M1 Carbine craving


August 23, 2004, 10:45 PM
I've been fighting the craving to buy an M1 Carbine and I guess I'm just too tired to keep going on like this...

I'm going to have to pick one up so I can get on with the rest of my life.


I'm aware of some of the web sites like cruffler.com and jouster.com that are good resources although I'm not a member of either. (I imagine that is about to change).

If you guys were going to recommend some reading material, i.e. books or web-sites, what would they be?


PS: Although I could cop out and pick up a Kahr/AO what I really want to do is go USGI.

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August 23, 2004, 10:55 PM
Stick with USGI. If you want a shooter don't worry about import marks or mixed breed.

We have an Inland shooter and it has been great.


August 24, 2004, 12:18 AM
I have three of them, you will be hooked. Stay with USGI, go to a gunshow and tlak to carbine collectors. Go to CMP forum or CSP gun talk for carbine forums.

August 25, 2004, 01:23 PM
I bought a USGI "import" off the jouster.com board. It's very nice, fair price and as described. This particular rifle is a National Postal Meter with most of the post-WWII mods. I wanted one because it was the first firearm I ever fired.

August 25, 2004, 03:11 PM
I got one of my two carbines from OSA http://www.oldsacarmoury.com/

The description they gave me was exact, included a couple of mags, shipping was a low $12 (West to East coast). Customer service was excellent. They sometimes list on GunsAmerica, but what I've found is that a lot of that stuff disappears quickly. When I called about one of their listings, they had already sold it, but had a nice carbine that had not been listed yet. OSA gives you 3 days to check it out, friendly and informative, and they don't charge your card until it ships (no surcharge for cc). I spoke with Ed there.
There's another guy in Maine that carbine shooters swear by, and he is sometimes in Shotgun News, but no web site. Here's a quote from battlerifles forum http://www.battlerifles.com/
"Another superb choice: Charles Hadley up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine----honest and trustworthy. No web site, but advertises often in SGN and is a 'straight shooter'. Phone is 207-741-2655."

My other carbine is an Import shooter, got it local at 4 Seasons.
The stock on that was firewood, crack under the recoil plate.

http://home.att.net/~ra-carbines/history.html (don't buy from them)

Complete Guide to the M1 Garand and the M1 Carbine
by Bruce N. Canfield
US M1 Carbines: Wartime Production, 4th Editon
by Craig Riesch
The M1 Carbine Owner's Guide by Larry Ruth and Scott A. Duff


August 25, 2004, 09:43 PM
Just what I was looking for,
Thank you very much.

August 25, 2004, 11:17 PM
The M1 carbine section on www.battlerifles.com is good.

I'll be the lone voice of dissent - my Kahr/AO is great. I cannot fathom why I would want to spend the same amount of money ($549) for a 60+ year old, well worn USGI model if all I am going to do is shoot it. The Kahr looks new, functions well, and can use USGI parts if so desired. Plus, it's arguably more accurate.

August 26, 2004, 03:45 AM
I got an IMI -- It was a lot of trouble but I finally got one that works and is accurate. A good GI might be the best bet. I haven't tried a Kahr yet, maybe their QC is better than IMI.
Anyone tried Georgia precision 30 M1 ammo?

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