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M1 carbine oilers

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The CMP has just started selling oilers for the M1 carbine at very reasonable prices, this got me thinking. I've found very little information on oilers and a lot of it is contradictory. How do you tell real USGI oilers from reproductions? I remember being told USGI oilers were made with a leather gasket in the top, not a rubber o-ring. Also, how do you tell WWII oilers from post-war? Is there a reliable list of manufacturer markings like you can find for carbine magazines?

 

I see a lot of new looking oilers with rubber o-rings marked IS at gun shows and online. I assume these are reproductions of genuine International Silver oilers.

 

Thanks!

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Original WWII oilers had a leather washer. Post war used the rubber o-ring, but rubber o-rings were substitute when they were repaired. All war time oilers were marked with the manufactures code until mid-1943. After that they were all marked "IS" except "BW" and "SW". First letter is for Subcontractor and second letter is for Prime contractor. Post war oilers were marked "BK", "SJ", "KJ", "Poley Bros & Verson, Inc., Dallas, Texas" or unmarked. Credit to Crag Riesch, U.S. M1 Carbines, Wartime Production. Get a copy, it's a good reference that's affordable.

On your question about M1 magazine markings, there is a table that covers all Manufactures codes in the Riesch book.

I"ll take a stab at it and say that any unmarked oilers are post war, other than covered above.

If you want minty then go for the new ones. Me......I'll take a bach of the "Bad" ones and refinish them or repair them. Some WWII codes are hard to find. If I studyed them I'm shure I could tell a original mint one from a new repro. Maybe someone will chime in here and let you know what the tell is. ;)


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