Plainsfield M1 Carbine?


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Babarsac
February 14, 2008, 06:12 PM
I've been honking for carbine lately and I've seen some Plainsfield's going for under $500 here in Florida. I've done some googling and I can't seem to tell if they are made from USGI parts or not. If they are built anything like the Universals I've heard about I'll steer clear. If not; Ill have new carbine. :)

Anyone have any experience with them?

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Fburgtx
February 14, 2008, 06:52 PM
I have read that the first ones were made from new (cast) receivers and GI parts. Apparently, as time went on, they began to use their own barrels, parts,etc. The Plainfields and some older Iver Johnson's are considered to be ok guns. You are correct to steer clear of the Universal's. They made cost-cutting measures to change their guns to the point that USGI parts would not interchange.

transformerguru
February 14, 2008, 07:29 PM
watch the receiver... some are better than others quality wise

jcwit
February 14, 2008, 08:10 PM
I have a Plainfield that I use as a shooter. Shoots great with no hangup's after I got the O/A length & powder load twekted in. Shot 2100 rds thru it last year lots of fun! Would have no proplem with a plainfield for a shooter, might want to check out the CMP also.

M2 Carbine
February 14, 2008, 10:02 PM
One of my Carbines is a Plainfield.
Not a bad Carbine if you can find one in decent condition for under $500.

GI parts work on the Plainfield.
Even M2 parts.:)

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kir_kenix
February 15, 2008, 05:33 AM
the plainfields are good rifles. ive had one forever that i finally had to refinish. reliability problems seem to stem mostly from aftermarket magazines and those cruddy 30 rounders.

here is a link to my "restoration" of my plainfield: http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=234178

not exactly the prettiest looking carbine anymore, but its a good shooter.

Ian Sean
February 15, 2008, 07:16 AM
If they are built anything like the Universals I've heard about I'll steer clear

No they are similar to GI's and parts will interchange. I do think $500 is a little steep though.

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