This is a scarce example of one of the approximately 29,000 M1 Carbine receivers manufactured by the Union Switch and Signal company, sub-contracted with the Quality Hardware Company in their third block of serial numbers starting in October 1943-March 1944. These receivers were marked "UN-QUALITY" (unironically) on the heel to differentiate them as a subcontracted receiver from the original in-house Quality Hardware receivers. Inland Division "3-44" dated barrel, "PO Q" blade front sight, "S" and "GE O" marked two position flip-up rear sight, type II barrel band, "DA-Q" slide, "EMQ" round bolt, "NL-Q" milled trigger guard, "LT-Q" hammer, unmarked push button safety, "EP-Q" magazine catch and "UQ" magazine. High wood stock marked "Q-RMC" in the sling inlet, "crossed cannons" cartouche stamped on the right of the buttstock, "OGEK" Ogden Arsenal rebuild stamp on the left of the stock below the receiver, and a two-rivet "RMC" handguard. White paint applied on the underside of the pistol grip with what appears to be "38" painted in black and "50" stamped over top. Includes tan canvas sling, oiler, U.S. canvas double magazine pouch and two extra magazines ("UQ" and "UI" marked).
Very fine, retaining 80% arsenal refurbished parkerized finish with smooth gray and brown patina showing on the balance, and some light handling marks. Stock is also very fine with some light scratches and dents, white paint applied underneath the pistol grip as mentioned above, defined edges and a crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent.
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