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    Hello all. I have an Inland M1icon Carbine that I bought 6 years ago in Pensacola at a gun show. I know that it was one of the many that was contracted out to another country. It has an import stamp on the bottom of the barrel just forward of the bayonet lug (C.A.I). It has the SN stamped into the right side of the stock, and what appears to be a rack number just forward of the sling slot. Given the details provided, is there any way to tell where it may have been imported from? Any thing else I should look for that could give me clues? Thank you.


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    Hi shooter, some pictures might help answer your questions. I believe the Israeli's stamped serial numbers on the left side near the sling well. Is it an Inland serial number? What does the rack number look like?

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    If you send Century your serial number (all digits, no X's), and ask the right person nicely, perhaps they can look up in their records what date your rifle was imported, and then from there, where?

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    Israel stamped the serial number in a large font on the LH side of the stock under the comb, and some transverse at the oiler cut. Does the serial number match the number on the stock? If it does, you can assume the carbine was in that stock in Israel. 'Israeli' carbines are prized because they took such good care of them using only U.S. parts and methods.

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    Thank you all for the info. I have included a photo of the SN,as well as a strange painted on marking that I am not sure is authentic or not. The SN does match the one on the receiver.



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    I don't think I've ever seen the serial stamped on the right side like that, but it's absolutely in the Israeli return style. I doubt very much that any marking on this gun would been monkeyed around with due to its chain of custody in a way. The only Israeli return I ever owned was an Underwood with a B coded Singer receiver. It actually had several original parts on it too and was probably something I should have held onto instead of selling it.

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    Looks like the Israeli stamping dies but the location is odd. I guess it is one. The painted numbers are a rack number. The 'Xs' could be anything - could mean 'Ship it'. I guess they needed a method to mark the carbines to be sent to the importer. Just a guess.

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    oh, and your oiler is upside down

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    Quote Originally Posted by cali201 View Post
    oh, and your oiler is upside down
    I have never seen a return with oil. Though I have seen US GI oilers in returned carbines, to me, this appears not to be US GI same for the sling.

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    I agree, that's the first thing I noticed - appears to be a repro sling and oiler. My CAI import had the remains of the sling that Israel used, still on it. Kind of a rope like thing with some leather pieces if I remember correctly. I think they fastened through the sling well with no oiler needed. Seems like we have some pictures of Israel carbines somewhere on the site showing these slings. - Bob

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