• Please note someone has stolen my first few photos and partial description of this Winchester and is attempting to sell it on GunBroker right now. See http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=129286552 to view it. I contacted GB but they have not ended that auction yet. I hope the unsuspecting top bidder at GB does not send any money! If you know how to contact any of those bidders, please let them know and continue to be on the lookout for other similar rip-offs. Thanks to those Auction Arms bidders who contacted me about this. ***** I am happy to say the other auction has now been ended. I have no details and can only assume GB took it off line. Hopefully, they can do something about the seller.
• This is a near mint original US M1 Carbine made by Winchester in 1944. This is not an arsenal re-done carbine as is so common. This rifle that made it thorough WWII without being issued to a combat unit and remained in near mint condition. Yes, it was fired but appears to have been very well cared for and then immediately placed in a rack.
• The wood shows only minor dents and dings and has the original oil finish and has not been refinished. The fore-end is the correct flat-bottom Winchester type. The markings are nice and clear with no sanding or “tinkering”. As you can see, the wood happens to have a very attractive grain, especially at the butt. Note the very small “W” proof in the sling channel and the Winchester ordnance wheel which are correct for this year Winchester M1 Carbine. There are no cracks to the stock or handguard. The handguard is the correct type with 4 rivets and a small “W” proof as shown in the close up photos.
• All of the metal parts that should be marked with a Winchester component proof are so marked. See photos. All of the components are the correct type. As an example, the band is the correct type for the 1944 Winchester, etc. See photos. The magazine is an Underwood contract with a single “U”. This is the one that came in the rifle and I have left it as I found it.
• The wear patterns, proofs and finish are as issued and correct.
• There is a minor amount of blue wear to the blued bolt and a touch of wear to the high-edges on the Parkerized parts. Many feel it is fine to “up-grade” or “restore” a US military rifle with original parts. I could have easily found a mint Winchester bolt and slipped it in. However, I purchased the rifle as it is and have left it 100% un-touched. Of course, if you wish to put a mint bolt in, go right ahead.
• The 1944 production Winchester M1 carbine of this serial range was issued with the adjustable sight. This is the correct sight with the “H” in the shield.
• The winning bidder will get my phone number to ensure everything will go smoothly. Please write me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for the full set or with any questions you may have.
• If you want a good, un-touched Winchester M1 Carbine for your collection, this rifle will make you very happy. Thanks for looking and good luck.
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