While looking for an M1 for our Marine Corps League Color Guard today, I found a nice M1 Carbine, and got it for $500 (he wanted 650) When I got it home I took a good look at it and am almost certain it is all original! I know this is not the norm, but would like some expert input on this very nice gun.
IBM CORP on reciever and barrel, very sharp and clear.
SER# 3889xxxx (post WWII)
Push button safety
Mag release stamped: PR-B
Front sight stamped: SI-B
Rear sight stamped: (left) S, (right) GE-O Rear sight has a flip peep.
SCB stamped inside of rear sling slot, also on upper handguard.
Crossed cannon in circle stamped on right side of stock.
Trigger assy stamped: BE-B
Hammer stamped: BE-B
Recoil plate stamped: PR-B
Bolt Lug stamped: H (G under it) opposite lug: AOB
UNDER BUTTPLATE, stamped into stock: 29 (above screw hole) 3 below hole.
Grease tube and applicator intact, sling appears (?) to be original issue green (very faded) MIL snap and buckle.
The stock in in really nice condition, beautyfull walnut, no cracks or cuts, very slight dings, Slight darkening around grip and around front of foregrip/handguard. Buttplate fits perfectly, tight with no wiggle. Buttplate shows almost no wear, all checkering intact.
The only problem with the gun is slight surface rust/discoloration on the barrel and front sling eye. Internally there is no sign of corrosion, rust or even carbon!
Anyone know if this is an original, if so an educated guess at it's value? Can post a pic or two if needed.
Thanks for the help!
Old Marine Grunt