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Old 12-06-2011, 03:14 AM   #1
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Default Looking at buying an M1 Carbine....

This particular community (semi-auto rifles) seemed to be appropraite for my question, even though it appears to be a mini-14, sks, AR-15 place. I'll give it a go anyway. I am looking to buy an M1 carbine. I would like to get a real nice one. I would prefer one that was manuf. during WWII, or Korea. I know this is an opinionated question. But hoping to find a majority of answers toward a certain maker and go from there.

I am willing to pay up to $800. Is there a particular maker that is "the best find?" Maybe Winchester? I am from Michigan, so the Saginaw interests me. Is there a few makes to be wary of? I appreciate your advise!!
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:59 AM   #2
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Springfield Armory, the original one not the current importer of the XD line of pistols, Harrington & Richardson, International Harvester and Winchester Repeating Arms are the names most commonly associated with WW II era M1s. Direct sales to the public of Mil Surp M1s is through the Civilian Marksmanship Program: Rifle Sales

Unfortunately the CMP is just about out of carbines and there may never be any more available. A private sale or dealer may be your only option but as with anything the price may be higher than what you have budgeted, current auctions for carbines on CMP are well above $1,300

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Lakeshore- by all means, if a Carbine is what floats yer boat, go for it. DO avoid the civilian aftermarket rifles like you would avoid an old girlfriend. The Universal carbines vary from so-so to pretty bad.

ALL of the US military carbines were WW 2 production. There are a number of variations- hi wood low wood, different safeties, different rear sight, bayonet lug/ no bayonet lug, etc. Some makers are more scarce than others- no better, just did not make a lot of them. Rockola, UnQuality, and National Postage Meter have a lot of fans from the names.

Inland and Winchester made a LOT of carbines.

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Springfield Armory, the original one not the current importer of the XD line of pistols, Harrington & Richardson, International Harvester and Winchester Repeating Arms are the names most commonly associated with WW II era M1s. Direct sales to the public of Mil Surp M1s is through the Civilian Marksmanship Program: Rifle Sales

Unfortunately the CMP is just about out of carbines and there may never be any more available. A private sale or dealer may be your only option but as with anything the price may be higher than what you have budgeted, current auctions for carbines on CMP are well above $1,300
YA, I had a chance to grab a Postal Meter M1 back in spring, but didn't have the dough at the time. Wasn't decided I really wanted one at that time either. It was $700 and in good condition, and I want to buy one in at least very good-Exc. oh well. Thanks for the advise!
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Lakeshore- by all means, if a Carbine is what floats yer boat, go for it. DO avoid the civilian aftermarket rifles like you would avoid an old girlfriend. The Universal carbines vary from so-so to pretty bad.

ALL of the US military carbines were WW 2 production. There are a number of variations- hi wood low wood, different safeties, different rear sight, bayonet lug/ no bayonet lug, etc. Some makers are more scarce than others- no better, just did not make a lot of them. Rockola, UnQuality, and National Postage Meter have a lot of fans from the names.

Inland and Winchester made a LOT of carbines.
Hey C3, ya I will be picky, but I'll see what I can find. Might have to compromise, but we'll see.
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C3, what's your opinion on the Auto Ordnance replicas of the M1 Carbine?

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You're probably best off just getting a korean war vintage carb and taking care of it. I have one, don't shoot it much but when I do its just the sweetest thing.

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AutoOrd is probably one of the better copies- but it is still a copy, means zero worth as a collector's item- and for a shooter only, I would buy something else.


And in today's mail, flyer from Southern Ohio Gun (for all you with a C&R FFL)

M1 Carbines- Originals. Israeli milsurp.

Winchesters- $845
National Postal Meter. Inland, Quality Products, Saginaw, Underwood- $695. Comes w/ one 15 rd mag.

Not for sale in CA. Sorry folks.


Hmmm- they still have 91/30s for $79.............

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If you have your C&R I think Southern Ohio Guns still has them in stock. I bought one from them earlier this year. They are Israeli surplus and although not "Minty" they are nice shooters. Mine cost around $650 on sale.

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If you have your C&R I think Southern Ohio Guns still has them in stock. I bought one from them earlier this year. They are Israeli surplus and although not "Minty" they are nice shooters. Mine cost around $650 on sale.
Well actually, I had an 01 FFL until I made the move out here to Delaware. I had to send in a app for an amended FFL or another state. I was pressed to find a "shop" out here right away, and there is 2 shops within a few miles from me. Meanwhile, we moved into a housing community that has a nice school for the kids. Thought I'd try to get approval from the community to have the FFL at my house temporarily. But, no go!! So....I am a bit lost right now. But, meeting a guy like raymond2688 on here in a different post, may be a big help. I hope to get a shop in the next year or two once we are settled.
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