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Restoring M1 carbine - what parts should I have ?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Ratzinger_p38, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. Ratzinger_p38

    Ratzinger_p38 Active Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    I posted about this before, but I am finishing up my M1 carbine World War II era restoration. When I got it, it had a m2 stock, a type III barrel band w/bayonet lug which are now gone.

    I was told by someone else who owns a carbine that my should also not have a 'flip' safety and a adjustable sight (mine is milled) - but rather a push safety and a flip sight. This contradicts info given by one THR'r. Id like to know who was right...so I need second opinions.

    My M1 carbine is an Inland, barrel date of 10-44, and a serial number range of 6225XXX. I have put a barrel band of type II which matches that serial range. I have also been told that a 4 rivet hand guard is also right for that range as well.

    Here is what I am wondering, to summarize -

    I should have a flat bolt, right? When were the round bolts introduced (what S/N range if known)? And what type of flat bolt should I have (I see both type I and type IIs)
    What kind of sight should I have - Flip, or the adjustable? And if adjustable, which - milled or stamped?
    What type of safety should I have, push or lever? - I also notice there are different types of the push safety, anyone have any idea which one I would have for that range, if push is correct?

    Sorry for the 800 questions, but I dont want to spend more money until I am sure.
  2. jaholder1971

    jaholder1971 Participating Member

    Apr 15, 2007
    You'll need a flat bolt: The round bolts were designed for the M2 they are beefier than the flat however they were also used in semiautos as a replacement part.

    flip sight is definitely a must, however I can't tell you stamped or milled for your restoration. I believe they varied from manufacturer.

    My IBM has a buffalo arms barrel, supposed to be original to the receiver as BA was a supplier for IBM. It's got the round bolt and potbelly stock a la M2 but no disconnector for full auto:cuss:

    FMJMIKE Participating Member

    Mar 3, 2007
    Copper Hill, Virginia
  4. SigfanUSAF

    SigfanUSAF Active Member

    Aug 26, 2006
    North Carolina
    No, they replaced the flat bolt ca. S/N 5,000,000 at Inland, nothing M2 about it.

    That's also the time the flip sight was tossed aside for the adjustable. I don't think they ever made a "stamped" flip sight, only in later adjustables.

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