Publisher: Collector Grade Publications, Inc.
Edition: Deluxe Classic Edition, 1992
Item Number: B103
Hardcover / 512pp, 398 Illustrations
By Larry L. Ruth
A year-long contest amongst America’s military and civilian gun designers led to the adoption of a last-minute Winchester entry as “US Carbine, Caliber .30, M1” in October, 1941. From the first trickle of “Inlands” in June, 1942 through to a combined production peak of over 500,000 units per month in December, 1943, over six million carbines were manufactured by a total of ten prime contractors, until program termination in 1945.
WAR BABY! is an in-depth account of the carbine’s production history, component variations, production methods, subcontractors, and markings. Perhaps most importantly, the INTEGRATION of components among the prime contractors, a process often resorted to during wartime to keep production moving, is addressed in detail; so don’t trade off that “incorrect” carbine until you read what Larry Ruth has to say in this book!