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The above photo was taken at the Pawn Shop

This was in a pawn shop, and was Very Dirty. It was being sold as a Universal. The manufacture's name was hard to read because of the rear sight and dirt. When I got it home, disassembled and cleaned it for a couple of days, I found it was actually a WW2 1943 Underwood M1 Carbine. I spent a couple of weeks cleaning it completely. I am VERY Happy with the end results.

The above photo shows it all cleaned up, and a M1 type sling on it, and a ammo pouch on the stock. These were made for the pistol belts, and not intended to be installed on the stocks, but GIs used them like this to have 2 extra 15 round magazines available. I was in the 101st Airborne on 3 tours, so used a 101st patch to cover the hole left from removing the snap so it did not scratch up the stock. I have a ww2 Carbine Sling, but prefer using the M1 style sling for its adjust-ability.

When I went to Korea the 1st of 4 times, I talked my Platoon Sgt into letting my take a class on the M2 Carbine, the select fire version of the M1 Carbine. We had 5 of them in the Arms Room, and they were not assigned to anyone. After the class, I was assigned a M2 Carbine. I enjoyed carrying it over the M1 Garand, which was much larger and about 2 times as heavy. The M1 Carbine was rated at 300 yards, but better suited for a maximum of 200 yards.

I had a Modified M2 Carbine in Vietnam as a back up gun, that was very neat. It had a cut off stock at the pistol grip, and the barrel was cut off just past the hand guard. I called it "Sweet Thing", since it was so compact, easy to use, and never failed me.

Inland Manufacturing has released there Advisor Pistol, a replica of these unique Carbines used in Vietnam. This is being made and sold as a legal pistol, so It does not need a normal stock, and can have a very short barrel.

I purchased one, and then purchased a M1 Carbine stock to put it in to replicate the one I had in Vietnam. The Carbine stock is cut off at the grip. It will be a nice little gun with the sling mount I fabricated to go on the bottom of the grip. This lower sling mount that I made also helps prevent my hand from slipping off the grip.

Below is a shot of my chopped M2 in
1966, and it's Clone in 2016

Since this Advisor will be used mainly for close in defensive shooting, I mounted a simple bolt on rail under the front, and added a light/laser to it, and a grip stop directly behind it. With the stop, and the sling adjusted properly, I am able to push out with the stop and have the sling adjusted to support it nice and snug, and not need a butt stock or brace. With the grip stop, there is a solid place to hold it, and the laser/light button will be always easy to use.

I replaced the push button safety with a rotating one, that could cause the magazine release to be hit by mistake. Since the Advisor uses all USGI spec parts, I picked up a spare bolt, bolt rebuild kit, and spare trigger assembly to take care of any problems in a SHTF situation with either Carbine. This also takes care of any needed parts for decades.

The majority of M1 Carbine owners enjoy learning about the history of there Carbine, and taking it to the range periodically to just enjoy it, and stay proficient in shooting. Most like to have them look nice, by keeping them clean and lubed, and looking close to the way they were when used by the Military. I use traditional cleaning equipment, but use a bore snake to clean and lube the barrel and chamber. All the receiver, trigger and bolt parts should use normal gun lube, but the bolt lugs and operating rod should have a small amount of gun grease applied. For those that wish to have the original look, with quality parts, but at a affordable price, I have found that Worldwarsupply on Amazon, and there Web Page is a very good company to do business with.

These are a few of the good places to find quality Carbine Parts, at a decent price. There are many dealers and eBay and Amazon, but most offer repo parts and accesories

Dealers with web sites:
Amherst Armory, FL
Fulton Armory, MD
U.S. Armory

Both of the dealers below have SOME original parts for M1 carbines. Both have a fair number of after market parts as well. Numrich Sarco

How to Field Strip the M1 Carbine

A neat WW2 Video of War Production of the M1 Carbine

Below is my SHTF Page


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