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M1 Carbine quandry...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by SaxonPig, Jun 3, 2009.

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  1. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Member

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    I bought this thing off Gun Broker at the starting price with no other bidders. Think I know why... I paid too much, it's a mess. Maybe somebody who knows these can help me out.

    Inland and Saginaw were both divisions of GM and both made Carbines but they were separate manufacturers, right? This rifle's barrel is marked Inland Manufacturing Division, General Motors Corporation (or something real close to that) and has the number 44 underneath the text. Would this be for 1944?

    Now, the receiver is stamped Saginaw. My first thought was that an Inland barrel had been installed on the Saginaw receiver. I tried to find a site listing the carbine serial numbers to determine the date on the Saginaw receiver but all I could find was a list of the serials assigned to the various manufacturers. This one is 514800 and according to the site I found this is an Inland number. But the receiver is clearly stamped Saginaw. What gives?

    Correction; Misread serial, actually 5,148,000. Doh!

    Any ideas on what's happening with this Carbine? Is there a web site with dates of manufacture by serial? Anyone know when this one was made?
     
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  2. Doug S

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    I don't have my book at the moment, so maybe someone else can confirm. That said, I do not believe that Saginaw made their own barrels. They used the barrels of other manufacturers.
     
  3. Trebor

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    What *exactly* is the receiver marking? Is it Saginaw S. G. or Saginaw S' G' ?

    Saginaw S' G' marked carbines used barrels made by Saginaw or Inland (among other manufacturers).
     
  4. SaxonPig

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    Um... It says Inland Div.

    I must be losing my mind. I swear it said Saginaw. Maybe I just had that in my mind and saw what I expected rather than what was really there.

    OK, so the rifle appears to be a matching Inland example with the serial 514800. Can anyone pin down the month of manufacture?

    Here are some quick pics I shot.

    Here's where the UPS driver left it. :eek:

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    Here's an overall view. See anything I should know about?

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    Here's a detail. The stock is in very sad shape with lots of dents and is soaked with grease. Speaking of grease, yeah, it had some (like about 5 pounds worth). The metal has very little finish remaining but the good news is that there is no real corrosion evident. No pitting, just bluing wear.

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    This is my first WW II veteran and it's intriguing to hold this rifle and think about where it might have been. Could it have gone ashore on Omaha Beach? Might it have been cradled by a young soldier in the bitter cold of the Ardennes in December of 1944? Perhaps it was in the hands of a Marine watching the flag raised atop Mount Suribachi.

    I know... Most likely it banged around in a truck moving supplies on base at Fort Dix.
     
  5. MikeJackmin

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    I dunno... I think it's a safe bet that most carbines went overseas to fight. It's not like we had a whole lot of spares lying around.
     
  6. SaxonPig

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    I understand that something like 6 million were made 1942-45 so maybe there were a few to spare... :D
     
  7. Doug S

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    You typed a serial number in the 500,000 range. If that is the case your rifle serial number fits between the following: 6 - 999,999 which would make the production type somewhere between May 42 to Sept 43. Your barrel would be a bit late for that.

    If on the other hand, there serial number is in the 5,000,000 range, that puts your rifle in the range of 4,879,526-5,549,820, manufactured sometime between Jan 44 – Aug 44 which better fits the barrel date.

    Source - J.C. Harrison's "Collecting The M1 Carbine III"
     
  8. MikeJackmin

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    Yeah, I think you are right, I was thinking of the M1 rifles. There were always in short supply during the war, but the carbines were cranked out in a hurry.
     
  9. SaxonPig

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    It is 514,800, just shy of half way in the 4.9 to 5.5 range you cited. If the date range is 1/44 to 9/44 and assuming production was at a relatively steady pace a good guess might be 3 to 4 months into the range, or April to May of 1944.

    I think that means it is not impossible for this rifle to have seen action on 6/6/44 or in the Battle of the Bulge although it's equally likely it was issued to some rear echelon type and never fired a shot in anger.
     
  10. Tinpig

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    I think you got a very nice rifle that will clean up fine. Depending on the bore, it could also be a good shooter.
    Before shooting it you might want to get the headspace checked.
    Congratulations.

    Tinpig
     
  11. alistaire

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    These were often rebuilt by the army, so mixed parts are not unusual. Have a gunsmith check it out before firing since you did not buy it from CMP.

    There is an article on 'the box o truth' about stipping cosmoline from wooden stocks that might help, as yours looks soaked in it.
     
  12. Doug S

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    The Bulge was Dec 44 - Jan 45. It could have seen action in that one. Also, there was plenty going on in the Pacific at that time. Here is a list of battles your gun could have seen, some of which were the bloodiest battles of the war. Also, don't forget your gun is a "parts" rifle. Some of the parts may be older than 1944.

    July 19, 1944 - U.S. Marines invade Guam in the Marianas.
    July 24, 1944 - U.S. Marines invade Tinian.
    September 15, 1944 - U.S. Troops invade Morotai and the Paulaus.
    October 20, 1944 - U.S. Sixth Army invades Leyte in the Philippines.
    December 15, 1944 - U.S. Troops invade Mindoro in the Philippines.
    January 9, 1945 - U.S. Sixth Army invades Lingayen Gulf on Luzon in the Philippines.
    February 3, 1945 - U.S. Sixth Army attacks Japanese in Manila.
    February 16, 1945 - U.S. Troops recapture Bataan in the Philippines.
    February 19, 1945 - U.S. Marines invade Iwo Jima.
    March 2, 1945 - U.S. airborne troops recapture Corregidor in the Philippines.
    March 10, 1945 - U.S. Eighth Army invades Zamboanga Peninsula on Mindanao in the Philippines.
    April 1, 1945 - The final amphibious landing of the war occurs as the U.S. Tenth Army invades Okinawa.

    1999 The History Place
     
  13. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    May I ask the price you gave?
     
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    I'll tell you, I'd take her. It is an arsenal "mix master" which is OK. It will clean up and you'll have a nice gun. I am envious. You did fine I think...I'd be pleased as punch and I'd have me a project cleanin' 'er up!
     
  15. Dazen

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    I would take her too! she would go well with my 3 other M1 carbines.
     
  16. SaxonPig

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    I paid $519 for it.

    How do you know it's rebuilt with mixed parts? The barrel and receiver are both Inland and I don't know enough to know how to check other parts.

    The serial is hand-engraved in the stock, whatever that may mean.
     
  17. MarineOne

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    Wait, the serial was hand engraved into the stock? Hmmmmm ....... sounds like you got an actual GI issue weapon .... and you only paid $519 for it? Dude, you made out pretty good then. I picked up a Plainfield police issue that was like new in box for $525.

    Time to give the girl a bath and clean her up. I have a feeling you're going to find you've got a nice piece of history.



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  18. PCGS65

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    Sax here a little info from the CMP. I'll see if I can find more.
    This info is similar to what my father told me recently too.
    From what I've read many carbines have mixed parts when assembled. Your date on the barrel should have a month then year such as 5/44 also. If it just 44 then yes 1944. There were tons of parts manufacturers for the carbines. Thus the reason for mixed parts/dates.

    This info is similar to what my father told me recently too.
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    http://www.thecmp.org/m1carbine.htm

    Read this thread also it's a short one.
    http://www.odcmp.org/new_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=69426&SearchTerms=carbine,dates
     
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  19. peyton

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    Got to love the UPS guy!! It is good you have neighbors who do not steal ya blind!!
     
  20. SaxonPig

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    I made a correction on the serial. It is 5,148,000, not 514,000 as I stated earlier. I missed the last digit.

    I will look again, but I think the barrel jsut says 44 with no month.

    But then, I haven't been right yet in reading the stampings...
     
  21. Dave Markowitz

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    IMO, $519 is a fair price for that Carbine, assuming it's in good mechanical condition and has a good bore. It bears hallmarks of a postwar rebuild:

    --Adjustable rather than flip rear sight
    --Barrel band with bayonet lug
    --M2 handguard (4 rivets)
    --M2 "potbelly" stock

    Again, if it's in good mechanical shape it'll make a good shooter after you clean it up. I would recommend replacing the recoil spring as only G-d knows how many rounds have been fired through it. Wolff carries them.
     
  22. SaxonPig

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    Alright, I am learning as I go. I blew the barrel date. It is stamped 4-44 so I assume the rifle (if the barrel is original and I think at this point it likely is) was made in April of 1944. Interesting timing. The barrel band is stamped MMO. Meaning?

    I took a photo of the serial carved into the left side of the stock. The cutting looks as old as the gun. Is this something GIs did sometimes? Was there a reason?

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    I also noted the initials MG carved into the bottom of the pistol grip, looking like a cattle brand with the right leg of the M forming the back of the G. Again, maybe the initials of the GI issued this rifle?

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    Here's a better shot of the overall rifle. The initials MG appear again on the right side of the buttstock but not with the "cattle brand" design as on the grip. This is one of those you wish could talk.

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    I guess that if it was rebuilt after WWII it may have been reissued during the Korean War or saw some other duty to explain the wear and crude engravings done on the wood. It just looks and feels like it's been around the block more than once.

    BTW- I have another Inland coming from the CMP (someday... someday... I know they are busy...) and it will be interesting to compare the two said by side.
     
  23. Bentonville

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    I may have missed it if you mentioned it...does it have an import stamp. It's usually on the side or bottom of the barrel. Often the stamp is so faint that it bears looking at with a magnifyer. This affects the value as well. No import means better deal. Still a good deal if even for a shooter. Good work. Also, check out http://www.milsurps.com/. It used to be called Jouster or culver's Shooting Page. I learned a lot from that sight. It might help you out.
     
  24. JMusic

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    I lost my mind once and am still looking for it.:mad:


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  25. SaxonPig

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    Yup, CAI.

    Century Arms International?

    I take it that means at some point the rifle was sold or lent to a foreign nation and was subsequently imported back for civilian sale.
     
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