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Old 04-17-2014, 05:33 PM   #21
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If the stock is bad and it is just a shooter, Boyds has new walnut stocks for them.
http://www.boydsgunstocks.com/searchm.htm?type=merged&searcht=m1+carbine
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I am not a carbine expert, but there are a surprising number of variations- flat bolt, round bolt, hi wood, low wood, sliding sight versus flip sight. etc. Ypu may want to get one of several good references on the carbine- either buy or have you library get it on interlibrary loan.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_9?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=war%20baby%20comes%20home&sprefix=war+bab y+%2Cstripbooks%2C239



And sorry about the size of this- you will need to enlarge- but SN blocks and dates for different makers.

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OK, I took another look at it. It was made by Saginaw Gear Division of General Motors, per the barrel stamp. There is also an S.G. stamped at the back of the receiver. It does have the bayonet lug. I forgot to write down the serial number, but I believe it begins with a 5, which from a quick search seems to indicate 1944 production. The stock has a couple of dents and dings, but I could see nothing that appeared to be either a crack or a repair. It has a flat dark stain, with surprisingly decent woodgrain. The stock also has a small cartouche lightly stamped on the left side below the receiver, a box with RIA over FK inside. Doing another quick check indicates this one was rebuilt by Rock Island Arsenal and inspected by Frank Krack. There is a "46" at the base of the grip. I'm guessing this is probably a number assigned at an armory. I didn't have enough time nor enough light to really check the inside of the barrel or much else.
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OK, I took another look at it. It was made by Saginaw Gear Division of General Motors, per the barrel stamp. There is also an S.G. stamped at the back of the receiver. It does have the bayonet lug. I forgot to write down the serial number, but I believe it begins with a 5, which from a quick search seems to indicate 1944 production. The stock has a couple of dents and dings, but I could see nothing that appeared to be either a crack or a repair. It has a flat dark stain, with surprisingly decent woodgrain. The stock also has a small cartouche lightly stamped on the left side below the receiver, a box with RIA over FK inside. Doing another quick check indicates this one was rebuilt by Rock Island Arsenal and inspected by Frank Krack. There is a "46" at the base of the grip. I'm guessing this is probably a number assigned at an armory. I didn't have enough time nor enough light to really check the inside of the barrel or much else.
Stock stampings don't really mean much since there are a lot of the cartouche stamps out there. But its most likely what the stock says because of the barrel and reciever dates and it likely got the bayonet lug during a rearsenal.

It sounds like a no-brainer buy to me.

At 400 I would buy it and ask wifely forgiveness later...
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At 400 I would buy it and ask wifely forgiveness later...
New gun? What new gun?

I must admit, I am already wondering what, if anything, I should do to the stock from a cosmetic viewpoint.
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DO NOT SAND ANYTHING

Dents (as opposed to cuts) can be raised using a wet washcloth and a clothes iron. Put cloth over dent iron on wool setting. Steam causes fibers to bend back. Finish was BLO.

Clean metal parts with clean coarse cloth, light oil, elbow grease.

Be sure to ask if there are any mages or ammo that "comes with" the carbine.
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DO NOT SAND ANYTHING

Dents (as opposed to cuts) can be raised using a wet washcloth and a clothes iron. Put cloth over dent iron on wool setting. Steam causes fibers to bend back. Finish was BLO.

Clean metal parts with clean coarse cloth, light oil, elbow grease.

Be sure to ask if there are any mages or ammo that "comes with" the carbine.
No mags, and ammunition will be sold at auction. I have some 15 rd. mags because I have a Plainfield Machine M1 Carbine.
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Doc, What you describe is a typical post war rebuild using the original barrel (they do not wear quickly) and possibly done at Rock Island Armory hence the RIA on stock. A carbine in this configuration would start about $800 and depending on the rifle could go in excess of $1000. Pretty good for a rifle that should sell in the $400 dollar range.
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Doc, What you describe is a typical post war rebuild using the original barrel (they do not wear quickly) and possibly done at Rock Island Armory hence the RIA on stock. A carbine in this configuration would start about $800 and depending on the rifle could go in excess of $1000. Pretty good for a rifle that should sell in the $400 dollar range.
Thanks, I appreciate the input.

Given what it is, would its value be harmed by refinishing the stock? Is there a way to simply smooth it? Perhaps judicious use of steel wool or some such, other than sandpaper?
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Stuff money in pocket of seller. Grab carbine. Run home like a crazed squirrel. Lock door. Giggle insanely.
C3, this right here is exactly why we keep you around.


OP, sounds like a no-brainer. Have you bought it yet? Why not?!
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