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Old 08-18-2011, 05:29 AM   #11
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The M1A is different than the M1 or M1 carbine. Try to find out of the M1 he has is an M1 GARAND. If so, the M1A from Springfield Armory should have the WOW factor you are seeking and in the right price range.
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I am envious of his guns and wife that said the M1A is your
Answer good luck to you both happy holidays
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What about some older military rifles? 1903, 1917, Japanese Arisaka, various Mausers... These and many others can be had for less than your price.... The Arisakas are real neat if you can find them with the Chrysanthemum mark ("mum") still on them, as they are battlefield pickups.. The Japanese and U.S soldiers defaced the "Mum" on surrendered ones, as it was the seal of the Japanese Emperor.
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If he's already got all those, get him a TON of ammo. Drop him off at the range and tell him you'll be back later in the day to pick him up.
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I would suggest the Auto-Ordnance Thompson. It goes right with the others in his collection. FYI, the retail prices on their site are higher than the street prices.
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:42 PM   #16
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Hi tikilyn1,

Welcome to FTF.

I'm a military and relic collector myself.

I love the milsurp rifles, and there's a lot of good stuff

available in your price range.

If he likes carbines, a Mosin-Nagant M44, mint, with @ 1000 rounds of ammo

would run you @350-400$.

The Mosin-Nagant " Sniper" version,(which you may have seen in the movie

"Enemy At The Gates") in mint condition, with @ a thousand

rounds of ammo, a turned down bolt, and original scope, will put you back

less than 750$. Both are WWII Russian Infantry relics.

A clean SKS with @1000 rounds of ammo would run you @550$-600$

it was the transition rifle for com-bloc armies between the Mosin and

the AK-47. Both the M44 and SKS come with a built-in bayonet.

Also, the ammo for both is cheap right now, if he doesn't already

have these rifles.

British Enfields and German Mausers are also easily within your price range,

but the ammo is getting pricey, and hard to find.

Wikipedia, and Gunbroker are both your friend.

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Old 08-19-2011, 12:27 AM   #17
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Thanks so much for all your help! You all have giving me so many options I'm kinda over whelmed now! I'll research all the guns listed here. Also I've already spoke with my husband (making up a story about watching a show about guns last night) LOL Thank god he's not home.

He inform me that he doesn't own an M1 (for some reason I thought he bought one) He says he's not in a hurry to buy one either. I asked about the mini14 and he said that it shoots his bullets (223s). I couldn't tell if this one is on his list of guns to have. Sometimes he's hard to read. But he does get free bullets from his job that are .223s. hmmmm.....

He did tell me his next purchase is a .40cal rifle. He didn't tell me which one. He'll be getting that one in the next month or so.

Thanks so much you all have been very helpful!

Also if I go with the mini 14 this is the one I want to get him. It fits his style of guns (para military?)

Ruger Mini 14 Tactical 223 Folding ATI, I found it on gun brokers for 685.00 and I'm about two hours away from their store. I don't if I can post a link to it. If I buy this one then maybe I can pick out another gun or some accessories. LOL now my cheap side is showing.

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"a few others" makes it hard to throw an idea out there without it being a duplicate. Can you snap a quick photo and post it?
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That Mini is a nice one. There's a "tactical" model that kind of cool and the stock Mini 14 looks very much like an M1 carbine.

Just thinking out loud here, but if he's into all those mil surp rifles, would he like something with a plastic stock? You may want to feel him out on that.

However, if he's buying a .40 carbine, it will have a plastic stock.
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Does he have an M1A? Springfield Armory makes some sweet M1A's and with judicious shopping, they can be had at around $1500. or at least close to that.

If you decide to buy him a handgun, you can't go wrong with a Colt 1911. In fact, some Colts are marked for the 100th Anniversary of the 1911.

Welcome to the FTF community Lyn.
Both of the suggestions above, are perfect for your husband.

Is you husband more into rifles than handguns, or does he like both equally as well?

I think your husband is a very lucky man, to have a wife like you...!

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