What is My M1 Carbine Worth?

Historical Context

Among the most well known firearms of World War II and the Korean War era is the M1 Carbine. This firearm had a long service life for the United States military from 1942-1973. It saw use in dozens of nations throughout the 20th century and is still being used by a police battalion in Rio de Janeiro. Besides their World War II and Korean War fame, the carbine saw action in just about every major conflict of the last half of the 20th century. All told, there were more than six million units produced during the Second World War and the rifle is still coveted by those collecting WWII vintage firearms.

Determining Value

Among the most important factors in appraising the value of an M1 carbine is determining which company manufactured it. All told, there were eleven military contractors and twenty-seven commercial manufacturers that produced the firearm. Original military manufacturers like Inland, IBM or Standard Products for example would retain a much higher value than mass produced examples from companies such as Universal Firearms. Another nuance of some commercial manufacturers is that while externally their product resembles an original M1 carbine, the operating system is different. Additionally, part of the the value of an M1 Carbine is determined by the maker of the magazines that come with the rifle. Original magazines produced by military contractors would increase the value of the firearm as compared to any modern reproductions.

A major factor in determining value for any firearm comes from the condition of the gun. If it is in mint condition with little finish wear from handling, the gun can retain a good portion of its retail value. If more usage is apparent and the gun has scuffs, dents or scratches, the value will lower with each imperfection. Another factor that contributes to a re-sale value is the firearm’s originality. Please note that as a collectors piece, the value of M1 Carbines are greater if they retain the original finish and whether all the parts of the firearm have the same serial numbers.

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