US WWII I.B.M. Corp M-1 Carbine .30 Cal Rifle W/ Aftermarket M1A1 Stock C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,396.00

WOA#: WY240502NA015

Make: I.B.M. CORP (International Business Machine Corporation)

Model: M-1 Carbine

Serial Number: 3913077

Year of Manufacture: ca. March 1944

Caliber: .30 Carbine

Action Type: Semi-Automatic

Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. CARBINE / CAL. 30 M1”, and “I.B.M. CORP. / 3913077”. The mag release is marked “M”. The right side of the barrel band is marked “AI”. The barrel is marked “I.B.M. CORP.”.

Barrel Length: 18”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a fixed blade with protective ears. The rear sight is a milled sliding adjustable aperture sight dovetailed to the receiver.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is an aftermarket M1A1 folding stock with a wire buttstock, Type III barrel band with a sling loop, and a sling loop on the bottom of the aftermarket grip. The upper handguard is a Type III style with 4 rivets and deep narrow sight groove. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. There are light compression marks, scuffs, and scratches throughout the wood. The stock folds correctly. The stock rates in about Fine Condition.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: None

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Original receiver and barrel. Aftermarket/not original stock.

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is fouling in the lands and grooves. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 9/10.

Overall Condition: This carbine retains about 70% of its metal finish. There are scuffs and scratches throughout the metal surfaces. The receiver shows operational wear along the edges. The screw heads show moderate use. The markings are crisp. Overall, this carbine rates in about Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this carbine. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This carbine comes with an original US WW2 “C-Tip” OD Canvas M-1 Carbine Sling and a modern reproduction zippered canvas M-1 Carbine Case.

Our Assessment: Early in WW2, the US military recognized the need for a lightweight rifle that would bridge the gap between the heavy M-1 Garand and the standard issue sidearm, the M1911A1 pistol. The goal was to provide troops with a compact, easy-to-handle shoulder arm that offered more firepower than a pistol but was lighter and more maneuverable than a full-size battle rifle. In 1941, the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Department contracted with various manufacturers, including Winchester, International Business Machine Corp., and General Motors’ Inland Division, to develop and produce the M-1 Carbine. The rifle was designed by a team led by firearms designer David “Carbine” Williams, who drew inspiration from the successful Garand and the short-recoil action of the Thompson Submachine Gun. The M-1 Carbine featured a gas-operated, semi-automatic action and fired a .30 caliber cartridge known as the .30 Carbine. The cartridge, while less powerful than the standard .30-06 round used in the Garand, offered greater capacity and reduced recoil, making it more controllable and well-suited for short to medium-range engagements. The M-1 Carbine saw widespread use in World War II in the hands of US infantry, paratroopers, Marines, and support personnel, and was loved by the troops for its ease of use, compact design, and reliability. IBM produced 346,500 M-1 Carbines in total during the war, equivalent to only about 5.7% of production. This IBM M-1 Carbine was made in ca. March 1944. The stock is not original, though it’s in good shape, and the barrel remains in great shape with plenty of life left in it. Though not wholly original, this IBM M-1 Carbine would still make a fine addition to a US WW2 small arms collection, and would also be ideal for a shooter or reenactor, with the M1A1 folding stock providing a great paratrooper/airborne look. Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! -L.S.

US WWII I.B.M. Corp M-1 Carbine .30 Cal Rifle W/ Aftermarket M1A1 Stock C&R
US WWII I.B.M. Corp M-1 Carbine .30 Cal Rifle W/ Aftermarket M1A1 Stock C&R