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M1 CARBINE Original WW II very good condition
M1 CARBINE Original WW II very good condition

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List Price: $1,099.99
Our Price: $1,199.99

Quantity in Stock:6
Product Code: M1CAR001

Early Production [Add $400.00]
Excellent to Unissued [Add $700.00]
Good to Very Good Condition
Very Good to Excellent [Add $200.00]

These are the last available Original US M1 Carbines. We applied for a retransfer authorization and were denied.
Once these carbines are sold there will be no more!
Secure your piece of history today!

Base Pricing Starts at $1,199.99

We have the following M1 carbines available:
M1 carbine NRA very good condition INLAND ONLY $1,199.99
M1 Carbine NRA very good to excellent condition $1,399.99
M1 Carbine NRA excellent to unissued condition $1,799.99
M1 Carbine early production with flip up sight $1,499.99

Please note that any special pricing or discount on the good to very good option does not affect the pricing of the subsequent levels.


We have the following manufacturers available as of 5-10-2020. Inventory changes daily due to high demand.

-IBM $300.00
-National Postal Meter $200.00
-Saginaw $200.00
-Rock Ola $500.00
-Quality $300.00
-Underwood $200.00
-Inland $100.00
-Winchester $300.00
-Standard Products $200.00

Please call for availability and manufacturer’s available for each condition. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction.
Thank you for your business.

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With any surplus item you can expect some dings, dents, scratches, gouges, bluing wear, etc. We never make any promises as to bore condition on surplus items. We have however checked many and they have been surprisingly nice.

We are proud to present the M 1 Carbine. We received a small shipment of these highly collectible carbines and we are pleased to offer them to you in 100% original condition. These guns came out of Ethiopia. They were delivered to Ethiopia in 1945 as military aid. The condition is good to unissued. The famous original M 1 carbine, which protected our boys in WWII, Korea & Vietnam is finally available for everyone. We have limited quantities available. Hurry, before they are all gone. Reserve yours today!


We learned from our customers that the early M1 carbines are indeed 100% original and not rebuild. We also leaned that carbines with the adjustable type 2 rear sight might have been upgraded after 1945 and shipped to Ethiopia after 1947. We also leaned that all manufacturers except Inland and Winchester seized production in spring of 1944. Inland and Winchester continued manufacturing the rifles as the prime contractors. Learning all this is to us so interesting. We have early rifles with the type 2 rear sight installed and no bayonet lug. They must have been made after spring of 1944.
We have rifles with bayonet lug and type 2 rear sights. In other words. We have every version ever made of this fantastic piece of history.

Limited quantities!

Caliber .30 carbine
Length 35.6’
Barrel Length 18’
Weight 5.2lb

In 1938, the Chief of Infantry requested that the Ordnance Department develop a "light rifle" or carbine, though the formal requirement for the weapon type was not approved until 1940. This led to a competition in 1941 by major U.S. firearm companies and designers. Winchester at first did not submit a carbine design, as it was occupied in developing the .30-06 Winchester M2 military rifle. The rifle originated as a design by Jonathan "Ed" Browning, brother of the famous firearm designer John Browning. A couple of months after Ed Browning's death in May 1939, Winchester hired David Marshall "Carbine" Williams who had begun work on a short-stroke gas piston design while serving a prison sentence at a North Carolina minimum-security work farm. Winchester, after Williams' release, had hired Williams on the strength of recommendations of firearms industry leaders and hoped Williams would be able to complete various designs left unfinished by Ed Browning, including the Winchester .30-06 M2 rifle. Williams incorporated his short-stroke piston in the existing design. After the Marine Corps semi-automatic rifle trials in 1940, Browning's rear-locking tilting bolt design proved unreliable in sandy conditions. As a result, the rifle was redesigned to incorporate a Garand-style rotating bolt and operating rod, retaining Williams' short-stroke piston. By May 1941, Williams had shaved the M2 rifle prototype from about 9.5 lb (4.3 kg) to a mere 7.5 lb (3.4 kg). Ordnance found unsatisfactory the first series of prototype carbines submitted by several firearms companies and some independent designers.[11] Winchester had contacted the Ordnance Corps to examine their rifle M2 design. Major René Studler of Ordnance believed the rifle design could be scaled down to a carbine which would weigh 4.5 to 4.75 lb (2.0–2.2 kg) and demanded a prototype as soon as possible. The first model was developed at Winchester in 13 days by William C. Roemer, Fred Humeston and three other Winchester engineers under supervision of Edwin Pugsley, and was essentially Williams' last version of the .30-06 M2 scaled down to the .30 SL cartridge. This patchwork prototype was cobbled together using the trigger housing and lockwork of a Winchester M1905 rifle and a modified Garand operating rod. The prototype was an immediate hit with army observers. After the initial army testing in August 1941, the Winchester design team set out to develop a more refined version. Williams participated in the finishing of this prototype. The second prototype competed successfully against all remaining carbine candidates in September 1941, and Winchester was notified of their success the very next month. Standardization as the M1 carbine was approved on October 22, 1941. This story was the loose basis for the 1952 movie Carbine Williams starring James Stewart. Contrary to the movie, Williams had little to do with the carbine's development, with the exception of his short-stroke gas piston design. Williams worked on his own design apart from the other Winchester staff, but it was not ready for testing until December 1941, two months after the Winchester M1 carbine had been adopted and type-classified. Winchester supervisor Edwin Pugsley conceded that Williams' final design was "an advance on the one that was accepted", but noted that Williams' decision to go it alone was a distinct impediment to the project, and Williams' additional design features were not incorporated into M1 production. In a 1951 memo written in fear of a patent infringement lawsuit by Williams, Winchester noted his patent for the short-stroke piston may have been improperly granted as a previous patent covering the same principle of operation was overlooked by the patent office. In 1973 the senior technical editor at the NRA contacted Edwin Pugsley for "a technical last testament" on M1 carbine history shortly before his death 19 Nov 1975. According to Pugsley, "The carbine was invented by no single man," but was the result of a team effort including Bill Roemer, Marsh Williams, Fred Humeston, Cliff Warner, at least three other Winchester engineers, and Pugsley himself. Ideas were taken and modified from the Winchester M2 Browning rifle (Williams' gas system), the Winchester 1905 rifle (fire control group), M1 Garand (buttstock dimensions and bolt and operating slide principles), and a percussion shotgun in Pugsley's collection (hook breech and barrel band assembly/disassembly). SIGHTS, RANGE & ACCURACY The M1 carbine entered service with a simple flip sight, which had two settings: 150 and 300 yards. However, field reports indicated that this sight was inadequate, and in 1944, it was replaced by a sliding ramp-type adjustable sight with four settings: 100, 200, 250 and 300 yards.] This new rear sight was also adjustable for windage. At 100 yards (91 m), the M1 carbine can deliver groups between 3 and 5 inches, sufficient for its intended purpose as a close-range defensive weapon. The M1 carbine has a maximum effective range of 300 yards (270 m). However, bullet drop is significant past 200 yards (180 m).[] Therefore, the M1 has a practical effective range of about 200 yards.

A total of over 6.1 million M1 carbines of various models was manufactured, making it the most produced small arm for the American military during World War II (compared with about 5.4 million M1 rifles and about 1.3 million Thompson submachine guns). Despite being designed by Winchester, the great majority of these were made by other companies The largest producer was the Inland division of General Motors, but many others were made by contractors as diverse as IBM, the Underwood Typewriter Company, and Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation. Few contractors made all the parts for carbines bearing their names: some makers bought parts from other major contractors or sub-contracted minor parts to companies like Marlin Firearms or Auto-Ordnance. Parts by all makers were required to be interchangeable. Often one company would get ahead or behind in production and parts would be shipped from one company to the other to help them catch up on their quota. When receivers were shipped for this purpose the manufacturers would often mark them for both companies. Some of the strangest combinations were the M1's made by the combined efforts of Underwood and Quality Hardware, resulting in the manufacturer mark UN-QUALITY. The receiver was subcontracted from Union Switch and Signal, not Underwood. Many carbines were refurbished at several arsenals after the war, with many parts interchanged from original maker carbines. True untouched war production carbines, therefore, are the most desirable for collectors.
Detailed description of unissued and early M 1 Carbines

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4 of 5 Saginaw February 22, 2021
Reviewer: Douglas from NY  
Bought the base option to my surprise I received a Saginaw receiver with an ibm barrel and a Springfield replacement stock. This is not the original configuration it's a rock island arsenal rebuild. I didn't receive a magazine But overall quality is OK. The bore looks as tho it's barely been fired.

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2 of 5 3 rd carbine ordered February 21, 2021
Reviewer: Steven H. Case from Grand Rapids, MI United States  
I received my 3rd carbine last week , An IBM. The first two were rated to be in good condition, this one was rated to be in Very Good condition. I was expecting it to be better than the first two. When I unpacked it I was totally Disappointed! The barrel and front sight were rusted and they had no finish on them. It also was in a post WW2 M 2 stock. Not at all Happy! Needless to say I won’t be ordering from them again!

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5 of 5 Great M1 Carbine February 18, 2021
Reviewer: Jerry Anderson from Wisconsin  
Just got my M1 Carbine yesterday, awesome Carbine! Barrel dated 1944 and it looks new! Muzzle gauges at less than 1!!! Bright shiny bore with great rifling! Inland barrel and reciever. Still has a faint cartouche on the stock! Very happy!

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5 of 5 M1 Carbine Purchase February 6, 2021
Reviewer: Dennis from Northern MI  
I wanted a light weight rifle for my wife.  Paid a little extra for "Transitional Period".  When rifle arrived I thought pretty rough.  Coated in Heavy gunk, a little surface rust here and there. sling in bad shape but useable, oiler missing screw cap. Got it home, field stripped it went to work.  Used Murphy Oil Soap/with Natural Orange extract, medium toothbrush and scrubby sponge. Came out excellent.  United Postal marking standout nice.  Rest of rifle Inland 1944. Cleaned up very nice with Hoppes and Bore Bright.  Bore is chrome bright pronounced rifling.  Retaining screw at front sling swivel had damaged thread (re-tapped solved issue).  Action is smooth and flawless.  Fired three magazines through it. 3 in. group at 80 yds.  Ordered sling and oiler for $20.  This is a slick little rifle.  Need to order one for my wife.  This one is mine.  

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5 of 5 Very Nice Carbine January 31, 2021
Reviewer: ScoutCR from MD  
I did not do the hand select and received a very good Standard Products receiver with an Inland barrel, 1944. The barrel has no erosion and strong rifling and groves.The stock is in turn in condition, but has the correct markings and a 2 pin handguard. I have purchased many M1 carbines from both Century Arms (fair to good condition) and the CMP (excellent condition) and I would put this one very close to the CMP carbines that I have in my collection. Hopefully I will get this lucky with the Enfields that I have on order.

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