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Old 11-09-2014, 11:53 AM
Moammo6 Moammo6 is offline
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Default Carbine stock mark questions

I have an Inland carbine (SN918XXX) I bought from either DCM or via an ad in NRA mag in 1965-66 before the Army sent me to the war--took it with me, carried it, and brought it back (So, a genuine "bring back" of sorts--you could do that until about 1968). Went into storage about 1968 until now. Has orig park & flat bolt, has adjust sights and bayo lug probably via a PW re-build. Took original like-new stock off and stashed it, and replaced with one I got in-country. Coming out of storage recently, I found the original stoock set. Stock is in perfect "re-build" condition with even coarse sanding. Has "LW" stamped in sling well, a boxed JTL or maybe JHL with a faint over stamp in @ 1/4" letters that looks like "BA" located on left side of butt forward of sling well, and a circled Serif-P on grip butt. Can anyone "translate" the marks and possible significance of the combo for me?
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:01 PM
tenOC tenOC is offline
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Memory fails me more frequently now, but the BA is probably Benetia Arsenal and the Circle P on the grip with serifs is one of their markings.
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Old 11-09-2014, 09:39 PM
m1a1fan m1a1fan is offline
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LW (Lumb Woodworking Company) - replacement stock - Souce Craig Reish page 108, War Baby! page 370 and here: http://www.bavarianm1carbines.com/stocks.html and here:

BA-As noted by tenOC, Benicia Arsenal, California - Source Craig Reish page 183 and here: http://www.bavarianm1carbines.com/postwar.html

JTL or JHL - Is the H really a P? JLP is John P. Lewis Inspector Inspector for Benecia - source web search (might not be right as I wasn't able to verify it in any of my books)
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:48 PM
mrrm mrrm is offline
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I'd like to hear more about your use of this carbine in VN?
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Old 11-12-2014, 09:08 AM
Moammo6 Moammo6 is offline
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Thanks to 10OC and m1a1fan for the input. Makes sense to me. Now I think I will take the time to disassemble my carbine and examine all the parts to see exactly what I may have. It is still in great shape with a ME of 1+, and only high spot park wear. For MRRM, in the early years quite a few units allowed additional personal weapons such as knives, pistols, and rifles/subs. Of course, one had to scrounge their own ammo. I carried the M1 carbine to supplement my only assigned weapon--an M1911A1 pistol. Carried it everywhere in field just like it was intended in WW2. Carbines and ammo was available everywhere via our foreign friends. Didn't engage with it much because I was imbedded with hard-core infantry. Mostly personal protection and comfort blanket.
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