WWII 2nd Block Underwood M1 Carbine .30 1943 w M2 Flash Hider, Pouch, Case

SOLD FOR: $1525

WOA#: WY230323MJ006

Make: Underwood

Model:  U.S Carbine M1

Serial Number: 2680775, B(subcontractor)

Year of Manufacture: This is a 2nd Block Production recorded between July 1943 – March 1944

Caliber: .30 Cal

Action Type: Semi-Automatic

Markings:  The top of the receiver is marked, “U.S. CARBINE CAL. .30 M1 / UNDERWOOD 2680775 B”.  The top of the barrel is marked, “P”.  The left side of the barrel is marked, “GARDNER, MA.”. The bottom of the bayonet is marked, “EM-Q”.  The bottom of the flash hider is marked, “CHECK.RECOIL.MI”.  The left side of the barrel band is marked, “MMQ”.  The left side of the buttstock mag pouch is marked “BISCAYNE TENT AND AWNING CO. INC 1943”.  The flap is marked, “U.S.”. The mag release button is marked, “M”.  The stock is marked “HI” for Hillerich & Bradsby Co.

Barrel Length: 18”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade sight with protective wings and the rear sight is a late issue adjustable aperture.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The wood stock has a large traditional pistol grip, sling well and bar, metal checkered buttplate, and barrel band with sling swivel. The barrel has the late-war bayonet lug. The muzzle has an M2 flash hider attached.  The sling bar and swivel have a green canvas sling attached. Has early selector switch.  The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.  There has been a couple small repairs on the stock.  Please see photos.  There appears to be what might be a small fracture in the top handguard behind the left vent hole.  There is a patch on the bottom of the pistol grip.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: This rifle comes with four GI magazines.  One is a 15rd blued marked, “IS”.  Two magazines are 10rd blued unmarked.  The other magazine is a 30rd black marked “R-O”.

Type of Finish:  Parkerized

Finish Originality: Original, Refurbished

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is some erosion in the bore primarily near the muzzle.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light wear from use on the receiver and charging handle. The remaining screw heads are sharp and pins are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this  rifle rates in about Very Good condition. Please see pictures for a better idea of the condition.

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

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with its attached canvas sling, a buttstock mag pouch, total of 4 magazines in a Fleece Lined M1 Carbine Case with strap.

Our Assessment:  During World War II, the M1 Carbine was a highly popular firearm among American soldiers. Its lightweight design, accuracy, and reliability made it a favorite among troops, and the Underwood M1 Carbine was no exception.

The Underwood Elliott Fisher Company, known for its typewriters, quickly retooled its factories to produce firearms for the war effort. In 1942, they began producing the M1 Carbine, which quickly gained a reputation as a reliable and accurate rifle.

During the war, Underwood produced more than half a million M1 Carbines for the U.S. military. After the war, the company shifted its focus back to typewriters, but the Underwood M1 Carbine remains an important part of American military history.

Today, the Underwood M1 Carbine is highly sought-after by firearms enthusiasts and World War II historians. Its lightweight design, reliability, and accuracy make it a popular collectible, and it continues to be a symbol of American ingenuity and determination.  Since Underwood was one of the smaller companies producing M1 Carbines, they received parts and stocks from many of the bigger manufacturers like Inland and Winchester so rifles out of factory often had mix matched parts – making it difficult to know if a rifle is in its original factory configuration.  Please see details below and good luck on your bid!

WWII 2nd Block Underwood M1 Carbine .30 1943 w M2 Flash Hider, Pouch, Case
WWII 2nd Block Underwood M1 Carbine .30 1943 w M2 Flash Hider, Pouch, Case