How much interest in polymer M1Carbine furniture?


January 24, 2008, 06:30 AM
My friend's brother manufactures gun parts for bb guns and replica guns here in Taiwan.

I was looking to having him make some M1Carbine furniture for me, to sell in the states, after seeing half the M1 Carbine's stocks looking like they've gone through war and back (that was a joke! hehehe)

So I was looking to see if I can provide "cheap(er)" replacement stocks.. in polymer. First, is there a market for it? I assume so, but not sure.

Second, what kind of price would those who are interested, be willing to pay?

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January 24, 2008, 08:53 AM
First, can you get us photos of the quality of workmanship and finish? I've seen some polymer (plastic) stocks I did not car for. Example, the advanced technology stocks for the SKS's. I bought one, it fit perfectly, but the finish looked like it was made of recycled plastic grocery bags with black dye added and was very slick. Now the Choat polymer stocks have a nice even black tone with a surface grain to them that won't slip in your hands.
As far as the WWII guns go, most guys buy them because they are old, have the patina on the finish and would not change it. And in my opinion, when I replace a stock because it is beat all to hell and back, I want to go back original. But if I'm building a shooter to carry around in the woods, a Polymer would be great. I know that they already produce some for the Carbine and the Garand, so it would be tough competetion.
Now a thought, you might consider something different than the average stock on the market for the more plentiful plinkers like the 10/22.

January 24, 2008, 09:15 AM
Choate sells polymer M1 carbine stocks for $68. I doubt there is much demand for them since keeping them as original as possible is a top priority with military surplus firearms.

January 24, 2008, 09:39 AM
I would by a plymer stock fo the M1 i am building

January 24, 2008, 09:42 AM

Whatever you end up making, DO NOT make it look like the TAPCO M4 stocks... BARF!

January 24, 2008, 12:20 PM
Ramline makes a perfectly serviceable original replacement type already for about $50 with a photo here (

Choates is high quality, though not many are a fan of that 'style' stock on a M1 Carb.

January 24, 2008, 01:39 PM
I don't know how much interest there would be for a polymer carbine stock,as has been said Choate already has that covered.Collecting mil surps has never been as popular as now but with many bubba-ed,ratty and Kahr and Iver Johnson built ones out there,there could still be a market for a cool stock for them.Actually,there seemed to have been a bunch of interest in the Israeli bullpup design that was supposed to have been released some time ago and I have to admit,since I have enough mags for 'em and enjoy the cartridge,if someone could make a Magal lookalike stock I'd have to get one:D

January 24, 2008, 02:07 PM
I'm interested in finding one of those paratrooper stocks for my carbine, They are all $170+ for one. Something just appeals to me about those things with the metal stock against the wood grip and stock.

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