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Old 04-17-2014, 01:54 AM   #1
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I have an opportunity to purchase an M1 Carbine for what I consider to be a good price. It has the General Motors stamp just behind the front sight. I'm far from expert, but it appears to be in what I would call Good / Very Good Condition. As I recall, it has the bayonet lug on it.

What other things should I be looking at / for on it?

Thanks in advance for any input.
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I have an opportunity to purchase an M1 Carbine for what I consider to be a good price. It has the General Motors stamp just behind the front sight. I'm far from expert, but it appears to be in what I would call Very Good Condition. As I recall, it has the bayonet lug on it.

What other things should I be looking at / for on it?

Thanks in advance for any input.
Good condition, good price, so what is the question?
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Many carbines are built out of a pile of parts. That's not an entirely bad thing if you are just looking for a shooter, but it can have an effect on value as a collector piece.

Had a parts carbine that was fun to shoot. Never had a collectors piece.
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Good condition, good price, so what is the question?
Welllll..... As I indicated, I'm not really an expert, especially when it comes to the M1 Carbine, so, as I asked, are there other things I need to be looking at or for? Specifically, are there things inherent to the model that make it more or less valuable, things that should be checked to make sure it functions properly and safely, etc...
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Look for counter boring. Counterboring doesn't mean its a bad gun but its a sign of excessive wear and the throat and headspace should be checked.

Headspace on any unknown m1 carbine should be checked before firing as lots of folks just toss these things together from random parts. Even if great uncle billybob says he got from his granddad who fought his way through the jungles of saudi arabia against the forces of the kaiser on the russian front next to vaisily zaitsev as his spotter on iwo jima...

M1 carbines are based solely on condition. Counter boring loose fitting parts mismatched finish colors are all signs of poor condition.
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Well, if I buy it, which I do plan to do, it will be shot, assuming I can find ammunition for it.
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If you get a good functioning gun for a fair price, then it's pretty easy to get you money back out of it if you ever sell it.
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There are some outfits like fulton armory that will rehab a m1 and send it back looking as if it was issued yesterday
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Look for counter boring. Counterboring doesn't mean its a bad gun but its a sign of excessive wear and the throat and headspace should be checked.

Headspace on any unknown m1 carbine should be checked before firing as lots of folks just toss these things together from random parts. Even if great uncle billybob says he got from his granddad who fought his way through the jungles of saudi arabia against the forces of the kaiser on the russian front next to vaisily zaitsev as his spotter on iwo jima...

M1 carbines are based solely on condition. Counter boring loose fitting parts mismatched finish colors are all signs of poor condition.
I think that helps. This one is from an estate. I can't speak to its history. It was owned by a WWII vet, but I am assuming he picked it up somewhat later.
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Welllll..... As I indicated, I'm not really an expert, especially when it comes to the M1 Carbine, so, as I asked, are there other things I need to be looking at or for? Specifically, are there things inherent to the model that make it more or less valuable, things that should be checked to make sure it functions properly and safely, etc...
If it does have the bayonet lug it will probably lower the value as these tend to be later produced or Korean War refurbished models



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