U.S. M1 Carbine
Serial Number: xx8,550

German Police


I bought it at a gun show in the state of Washington approx. 2003-2004. The seller was selling the estate of a Police officer. There were about a dozen carbines. This one was the only one I thought was priced decent and I was taken by the add-on rear sight. All parts fit tight and shoots a tight group.

The leather sling came with the carbine when purchased. The sling has no identifying marks on it.

Barrel Group

Barrel Type 2 Inland 12/42
Front Sight type 1 N (Inland)
Barrel Band type 1A UI (Union Hardware Co. for Inland)
Barrel Skirt   long
Slide Type PI (Packard Mfg Co. for Inland)

Century Arms import mark on barrel. Last 4 digits of receiver serial number stamped in right side of slide rail.

Stock Group

Stock type 3 OI (S.E. Overton Co. for Inland)
Handguard type 2 S-HB (Hillerich & Bradsby Co. of Louisville, KY for Standard Products)
Buttplate   (Underwood)

Stock has the last 4 digits of the receiver serial number in the sling well, the handguard in the bottom side.

Receiver Group

Receiver type 2 Inland Div.
Rear Sight none removed
Operating Spring Tunnel Housing    
Recoil Plate type 2 DI (Dayton Mold Co. for Inland)

Early 6 digit Inland receiver. U.S. M1 carbine sight removed. Area behind rear sight groove has small grooves side to side for minimizing glare. Rear sight on receiver ring is same as other M1 carbines that have had this done in Germany. It is adjustable for windage, not elevation. Agency name removed from top left of receiver.

Bolt Group

Bolt type 1 IO (Inland)
Extractor Plunger    
Firing Pin    

Bolt has last 4 digits of receiver serial number electropenciled into the top. Bolt has not been dismantled since carbine was purchased.

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type 3 BE-B (IBM)
Trigger type  
Sear type  
Hammer type 3 NH (Hunter Arms Co. for National Postal Meter)
Hammer Spring type  
Trigger Housing Pin type  
Safety type 2 or 3 unmarked
Magazine Catch type 3 upside down WA over sideways M (WWII replacement mag catch)

Trigger housing has last 4 digits of receiver serial number on T.

Additional Information

No further details.

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