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M1 Carbine Question

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by SigShooter, May 25, 2015.

  1. SigShooter

    SigShooter Beaverton Member

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    I am wanting to purchase a M1 Carbine but don't know much about the different manufactures and see that pricing seems to be all over the place on them. Are there ones to avoid or one manufacture that is better than another? I certainly am not looking to purchase one to be a "collector" piece but to shoot and have fun with. I also understand, to a point, you get what you pay for and don't want to buy a pile of junk.

    Thank you in advance for the help!
     
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  2. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    All the military ones had to be built to specifications and standards. The newer ones like universal used military parts until the parts ran out then they made their own. Early universal gun are fine as plinkers because they are cheap and run well. Later guns are subject to bad parts made with horrible quality control.

    Buy a military gun and it holds its value.
     
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  3. SigShooter

    SigShooter Beaverton Member

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    Jim,

    Thank you for the input and your info. You don't happen to have a extra do you? :)
     
  4. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Friend has a bunch of them and knows all about them. He sold me one and I can't part with it. I will ask if he wants to sell any more....
     
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  5. SigShooter

    SigShooter Beaverton Member

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    That would be great and thank you for checking with him! Understand completely if he decides not to, just appreciate you checking.
     
  6. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I agree with JJ and that's nice of him, that's for sure.
    Hey though, this morning I saw a modernish .30 carbine in our classifieds.. you might check that out.
    Good luck!
     
  7. SigShooter

    SigShooter Beaverton Member

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    Certaindeaf,

    Thank you, I did see that which is a newer model and not a USGI rifle. That's one reason that sparked this thread was to see if they were all the same or not. But from the little info I have been able to find it seems the JJ is correct in trying to find a USGI one instead. Thanks for looking out and letting me know that it was in classifies though!
     
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  8. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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  9. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If I understand correct, the CMP is depleted on its stock of M1 Carbines. There are many overseas, in warehouses, but those cannot be imported at the current time.
     
  10. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Anything left overseas is likely to be coming out of Southeast Asia. Much of what we have brought back from there has come back in less than desirable condition. Don't get me wrong, the guns belong to the US and the administration shouldn't have blocked their return, but the likely would have come with pitted receivers and sewer pipe barrels.

    Finding a GI gun is a good start. James River Armory has started to produce some milled receiver reproductions that show promise. They are using GI parts until they run out and then switching to new production parts. This has been done in the past, but James River Armory has a decent reputation based on what guns and work they've put out in the past.

    They aren't cheap, but if I couldn't find a good GI gun, that would be what I would probably get.
     
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  11. frauhunter

    frauhunter Central Oregon Member

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    There was another thread with the same topic started earlier this year. The consensus was pretty much the same - USGI rocks. It had some pretty good comments (if I do say so myself... ;)) - so if you are interested in thumbing through it it's located here:

    https://www.northwestfirearms.com/threads/m1-carbine-help.187801/

    Happy shopping!

    Ex Gladio Libertas
     
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  12. Medic!

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

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    You can always find a good GI gun. Just keep looking!

    I cant seam to stop finding them? :s0092:
     
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  13. SigShooter

    SigShooter Beaverton Member

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    Medic please share where you keep finding them!
     
  14. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    All i know about them is some are a little more desirable than others,depending on some little differences. Like most surplus guns.
    So find a guy like JJ's buddy before you pay way too much for one.
    We have one over here in a shop for $1400.I have never seen one for that much,usually around the $500 mark with some at 700. As i said I don't know the differences so I can't tell which is which.
    But check them out and maybe PM JJ with questions (hope you don't mind me volunteering you,JJ) for his friend
    Cool little gun though