This manual is not for the M1 Carbine novice.
SA-ITM-S201 Carbines Cal. .30, M2 and M3 Ordnance Inspector Training Manual
SA-ITM-S201 Carbines Cal. .30, M2 and M3 Ordnance Inspector Training Manual - Basically, this book dissects every assembly down to the individual parts; the publication then describes the materials, heat treatment, machining tolerances, tools, gages, inspection procedures, protective finish, and acceptance procedures for the individual M2 and M3 Carbine parts. The book is 265 pages long and contains numerous pictures and diagrams of the gages, testing procedures, and parts used for the M2 and M3 Carbines. Obviously, there are only a few minor differences between the M1 and M2-M3 Carbines involving the trigger group (and M3 receiver) - so nearly all of the manual would apply to the M1 Carbine. Go to: http://www.nicolausassociates.com/M1_Carbine.htm to see more pictures and additional descriptions of the manual.