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    A USMC Carbine with provenance:

    My friend Colonel Stratton (Major at the time) purchased several weapons from the Marine Corps, this one a 7-43 Underwood, as you can see purchased in 1949 for $31.26! Only upgrade appears to be the adjustable sight, muzzle just a tick over 1.0, original stock with cartouche and 'S-HB/flaming bomb' in sling well. In a senior moment I shot a four round 2 MOA today. He was a Camp Perry shooter, perhaps he picked this carbine for a reason. Thought you might enjoy. Semper Fi, Don



    I stand corrected. While the barrel is a 7-43 Underwood the receiver/SN is Standard Products. Thanks Tuna from the CSPicon forum.
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    One source says built around 8-43.

    Nice to have some paperwork. It would be nicer to have more pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF4M1sicon View Post
    One source says built around 8-43.

    Nice to have some paperwork. It would be nicer to have more pictures.
    Sorry Jim, didn't take a lot of photos as thought uniqueness was that it was purchased from the Corps in 1949, well before the DCM release. I wasn't aware an Officer could purchase a weapon in inventory. I have no history of what the Colonel did to the carbine after the purchase, nor of course any Marine Corps modifications before he acquired it. Semper Fi, Don


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    Don,

    That looks nice. Very nice.
    Right around the range for the start of adj sight. If I had to be picky, I don't know about the checkered safety, I don't think they used them. The type lV mag catch appears to have been changed. He must have wanted to use a 30 round mag.

    Is he still alive? Have you taken it apart? Curious as to the markings on the internals too. And the oiler and sling marking.

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    Wonder if he's any relation to old time Carbine Club member Michael Stratton?
    Michael, I believe was USN.
    Long time, early contributor to the Club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by painter777 View Post
    Wonder if he's any relation to old time Carbine Club member Michael Stratton?
    Michael, I believe was USN.
    Long time, early contributor to the Club.

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    Negative Charlie, no relation.

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    Don,

    That looks nice. Very nice.
    Right around the range for the start of adj sight. If I had to be picky, I don't know about the checkered safety, I don't think they used them. The type lV mag catch appears to have been changed. He must have wanted to use a 30 round mag.

    Is he still alive? Have you taken it apart? Curious as to the markings on the internals too. And the oiler and sling marking.
    We lost the Colonel several years ago, so many WW11 heros are departing. I'm leaving Arizona until next winter, will take it apart in October. S/F, Don
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    will take it apart in October

    Boy that's a long tease, but we'll stay tuned.
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    If you have Stratton's first and middle name you could share there are a lot of knowledgeable internet guys here that I bet could find all you ever wanted to know about him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Hollinger View Post
    If you have Stratton's first and middle name you could share there are a lot of knowledgeable internet guys here that I bet could find all you ever wanted to know about him.
    Robert Yates Stratton, two Bronze Stars, Pacific Campaign, 'Polar Bear' Brigade in Iceland before Pearl Harbor, then off to Pacific. Weapons Company Commander, Regular Marine (as opposed to Reserve). Last duty in States in mid 50's: Head, Ordnance Supply Section, Department of the Navy, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps, Washington D.C. His son and I were born 4 days apart at Camp Pendleton in '45, life long friends, my father also in the Pacific Campaign, Silver Star/Legion of Merit for landing on Bouganinville 1 November '43, retired full Colonel. S/F, Don
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    RIP Lieutenant Colonel Robert Yates Stratton

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