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01-11-2011, 3:53 PM
How do I go about determining the history of an M1 carbine? Would like to see how "original" mine is. There's a couple parts that I know are post-war...stamped adjustable rear sight, and the sear which is marked RIA.

I filled out the data sheet from the CMP...man, there's a lot of info going on there! Although, it was fun stripping it down. Lots of age-old black crud everywhere. Except for the last 1/2" at the muzzle, which is slightly pitted, the bore is great.

Milsurp Collector
01-11-2011, 4:46 PM
You can't determine the history of a particular carbine (where it was shipped, where it was used, when and where and how often it was rebuilt) but you can determine how similar or different it is compared to original carbines made around the same time by the same maker. The best resource is the Carbine Club newsletters, but two good general references are War Baby! (http://www.amazon.com/Baby-U-S-Caliber-Carbine-Vol/dp/0889351171/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1294796577&sr=8-2) and U.S. M1 Carbines, Wartime Production (http://www.amazon.com/Carbines-Wartime-Production-Revised-Expanded/dp/1882391438/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294796621&sr=1-1). If you want to you can post here or send me a PM with your maker, serial number, and list of part characteristics and codes and I can tell you what is "correct". Your carbine has been rebuilt so it is likely to be a mixmaster of parts from several makers.

01-11-2011, 7:37 PM
Thanks for the info, Milsurp!