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M1 Carbine craving

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ddc, Aug 23, 2004.

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  1. ddc

    ddc Member

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    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.

    :p

    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?

    Thanks,
    ddc

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

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    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.

    Chris
     
  3. threefeathers

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    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.
     
  4. VG

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    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.
     
  5. NEtracker

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    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://www.surplusrifle.com/m1carbine/index.asp
    http://www.alpharubicon.com/leo/M1carbinestrippingserger.htm
    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

    http://scott-duff.com/
     
  6. ddc

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    Gentlemen,
    Just what I was looking for,
    Thank you very much.
     
  7. ChiefPilot

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    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.
     
  8. 106rr

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    30 M1

    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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