Discussion in 'German Light Weapons' started by harolds, Mar 9, 2017.
...the German infantry weapon with the waffenamt designation "selbstladedkarabiner 455(a)"?
German designation referring to captured US M1 Carbines. Rough translation: Self Loading Carbine, Model 455 (American).
There were Wehrmacht designations for an incredibly diverse array of captured weapons. The "( _)" identified the country of origin.
Yes, Alan, I know. I just ran across this little tidbit a short while ago and posted it as sort of a quiz. I can't see the Wehrmacht creating a waffenamt designation for just the odd carbine picked up in the field so there must have been a fairly large number is German hands.I wonder if they actually brought them to a central location and then issued them with captured ammo. If so did they stamp a waffenamt number on them like they did with other captured weapons? (Eagle/455(a) I suppose). A carbine with a WA mark on it would be a real find!
Some interesting reading here: http://luger.gunboards.com/showthread.php?11369-US-M1-carbine-with-German-WWII-Waffenamt-proofmark&
Wow! I know the e/135 is a mauser proof so that's where they probably took them to be proofed. The Germans must also have captured a fair amount of ammo in order to make it worthwhile. I wonder what happened to those carbines....? Oh yes, thanks for sharing that site!