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Old 03-02-2005, 09:34 PM   #21
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:54 PM   #22
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Old 03-02-2005, 11:44 PM   #23
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.30 Carbine cartridge dimensions

From the Illustrated Reference of Cartridge Dimensions:
Old 03-03-2005, 04:40 PM   #24
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Trigger Spring Tutorial in pictures

As promised, here is my attempt at explaining how to remove and replace the trigger assembly in a Carbine. First off, the tool and nomenclature:
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File Type: jpg Parts location composite.jpg (122.1 KB, 4202 views)
Old 03-03-2005, 05:11 PM   #25
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Eight easy steps for the trigger spring

Okay, the first step is naturally removing the trigger housing so you can get to the parts inside. This is very easy, so don't hesitate to jump right in. Notes are in the Description area of the pictures.
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File Type: jpg Removing the spring Step 2.jpg (94.7 KB, 6012 views)
File Type: jpg TH ready for spring removal Step 1.jpg (94.4 KB, 6012 views)
File Type: jpg Trigger assembly parts Step 4.jpg (61.4 KB, 5993 views)
File Type: jpg Removing the pin Step 3.jpg (79.7 KB, 5994 views)
Old 03-03-2005, 05:44 PM   #26
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Steps 5 through 8

Now that you have everything spotlessly clean, we can reassemble it which is NOT quite as easy as removal.
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File Type: jpg Reinstalling the sear Step 8.jpg (113.2 KB, 5968 views)
File Type: jpg Pin halfway out Step 7.jpg (85.3 KB, 5967 views)
File Type: jpg Reinstalling the trigger spring Step 6.jpg (85.4 KB, 5976 views)
File Type: jpg Reinstalling the trigger Step 5.jpg (89.8 KB, 5980 views)
Old 03-10-2005, 05:33 PM   #27
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Highwood & Lowwood comparison

The difference between what we call "Highwood" stocks and "Lowwood" stocks, is the thin piece of wood that covers the slide arm, or doesn't with the Lowwood. This wood cracked and broke off easily, so the manufacturers started eliminating it in the spring of 1944.
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Old 03-14-2005, 02:05 AM   #28
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Push safeties

I've been getting a few questions about the difference between Type 2 & 3 safeties, so I finally made up a composite of the two so y'all can see the difference instead of talking about it. For those of you wondering about the others, the Type one has checkered ends while the Type 2 & 3 were plain face. The Type 4 is the flip or rotary safety which came into use in early 1945.
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Old 03-24-2005, 06:33 PM   #29
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Carbine Club Data Sheet

With their consent/permission, we are posting the Carbine Club Data Sheet for your convenience. Feel free to save by right clicking on this picture and save it to your computer where you can print it out.
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Old 04-07-2005, 01:09 PM   #30
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Alternative to Data Sheet

RECEIVER: Type (with or without removable spring tube housing), finish, list all markings found on sides and bottom, any abnormalities too as with IP/S'G' receivers on the left rear, one or two disconnect notches, subcontractor markings and manufacturer/serial number of course.
REAR SIGHT: Type, markings & finish.

BARREL: Maker, date and proof marking, any other markings as on gas cylinder housing, barrel flat, etc. Note long or short skirt too, as well as swaged or integral gas cylinder housing.
FRONT SIGHT: Markings and Type, finish.
BARREL BAND: Type, all markings, narrow or wide aperture for Type one bands.
GAS PISTON: Some are marked on the end that protrudes.

STOCK: Type, note P on pistol grip and any rebuild markings on left side.
SLING BEVEL: All markings.
HANDGUARD: Type and markings.
RECOIL PLATE: Type, finish and markings.
BAND SPRING: Type and finish.
BUTT PLATE: Type and finish, markings if present.
SLING: Type, color and markings if present.
OILER: Type, finish and markings.
SCREW & ESCUTCHEON: Type, finish and markings if present.

OPERATING SLIDE: Type (including type of slide stop pin), finish and all markings.

BOLT: Type, finish and all markings.
FIRING PIN: Type, finish and markings.
EXTRACTOR: Type, finish and markings.

TRIGGER HOUSING: Type, finish and markings.
HAMMER: Type, finish and markings.
HAMMER SPRING: 22 or 26.5 coils.
SEAR: Type, finish and markings.
TRIGGER: Type, finish and markings.
MAGAZINE CATCH: Type, finish and markings.
SAFETY: Type, finish and markings.
Old 04-21-2005, 02:09 PM   #31
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Here are the three types of firing pins, modified to prevent out of battery firing:
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Old 04-22-2005, 02:52 AM   #32
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Here are the three extractor types:
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Old 04-30-2005, 11:05 PM   #33
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Carbine ejector types

Here are the three ejector types, with the Type 3 being the best for ejecting to the right:
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Old 05-28-2005, 09:55 PM   #34
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30 Round magazine codes by Bill Ricca

US GI are as follows:

Upside down

A1 M2

Normal markings


A lengthly article will appear by JP Powers and me in the Carbine Club Newsletter in a few months. The A1 M2 is not covered in the article.
Old 08-01-2005, 12:18 PM   #35
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Correcting the above:

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Old 02-26-2006, 06:35 PM   #36
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where can you get the bolt and trigger spring tools?
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Old 03-04-2006, 11:39 AM   #37
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Can you tell me if the type 3 ejector throws shells out to the right only or right and back. I am a left handed shooter and just picked up my first M1 Carbine and need to replace a bunch of springs and probably should rebuild the bolt to the best build suited for a lefty. Let me know if you have any suggestions on this and where to get parts.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:35 PM   #38
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M-1 Carbine Date

Hello can any help me date an m-1 Carbine From Inland Seriel # 880605??
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:12 PM   #39
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Last quarter 1943.

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Old 01-22-2017, 10:02 AM   #40
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When I click on the link "trigger spring tool tutorial" or any of the hyperlinks for that matter I get sent to a real estate or auto sales website!? What's up?
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