WWII International Business Machine Corp. IBM M1 Carbine .30 Cal 18” Rifle

SOLD FOR: $1,499

WOA#: WY240217TR002

Make: International Business Machine Corp., IBM

Model:  M1 Carbine

Serial Number: 3891942

Year of Manufacture: March 1944

Caliber: .30 Cal Carbine

Action Type: Semi-Automatic

Markings:  The top of the receiver is marked, “U.S. CARBINE CAL. 30 M1 / IBM CORP. / 3891942  /  AC”. The magazine release is marked “M / WA”.  The right side of the rear sight is marked “JAO 7160060”. The Right side of the trigger group is marked with a “BE-B”. The bayonet mount is marked with an “EMO” on the bottom and a “MMQ” on the left side. The left side of the hammer is marked “AM”.

Barrel Length: 18″

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

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a replacement Type III (low wood) M1 stock with a checkered metal Buttplate, upper handguard with narrow groove and 4 rivets, and Type III Barrel Band with bayonet lug. The safety lever is a crossbolt safety.  The slide is a type IV slide.  The LOP measures about 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock has a small scratch on the right side and a compression in front of the magazine well. There is also a small chip just behind the barrel band.  The handguard has light compressions throughout. Overall the Wood is in Very Good condition.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: None.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright, with shallow visible rifling and no visible erosion. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 8/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of the original finish. The right side of the receiver has lost its finish where the charging handle reciprocates, the front sight has lost its finish, and the trigger guard has turned brown with patina. Overall this rifle is in Very Good condition considering its age for C&R.

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 includes a certificate of authenticity from The Civilian Marksmanship program.

Our Assessment:  During the early stages of World War II, the U.S. military recognized the need for a lightweight rifle that would bridge the gap between the heavy and cumbersome M1 Garand rifle and the standard issue sidearm, the M1911 pistol. The goal was to provide troops with a compact and easy-to-handle firearm that offered more firepower than a pistol but was lighter and more maneuverable than a full-size rifle. In 1941, the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Department contracted with various manufacturers, including Winchester, General Motors’ Inland Division, and IBM to develop and produce the M1 Carbine. The rifle was designed by a team led by firearms designer David Williams, who drew inspiration from the successful M1 Garand and the short-recoil action of the M1 Thompson submachine gun. The M1 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 ammunition used in the M1 Garand, offered greater capacity and reduced recoil, making it more controllable and well-suited for short to medium-range engagements. The M1 Carbine saw widespread use in World War II, becoming a staple firearm for American troops. It was praised for its reliability, ease of use, and versatility. The rifle was not only issued to U.S. forces but also provided to allied nations through various lend-lease programs. After World War II, the M1 Carbine continued to serve in the Korean War and saw limited use in subsequent conflicts. It also became popular among civilian shooters and collectors due to its historical significance and manageable recoil. Overall, the M1 Carbine played a significant role in U.S. military history, offering a lightweight and reliable firearm that filled a niche between pistols and full-size rifles. Its compact design, firepower, and ease of use made it a favored weapon among soldiers in various roles and contributed to its enduring legacy. Please see our photos and best of luck with your bidding!!!-R.L.

WWII International Business Machine Corp. IBM M1 Carbine .30 Cal 18” Rifle
WWII International Business Machine Corp. IBM M1 Carbine .30 Cal 18” Rifle