M1 Carbine front handguard question

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by RufusTFirefly, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. RufusTFirefly

    RufusTFirefly New Member

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    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?

    Very curious...

    Rufus
     
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  2. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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    They all had gas guards.
     

  3. RufusTFirefly

    RufusTFirefly New Member

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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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  4. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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    I never saw one with wood.
     
  5. Johnny357

    Johnny357 New Member

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

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    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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  6. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    the paratrooper also had wood guards.
     
  7. TDS92A

    TDS92A New Member Supporter

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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.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     
  9. hiwall

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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
    Civilian- Metal
     
  10. RufusTFirefly

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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...

    Rufus