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Posted - 05/29/2008 :  10:08:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit WarBaby's Homepage Send WarBaby a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Barrel Skirt: The thin rim of metal protruding partially into the receiver at the breech end of the barrel.
Bluing: A chemical or heat process by which the top layers of steel or iron are oxidized to a blue-black color. The objective is to darken metal to prevent glare, rather than to prevent rusting.
Braze: The method for joining certain metals by allowing a mixture of melted brass and silver to flow between the joints.
Breech: The rear end of the barrel; the chamber.
Butt: Refers to the end of the stock, which presses against the shoulder.
Butt Plate: Metal cap made to fit the end of the buttstock to prevent splintering.
Cartouche: A stamp impressed into wood or metal. Cartouches on firearms usually denote quality-control acceptance or identify a maker.
Casting: A process by which molten metal is poured into a mold to form a part.
Crossed Cannon Cartouche: Quality-control acceptance mark applied by U.S. Army Ordnance Department inspectors to stocks. It consists of two crossed cannons behind a belt. Sometimes referred to by collectors as the "Ordnance Wheel."
Crown: To machine the muzzle of a barrel to produce a rounded end.
De-mill: To remove a firearm from military inventory by cutting or crushing the receiver.
Detent: A protrusion used for locking one part into or against another.
Finial: The male portion of the "Lift-the-Dot" fastener.
Forging: To form metal with a mechanical or hydraulic hammer against a die.
Integral: Formed as a unit; a part of the whole.
In-the-White: A steel part left in its natural "white" color without the application of bluing or parkerizing.
Left Side: When held in the firing position, the side of the firearm to your left.
Lift-the-Dot Fastener: A patented device for closing cloth pouches and attaching cloth or leather equipment. Adopted in 1917 by the U.S. Army.
Lug: A raised tab or fitting, which fits into a recess to locate another part.
Magazine: A container for cartridges that attaches to the carbine. M1 and M2 Carbines used magazines with a capacity of either 15 or 30 rounds.
Manufacturer's Code: The manufacturer of an M1 Carbine part was required to stamp their name or other identifying code on all major parts.
Milled: To produce a finished metal part from a billet by mechanical cutting tools.
Muzzle: The forward end of the barrel.
Ordnance Flaming Bomb: Quality-control check mark applied by
U.S. Army Ordnance Department inspectors to metal parts. It is a flaming mortar bomb, sometimes referred to by collectors as the "Flaming Bomb."
Parkerize: A chemical process by which diluted posphoric acid is applied to metal to confer a greater degree of rustproofing that is possible with bluing. The resulting finish eliminated glare and reflection. Many parts of the M1 Carbine were "parkerized" after being lightly sandblasted to produce better adhesion. Due to a second sandblasting, refinished parts were usually characterized by a rougher finish.
Rails: A.) Grooved areas of the receiver in which the bolt travels. B.) The top and bottom edges of the magazine catch, which slide into the trigger housing grooves.
Receiver: The part that contains the barrel, bolt, and the trigger housing.
Refurbish: To rebuild, refinish and otherwise restore to full operational condition a carbine or other firearm. Refurbishments done for the U.S. military were governed by specific procedures outlined in U.S. Army and Air Force technical manuals.
Right Side: When held in the firing position, the side of the firearm to your right.
Selective Fire: The ability to change a firearm's mode of operation from semi-automatic to full automatic fire.
Short Cycle: Because of insufficient gas pressure or obstruction, the bolt will only travel far enough to the rear to eject the empty case but not "pick up" another from the magazine on its return.
Sight Aperture: Round opening in the rear sight.
Stamping: The use of mechanical or hydraulic means to cut and form sheet steel into various parts.
Stock Barrel Channel: The channel at the front inside of the stock that the barrel rests in. The length was increased in late 1944 from 3.15" to 4.15" by Inland and Winchester to eliminate the inside breakage at the band spring hole.
Swage: Compressing ot forming metal into a specific shape.
Unserviceable: A.) Small arms in the military service that become damaged or unsafe. B.) An M1 Carbine sold through the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM) in the 1960's that was safe to shoot but did not meet current military specifications, such as not having a bayonet lug, adjustable sight, etc.
Weld: Using heat to join two pieces of steel by melting them together.

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Posted - 05/29/2008 :  11:17:02 PM  Show Profile Send H.S. Mantooth Jr. a Private Message  Reply with Quote

This is great for the new or inexperienced shooter's/collectors. Thanks

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Posted - 05/31/2008 :  06:05:08 AM  Show Profile Send MrJitters a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, excellent. Thanx.


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Posted - 05/31/2008 :  06:13:58 AM  Show Profile Send Devious6 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is great!!

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Posted - 06/04/2008 :  5:26:54 PM  Show Profile Send starislon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you very much, the list is a big help.

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Posted - 09/01/2010 :  8:55:54 PM  Show Profile Send oldbrk42 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Some things just cease to interest me and this Forum just doesn't. It just keeps getting better. I learn more about Carbines than I can remember but I try to use it all. oldbrk42
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