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Old 03-28-2006, 12:03 PM   #1
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M1 Carbine rear sight

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Ihave two m1 carbine Type 1 rear flip sights. One has a S on the left side & one has a WSI on the left side. Neither has any markings on the right side or leaf. Are these Inland sights??? In Craig Reisch's book it looks like they could be either National Postal Meter or Saginaw Gear due to the S marking. Can someone clarify? Also would my Inland barrel dated 3-43 have originally been oufitted with a HIGH wood stock? Thank you.
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Old 03-28-2006, 12:13 PM   #2
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According to Riesch's book, the WSI sight would be on an Inland. The "S" simply means that that side goes to the left. The unmarked sight could be Inland, Winchester, Underwood, Saginaw Gear, or Standard Products.
What serial number is your receiver? That helps to determine what stock is proper.
Type I, high wood, "I" cut up to about serial number 400,000. Type II, high wood, oval cut up to about 4,900,000. Type III, low wood, oval cut up to about 6,850,000. Type IV, same as Type III, but selector switch cut out, up to about 7,400,000. Type V, pot belly, from there on.
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:09 PM   #3
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Mine is a Inland S/N 2138XX in a horrendous plastic/wire stock wich I replaced with an original M1A1 stock that fell in my hands (No leather cheekpad); unfortunately the gun was blued by some idiot and it has a III barrel band & adjustable rear sight, but original 2-43 GM barrel and handguard marked with a small "NI"; trigger group is marked "Inland" too; would the paratrooper stock be correct for this s/n?
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Old 03-28-2006, 03:24 PM   #4
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Midwest, inspect that WSI sight carefully. There is a good chance that you will find another marking. There may very well be a W-I on the bsae of the rocker. It is often difficult to see unless you wipe it of and use a good light.
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Riesch says that M1A1 carbines were produced from late '42 to mid '44. That is the only information he had.
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Old 03-30-2006, 06:57 AM   #6
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M1 Carbine rear sight.

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After a better cleaning I found the W.I. marking on the on the base part of the rocker on my W.S.I. marked sight as you indicated. Thank you.
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Old 03-30-2006, 07:00 AM   #7
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M1 Carbine rear sight.

jimb 16,
After a better cleaning I found the W.I. marking on the on the base part of the rocker on my W.S.I. marked sight as you indicated. Thank you.
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Old 03-30-2006, 03:19 PM   #8
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Midwest, inspect that WSI sight carefully. There is a good chance that you will find another marking. There may very well be a W-I on the bsae of the rocker. It is often difficult to see unless you wipe it of and use a good light.
Jim I have a WSI flip sight with no other markings have you seen any of theys?
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Old 03-31-2006, 09:19 AM   #9
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Yes. I've seen them with W.I., W-I and unmarked on the rocker. Most are marked. A few are not.
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I would suggest that you evaluate the finish on your early Inland carefully. It may be original. Inland blued its barrels and receivers for quite a ways into production. This includes Inland receivers in the 200,000 range. Post some pictures if you can.
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