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Old 11-13-2011, 08:40 PM   #1
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Default M1 Carbine Serial Numbers?

Well my unlce and grandfather both have M1 Carbines and I want to find some info about them, how old they are, if they were used in service, where they were made, etc., but I first need to know where I can find the serial number. I found some markings on my grandfathers yesterday in front and behind the rear sight, I believe they were NAIL URD INC. and 17775. also on the mag release was a M and a side ways WA, and on the side of the rear sight is what looked like a bagde with a rectangle inside it. If someone could clear things up for me it would be much appreciated!

I will see them both next saturday so I can get pictures if needed!



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This web site, The U.S. Caliber .30 Carbines - Serial Numbers, has most of the answers you need. Well, it would if you had a USGI Carbine. You are reporting a post-war commercial product by National Ordnance; see National Ordnance M1 Carbine for more details. The Nat Ord Carbine would not have been in military service, and was manufactured after WWII.

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This web site, The U.S. Caliber .30 Carbines - Serial Numbers, has most of the answers you need. Well, it would if you had a USGI Carbine. You are reporting a post-war commercial product by National Ordnance; see National Ordnance M1 Carbine for more details. The Nat Ord Carbine would not have been in military service, and was manufactured after WWII.

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Thanks wjkuleck, after looking I found my grandpas was a National Ordnace
M1 that was made sometime between 1962 and 1969, once I get a look at my uncles I'll see when that has to tell!
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Glad to help.

USGI Carbines have a barrel date out by the end of the barrel; that often correlates with the date of assembly of the Carbine. See the book The M1 Carbine Owner's Guide by Ruth and Duff (Scott Duff Publications & Historic Martial Arms: M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, M1903, Krag, M1911A1) for serial number/date of manufacture correlations for the USGI Carbines.

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heres a little follow up if anyone cares, my Uncles M1 was a 1944 Underwood model, the serial number is 259****. I thought this was a cool find, how much would it be worth if most of the parts match?

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Matching parts really do not account for much. Most were arsenal reworked between the wars and parts rarely match.



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