.30 cal M1a Carbine

Discussion in 'Rifle ID & Value' started by stoogots, May 11, 2004.

  1. stoogots

    stoogots Active Member

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    I was just curious what the value of this gun is? It is a .30 cal m1a in excellent condition considering how old it is. It couldn't have been shot too many times b/c rifling is in excellent condition as well as the action, stock and barrel finish. I don't know the term for the finish of the barrel b/c its definetly not blued, it looks more like powder coat.

    I got it from a friend of the family who is a WWII veteran. He moved and did not want the hassle transporting this gun cross state lines.
     
  2. wwb

    wwb Super Member

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    M1 Carbines are quite a project to evaluate.... first, you have to strip it completely down and find the manufacturer's proof marks on all the parts. If they're not all the same, you have a mongrel (and that's what most of them are, since the armorers cannibalized some guns to keep others working).

    If it's an original (all parts from the same manufacturer) then the condition and the manufacturer determine the value. They were built by Winchester, Remington, Ithaca (I think), Remington-Rand (a typewriter company), Ford Motor Company, and lord only knows who else.

    I'm not an expert on the carbines - I'd suggest getting a copy of the Blue Book of Gun Values as a start.
     

  3. B540Glenn

    B540Glenn Active Member

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    Also, if it's a civilian version (Universal being very common) it has a lower value than a GI issued version. If you can give more detail it would help.
     
  4. MarlandS

    MarlandS Well-Known Member

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    Stoogots , the finish would most likely be parkerizing.

    As said before, detail detail detail, ;) there are about a dozen manufacturers listed in the Bluebook and a few more variations.
     
  5. stoogots

    stoogots Active Member

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    No problem fellas, I got it in my hand right here I'll give you all the #'s I could find.

    There is a serial # right behind the rear peep sight, it is 1361966

    The Stock is stamped with AAHO. And the grip is stamped with a "P".

    The Barrel is stamped with "Underwood 12-42"

    I'm kind of hesitant to take it apart and look for #'s on the inside due to lack of experience. I hope some of the information provided helps out a little bit. Thank you very much for your time.
     
  6. MarlandS

    MarlandS Well-Known Member

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    The Underwood 12- 42 is the manufacturer and the date of manufacture.

    There are a whole pile of value additions and subtractions, if it ever becomes important to pinpoint a value , you'd either have to take it to a collector of M1 carbines or get a book on it.

    These values a-s-sume (darn bad word editor) original manufacture (which it sounds like yours is) and not recent imports.
    Grading 100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60%
    Underwood $850 $675 $495 $400 $350 $300 $275
     
  7. stoogots

    stoogots Active Member

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    Hey those seem like pretty good numbers!! I'm gonna do some research on it and see if I could find any more information I'll keep you posted. Thanks.