U.S. M1 Carbine

Serial Number: 3213102

Württemberg-Baden Landespolizei


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 Landespolizei (rural police) in the American Occupation Zone of Württemberg-Baden. There are no numbers stamped on any of the parts to identify them to the carbine, as was done by Bavaria and some of the agencies in Württemberg-Baden. The inventory number stamped on the bottom of the trigger guard is also stamped on the left side of the receiver ring. The receiver bevel has a four digit number that's meaning is not known.

Fields indicated as unknown are based on the information that could be seen or not seen from the photographs submitted.

Barrel Group

Barrel type I Underwood 4-43
Front Sight type I IP N (Niedner Gun Co. of Dowagiac, MI for Irwin-Pedersen)
Barrel Band type III MMQ on left side of band (possibly mfg by Maid-O-Mist, Inc., manufactured for Quality Hardware)
EM-Q on lug (possibly Elgin Metal Novelty Co., manufactured for Quality Hardware
Barrel Skirt   unknown
Slide type III IP (Irwin-Pedersen)

Stock Group

Stock type III OI in slingwell, Inland crossed cannons on right side (S.E. Overton Co. of Dowagiac, MI for Inland)
Handguard type I OI (S.E. Overton Co. of Dowagiac, MI for Inland)
Buttplate   unknown

Receiver Group

Receiver type II Irwin-Pedersen
Rear Sight type I Flip Sight S on left base, R-P on right base & Leaf (Redfield Gun Sight Co. of Denver, CO for Irwin-Pedersen)
Recoil Plate type II IP-W (Wadsworth Watch Case Co. of Dayton, KY for Irwin-Pedersen)

Inventory number from trigger housing stamped on left side of receiver ring. Meaning for four digit number on the receiver bevel is unknown.

Bolt Group

Bolt type II (Flat) S'G' (Saginaw Gear of Grand Rapids, MI)
Ejector type  
Extractor type unknown
Extractor Plunger type  
Firing Pin type unknown

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type II S'G' (Saginaw Gear of Grand Rapids, MI)
Trigger type unknown
Sear type I SW-IP (Star Watch Case Co. of Ludington, MI for Irwin-Pedersen)
Hammer type III HI (Hemphill Co. of Pawtucket, RI for Inland)
Safety type (push safety) unmarked
Magazine Catch type III EI (Eaton Pond Co. of Springfield, MA for Inland)

WB-LP-1618 stamped in bottom of trigger guard identifies this carbine has having been used by the Landespolizei in the American Occupation Zone of Württemberg-Baden. The 1618 was their inventory number.

Hole through trigger housing is characteristic of some of the IP and S'G' trigger housings

Information and photographs courtesy of RJB

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