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m1a1 folding stock paratrooper carbine

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by guzziguy1000, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. guzziguy1000

    guzziguy1000 ft myers,fl New Member

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    I have found an Inland div carbine that by all appearances shows to have never been fired or seen combat. It appeared to me with a miltech aftermarket sheath and just seems to be correct. sounds too good to be true.
     
  2. fredball

    fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Welcome:thumbup:
     
  3. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yes it does.
     
  4. guzziguy1000

    guzziguy1000 ft myers,fl New Member

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    how does one go about authenticating the piece? serial #5105931 positive input would be nice.
     
  5. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    First step if you want someone to help you prove its real is to post about a dozen clear well lit photos that show ever stamp every number every rivit in the stock assembly.

    then it can be compared to known examples.
     
  6. guzziguy1000

    guzziguy1000 ft myers,fl New Member

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  7. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    there are some beautiful m1a1 stocks out of Italy, sarco sells them. they can be distinguished from the originals easily, they have the cutouts for M2 parts
     
  8. guzziguy1000

    guzziguy1000 ft myers,fl New Member

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  9. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Does it have a barrel band with a bayonet lug, a flip safety or an adjustable rear sight?
     
  10. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    probably is GI just not not an m1a1 stock appears to be a repro
     
  11. guzziguy1000

    guzziguy1000 ft myers,fl New Member

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    And? Is there a bit more input,ya think? If not GI,what?
     
  12. guzziguy1000

    guzziguy1000 ft myers,fl New Member

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    Yes to all!
     
  13. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    guzziguy1000 ft myers,fl New Member

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  16. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I saw on TV that there were like 10 of these made for WWII - on the NRA Show American Rifleman.
    Something that had provenance would be worth 6 figures. For that money, get an expert and have it
    validated.

    The M1 Carbine

    M1 Carbine

    But I didn't find the video from the Show.
     
  17. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Pay closer attention when you watch TV there were approx. 140,000 M1A1's made in two batches of 70K each all by Inland and all within certain serial number blocks.

    The Stock shown in the photos above has Brown leather. NO US GI M1A1 stock was made with anything but BLACK LEATHER. The stock in the photos also doesn't have the proper cut out on the side from what i can see that all Original M1A1 stocks have.

    Theres nothing to confirm the carbine shown in the photos is something someone put together and worth less then a nice example with a solid stock. Now with the crazy market right now I have no idea how to guess what that would be.
     
  18. BSG 75

    BSG 75 Oregon Well-Known Member

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    It is a USGI M1 Carbine in an aftermarket reproduction stock.

    I have original M1A1 Carbines from both production runs. The top one is from the first production run with early features. The bottom one is from the second production run with late features.

    DSC05520a.jpg
     
  19. guzziguy1000

    guzziguy1000 ft myers,fl New Member

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    Thanks for the input,this is getting interesting. How does one find an expert on this machine?
     
  20. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    First clue is, IMO the pristine condition of the stock.. screams repro, but worth investigating