WWII 2nd Block Underwood M1 Carbine .30 Cal Semi-Auto Rifle 1943 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,225

WOA#: WY240210RN022

Make: Underwood

Model:  U.S Carbine M1

Serial Number: 2589471

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 2589471 S”.  The top of the barrel is marked, “UNDERWOOD / 12-43”, “P”. The left side of the barrel band is marked, “AMCO”. The left side of the buttstock is marked “M-II” in the sling well.  The top of the bolt is marked “9101”.

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 semi-pistol grip, sling well, metal checkered buttplate, Type III barrel band with sling swivel and bayonet lug, and Type I upper handguard with 2 rivets.  Has an early selector switch.  The stock rates in about Fine overall condition for C&R.

Magazine Quantity & Condition:  One Underwood 30rd magazine in Very Good condition.  There is some freckled rust on the left side of the magazine.

Type of Finish:  Parkerized

Finish Originality: Arsenal Refurbished Stock, Refinished

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is some erosion in the bore primarily near the muzzle.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 8/10 for C&R.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its finish. The balance of the finish shows little wear past being refinished. The remaining screw heads are sharp and pins are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this  rifle rates in about Fine 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 a total of one magazine.

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 our photos and good luck on your bid!  – L.S.

WWII 2nd Block Underwood M1 Carbine .30 Cal Semi-Auto Rifle 1943 C&R
WWII 2nd Block Underwood M1 Carbine .30 Cal Semi-Auto Rifle 1943 C&R