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birdshooter 02-17-2010 10:38 PM

Underwood Rack Grade
I received my Underwood Rack Grade today. I am pleased. The carbine was no where near as full of cosmoline as the Garand I purchased a few years ago. The stock is light in color and seems to be very dry. I don't know much about wood so I'm not sure what kind it is. The muzzle seemed to gauge very well with plenty of copper showing on an M2 ball round. As I cleaned it up, I took note of any markings I could find. Any help with ID would be great. Here is what I came up with:

Serial number- 1364XXX
Barrel- Underwood 12-42 It also has a flaming bomb below it and a P below that.
Operating slide- SG
Trigger Assembly- SG
Magazine catch- M on the right side, E.I on the right front
Barrel Band- AMCO
Front sight- U
Rear Sight- PI
Magazine 1- KI (upside down)
Magazine 2- IS
Magazine 3- IW (this one was in the worst shape with quite a bit of wear and some pitting)

Here is a picture of the entire carbine:

Here is a picture of the bolt:

Here is a picture of the barrel:

I hope the pictures work. I have never posted any before on forums.

Hopefully I will get to shoot this this weekend.

MikeV 02-17-2010 11:08 PM

As a "newbie" and waiting for my own carbine(s) to be delivered, that sure looked very nice for a "rack grade"...:)

Mike in NC 02-17-2010 11:27 PM

Congratulations on a very early Underwood. Only about 14,000 into Underwood production.

Freg14 02-18-2010 06:12 AM


What do you think of the overal condition/quality of your rack grade? Did you need to do any repairs/restores to any parts? How did it look cosmetically? I have been looking into getting a carbine for a while now and I was disappointed when the service grades sold out. The prices of the rack grades are very reasonable leaving me with enough money to replace/repair/correct any parts if necessary.

Just curious.

birdshooter 02-18-2010 10:11 AM


Overall, I would rate the condition and quality as very good while remembering that this is a 60+ year old rifle that has been used hard. I did not have to do any repairs although I have not yet shot the carbine. I don't expect to have to do any either. There is a small crack in the stock at the rear of the receiver, but it doesn't look like it is going to affect anything.

Cosmetically, the metal looks great. There is the normail wear that comes with use, but it is the look I like and expect on this type of rifle. There is a small amount of pitting on the sides of the receiver where they ride inside the stock. But it is not a pig deal.

The wood is sound but not what I would call "pretty." It is not the classic red color that I like, but I'm sure that is an easy fix. Currently it is pretty light colored. I'm just no woodworker so I will have to do some research.

My suggestion to you is, BUY ONE! Especially if you want a piece of US History! Just prepare yourself for the worst and more than likely you will be pleased. I would hurry, it seems that they are running out fast.


birdshooter 02-18-2010 10:14 AM


Would that make production early 1943?

Anyone have any other input on the rest of the markings?


Craftsman 02-18-2010 10:34 AM


Originally Posted by birdshooter (Post 66297)

Would that make production early 1943?

Anyone have any other input on the rest of the markings?


Yes, early 43'
Duff's book: 1353000 - 1382000, January to March, 1943.
Nice looking carbine!

Tuna 1 02-18-2010 10:51 AM

Through Feb. 1943 Underwood had made a bit over 11,000 carbines. Production in March increased to 21,000 for the month and that is when your carbine was made.

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