WWII Firearms
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United States Long Arms

U.S. Model M1 Rifle (Springfield Arsenal) (SN: 382xxx)
The M1 Rifle was the primary weapon carried by U.S. Soldiers and Marines during WWII. My M1 Rifle is a superb example of this extraordinary firearm. It was made at the Springfield Armory in May 1940, 18 months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The barrel and other components bear WWII dates or part numbers. It has a beautiful walnut stock with strong cartouches. There are no import marks. According to the Blue Book of Gun Values by F.P. Jestad, M1s made before WWII are worth 100% more than WWII specimens. I own an original WWII bayonet for this rifle. Snapshot
 
U.S. Model 1903A3 Springfield Rifle (Remington)
In the months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (Dec 41), the U.S. scrambled to arm a military force that was rapidly expanding. The M1 Rifle (shown earlier) was in production, but could not be produced in the numbers required. To fill this void, the U.S. produced the Model 1903A3. It is similar to the WWI era M1903, but has stamped, rather than milled components; a slightly different stock design; and a rear peep sight. During the first two years of WWII, it was extensively used by the Army in Europe and Marine Corps in the Pacific. The 1903A3 in my collection was manufactured by Remington in 1942. It is in unissued condition with clear cartouches. I own an original WWII bayonet for this rifle. I also have an original Field Manual for this rifle issued by the US War Department in 1943. Snapshot

United States Carbines

U.S. Model M1 Carbine
The U.S. Government signed contracts with ten different companies to produce M1 carbines between June 1942 and August 1945. This firearm was developed for officers and support personnel who did not require the firepower of the M1 Rifle. Their use expanded greatly; however, due to their light weight, handy size, and large capacity magazines. The M1 carbine in my collection was manufactured by National Postal Meter (NPM) corporation in 1943. This company produced less than 15% of the M1 carbines made during WWII. NPM did not make barrels for their carbines. Instead they used barrels made by other companies under government contract. My carbine has a barrel made by Inland in Aug 1942. It also has a flat bolt, which was the standard type used prior to 1944. My carbine is in excellent condition with no import marks. I have the bayonet for this firearm. Snapshot
 
U.S. Model M1A1 "Paratrooper" Carbine
The U.S. adopted the M1A1 "Paratrooper" Carbine during May 1942. The folding stock makes it an ideal weapon for paratroopers, for whom load distribution was a constant concern during combat drops. All M1A1s were made by Inland, a manufacturing division of General Motors. Only 4% of M1 carbines had folding stocks. The M1A1 in my collection is in the early WWII configuration. It has a "high-wood" folding stock with undamaged leather cheek piece, flip-style rear sight, flat bolt, Inland barrel stamped "3-43" (March 1943) with no import marks, and Type 1 front barrel band without bayonet lug. Today, original M1A1s with these features are very scarce and quite valuable. Snapshot

United States Side Arm

Remington Rand Model 1911A1 Pistol
Remington Rand made this pistol for the U.S. Government in 1943, a full year before the D-Day invasion. Due to high wartime demand, the government established contracts with Colt, Remington Rand, Ithaca, Union Switch and Signal Company, and Singer (the sewing-machine manufacturer), as well as the Springfield Armory and Rock Island Arsenal. This pistol has its original parkerized finish. It is in excellent condition and a fine example of a classic military sidearm. (Flayderman reference number 5B-253.) Snapshot

Foreign Long Arms

German K98k Service Rifle (1944)
The Mauser Karabiner 98 (K98k) was the standard infantry rifle carried by German soldiers during WWII. This particular rifle was part of a cache of nearly-new K98s discovered in 2006 after being in military storage since 1945! It appears to be in unissued condition, with matching serial numbers, perfect bore, and unblemished stock. It has Nazi proof marks and the "DOU 44" factory code, showing it was made by Waffen Werke, Brunn, Bystrica in 1944. It is nearly impossible to find WWII battle rifles in this condition. I own an original WWII German bayonet for this rifle. Snapshot
British No. 4, Mark I Enfield (1942)
The British Government adopted the No. 4, Mark I in 1939 as the new military service rifle, though serious production didn't begin until 1941. The rifle features a heavy free floating barrel, receiver mounted rear aperture sights, a stronger receiver, a set length/numbered bolt head for easier headspace adjustment and a slightly shortened fore end. Savage, an American Company, made this No. 4 under the World War II "Lend-Lease Agreement." It is in excellent condition. I own an original WWII British spike bayonet for this rifle. Snapshot
Finish M91/30 Mosin-Nagant, caliber 7.62x54 (1936)
This battle rifle is nearly identical to those used by the Soviet Union during WWI and II. It was assembled in Finland during WWII using parts from captured Soviet rifles. Its older style hex receiver was made in Russia in 1936 and bears the emblem of the Soviet factory in Tula (Star with Arrow). The receiver also has a boxed "SA" stamp that shows the rifle was the property of the Finnish Army. The rear sight is graduated from 1 to 20, representing hundreds of meters. The front sight is the Soviet post and globe style. The piece has a Finnish made two piece "pot belly" birch stock with Russian hardware. The rifle is 51 1/2" long. Snapshot

Foreign Carbines

Japanese Type 99 Arisaka Carbine (1943)
During WWII and subsequent American occupation of Japan, thousands of these rifles found their way to the U.S. as war souvenirs. A major discriminating factor involving the value and collectability of Japanese Arisaka rifles is whether they bear a chrysanthemum on the receiver (the symbol of the Japanese Emperor). For a time, captured Japanese weapons could be sent home without modification. This policy subsequently changed and personnel were required to file off the chrysanthemum before the weapon could leave Japan. Today, it is difficult to find an Arisaka rifle with the imperial chrysanthemum, dusk cover, cleaning rod, monopod, and no import marks. This Japanese carbine has all of these important features. The Kokura Arsenal in Tokyo made this rifle. It bears the serial number prefix (Kana Character code) for the 22nd series production. I own an original WWII Japanese bayonet for this rifle. Snapshot
 
British No. 5, Mark I, Enfield "Jungle" Carbine (June 1945)
The Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) in Liverpool, England, made this carbine in June 1945, three months before WWII ended. Their aim was to produce a lighter and handier weapon for use by British airborne forces in Europe. The war in Europe ended before they could be fielded. Distribution was therefore shifted to the Pacific Theater. It got the nickname "Jungle Carbine" because many incorrectly thought it was designed for jungle warfare. It is similar to the No. 4, but has a shorter stock, conical flash hider, rubber butt pad, and different rear sight. To reduce weight, metal was cut from the receiver and barrel. Many "Jungle Carbines" on the market today are actually cut-down No. 4s. This carbine is a legitimate WWII Jungle Carbine in excellent condition. Snapshot
 
Italian Model 1891 Carcano Carbine (1942)
The Model 1891 Carcano carbine was adopted for cavalry use in 1893, and later supplied to Italian paratroopers. It differs from the standard Carcano Carbine (Model 91 TS) in several ways. The stock is shorter and leaves half of the barrel free, a triangular folding bayonet is permanently attached to the muzzle, and sling swivels are situated to the left-hand side of stock (indicating a cavalry weapon). Most Italian service rifles available today are in poor condition. This particular carbine; however, looks like it was never issued. The wood and metal are flawless, and there are no import marks, leading me to believe that it was probably sent to the states as a souvenir by an American soldier during WWII. An original bayonet is attached to the muzzle of the weapon. It swings out and locks in place when needed. Snapshot

Foreign Side Arms

German Model P.08 Luger
The P-08 was admitted into German Army service in 1908 and continued to be the standard German military pistol, even after it was replaced by the Walther P-38 in 1938. The P-08 is very well made and easy to handle and aim. Lugers have been some of the most sought after war trophies in both World Wars. This P-08 was made on 1939 by Mauser. It is in excellent condition and all serial numbers match. I also have the original WWII flap holster for this pistol. Snapshot
 
German Model P-38 Pistol
The P-38 was developed by Carl Walther as the service pistol for the German Army at the beginning of World War II. It was intended to replace the costly Luger P-08. It emerged as the dominant German handgun of World War II. Next to the Luger, the P-38 was the most popular souvenir handgun in the European theater during World War II. This particular P-38 was made in 1943 by the Walther factory. It was one of the German arms captured on the Eastern Front, and kept in a Russian arsenal until 2006. It bears the Walther factory code, Nazi proof marks, and matching serial numbers. Snapshot

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