M1 Carbines coming in from Midway USA

Dave Z

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OK, I took delivery of the Carbine that I bought from Midway. It was manufactured by National Postal Meter in October, 1943, one of 45,000 carbines built in October and November of that year. The barrel was made by Underwood in September, 1943 and has the Ordnance Department flaming bomb stamped on it. All of the metal parts have a coating of cosmoline smeared all over. The stock has the Ordnance Department crossed cannons cartouche stamped on the right side just forward of the sling slot.
All of the installed components are marked correctly for an as build Carbine except for the rear sight. The original had the flip type 1, and this Carbine has the sliding 300 yard sight.
There are no importation markings on the Carbine.
 

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Dave Z

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The prices were high, the conditions were sorry, and they disappeared in seconds.
What do you mean when you said the conditions were "sorry"? The carbine that I received is in the condition that it was advertised in.
And as far as prices go, they were in line with the on line auction houses for similarly condition weapons.
My carbine was well preserved with cosmoline, there is no surface rust or pitting. There are no importation markings stamped anywhere on the rifle. All stampings are crisp and clear, and correct for the manufacture date and builder.
The only difference between the as build date and the delivered is the rear sight. The rifle was built with the sight on the left and has the adjustable sight on the right.
 

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Dave Z

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After disassembly and lots of elbow grease cleaning everything, I found the import marks on the lower barrel, an inch behind the front sight and about 1/16th high.
Went through 1/2 bottle of Murphy's Oil cleaning the stock and resealing it with linseed oil. The bore is bright and shiny with well defined lands and grooves. A check with the importer, they brought in 3,120 carbines from Italy for Midway so I figure that Midway grossed $4.5MIL in the half hour that the carbines were on sale. That cash was just from carbine sales, not general merchandise.
After cleaning and lubing the weapon, it cycles smooth as butter. Ended up cleaning out the rear peep sight with a toothpick to get the cosmoline out of it. I put on a new sling and a couple of new magazines. Can't wait to get to ops check it!
 

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