I recently came across a Winchester made M1 Carbine with a 7 digit serial number 645****. I don't want to discuss how much I paid for it but I'm starting to wonder if I was taken for a sucker.
I have tried searching all over the internet to figure out when it was made and some sort of value but I have not been able to find any serialization information. From what I've read on other sites and posts I have gathered that it was made after 1945 but that's about it.
M1 carbines are difficult collector items. there are so bloody many of em and there are no real records of what goes with what. most M1 carbines were assembled from spare parts in armories around the world after being stripped down and re-assemble many times.
some stampings command high prices but there isnt a real value to them as say ww2 and ww1 issue 1911's. there isnt a maker that was really better than another. the rifle was designed to be a stop gap arm in a time of need and little thought was giving to record keeping. amny M1s were field modified. part of the sight in procedure was for the unit armorer to actually file the front sight themsleves to battle sight zero the weapon or just hand it out and let the indivual soldier deal with it.
parts were yanked out and replaced at random so the only thing that really matters is the barrel stamp.
people like to collect rock-olas but they are no better or worse than any of the other carbines.
im sure someone else will be along shortly to correct any errors i have made
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I'm sure if you had bought the firearm as an investment you would of done more research prior to the purchase. If you bought the firearm for it's appeal and to add to your collection, whatever you paid for the firearm probably wasn't too much.
Cherish your new firearm as it's an extension of your 2nd Amendments rights and remember your firearms are part of your legacy.
IMHO everyone should own at least one M1 carbine. That way we keep them from falling into the wrong hands.
Near as I can figure, and I am no expert or carbine collector, yours was originally manufactured between November of 1944 to January of 1945.
Whats it worth? Probably not as much as it will be in 10 years. All GI Carbines have pretty much been going up in value from day one. Winchester made ones are popular and good to own.
My Winchester in the pic cost $60.00 back in the early 1960s from the DCM and I wouldn't take $1500.00 for it today, but thats just me! Hang onto it and enjoy it, great little rifle, shoot the snot out of it.
By the way, welcome to the forum! Stick around! And by all means, please post a few pics of the new rifle, we love to see what other people have! Ken
The more parts that match, the more desirable the carbine is. So check that out. If it's mostly matching, that is definitely a good thing. If it's completely matching, then chances are that someone more recently made it that way.
It doesn't matter if you bought it to shoot. As long as the barrel is decent and it shoots okay, you're good to go.
I suggest cleaning the heck out of it and changing out the op rod spring. Then shoot the heck out of it.
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