Here is what I think is an early WWII M1A1 Paratrooper Carbine. Had it checked by a local WWII firearms expert and he gave me the thumbs up. Even if not 100% with some arsenal rebuild the price was right.
- type 1 barrel bands,
- Flip rear site
- bottom of pistol grip is marked with a small cross cannons cartouche and a faint OI (picture does not really show it but it's there)
- High wood stock.
- early Serial number 260xxx.
- Barrel dated 3-1943.
- With Jump bag.
- No bluing. All Parkerized
All parts appear to be Inland but....
- Mag release is marked either IM or WI (not sure if that is Inland) but could not get a clear picture of it.
- Front barrel band appears to be unmarked.
- Leather cheek pad is darker brown with brass rivets. I have heard that they should always be black unless replaced, but then I've heard that there were also original brown cheek pads.
I didn't "buy the story" but was told that this was owned/brought home by a Colonel James Comerford of the 101st Airborne 506th Reg. Does anyone know if I can verify if there was a James Comerford in the 101st Airborne? Like I said, I didn't buy the story but was just checking if there was such a man.