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NPM Cal .30 Carbine, M1
« on: April 14, 2016, 04:58:38 AM »
It's been a while since I posted something from my collection, so I thought it was time to rectify that! Below is the first WW2 US firearm I acquired way back in the 1980s. This being the UK it is of course a deactivated weapon, but although rendered incapable of firing it pretty much does everything else! It's a National Postal Meter carbine, circa 1943. Like almost all WW2 carbines it's been subjected to an arsenal upgrade by virtue of the addition of the adjustable sight, spot welded over the original flip sight, almost obscuring the NPM maker's mark, the later pattern safety catch and the late pattern barrel band with an integral bayonet bar designed to take the M4 bayonet, which itself was just a conversion of the M3 fighting knife. The debate as to whether these modifications reached troops in the PTO very late in the war continues to rage with various grainy pics being posted on collectors' websites purporting to confirm this...but the jury's still out! If the modifications did reach front-line troops before the cessation of hostilities it would have been in comparatively small numbers.

I added a few original WW2 accessories to the weapon to exemplify what was typically done during WW2, especially the twin mag pouch on the butt and the muzzle cover.

The M4 bayonet is an original UTICA example with a leather washer grip and in an M8 scabbard modified by the addition of a belt hanger.

Other accessories include an original WW2 FM and Winchester .30 cartridge box. Thanks for looking.
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Re: NPM Cal .30 Carbine, M1
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2016, 05:01:28 AM »
More images....
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Re: NPM Cal .30 Carbine, M1
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2016, 05:03:11 AM »
And a few more....
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Re: NPM Cal .30 Carbine, M1
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2016, 05:33:56 AM »
very nice looking carbine, Ian. what a shame it's been intentionally rendered inoperable. the very notion that people can't be trusted to own rifles is difficult for me.
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Re: NPM Cal .30 Carbine, M1
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2016, 05:40:35 AM »
Thanks Ron. It's all a matter of culture. Although Britain conquered much of the world by force of arms during the days of the Empire, there has never been a gun culture among the civilian population. In fact, outside of my militaria collector friends, I can't think of anyone I know who has even held a gun, let alone fired one! It's the norm and is just something which is not done here.
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Re: NPM Cal .30 Carbine, M1
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2016, 09:42:43 AM »
What was done to deactivate her?

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Re: NPM Cal .30 Carbine, M1
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2016, 09:52:24 AM »
What was done to deactivate her?

Not 100% sure about that one Gary. There's no visible sign of it. I presume it involved machining the firing-pin / bolt? Whatever it was it's supposed to be irreversible.
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Re: NPM Cal .30 Carbine, M1
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2016, 10:18:59 AM »
Nice NPM carbine!

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Re: NPM Cal .30 Carbine, M1
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2016, 10:52:35 PM »
What was done to deactivate her?

Not 100% sure about that one Gary. There's no visible sign of it. I presume it involved machining the firing-pin / bolt? Whatever it was it's supposed to be irreversible.

Ian do you how to take the bolt out of the receiver? I'd be interested in seeing the bolt face and the rear of the bold.  At least you can mount the bayonet and conduct a bayonet charge.

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Re: NPM Cal .30 Carbine, M1
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2016, 10:58:15 AM »
Ian, nice M1 carbine!! 8)
I was debating to myself if I should add this picture of my M1 carbine, but why not, this is the "Freedom Forum".
Be warned, those of you out there please do not repeat this "scenario" with your weapons.
This picture was taken around 1980, my first time home after I decided to stay in Germany, my Class A uniform still fit.
From L to R, my old Marine Corps buddy, with my M1 carbine, my ma (bless her soul) with the tommy gun, a commemorative belonging to my Marine Corps buddy, and your's truly.
And my Denix toy M1 carbine, that I used at different events over here, pouch, clips, and shoulder strap original.

« Last Edit: April 16, 2016, 11:00:12 AM by Dr. Davis »
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