IBM Corp M1 Carbine .30 caliber Rifle

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by firekidd, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. firekidd

    firekidd New Member

    May 18, 2011
    Phoenix, Az
    I have a IBM Corp M1 Carbine .30 caliber rifle and would like to have more information and an estimate of worth.

    Where would I locate a serial #. I am assuming it was produced in 1943 as the barrel is marked.

    Did IBM Corp really make a rifle for WWII?

    I have 5 clips - different sizes. I am uploading some pictures to help
    I hope.

    Is this a
    U.S. Army M1 Carbine (Military/Reworks) or
    U.S. M1 Carbine Type I or
    U.S. M1 Carbine Type II

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  2. Gabob

    Gabob Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2005
    It has the late model sight and has a bayonet lug which the early ones did not have. However the safety is the early pushbutton type which was changed to a lever to prevent dropping the magazine by mistake when both were push buttons. It has import marking from Blue Sky which indicates it was returned to USA from a foreign country(Probably Korea). Not uncommon to find carbines with both early and late features as changes were made with arsenal rebuilds

  3. firekidd

    firekidd New Member

    May 18, 2011
    Phoenix, Az
    so which one is it? I know the model makes a difference in price.
  4. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    IBM made some 346,500 M1 carbines in WWII. That one has had all the upgrades, including the safety (take a better look, Gabob). There were not two models of the M1 Carbine, but early carbines were upgraded with modified parts as time went on. (The M2 carbine is selective fire and is classed as a machinegun.) Early carbines are more valuable, but ones that escaped upgrades are uncommon.

  5. popgun

    popgun New Member

    Sep 21, 2009
    It's a typical Blue Sky import from Korea. These are considered low end in the collector market (if not the bottom). These came from Korea and most are poor condition. For a while they were all there was on the market and unless you could find one of the DMC carbines you had to settle. Since the CMP brought in 30,000 or more non-import carbines from Greece the price on these Blue Sky Imports has dropped. Value $450-$500 in some markets. I personally would not pay that much for yours as the condition is in the Fair range (poor finish, marred stock). IMHO $350
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  6. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    The serial number is under the rear sight and may be difficult to read, but it is there.

    It would help the value some to remove the stock and treat it to a little linseed oil, tighten up the sling and screw down the recoil plate screw.

  7. paradox998

    paradox998 New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Yes IBM did make M1 Carbines. Yours was re-imported to the US by Blue Sky. I was likely given to an ally after the war and then sold and brought back. it has been through a re-arsenal process as evidenced by the post WWII bayonette fitting. The value is probably around $500, but that will depend on how many of the parts are IBM. All matching rifles are worth more, but given it was re-arsenaled it is likely has a variety of parts.
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