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.30 M1 Carbine
.30 M1 Carbine (Mfg by Underwood Elliott-Fisher in approx. April, 1943)

Caliber: ....................... .30 Carbine
Rifling & Twist: ............. 4 Groove, Right Hand Twist, 1 turn in 20"
Barrel Length: .............. 18" (460mm)
Overall Length: ............ 35.6" (900mm)
Weight: ....................... 5.2 lbs (2.4Kg)
Magazine Capacity: ....... 15 or 30 round detachable magazines
Total Qty Mfg: .............. 6,221,220 carbines
Qty Mfg: ...................... 545,616 made by Underwood Elliott-Fisher

Sources: ....................... Collecting the M1 Carbine III by J.C. Harrison - ASIN: B000H7N8CS, A Pocket History of the M1 Carbine by Robert Gibson, Guide to Collecting the M1 Carbine by Robert Gibson - LCCN: 76151445, U.S. M1 Carbines: Wartime Production by Craig Riesch - ISBN-10: 1882391438, Complete Guide to the M1 Garand and the M1 Carbine by Bruce Canfield - ISBN-10: 0917218833

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Left side view or early Underwood M1 Carbine.

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Right side view or early Underwood M1 Carbine.

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1943 manufactured Avery M1 carbine magazine pouch.

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Rear view, Avery M1 carbine magazine pouch.

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closeup of ink-stamped manufacturer markings  on the mag pouch.

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Closeup of the "Star Pull" snap on the magazine pouch.  Note that fakes typically do not have Star Pull markings.

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Two WW2 era 15-round magazines.  Top made by Smith-Corona and the bottom made by Underwood.

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Receiver manufacturer markings.  Note the serial number places production in approximately February, 1943.

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Model markings in the front receiver ring.

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Note the flat-profile bolt and early operating slide.

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Note the early handguard with only 2 rivet holes.  Later production handguards had 4 rivet holes.

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Note the early push-button safety in the trigger guard housing.

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Rare UEF/GHD early-issue cartouche appropriate for an early Underwood carbine.

UEF = Underwood Elliott Fisher.
GHD = Guy H. Drewry Brig. General, Army Inspector of Ordnance

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View of buttstock.  Note how the oiler holds the M1 carbine sling in place.

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Note the "high-wall" stock.  On later production, this thin and fragile part of the stock was removed up to where the handguard vent ends, exposing the height of the operating slide arm throughout its length.

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Note the early push-button safety.  Later in production and during re-arsenalling, the push-button was replaced with a flip-type safety that could be operated in both directions without removing your hand from the wrist of the stock.

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Opposite side view.

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Stock grip area.

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P-proof mark in the base of the stock grip.

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Note the early stock band. Later types were wider with a hole to engage the catch-spring.  Still later, bands were introduced to accept a bayonet.  No early production carbines left he factory with bayonet lugs and very few carbine with bayonet lugs made it out to troops before the end of WW2.

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Front sling swivel.

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Top view of front stock band.

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Barrel dated to April 1943.

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Nice Carbine.  I have three 2 inlands and one Std Product from Austria.
Cecil Watts, Fri, 29 Jul 2011 4:56PM
I also have a very nice M1 carbine made by Underwood which I took out of the box and cleaned the packing off it in 1971. Awesome little rifle. I have fired 30 rounds through it. Has all the correct markings and is in new condition. Still has some of the oirgonal packing(cosmoline, I think)on it. Didn't so a very good job of cleaning it did I?
Billy D. Richardson Sr., Sat, 19 Feb 2011 7:09PM
i allso have a underwood m1 caebine i enjoy very much
eugene vantrease | yahoo, Sun, 7 Nov 2010 3:01PM
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