The U.S. Carbine Caliber .30
Post World War II U.S. Army Ordnance Operations
With the end of .30 caliber Carbine production in August 1945, Springfield Armory assumed control of the .30 Caliber Carbine program. Springfield Armory (manufacturers mark SA) manufactured a number of replacement parts and arranged for other parts to be manufactured as needed. Post WWII, Rock Island Arsenal (manufacturers mark RIA) manufactured sears, recoil plates, front sights, and other small parts.
As soldiers were slowly cleared to head home, U.S. Army Ordnance began receiving the enormous number of weapons they turned in. These weapons included everything from pistols to anti-tank guns, and more. In every theater of World War II. The weapons were placed in U.S. storage depots all over the world.
If you want to know how to inspect your M1 Carbine, reprints of both editions of this manual are available from various sources (refer to the above link to Books).
Inspecting and upgrading the .30 Caliber Carbines did not happen immediately, or all at once. For many thousands of carbines, it didn't happen at all. In 1945 U.S. Ordnance contracted FN in Belgium to inspect and rebuild various U.S. weapons under the direction of Ordnance personnel. In 1945 Springfield Armory started the first stateside inspection and rebuild of carbines. In the meantime, the need arose to reissue some of the carbines, including those issued to the German Police within the American Occupation Zone in March 1946. Some of these may have been inspected and rebuilt by FN but most were not.
The inspection and rebuild process gained it's name from the manner in which the carbines were inspected and upgraded. U.S. Army Ordnance termed the process an overhaul and issued a manual for the process: TM 9-1276 Cal. .30 Carbines M1, M1A1, M2, M3, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1947, and it's update in 1953. Keep in mind over 6 million carbines had been built, many requiring an overhaul more than once (post WWII, then again post Korean War).
Carbines proceeded down a disassembly line that removed each parts group (i.e. Trigger Housing group, Bolt group, etc) from the carbine one at a time until the barreled receiver was all that was left. Each parts group was then disassembled, with each part placed in a common bin for that particular part. No carbine retained the parts that were on it when it came in the door. After each part was inspected, refinished if necessary, repaired if necessary and possible, everything proceeded down a reassembly line that assembled and inspected each parts group, then the carbine they were assembled onto.
|[TM 9-1276 Cal. .30 Carbines M1, M1A1, M2, M3, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1947, pages 28-29]|
|During the process, parts Ordnance had designated as obsolete were replaced with a later version of the part. These include the following.
Parts designed or altered specifically for the M2 were acceptable for use on M1's and M1A1's. They were not mandated replacements for the M1 parts. Some M1's were converted to selective fire and retained their M1 markings.
"All carbines rebuilt must be stamped with the initials of the rebuilding establishment in the United States; weapons rebuilt by oversea depot shops are not to be stamped. Stamp the initials identifying the establishment rebuilding a carbine on the left side of the stock between the hand grip and the butt plate. If the weapon is subsequently rebuilt at another establishment, place the new identifying initials directly below those preceding. If the weapon is rebuilt at the same establishment as before, new initials need not be added."
On an operational level the majority of rebuild marks are found on the left side of the stock between the slingwell and trigger housing. However, some were placed above or below the slingwell or on the right side of the buttstock.
|AA*||Augusta Arsenal||Augusta, GA|
|AN||Anniston Arsenal||Anniston, AL|
|BA||Benecia Arsenal||Benicia, CA|
|MR||Mount Rainier Ordnance Depot||Fort Lewis, WA|
|OG||Ogden Arsenal||Ogden, UT|
|RA||Raritan Arsenal||Edison, NJ|
|RIA||Rock Island Arsenal||Rock Island, IL|
|RRA||Red River Arsenal||Texarkana, TX|
|SAA||San Antonio Arsenal||San Antonio, TX|
|SA||Springfield Armory||Springfield, MA|
|Standard Products (1949)||Port Clinton, OH|
|U||Underwood Elliott Fisher (circa 1951)||Hartford, CT|
|P||front of handgrip||indicates rebuild|
Augusta Arsenal rebuild
Twice rebuilt by Augusta Arsenal
Benecia Arsenal rebuild
Standard Products rebuild
Rock Island Arsenal rebuild
Red River Arsenal rebuild
Mt Ranier Ordnance Depot rebuild
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