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Old 09-17-2012, 10:11 PM   #1
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Default M1 Carbine metal handguard question

Which M1 Carbines came with the perforated metal handguard? Was that a post war, aftermarket mod?, or were some WWII GI issued with them?

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Old 09-17-2012, 10:17 PM   #2
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They all had gas guards.

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I'm referring to wood vs. metal on the top of the forend hand guard. 99.9% of the M1 Carbines I see are wood, but a few pop up that have the metal one.

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I never saw one with wood.

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Later generation commercial Universal M1 carbines had metal top hand guards:



I don't recall U.S. military M1 carbines having metal hand guards, perhaps the paratrooper version did? Mine is from WW2 and has wood at looks just like this:

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the paratrooper also had wood guards.

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Check the models that were issued during the Korean Conflict. I have seen some paratrooper models with the metal guards, not sure if they were issued that way or repurposed.

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GI- wood
Civilian- Metal

There are an awful lot of M1A1 "paratrooper" carbines out there- more than were ever made by the US military.

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There was a paratrooper "stock only" that recently sold on Ebay for $2400.00. Yes it was a wood guard. Listen to c3(as always)-
GI- wood
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Thanks for all the responses guys. I just picked up a nice 1943 Underwood at a local gun show. Sweet little thing...

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