Unknown .30M1 Carbine package


#1

A good friend collector has got some .30M1 packages, but we don’t know anything about it, proberly it’s WWII, but we’re not sure.

Who can tell more?


#2

Typical Wax wrap of WWII and Korean War Captured US Ammo done by PRC for storage. I have seen same waxy paper re-packs of Clipped .30/06 ammo that came from PRC in 1980s-90s. The ammo was all WW II dated US makers.

During the end of WW II and the Chinese revolution ( 1946-49) much US ammo was shipped to China to the Nationalists…a lot fell into the hands of Mao’s Communists, and was used in Korea as well. Then quite a lot of US ammo was also taken in Korea. Since the Chinese did not use much of US equipment after 1953, the ammo was repacked and stored…some going to North Vietnam in the 60s and 70s. What was left ended up being exported to USA and Australia in the 80s and 90s.
regards,
Doc AV


#3

It looks like those are standard empty 15 round M1 carbine magazines, not ammunition, or even filled magazines.


#4

Yes, they are standard US manufacturer’s packaging of M1 carbine magazines…didn’t look closely enough at the detail…but the Chinese did use a similar packaging material for ammo, hence my misreading of the photos.

BTW, it is WW II usage, Australia used the same wax/oily paper to wrap its Owen Gun magazines for tropical shipment ( 5 mags per pack)…I have several packs still un-opened. The Magazines are WW II isue, with camouflage paint on the exterior ( out side the mag well); the mags. metal are normnally “blued” (actually Black).

Whilst not a “cartridge find”, it is associated with cartridge collecting, but more appropriate to a “gun collection”.

Doc AV
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#5

The 15 round magazines were initially delivered individually wrapped (in a variety of wrappings) in a cardboard box holding 100 magazines.
Individual wrappings included a transparent red cellophane, brown kraft paper with a oil barrier coating on one side, brown kraft paper in an envelope form, and probably others, depending on maker.

The five round packaging seems to have been post-WW2 when magazines were packed in multi-packs like the one shown, along with other accessories, such as a sling and oiler and handled under a different stock number for the accessory pack instead of having to order numerous individual items.


#6

Hi collectors

Thanks a lot for this information!
We did not open the package, so we don’t know anything about markings on the mags, but the’re unloaded, according the weight.

Tnx!
Jaco