M1 Carbine

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by easterner123, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. easterner123

    easterner123 New Member

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    I have decided to buy a M1 Carbine. What is a good price for a used rifle, preferably Universal. Doesn't need matching serial numbers, just needs to shoot. Also, cosmetic appearance is not a factor when it comes to the wood. Will consider other notable brands such as Inland as well.

    PS Is $150 a good price for 250 rounds of .30 cal carbine ammo?
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    .30 Carbine ammo has gotten pretty expensive nowadays. Thirty five to fifty cents a round seems to be pretty standard, depending on quality.

    Good quality M1 Carbines are available from CMP at a reasonable price. You'll definitely pay more in a shop. Then again, you may get lucky and find a cheap private deal.

    Inland was a division of General Motors and produced the majority of M1 Carbines. Saginaw, Rock-Ola, National Postal Meter and Winchester produced them as well. Winchester was the only actual firearms manufacturer that produced them.

    Inland's, because there are more, are generally less expensive than the others.

    Do yourself a favor and buy a USGI carbine. There's tons of replacement parts out there for them. Universal is okay, but you can't use GI parts in them, so that can be an issue. Although Universals sell for less.

    Keep us informed how you do on your quest.
     

  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    .30 CARBINE FEDERAL 110GR. FMJ $199 for case of 500
    .30 CARBINE 110 GRAIN WOLF FMJ $299 for case of 1,000

    Shop around
     
  4. easterner123

    easterner123 New Member

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    I'll take your suggestion on the USGI. Shelling out a few more dollars for a better gun isn't an issue. My car is going on a cruise to the carribean. The ammo in question was Remington UMC .30 cal carbine ammo from cabelas.

    Does it cost more with a folding stock or with a solid stock? Does a folding stock affect shooting?
     
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    They aren't very comfortable unless you really want and need the smaller size. An M1 carbine is pretty hand sized already. Of course if you're planning on jumping into Armhem, it would be more convenient. ;)
     
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  6. chucksolo69

    chucksolo69 New Member

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    Armhein????? I think you might have ment Arnhem, a small town in Holland. Operation Market Garden anyone?
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You are planning on using it for a boat defense rifle in the Carribean? I would recommend a more powerful, more accurate rifle for such duty. Pirates do not respect the power of the .30 Carbine. At a minimum, I would say an AR-15 with at least 10-15 30 rd mags. Preferred would be a 7.62 NATO battle rifle like an M-14/M-1A, HK-91/CETME, FNFAL or AR-10 not necessarily in that order. 20 loaded 20rd mags minimum.
     
  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I fixed it. ;)
     
  9. easterner123

    easterner123 New Member

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    Robo, what I meant was, this money was going to pay for a car, but was... donated to finance a cruise my family is taking. So now, I can buy an M1 carbine. If I'm pirate hunting I'll bring along a 7.62. Not a big fan of the CETME, but an AR-10 would probably get the job done. I'll post on that as well when I get back :D.

    As for the carbine, I am seriously considering the CMP deals now, due to the fact that gunbroker and gunsamerica's prices weren't too encouraging. After a check of the local gun shops, CMP it will be.
     
  10. CA357

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    I forgot, IBM made M1 carbines too.
     
  11. c3shooter

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    "Good" and "Universal" should not be used in the same sentence. They sell for much less than a GI carbine for good reason. Originally they were using GI parts, and changed design to their own unique parts. Not a good rep for reliability nor reputability.:eek:

    Folding stock on an M-1 Carbine is kinda Rambo, and yes, does affect shooting until you learn to use. Very few were made with the GI folder, most that you see are repros and quality varies. Hey- short, light, about 6.5 lbs- less than that, its a heavy pistol.