Artifact Details

Title

M-1 Rifle

Catalog Number

102741401

Type

Physical object

Date

ca 1943

Manufacturer

IBM Corporation

Place Manufactured

NY, U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Other number 21 On metal plate at end of stock
Other number 3885349 Behind rear sight
Other number 5284434 On stock

Dimensions

overall: 6 in x 2 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in

Description

Stamped at forward end of cartridge chqmber is,"U. S. CARBINE 30 M. M." Stamped on front of barrrel, underneath, is, "DAVIDSON'S GREENSBORO N C.

Category

Miscellaneous/other

Curator Notes

The M1 carbine was a semi-automatic .30 caliber firearm that was standard issue to U.S. Army personnel throughout World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. It was intended to be a lightweight alternative to more unwieldy and heavier rifles, and it included a 15 round magazine. IBM was one of a handful of equipment manufacturers that were new entrants into firearm manufacturing after being enlisted by the US government to support the WWII war effort. In total, IBM produced several hundred thousand M1 carbines throughout the war. Other manufacturers courted by the government included General Motors, Underwood Typewriter Company, National Postal Meter, and Rock-Ola, a jukebox maker. M1 carbines are still used today by some police and security forces around the world, and are highly collectable.

Credit

Gift of Bill Carlson

Lot Number

X7294.2015

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