I have this 1943, 5794XXX, Winchester M1 Carbine, correct except for the stock, which is birch. I can find no reference book that mentions non-walnut stocks being used by WRA during their manufacture of the Carbine. Therefore I think the stock/guard are bogus. Am I correct in thinking that’s the case?
November 26, 2014
December 3, 2017
American Black Walnut was the approved M1 Carbine wood. Yellow birch was approved and used during WW2. Sprague and Carleton made a fine birch stock used by IBM. No evidence Winchester used birch though.
Are their any markings on the stock or the sling well? Also, looking down on the stock nose check for the letters SA.
Thanks . Stock is marked with cannon cartouche as well as unboxed WRA/GHD. W in sling cut. Stamps look too good to be original. Bought on Ebay, which advertised as Winchester. My assumption of walnut was wrong, Stock shows up and it’s not only fake, but birch as well. So much for Ebay.