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M-1 Carbines - What To Look For

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PinkhamR, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. PinkhamR

    PinkhamR Altus, Oklahoma MSgt, USAF (Retired)-FFL Lifetime Supporter

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    I am in the process of trading for an Underwood .30 Carbine (Circa WWII) and wonder if there are any items I should specifically check for. The rifle is just a shooter and it appears that the stock has been sanded down. Other then making sure that 'Blue Sky' isn't stamped on the barrel are there any specific areas that I should check out?

    Thanx for your help .....
     
  2. Civil

    Civil Oregon Member

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    Read the Scott Duff books.....:thumbup:
     
  3. BSG 75

    BSG 75 Oregon Well-Known Member

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    The main weak spot is the bolt. The right lug can sometimes develop a crack, so check the bolt.

    USGI carbine ammo was noncorrosive. The bore should be in excellent condition.
     
  4. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    slightly pull back on bolt and pull trigger it should not fire if it does it is able to fire from an open bolt condition which is very dangerous.
     
  5. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Look for a worn extractor, too.

    +1 regarding the Duff texts.

    Keith
     
  6. PinkhamR

    PinkhamR Altus, Oklahoma MSgt, USAF (Retired)-FFL Lifetime Supporter

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    Thanx for all of the input. I really appreciate it. :)