M1 Carbine Parts Charts
Author: Chris Guska
Below are a series of charts for the common parts that re-enactors are most concerned with for the “visual correctness” of their M1 Carbine.
The charts were interpolated from the information contained in JC Harrison’s Collecting the M1 Carbine III. The charts may not be 100% accurate down to the exact start or end of parts usage. It is very difficult to pin down the definitive start and end of parts usage due to poor record keeping, first in – last out parts inventory processes, and production anomalies.
The purpose of these charts is to provide an at a glance view of what parts were generally used on a month by month timeframe. The charts were not intended for use by “serious collectors”, but more as a guide for the average re-enactor to see what would be “correct” for their “reenactment carbine” that they may be assembling.
Lastly – I hope to debunk some lingering myths within the re-enacting community. Many re-enactors believe that the only correct carbine at a re-enactment is one that has a Flip Sight, type 1 or 2 barrel band, flat bolt, push safety, and non-potbelly stock.
While this is simply a study of estimated production ranges- and not a study of original combat photographs- it should be an insightful and useful reference tool.
All tables and images are copyright Chris Guska, 2008. Although the data has been culled and interpolated from an outside source, the graphic representation and medium of presentation is original and copyrighted. If you wish to use or re-publish the information contained herein – you may post a direct link to this page.
For parts identification and more information on M1 Carbine parts – check out http://m1carbineclub.com/DATASHEET.htm or JC Harrison’s Collecting the M1 Carbine III.
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