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M1 Carbine back from Parkerizing

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by CAL30M1, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. CAL30M1

    CAL30M1 Longview, WA Active Member

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    I just got my Underwood back from Shuff's Parkerizing in Michigan and couldn't be happier. Turnaround time was only 8 calendar days door-to-door and only $125!!! Washington State to Michigan and back... Holy Cow!!

    It began as an early matching Underwood that Bubba got ahold of in the 1940's or 50's. Whomever had polished the park off and attempted to blue it. After years of neglect (sitting in a garage) it was rusting up pretty good.

    I bought for cheap to rescue it and cleaned it up as best as I could but it really needed to be refinished. After much consideration I opted to have it zinc parkerized.

    Here's some before and after shots.

    (notice the ears were ground off the front site)
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    Back from Shuffs

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  2. Rix

    Rix Tacoma Active Member

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    Nice!!
    I need to get my underwood finished.....
     
  3. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    Purdy!
     
  4. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Glad you fixed Bubba's work. It looks good :) .

    Keith
     
  5. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Very nice restoration work. Nice to see one without the type 3 parts, and it's a round bolt to boot.

    Work in progress, this one is not mine but what mine well look like when I get the last few bits.


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  6. CAL30M1

    CAL30M1 Longview, WA Active Member

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    Are you going to be using a genuine M1A1 stock or using a new production one?
    I would love to have an original myself, someday. I have a reproduction but it's a display item since I had it signed by Veteran Don Malarkey of the Band of Brothers.

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  7. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    My stock is an older repro. It has a serial number stamped, correct park and leather but brass rivets. I've read that the Italian Army had some of the made. I know the price on originals has gotten obscene. I played with carbines back in the 70's then got away from them. Recently got back and I'm shocked at today's prices. I remember buying a nice rifle for $80 or less.
     
  8. CAL30M1

    CAL30M1 Longview, WA Active Member

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    I just got the original highwood stock finished. I use the term "stock" loosely since it's mostly glue and brass pins. (probably run over my an LVT somewhere in the Pacific)

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  9. stackinchips

    stackinchips Portland, OR Member

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    very nice man. I love the carbine
     
  10. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Excellent job, I see no signs of repair.

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  11. 74sporty

    74sporty metro portland Active Member

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    wow, what a transformation! your rifle looks like a million bucks! parkerizing looks great. did you send the rifle dissassembled?
     
  12. CAL30M1

    CAL30M1 Longview, WA Active Member

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    It's all about camera angle ;)
     
  13. CAL30M1

    CAL30M1 Longview, WA Active Member

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    I sent the just the action, assembled. Shuff's took care of the rest.

     
  14. 74sporty

    74sporty metro portland Active Member

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    thanks! seems like a great value for a mere $125. imma do it to my mini14!