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    first carbine unboxing

    I just picked up my midwayusa m1 carbine - nice lady at my ffl let me swing by after work without making an appointment. Am I the first to get mine? It was certainly fast. I was very worried at first. Tracking said 1 of 8 and I panicked that maybe due to lack of coffee tues. morning I bought 8 by accident! I guess 7 others in my area landed one too.

    Overall impression...I think I got my money's worth. very-good-to-fine national postal meter. some dried carbon + grease around the chamber mouth, but no rust visible anywhere. The usual very strong fresh-from-the-ole-crate surplus smell was present. The bolt cycles veeerrrry smooth. The trigger group is a little jiggly, first carbine so no comparison for what is normal.

    The stock is NPM//FJA marked, with usual dings. the metal seems to have 100% finish left, so maybe it was the stock dings and scratches that dropped it from standing out as fine. the only metal wear is on the edges of the buttplate.



    Inside the lower sling cut are some letters stamped into the wood on 2 lines...TR??LE//TN. I'll have to look that up

    I need to find some mags, dies, and brass now. Work is very hectic this and next month. Haven't seen my kids or dog awake for several days now. Once it lets up I'll add plenty of pictures.

    EDIT: Took me a while to find time to take pics - they start at post 22 here https://www.milsurps.com/showthread....l=1#post500913
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    Looking forward to seeing pics of your NPM.

    TRIMBLE
    Trimble Nurseryland Furniture was the stock supplier for NPM.

    You might find this interesting.
    Company switched from meters to munitions during WWII

    After contacting Mr. Memmott (author of that article), I tried contacting the museum curator in Rochester a couple times, that may have duplicates in storage of the NPM employee news letters but never got a response from Email or VM. That was couple years ago.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgross View Post
    Tracking said 1 of 8 and I panicked that maybe due to lack of coffee tues. morning I bought 8 by accident!
    You knew deep down you needed one of each contractor available at the time.
    Regards, Jim

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    I love looking for info on the subcontractors in the war effort. It is amazing that some of them would be associated to making war materials. I found this article on the Trimble Nurseyland Furniture.

    TrimbleMakesStocks - Newspapers.com

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    I found Trimble within minutes of posting! - I was too excited to be the first person to post about theirs to do my homework first. Is the TN for made in Tennessee?
    This morning, my wife could smell the musty goodness in my basement shop from upstairs...and my secret is out....in the garage to De-gas for a while with some of my old bakelite phone parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgross View Post
    I found Trimble within minutes of posting! - I was too excited to be the first person to post about theirs to do my homework first. Is the TN for made in Tennessee?
    This morning, my wife could smell the musty goodness in my basement shop from upstairs...and my secret is out....in the garage to De-gas for a while with some of my old bakelite phone parts.
    No, the TN means trimble nursery
    "good night Chesty, Wherever You Are"

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    Brownells has surplus carbine mags still in the wrap...midway didn't include mags to avoid state regulations.
    https://www.brownells.com/aspx/searc...057&pid=138219
    With so many rifles sold on tues., I bet they will sell out fast!

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    The TN means Trimble to NPM
    N was NPM's contractor code.

    Like LW-B is Lumb Woodworking to IBM


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    Quote Originally Posted by ncin1911 View Post
    The TN means Trimble to NPM
    N was NPM's contractor code.

    Like LW-B is Lumb Woodworking to IBM
    Thank you for correcting my misinformation, I always thought it just stood for Trimble nursery. Now I know only the first initial stands for Trimble nursery.thank you
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    "good night Chesty, Wherever You Are"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jond41403 View Post
    Thank you for correcting my misinformation, I always thought it just stood for Trimble nursery. Now I know only the first initial stands for Trimble nursery.thank you
    This will be helpful regarding stocks.
    The U.S. Caliber .30 Carbine Stocks & Handguards

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