U.S. M1 Carbine
National Postal Meter
Serial Number: 4,201,723

Württemberg-Baden, City of Mannheim Polizei


Purchased from a private party 2007.

Barrel Group

Barrel   Buffalo Arms 12-43
Front Sight type II SN (Super Metal Mfg Co. of North Bergen, NJ for National Postal Meter)
Barrel Band type IA U (Union Hardware Co. of Torrington, CT for National Postal Meter & Inland)
Barrel Skirt   long
Slide type IV SG (Saginaw Gear)

National Postal Meter did not manufacture their own barrels. The Buffalo Arms barrel is one of several they used. Importer mark for Century Arms St Albans, VT on barrel. Slide does not have any numbers stamped or etched on it.

Stock Group

Stock type II TN (Trimble Nurseryland Furniture Co. of Rochester, NY for National Postal Meter)
Handguard type I RMC (Rock-Ola)
Buttplate   Underwood

Stock is a beautiful high wood with an oval sling cut. Stock and handguard have no numbers stamped on them. Web sling grommet has Zieh Heir imprinted. In German this means "Pull Here".

Receiver Group

Receiver   National Postal Meter
Rear Sight type II H in shield (Hemphill Mfg. Co. of Pawtucket, RI)
Recoil Plate type III PN (Parker Mfg Co. of Worcester, MA for National Postal Meter)

City crest of Mannheim is absent from the left side of receiver ring. Top of receiver behind bolt and below serial number has been buffed and/or polished. Metal below serial number indicates some has been removed. This is typical of markings that have been removed.

Bolt Group

Bolt type II  
Extractor Plunger    
Firing Pin    

Bolt does not have any numbers etched on top.

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type III N 14 (National Postal Meter)
Trigger type II SN (Silver Creek Precision Corp of Silver Creek, NY for National Postal Meter)
Sear type  
Hammer type III HN (Hunter Arms Co. of Fulton, NY for National Postal Meter)
Safety type III SN (Sargent & Co. of New Haven, CT for National Postal Meter)
Magazine Catch type IIA SN (Stocker-Trauing Litho Corp. of Waterbury, CT for National Postal Meter)

Rear of trigger housing at top does not have any numbers. Bottom of trigger housing marked WB-S-MAN, meaning Wuerttemberg-Baden Stadt Polizei Mannheim. Trigger housing is plum colored.

Information and photographs courtesy of Robert Lacy.

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