U.S. M1 Carbine
National Postal Meter
Serial Number: 4,256,036

Württemberg-Baden, Stadtkreis, Stuttgart Polizei


Purchased at a gun show in Dallas in 2008. Barrel, front sight, barrel band, receiver, and trigger housing have been parkerized over the original finish.

Barrel Group

Barrel   I.B.M. Corp. undated
Front Sight type II SN (Super Metal Manufacturing of North Bergen, NJ for National Postal Meter)
Barrel Band type IA unmarked (Winchester)
Barrel Skirt   short
Slide type IV N 13 (National Postal Meter)

Import mark on bottom of barrel "Century Arms Inc. St Albans VT".

Stock Group

Stock type II TN (Trimble Nurseryland Furniture Co. of Rochester, NY for National Postal Meter)
Handguard type II TN (Trimble Nurseryland Furniture Co. of Rochester, NY for National Postal Meter)
Buttplate   early Winchester

Underwood rebuild mark

Ordnance inspection mark on right side of buttstock

Evidence of prior round tag nailed to handgrip

Stock is a highwood with an oval sling cut, cut down to a low wood. NPM/FJA and cannon cartouche on right side of buttstock. Underwood rebuild mark on left side of buttstock. Bottom of hand grip shows impression of round metal plate, one nail hole. Normally a carbine given to the West German police during the early years of the occupation period would not have a rebuild mark. The rest of the carbine is not consistent with having gone through a rebuild. It appears the stock was probably not the stock on the carbine when it was used by Stuttgart.

Receiver Group

Receiver type II National Postal Meter
Rear Sight type I leaf unmarked, S on left, N-A on right
Recoil Plate type III .U. (Underwood)

Wurttemberg-Baden Stadtkreis Stuttgart

Rear sight markings

Recoil plate has the letters WB-S-STG stamped into it (Wurttemberg-Baden Stadtkreis-Stuttgart).

Bolt Group

Bolt type II N 14 (National Postal Meter)
Ejector type II  
Extractor type III N (National Postal Meter)
Extractor Plunger type II  
Firing Pin type III N-N (Nolan Machinery Co. of Rome, NY for National Postal Meter)

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type I .U. in mag well (Underwood)
Trigger type II SN (Silver Creek Precision Corp. of Silver Creek, NY for National Postal Meter)
Sear type I BN (Robert Bobbins Co. of Chicago, IL for National Postal Meter)
Hammer type III IN (unk subcontractor for National Postal Meter)
Safety type III SN (Sargent & Co. of New Haven, CT for National Postal Meter)
Magazine Catch type IIA MN Mattatuck Mfg. Co. of Waterbury, CT for National Postal Meter)

Type I Underwood trigger housing

Crest of the Stadtkreis Stuttgart

Wurttemberg-Baden Stadtkreis Stuttgart

Bottom of trigger guard marked WB-S-STG (Wuerttemberg-Baden Stadtkreis Stuttgart). Between the magazine well and trigger guard is the crest of the City of Stuttgart with the numbers 292 above it. The 292 is consistent with an inventory number used by this agency.

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