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    Default M1 Carbine: L-A Stock Marking - what does it mean?

    Hi everyone,

    I purchased an Austrian returned M-1 Carbine (marked LGKT) on bottom of trigger guard. The stock appears to have been sanded at some point as it bears no markings on the exterior surfaces.

    However, in the sling well there is an "L-A" stamped into the wood which I assume indicates the manufacturer. The stock is walnut and not of the pot-belly variety. It is cut for an oiler and shows the M-2 cut and is low wood.

    Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

    YP


    Edited to add more info on the rifle:

    Details on the rifle:

    • Receiver is National Postal Meter, serial #4,283,XXX
    • The barrel is Underwood, with bomb marking and P proof, dated 12-43.
    • The bolt is flat, not round, and marked "N" with two parallel dash marks on the left lug.
    • Sights read "L.R.C.O." with a number.They are adjustable.
    • The front band is labeled "J.M.Q."and is the later type with bayonet lug.
    • Mag release has a stamped "W".
    • Trigger housing is labeled "SG".
    • Front sight is marked "EU".
    • Safety is swivel type and marked "JAO".

    Details on the stock:

    • Walnut, not pot belly, cut for oiler, and has the wood cut making it "low wood"
    • The stock has only an "L-A" marking in the sling well. Nothing else.
    • It appears to have been sanded and refinished
    • Finish is not glossy, it is more matte in appearance. I think it is just BLO
    Last edited by YoungPatriot; 10-07-2009 at 12:45 PM.

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    Are you certain the slingwell marking is L-A, and not LW? LW is Lumb Woodworking Company of Poughkeepsie, New York that produced M1 carbine stocks for Underwood (LW and LWU) and IBM (LW-B).

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    I am 100% sure. The "L-A" is distinctly stamped (without quotation marks).

    I'm not too well versed on these rifles but none of my Google searches have turned up any info except for one gunbroker auction with an Inland "L A" marked stock, though without the dash.

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    Default Mfr? S/N range?

    It would be helpful if you'd give the manufacturer's name and s/n range, along with particulars on the stock; i.e. high or low wood, I cut or oval, etc.

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    This might help:
    www.bavarianm1carbines.com/austria_oddities.html

    Good info from ( IIRC ) The Carbine Club crew.

    Check out the " Export/Import" section , as well .

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    Thanks for the input and link to the Bavarian Carbine page. I scoured the info there as well as many of the example carbines and have not been able to come up with an answer.

    Details on the rifle:

    • Receiver is National Postal Meter, serial #4,283,XXX
    • The barrel is Underwood, with bomb marking and P proof, dated 12-43.
    • The bolt is flat, not round, and marked "N" with two parallel dash marks on the left lug.
    • Sights read "L.R.C.O." with a number.They are adjustable.
    • The front band is labeled "J.M.Q."and is the later type with bayonet lug.
    • Mag release has a stamped "W".
    • Trigger housing is labeled "SG".
    • Front sight is marked "EU".
    • Safety is swivel type and marked "JAO".

    Details on the stock:

    • Walnut, not pot belly, cut for oiler, and has the wood cut making it "low wood"
    • The stock has only an "L-A" marking in the sling well. Nothing else.
    • It appears to have been sanded and refinished
    • Finish is not glossy, it is more matte in appearance. I think it is just BLO

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    You are remarkable fast -- that's a lot of pages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by campperrykid View Post
    You are remarkable fast -- that's a lot of pages.
    I've been browsing the site for about two weeks before it was mentioned here; I still appreciate the link though.

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    Thumbs up

    Then you saw the name of the person ( who posts on this site) who is most likely to be able to answer your question.

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    Default L-A stock

    The L-A stocks are early Inland stocks. Later they were marked OI mostly. But at one time or another Inland used a few of most mfgs. stocks. Bill

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