$750 for an M-1 carbine?


Bruce in West Oz
September 13, 2003, 07:49 AM
Yep, that's what I saw today at a militaria and collectable show I went to.

That's about $500 USD.

What makes it worse is that the rifle was what we call "deactivated" -- totally and permanently inoperative, everything except the bolt welded and the barrel irreversibly filled. In other words, just a wall hanger.

SMLE .303's in the same condition were $350. Replica (non-firing) Owen guns were $550. A naval officer's sword was $1950. A (non-firing) 3-inch mortar was $4000 :what:

There was also an Oerlikon 20mm on trailer with all the bits 'n' pieces, fully restored (but deactivated, of course), open to offers around $15 000.

Inert and drilled (through the case) 5.56 "rounds" were $1 each!

Nearly bought an American K-Bar knife for $25 -- but it looked like it had had a hard life so I abstained.

Really nice "Ferret" scout car in the forecourt, fully reconditioned and in running order, plus a road-registered Dodge weapons carrier and WWII Harley.

Interesting way to spend an hour or so.


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El Tejon
September 13, 2003, 09:51 AM
Memo to self: take guns to Australia and make a killing.

September 13, 2003, 10:04 AM
About a year ago I saw on some Brit board a deactivated M1 carbine with the oiler, sling mags and pouch. The guy wanted 800. Not sure if that was dollars or pounds.

OTOH, I saw a M1 with the bayonet yesterday for $495 when I met Jaeger to buy his S&W M58. I didn`t take a good look at it but it was old and looked pretty original.

4v50 Gary
September 13, 2003, 10:55 AM
:eek: Not only are you prohibited from owning operational semi-automatic long arms, the ones you can buy are more expensive than functional ones. Australia & the U.S. need a jointly held island where we can ship our politicos to in exile. Anybody know of a naval test range that is still being used?

September 13, 2003, 11:23 AM
El Tejon, I would really not use that wording...

Jesus! Demilled SMLEs for AUD350? I've seen ones that are almost perfect condition for about one hundred US!

Inert rounds are always pretty expensive, though, unless you reload.

September 13, 2003, 11:41 AM
Suggest Palmyra island for storage of Australian and American Politicians and other criminals. Just about nuff room if well stacked and a long swim to anywhere.


Futo Inu
September 13, 2003, 11:49 AM
Craziness. Belongs in rifle forum.

Mal H
September 13, 2003, 03:40 PM
Gary, I believe the Bikini Atoll is still available although it may be a little too 'hot'. No wait! That's a good thing! Start packing you bad boys and girls. We're sending you On the Beach (to keep this Australian oriented). Hold on there Sen. Kennedy, you won't need to take that much food. About a months worth should do. :)

(Futo - not really, he's talking about all sorts of items, not only rifles.)

September 13, 2003, 03:42 PM
Somewhat of a coincidence, supposedly if you buy an M1, Springfield will give you $750 worth of accessories for like $250. Saw it in a gun mag at walmart, don't know the exact details though.

4v50 Gary
September 13, 2003, 03:51 PM
I wouldn't mind filling up a bad barrel and using a "reject" bolt for welding up. A lot of us can "wrench" off the bbl and screw a new one on. :)

One of these days, I'm going to try making a jig with "acraglass" as the clamps that will wrap around the receiver. The handle and jaws will be metal, but the custom "inserts" will be Acraglass. Curious if it's strong enough to pop a barrel off. Mischievious me when I stray from the books.:evil:

El Tejon
September 13, 2003, 04:02 PM
MagKnight, I would, but I am pro-money, unlike most in the gun industry who treat the business as a hobby. I would make a very big killing.:cool:

September 13, 2003, 06:29 PM
Bruce, you really need to relocate.

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