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