Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by reinhard, Jul 2, 2010.
The stock marking is called the "cartouche" by US collectors (after the term used by Egyptologists for Pharonic symbols); this one indicates the carbine was inspected and accepted by the government from "UEF" (The Underwood Elliott Fisher Company of Hartford, Connecticut, a maker of typewriters and calculating machines before the war). Underwood made a total of 545,617 carbines in four serial number blocks.
The "GHD" is the initials of Brigadier General Guy H. Drewry, who was head of the Springfield (Massachusetts) Ordnance District, which included Hartford, from June 17, 1942 to July 15, 1945. His initials appear on Colt and Smith & Wesson pistols as well as all other ordnance material made in that district at that time. Sometimes he is described as "an inspector" but he never actually inspected anything; he was the Army officer responsible for production and quality in that district.
The second mark is the U.S. Army Ordnance symbol, sometimes called a "wheel" but actually an old-time gunner's belt. It is the official acceptance stamp. The actual proof mark will be the letter "P" under the pistol grip. (The US generally put the proof mark on the stock, since many American receivers were so hard that proof stamps would not properly mark them.)
The "P" on the barrel is the barrel proof, put on when the barrel passed a proof test as a barrel, before it was installed on the carbine. The ordnance "bomb" on the barrel was another Ordnance acceptance stamp, but for the barrel. The "dimple" on the bolt is from a hardness testing machine.
thanks ,verry intresting
Try calling it a Carbine.
Very nice early original carbine, but ya I wouldnt buy the story
Well, it has none of the upgrades that went into effect in the 1944-45 era or post-WWII. That does not prove the Omaha Beach story, but there is nothing obvious to contradict it either. It is a pretty safe bet that no carbine remaining in U.S. service would have escaped without most if not all those mods (adjustable sight, bayonet lug, flip safety).
BTW, Shrek, go easy on Reinhard; I know I could not post as well in his language as he has in mine.
My wife always says I could never be taken for anything but an American, but I once was asked, in Brussels, for directions to the Royal Palace. I could pretty well understand the question, but the man didn't understand English, and I speak no Dutch/Flemish. We finally settled on German, which each of us spoke some, and I gave him the directions.
Re: OMAHA BEACH CARBINE
Aw, heck, I thought he was a Reinhardt from Louisianna, lots of 'em there
Hrm...I best keep to proper english instead of local dialects...
But then, that's how you learn...when the corrections start
Een enkele taal is nooit genoeg
Re: OMAHA BEACH CARBINE
Hi Big Shrek ,and you are absolutly right my friend that's how you learn
and thank you for telling me its carbine ,
a single language is never enough,
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