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M1 Carbine, Saginaw Steering Gear

The Saginaw Steering Gear Division of General Motors was not only a prime contractor for the M1 Carbine, they also picked up the lagging production of a competing firm, Irwin Pederson.  This story is more fully told as part of the Irwin Pederson Carbine story.  These carbines are referred to as SG or Saginaw production (as opposed to S'G' or Grand Rapids production).

 differentiated, and their subsequent name changes have given rise to several carbine myths.  Understanding this timeline will clear up the myths.

National Postal Meter changed its name to Commercial Controls in early 1945.  Soon after that, the company again changed its name to Rochester Defense Corporation.  Rochester Defense was acquired by Fredan Corporation in ??.  Fredan was subsequently acquired by Singer Sewing Machine in 196??

There were a small number of carbines made by this firm and marked with the Commercial Controls name.  No carbines were made by or marked with the Rochester Defense, Fredan or Singer names.  Singer (totally unrelated to its 20 year later purchase of Nat'l Postal Meter) did subcontract receivers to some of the prime contractors.  These were denoted by an S on the receiver bevel, but not by the name Singer.

This first piece is from the first Quality Hardware contract.  It is in excellent original condition, with all original sling, oiler, stock mag pouch, 3 15 round mags, and canvas case.

NOT FOR SALE AT THIS TIME

This next piece is from the second Quality Hardware contract.  It is in excellent original condition, with all original sling, oiler, stock mag pouch, 3 15 round mags, and canvas case.

NOT FOR SALE AT THIS TIME

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