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M-1 Carbine Repair

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by jbett98, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Any knowledgeable M-1 Carbine owners around.
    I have a specific question regarding a newly acquired Plainfield made carbine "receiver" issue that might need attention before I shoot it.
    Any solid advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mac9990

    mac9990 Salem, Oregon Member

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    What's the question?
     
  3. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The left side guide rail that the left bolt lug slides on before going into battery, has a piece of metal broken off.
    It is exactly opposite of the scalloped machined area located under the right side rail.
    The white paper shows the area I am concerned about.
     
  4. mac9990

    mac9990 Salem, Oregon Member

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    Did you get it this way? It may be fixable by a good welder, not sure about cause. Could be everything from a hot reload to being dropped, some bubba prying to remove the bolt, etc. Where did you get the carbine?
     
  5. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    The feed lips in a 30 carbine like a FAL are cut into the reveiver. And not as much the magzine as say an ar-15. Is that what you are talking about?
     
  6. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The left rail has defiantly been broken.
    It looks like the previous owner tried to pry open a stuck bolt.
    I showed it to a gunsmith and he said to try a couple of rounds and see how it performs, before I try any type of repair.
    The gun was missing the slide spring and the recoil plate screw.
    My guess is that it jammed out in the field, they tried to un-jam it with a screw driver and a rock.
    They then proceeded to break off the piece of rail and also lose the spring and screw at the same time.
     
  7. ronin223

    ronin223 Portland Active Member

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    I also don't think it is broken. I just looked at 2 of my carbines and they all have a portion of the rail missing there. Not as ugly as yours but then again yours is a plainfield which is a clone reciever.

    Since that rail does not act as engagement for the bolt head. Just shoot it
     
  8. woody06

    woody06 Southern Oregon New Member

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    My WWII GI carbine has the same cut out but it looks smoother than yours and not quite as deep into the rail.
     
  9. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Just wear goggles or maybe a Jason hockey mask when firing it and call it good :)
     
  10. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    When in doubt, I just hand it to my friend first and say, "check out this cool rifle I just picked up" and then stand back a ways.