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My M1 Carbine Is A Mixmaster.....Here's Why

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Gentlemen:

 

I ran across a thread on another site which featured these interesting LIFE magazine pics and thought they might be useful here. They were apparently taken at Lackland AFB in January, 1951, early in the Korean War.

 

Looks like these guys are pulling some Carbines out of storage and getting them cleaned up. Understandably none of these airmen appear terribly concerned about making certain all parts are matching and correct.

 

With apologies to Col. Kilgore, I love the smell of Cosmoline in the morning....smells like Victory! B)

 

USAF Carbine Cleaning at Lackland AFB 1951 a.JPG

 

USAF Carbine Cleaning at Lackland AFB 1951 b.JPG

 

USAF Carbine Cleaning at Lackland AFB 1951 c.JPG

 

USAF Carbine Cleaning at Lackland AFB 1951 d.JPG

 

Regards,

Charlie

 

 

 

 


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Oh man that's hard to look at, assuming those carbines were most likely matching serials before then. You can almost hear carbine collectors wincing in pain!


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Were there any captions with these photos?

 

These maybe mostly airmen, but notice they are not uniform.

 

Base gun club? Civilian Marksmanship Program?


Gil Burket
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of the Vietnam War

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Yep I noticed that too.....not in uniform.


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"I know, i know, Bill, but i just can't help thinking these will be worth a lot of money someday if we don't mix up all the parts..."

 

There's a caption!


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Interesting photos. Hey......I think I see my carbine!

 

 

 

Frank


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Were there any captions with these photos?

 

 

 

Hi Gil:

 

Nope, there were no captions and nothing other than the location and date. These guys look like airmen to me given their ages and haircuts. Can't imagine why they are doing this work in civvy clothes, however. I am guessing that they are probably not raw recruits as they would not yet know how to break down and clean the carbine. So, a little bit of a mystery there.

 

Regards,

Charlie


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Didn't see any M1A1s in the piles, and it looks like most of the barrels have bayonet lugs. Great photos!

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And I bet all those crates went into the "warming fire"!!!

 

We used to get to wear PT gear for especially grubby working parties, such as washing jeeps at the motor pool, or to washing rubber boats at the SCUBA Locker, etc.

And I bet that NCO in the background of the 3rd photo told them "We'll secure for the weekend as soon as we get all these rifles cleaned".


Semper Fi!

Sgt. BARney

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The carbines look like they just came from long term storage.. cosmoline!. The "NCO" in the background is an Airman Third Class, E2, probably just finished basic training himself. I pulled 'cleaning' detail at the range at Sampson AFB in 1955. I can tell you there is no such thing as an original all matching GI carbine, unless never in the hands of the troops.... The only time we had 'civies' was prior to the issue of uniforms. Fatigues in a day or two, summer kakis in the first week and winter blues after four weeks. We were issued WWII one piece coveralls for fatigue use. (That's where the heringbone Ike jackets come from, top half of coveralls).

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Looks like most of the barrels have bayonet lugs already on them


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M1 Carbines were frequently "mixmasters" when they left the ten factories that were making them in WWII. The factories all shared parts and any rifle with one arsenal stamp on the receiver would likely have a different factories stamp on other pieces. http://www.uscarbinecal30.com/

 

After WWII rifles got parts during refurbs from foreign contries as well.

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