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David Marshall "Carbine" Williams
Birth: Nov. 13, 1900
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1975
Raleigh
Wake County
North Carolina, USA

Inventor. Born in Cumberland County, North Carolina, he was nicknamed "Carbine" for being the designer of the short-stroke tappet gas piston system for the M1 Carbine rifle used by the US Military. While serving time at Caledonia State Prison in Halifax County, he was assigned to the prison's machine shop where he repaired the weapons for the guards. It was there, he began building lathes, plus other tools and then parts for guns. He invented the short-stroke piston and the floating chamber principles, and upon his release from prison in 1929, he went to Washington, DC to show his work to the War Department. In 1931, he got his first contract to modify the .30 caliber Brownings which resulted in the M1 Carbine rifle manufactured by Winchester. In 1952, actor Jimmy Steward portrayed him in the Warner Bros. film "Carbine Williams". Williams' floating chamber was also used in the military .22 Browning machinegun, Colt .45 automatic pistol and versions of the automatic sporting rifles. He died at age 74 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Margaret Isabell Cook Williams (1900 - 1988)*
 
 Children:
  David Marshall Williams (1938 - 2010)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Bluff Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Godwin
Cumberland County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: J. Claud Williams Family Plot
 
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Record added: Dec 12, 2002
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- Lazer
 Added: Jul. 5, 2014
You dont have to hang your head for anyone!! My dad was a gunsmith & many times I have heard him speak of you & what you did for improving guns! I understand the WWII gun saved many of our boys lives because it never failed to shoot when the trigger was p...(Read more)
- Garlene Frazier
 Added: Jun. 21, 2014
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