Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1484: Underwood M1 Semi-Automatic Carbine with Infared Scope

Auction Date: June 6, 2020

Late World War II US Army Underwood M1 Semi-Automatic Carbine fitted with M2 Infrared Sniper Scope, Power Pack, Battery and Mounting Bar

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Late World War II US Army Underwood M1 Semi-Automatic Carbine fitted with M2 Infrared Sniper Scope, Power Pack, Battery and Mounting Bar

Manufacturer: Underwood
Model: M1 Carbine
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 30 M1 Carbine
Barrel: 18 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2211
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 337
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

This is an example of a late WWII Underwood production M1 carbine that has been converted into the infrared sniper model by equipping it with early post WWII M3 Infrared sniper scope system. The M3 infrared sniper scope was the second generation infrared scope that was developed after WWII that saw the majority of its use in Korea. These later scopes are identified by the large infrared emitter on top of the scope itself as well as having the rear sight removed with the M3 conversion/mounting bar installed on top of the carbine. The scope nomenclature plate is marked "CORPS OF ENGINEERS U.S. ARMY/TELESCOPE/SNIPERSCOPE INFRARED/20,000 VOLTS/AMERICAN OPTICAL Co./ Buffalo N.Y." It is marked "DATED 8-31-50" and is numbered "M3. 3398.50". The carbine has the standard receiver markings with serial number, "2806925", and the barrel is marked "UNDERWOOD/4-44". It is fitted with a mix of early and late WWII parts such as the flat bolt, type III front barrel band/bayonet lug, flip safety, M marked magazine release. It has the standard M1 carbine stock with the oval oiler slot and is stamped with a large "JLB" in the sling slot. The left side is stamped "AAW" with a large single uncircled "P" proof in the grip area, and it has a modified two rivet handguard. This scope system is complete with its front pistol grip/trigger assembly, heavy electrical cable, power pack, battery, black rubberized back-pack, a green web sling, and original M3 flash hider.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as arsenal refurbished with 95% of its light gray parkerized finish overall, only minor edge and high spot wear, and finish loss on the right side receiver rail. The mounting bar, infrared scope, collector and front pistol grip assembly are all in excellent condition with 95% of their original finish. The stock and handguard are both in excellent condition with a nice light colored walnut showing only minor handling marks. The scope system looks complete and in excellent condition; however, it is untested.



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