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otter6412
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PostSubject: M1 Carbine rear sight   M1 Carbine rear sight Icon_minitimeWed May 25, 2011 2:53 pm

Is this rear sight original? It is a flip sight with an apurture on one side and a V notch on the other. It has an S stamped on the side and looks machine made. It is on an Underwood. Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: M1 Carbine rear sight   M1 Carbine rear sight Icon_minitimeSat May 28, 2011 5:28 am

Your rear sight has been altered from an original. It should have two apertures but one has been filed down to make an open sight. This is a fairly common (though misguided) alteration.
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PostSubject: Re: M1 Carbine rear sight   M1 Carbine rear sight Icon_minitimeSun May 29, 2011 1:42 pm

Thanks. Was that something done in the field by the GI's? or a garage job back home.
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PostSubject: Re: M1 Carbine rear sight   M1 Carbine rear sight Icon_minitimeSun May 29, 2011 8:29 pm

It is definitely a home workshop job.
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Mikey 51
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PostSubject: Re: M1 Carbine rear sight   M1 Carbine rear sight Icon_minitimeFri Feb 03, 2012 6:36 am

In essence, you are right Woodsy, however new evidence is emerging. Some were cut like that in the field, just like some of the ears were cut off on the front sights. Cheers. Mike.
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PostSubject: Re: M1 Carbine rear sight   M1 Carbine rear sight Icon_minitimeFri Feb 03, 2012 8:38 am

Mike, I would be very interested to learn some info on these field mods as my first pattern carbine has the rear sight filed down on what is a very tidy and original high wood Inland carbine. I was going to restore the sight but may well leave it alone if there is evidence that these were done as field mods.
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PostSubject: Re: M1 Carbine rear sight   M1 Carbine rear sight Icon_minitimeSat Feb 04, 2012 6:45 am

Keep it as it is Woodsy. I've been studying this subject for some time now and the evidence is slowly coming together. A V cut into the rear sight, alone, or combined with the ears on the front sight being cut off, can indicate that the Carbine is a pearl !. More so in those found from the PTO than the ETO. I have pics of several examples. I have your email address somewhere, will try and find it. Cheers. Mike.
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PostSubject: Re: M1 Carbine rear sight   M1 Carbine rear sight Icon_minitimeSat Feb 04, 2012 11:09 pm

Mike, I just had another look at my carbines and I have two with the modified rear sight. My standard M1 on the left and my M1A1 on the right. Both of these are early high wood guns found in NZ and presumably ex PTO.
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PostSubject: Re: M1 Carbine rear sight   M1 Carbine rear sight Icon_minitimeTue Feb 07, 2012 5:33 am

Thanks for those photos guys, Great stuff !. Mike.
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