring Tunnel Housing type 2 Q (Quality Hardware)
Recoil Plate type 3 "RO-Q" (H.B. Rouse & Co. of Chicago for Quality Hardware)

"Bavaria Rural Police" milled in top of receiver along left side by bolt.

Bolt Group

Bolt type 2 "UN-Q" (Union Switch & Signal Corp. for Quality Hardware)
Ejector type 1  
Extractor type 3 "ST-Q" (Sterling Tool Products Inc. of Chicago for Quality Hardware)
Extractor Plunger type 2  
Firing Pin type 1 "N-Q" (Nolan Machine Co. for Quality Hardware)

Bolt is blued, does not have digits from receiver.

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type 3 "NL-Q" (National Lock Co. of Rockford, IL for Quality Hardware)
Trigger type 2 "LT-Q" (Ludlow Typograph Co. of Chicago for Quality Hardware)
Sear type 1 "GE-Q" (Gerrard Co. of Chicago for Quality Hardware)
Hammer type 3 "LT-Q" (Ludlow Typograph Co. for Quality Hardware)
Trigger Spring type  
Trigger Housing Pin type 2  
Safety type 3 unmarked
Magazine Catch type 2A "EP-Q" (Eaton Pond Co. of Springfield, MA for Quality Hardware)
Magazine Catch Plunger type  

Hammer and hammer strut is in the white. No digits of receiver serial number on trigger housing.

Additional Information

The bolt, ejector, firing pin, front sight, trigger housing and sear are not the correct years as called for in Riesch's book, but the serial number sequences are close on most of the parts and the finishes and wear patterns match.

Information and photographs courtesy of Premier Arms.

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