U.S. M1 Carbine
Saginaw S.G.
Serial Number: 3347270

Bavaria Game Warden
Württemberg-Baden Landespolizei


This carbine was first used by the Bavaria Game Warden, this agency ceasing to exist in 1950. In 1955 it was one of 900 carbines sold by Bavaria to the Württemberg-Baden Landespolizei.It bears the marks of this agency on the trigger guard. On the receiver and recoil plate below the serial number are tool marks and indications markings in the metal were removed.

This carbine has the Century Arms St. Albans, VT import mark on the bottom of the barrel. Century Arms imported M1 carbines from Germany in the mid to late 1970's. These imports were for sale to law enforcement agencies or officers only. Century Arms and Interarms sold these Century Arms' carbine imports to law enforcement.

This specific carbine was purchased by a deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff's Department in the early 1980's. He and other deputies with his agency placed a large order direct from Century Arms or Interarms. When the deputy passed away this carbine was given to his partner. I purchased the carbine from his partner in March 2007. The sling came with the carbine when it was purchased from Century Arms or Interarms (see further below).

Barrel Group

Barrel Type 2B Saginaw S.G. Div. General Motors (undated)
Front Sight type 1 N
Barrel Band type 1 no markings (Inland)
Barrel Skirt   short
Slide type 3 DA-Q (A. Dalkin & Co. of Chicago for Quality Hardware)

Slide does not have stampings with any numbers. There are two small dots stamped where Bavaria usually stamped the last 4 digits of the serial number, on the outside of the slide arm. Century Arms Int. St. Albans, VT import mark stamped along length of bottom of barrel. Type 1 front sight has type 1 swivel, neither of which are marked. Front sight has been taken off and placed back on (or replaced). Barrel band matches imprint in stock. Threads from lathe at time of manufacture are visible in front and behind the front sight.

Stock Group

Stock type 2 unmarked
Handguard type 1 OI (S.E. Overton Co. of South Haven, MI for Inland)
Buttplate   Late style Inland
Sling   OD green web - German manufacture
Oiler   IS (International Silver Co. of Meriden, CT)

Stock is a highwood with an oval cut sling well. Slingwell is unmarked and shows no signs of alteration or sanding. The slide well inside the forend of the stock and the underside of the handguard have the last 3 digits of the receiver number stamped in them. No ordnance cartouche visible on right side of buttstock. Sling and oiler came with the carbine when it was initially purchased from Century Arms or Interarms. It is a non-GI web sling with the words Zieh Hier (German for "pull here") on the snap.

Receiver Group

Receiver type 2 Saginaw S.G. with SG lft side of receiver (Saginaw Gear)
Rear Sight type 2 PI (Packard Mfg. Corp of Indianapolis for Saginaw Gear/Inland)
Recoil Plate type 3 AU (Underwood)

Rear of receiver below serial number and recoil plate have been grinded and buffed down. It appears as if the person buffing down the markings slipped with the grinder/buffer, damaging the serial number and receiver manufacturer name. Bavaria Game Warden stamped on top of the receiver to the left of the bolt. SG on left side of receiver (see trigger housing pictures below).

At time of purchase rear sight was a leaf sight mounted backwards and inserted into the sight groove from the left. U.S. Ordnance manual for all M1 carbines dictate rear sight installation was from the right, where the sight grooves were slightly larger for this specific purpose. Sight base has two stake marks from an adjustable sight having been installed prior. Although leaf sight was an original G.I. rear sight, given the totality of the installation and marks present, the leaf sight was removed by the current owner and replaced with the adjustable sight matching the prior stake marks.

Bolt Group

Bolt type 2 W on left lug (Winchester)
Ejector type 2  
Extractor type 3 IW (Winchester)
Extractor Plunger type 2  
Firing Pin type 2 W (Winchester)

Bolt has no digits stamped or etched on top.

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type 4 .U. in mag well (Underwood)
Trigger type 2 SN (Silver Creek Precision Corp. of Silver Creek, NY for IBM & National Postal Meter)
Sear type 1 W (Winchester)
Hammer type 3 WMB (Walkill Machine Co. for IBM)
Safety type 3 unmarked
Magazine Catch type 3 SI (Inland)

Rear of trigger housing at top does not have any 3 or 4 digit markings. Bottom of trigger housing marked WB-LP-2196, meaning Wuerttemberg-Baden Landespolizei inventory number 2196.

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