I was at a local Pawn shop last week and noticed this M1 Carbine looking gun. Having a soft spot in my heart for M1 Carbines I asked about it. Turns out it is an Iver Johnson version of the M1 Carbine made in West Germany by Erma-Werke. Price looked right and so I walked out with it. Shoots really nicely and it could become one of my favorite rimfired rifles.
From what I understand the US gave the West German military a bunch of M1 Carbines after the war and these were initially manufactured to be used by the West German military to train in the use of the M1 Carbine, but used 22 long rifle instead of the 30 Carbine as a cost savings measure. Later these were exported around the world and in the US imported by several different companies including Iver Johnson.
With big brother above...