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Old 01-31-2010, 04:21 PM
Doc30_06 Doc30_06 is offline
 
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Just received my rack grade Underwood this past week. It is a "B" code #2661650. Anyone know the approximate date of manufacturer? I know Underwood carbines were assembled out of order. Barrel is Underwood, 1 or 2-44. I am guessing a replacement.

Also, does anyone know what trigger housing would be correct for my carbine? I have been looking at a few different sources and can't seem to figure out if it would be the milled or stamped/brazed.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:38 PM
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I also have a B code Underwood and the barrel date is 12/43. My serial number is a little before yours. I would say that the chances are that the barrel is correct.
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:50 PM
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Serial numbers 2352520 to 2912519 were completed in March or April of 1944 (Ruth & Duff)
Housings were milled until August 1943 then fabricated from September until the end of production.
The fabicated housing was marked with a U inside mag well and Ordnance bomb frequently on bottom. (War Baby)

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Old 01-31-2010, 05:00 PM
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Can anyone explain how Underwood could have completed over 500,000 in 2 months? Plus finish up the 4 .06-4.07 million guns and the 6 million range of the serial number assignned?
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:10 PM
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So stamped/brazed t housing would be correct?

As for the barrel, I just can't figure out if it is a correct date or not. I have been looking up other examples of "B" codes and they all seem to have '43 barrels. But given that Underwood assembled their rifles not consecutively maybe a very early '44 is possible.
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:20 AM
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I will agree that it is an old question but, it has been answered. You just started filling in a blank for the new guys.We know that Mar/Apr 1944 Underwood produced over 87,000 carbines as stated in War Baby. We also know that Underwoods carbine contract was cancelled in Apr 44. So we can derive from the numbers we have, that Underwood was making carbines in the sub contract range in 1943. You can see this with barrel dates on the B,T,S and W receiver guns. We have an approximate serial number from when Underwood stopped in the 4 million range to start on the sub contract receivers,then when they finished up the 4 million range serial numbers. We don`t have a day date this all happened but, you can almost guarantee a good month for the understanding of how Underwood was operating at the time.
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