U.S. M1 Carbine
Serial Number: 4917381

Bavaria Rural Police
Württemberg-Baden Landespolizei


This carbine was purchased from a private party in New Zealand.

This carbine was first used by the the Bavaria Rural Police aka Landpolizei. 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. The Landespolizei and Rural Police carried out many of the same duties in their respective states. They could be considered sister agencies.

Barrel Group

Barrel type IIB Inland Div. General Motors 1-44
BI on bottom of barrel, forward of gas piston (Brown-Lipe-Chapin Division of General Motors for Inland)
Front Sight type I illegible
Barrel Band type IA UI on band, swivel unmarked (Union Hardware for National Postal Meter)
Barrel Skirt    
Slide type IV N 15 (National Postal Meter)

P proof mark on top of barrel forward of barrel band. Slide has last 4 digits of receiver serial number.

Stock Group

Stock type II unmarked
Handguard type I unmarked
Buttplate   S-S3 (Shelby Spring Hinge Co. of Shelby, OH for Standard Products)

Stock slingwell and underside of handguard have last 4 digits or receiver serial number stamped in them. Bottom of handgrip has LP of the Landespolizei. Stock has cracks lateral along the length of the stock, parallel with the receiver.

Receiver Group

Receiver type II Inland Div.
Rear Sight type III I.R. Co. 7160060 (International Register Co. for Inland)
Recoil Plate type unmarked

Bavaria Rural Police on top of the receiver to the left of the bolt.

Bolt Group

Bolt type II AOB on right lug (Auto Ordnance for IBM)
Extractor Plunger    
Firing Pin    

Trigger Group

Trigger Housing type IV Q-TX (used by Quality Hardware & IBM)
Trigger type  
Sear type  
Hammer type III SW (White Sewing Machine Co. for Standard Products)
Safety type I unmarked
Magazine Catch type IIA  

Rear of trigger housing at top does not have any 3 or 4 digit markings, however, on the left is what appears to be a backwards Z or possibly an S, on the right appears to be a an E or wideways W. Bottom of trigger housing marked WB-LP-2033, meaning Wurttemberg Landespolizei inventory number 2033.

Information and photographs courtesy of Robbie Peters

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