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Old 08-13-2019, 08:23 PM
GarandRiver GarandRiver is offline
 
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After building my Garand collection for a few years, I have been looking for a nice Carbine to add to the safe. After 2 years I finally found and purchased one through a local auction. It seems to be unique for a few reasons.

#1- The reason I purchased this specific rifle was due to it being the 50th Underwood ever produced at least by the serial block which is very cool to me! Serial #1,350,050.

#2- The trigger housing is stamped LGKV 0544 which by my research makes it Austrian return. I have not found any import marks or additional Austrian markings on it however there are some strange markings/stamps shown after disassembly.

Other than that it appears to be a normal mix of part mfgs and have been through a rebuild having a 44' GM Barell.

Any knowledge as to the potential history of this rifle, strange markings, or potential value would be greatly appreciated Thank you for the help in advance.

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Old 08-13-2019, 09:12 PM
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It could have been an earlier return with an import stamp and the barrel was swapped. Or it is a CMP carbine. $ 25.00 will get them to look and see if it was theirs.
The trigger housing was refinished in Austria and has the "plum" color, very typical.
There is no way to tell if the carbine was returned from Austria or the trigger housing was swapped from a carbine that was Austrian return. And the former owner did not like the trigger housing on the other carbine.
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:29 PM
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however there are some strange markings/stamps shown after disassembly.
If you are referring to the markings on the barrel flat, those markings are often called Inland "hieroglyphics" found on all Inland barrels.
The ordnance bomb on the side of your barrel is a random ordnance inspector mark.
Page down to bottom of the below link for more info.

http://www.uscarbinecal30.com/barrels.html

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Old 08-13-2019, 09:43 PM
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6 Ring- Thank you for the advice, it might be worth $25 to find out if it did run through The CMP

W5USMC- Yes I was refering to the barrel flat. Did not realize that was normal, thank you.

Once again, this is my first Carbine so any information is welcomed. Wanted a nice Shooter in the collection and it seems to fit the bill. Super early Underwood serial# was a bonus! I am sure it will not be my last
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:41 AM
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Your receiver is actually an Inland receiver that Underwood put their serial number on and assembled the carbine.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:58 AM
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Thank you for the information, very helpful in my research.

Any idea as to fair market value range for a carbine similar to this? Good Condition, barrel is good, GI Rebuild. Not looking to sell just wondering how I did. Do not see enough carbines in my area to get a good read.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:48 PM
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Some people really like the very early serial numbers and will pay a few hundred to get one. The biggest problem is the late Inland barrel. I'm thinking $ 800 for a rebuilt possible import carbine. Add $ 150 for the early receiver. I'm thinking, would have had a 10 or 11-42 Underwood barrel.
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:42 PM
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Going through the box last night, I turned up this tag for the Carbine. For those of you ordering in the glory days, does this appear to be an original CMP grade tag?

https://imgur.com/KDVYepd
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Old 08-23-2019, 01:01 PM
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Going through the box last night, I turned up this tag for the Carbine. For those of you ordering in the glory days, does this appear to be an original CMP grade tag?

https://imgur.com/KDVYepd
Yes, I have a couple that look just like that. G-3 on the tag would signify a Service Grade
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Old 08-23-2019, 01:30 PM
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Going through the box last night, I turned up this tag for the Carbine. For those of you ordering in the glory days, does this appear to be an original CMP grade tag?

https://imgur.com/KDVYepd
Underwood started at 1,350,00 serial number. Thatís very early production!! Inland 44 barrel is a replacement.
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