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List Price: $1,099.99
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Quantity in Stock:17
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 $1,099.99

We have the following M1 carbines available:
M 1 carbine NRA good to INLAND ONLY $1,099.99
M 1 Carbine NRA very good to excellent condition $1,299.99
M 1 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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Click here to see our M1 Carbine Canvas Magazine Pouches: https://www.royaltigerimports.com/product-p/m1car001pouch.htm

Click here to see our M1 Carbine Slings: https://www.royaltigerimports.com/product-p/m1car001sling.htm

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 M 1 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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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 Pleasantly surprised with the base model November 29, 2020
Reviewer: Rhys from Virginia  
I ordered a base model carbine and received an Inland with an excellent bore and 80% finish remaining. Although the stock was rather dinged and had a legacy chunk missing near the oiler slot, I was pleasantly surprised by the overall condition of the carbine. While certainly a gamble, this one was worth the $999 price.

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5 of 5 Happy with my purchase...again November 16, 2020
Reviewer: Robert from PA  
Received an Inland. Finish mostly gone from barrel but wood is in great shape. Included an oiler and sling. After a good cleaning the rifle functions great. These rifles are only going up in value - buy one now while you can for this price.

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  1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
2 of 5 Disappointed November 9, 2020
Reviewer: Jessie Cook from Meigs, TN United States  
I was very disappointed when I ordered an M1 very good to excellent and it didn't come with a sling or an oiler. Their you tube videos showing a sling and oil and American Rifleman. That was one of the reason ordering vintage M1. The other was part of American history of WWII. And for collector reason. If I had know I was going to get all of that I would have ordered an new model M1 for fraction of the cost.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 My 1st M1 Carbine - Thanks RTI! November 4, 2020
Reviewer: Frankie from TX  
Just received my M1 Carbine and I was extremely happy to see a 1st production Winchester w/ a '43 Underwood barrel. Even though I selected the base option (G-VG), my rifle was still in fantastic condition with 90% blue'ing and a beautiful stock with some character. The bore has a little wear but is still mirror-bright with nice rifling! It came with an original sling and oiler. The most interesting part of the rifle was an old sticker that was partially intact, reading - "???RAF POLICE"

I am a first time customer and was very satisfied with my transaction.

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  2 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 5th one............so far October 29, 2020
Reviewer: Michael from NV  
To date I have purchased 3 of these early production Carbines from RTI.  To say I'm a HAPPY CUSTOMER would be an understatement. These 3 rifles, Winchester, Rock-ola and Quality Hardware, have all cleaned up beautifully. They are NOT arsenal rebuilt and show their history with pride. If I don't mention the TOP GRADE CUSTOMER SERVICE here I would be remiss. The staff is always professional, very knowledgeable and always ready to help you. I know they are busy but they never make you feel rushed. GET ONE of these while you still can or you will regret it. Finding unmolested non-arsenal rebuilt Carbines is very, very tough.
My 4th is a historically correct restored model and the 5th is a super low SN Inland. I am ECSTATIC about them all!

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