The M1 is an M2 without the rangefinder mechanism. There is also a MD which is an M2 without viewfinder and rangefinder. How did the M1 fit in the grand scheme of things? Was it a budget model for 35mm wide angle shooters to scale focus? Was it developed to torment photography majors at art schools? Did Leica have an overstock of body parts it somehow had to get rid of? I know that some M1s were adapted for shooting phone meters or something like that but what about the rest? What was Leica hoping to achieve with this model and what did people buy them for? Curious am I.