Auto Ordnance M1 Carbine...purchase?


March 17, 2011, 12:56 PM
I've found a used Auto Ordnance M1 Carbine in the 'AOM160' configuration in a local pawn shop I've talked down to $450. The barrel shines and the overall condition looks very good. I like carbines and the weight and configuration of this one appeals.

Given the configuration and condition, what's the consensus on price/value?

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March 17, 2011, 01:15 PM
Probably OK.
They use cast parts including receivers & bolts, but should hold up.
I've tried two new ones, first one was unreliable, second one ran fine.

March 17, 2011, 03:25 PM
Not a bad price in today's market. The AO guns I've handled seem to be of good quality.

March 17, 2011, 06:57 PM
Don't mean to rain on your parade, but for only a couple hundred (maybe less) $ more, you could have an original M1 Carbine.

Just a suggestion, but that one does look pretty cool!

March 17, 2011, 09:18 PM
Good price. I would give it a go. My AO M1 has always run great. No issues at all.

March 18, 2011, 01:51 PM
Good point Win94 but I'm interested more in a bargain priced shooter than a collectible. Another carbine added to my collection at under $500 appeals.

March 18, 2011, 02:50 PM
The AO Carbine sells for a lot more than that, so I would say it's a good deal. I think the GI models beat the heck out out the AO. Some guys say the AO isn't as accurate as the GI for what ever that's worth.

March 18, 2011, 08:54 PM
buy it! m1 carbines are the bomb light accurate and reliavle

March 19, 2011, 01:50 AM
If you're in the market for an M1 in such a configuration, I don't think you'll ever find a better deal than that.

March 19, 2011, 01:55 AM
Decent deal, but I'd put just a little more and get a WWII model.
March 19, 2011, 05:19 AM
All I can say is I put a Choate folding stock like that on my June of '43 one and I like it.

March 19, 2011, 06:02 AM
Only downside I would say is finding cheap ammo. It might be different where you are, but around here .30 Carbine is expensive when you can find it.

March 19, 2011, 07:37 AM
My AO M1 Carbine has been fantastic :D I belong to a "pistol club", I only wish I had more opportunity to shoot it.....
The rifle is dead on accurate, I changed the stock to Choate fixed, with the extra LOP and pistol grip it made an already slick handling rifle almost perfect. I've shot all kinds of ammo through my M1 mostly the bulk Herter's from Cabela's, along with plenty of brass from Federal, PMC and a friends reloads :rolleyes: No functional issues ever...

March 19, 2011, 08:20 AM
I would find an original stock and put it in that. Sweet looking though. They are fun to shoot.

March 19, 2011, 09:16 AM
Mike, I'll also chime in and say that my Kahr/OA M1 carbine has also been 100% and more impressively, about the most accurate semi automatic rifles I've ever had.
I understand some have had QC issues with some of the earlier ones, though I've been quite pleased with mine. I am still awestruck at the accuracy whenever I take it out; it's certainly not typical of your average M1 Carbine (thanks to the new barrel, I'll guess). With it's fancy walnut stock, it's rather sharp looking, too.

It lack the "this ol' warhorse" mystique, but that doesn't keep the patterns tight. Besides, I have dozens of other WW1 and WW2 relics to satisfy any needs for nostalgia.

March 19, 2011, 09:34 AM
True Snowdog, I try not too elaborate too much about "accuracy" because of the "shooter variable". But since you brought it up ;) ....I don't get out with my rifles near enough. When I do get this M1 out it never fails to put rounds tightly on target. Here's a target from the last time I shot it(fall 2010) @100y, Herters 110g, iron sights;

March 19, 2011, 11:18 AM
I would love it if they came out with a 5.7 Johnson model or something on that line, added scout rails and changed the sights. Do something that brings the rifle into 2011. I'm betting thay could make a really great rifle. I love Carbines.

Steve Marshall
March 20, 2011, 08:53 AM
If you want a functional carbine that is an outstanding price. As to GI carbines? Funny thing, you never heart about the crap ones. Does anyone here remember the influx of Blue Sky carbines? I shot a few, well one or two as the other one wouldn't function. The accuracy was non-existent but they were honest, by God, military carbines. Pass. Since, I've acquired an Inland and it is the balls, and except for the price I paid, no better than my buddy's Auto Ordnance. After the first few reloading attempts, his is as good as mine.... except I paid $475 and he paid over $600.

451 Detonics
March 20, 2011, 08:58 AM
Great price and they work...of course you should buy it. A Boyd's Thumbhole Sporter stock would be great on it...

March 20, 2011, 10:00 AM
My CMP Inland is a terrific has functioned perfectly. I can easily put 15 rounds into a group the size of a grapefruit at 100 yards.
I am one who prefers the original GI is very quick to the shoulder, and points like a finger.
$450 for a Kahr-bine isn't bad, if it isn't one of the problem ones I have read about. Since the CMP carbines have dried up, and the warehouse full of GI carbines in Korea has been banned from import, the AO carbine becomes the only game in town.

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