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M1 Carbine Mags and stuff

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bernie, Jun 22, 2009.

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  1. bernie

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    I have a desire for an M1 Carbine and have not had one in years. Where is the best place to get mags, both 15 and 30 round GI's, also a sling and oiler, either GI or reproduction.
    Thanks.
     
  2. longdayjake

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    Ebay is better than gunbroker right now for slings oilers and mag pouches. Do a quick google search and you will find all kinds of stuff. Just look through all the places selling them and you will find several outlets.
     
  3. HoosierQ

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    I am not sure if there were ever GI 30 rounders or not. However, having made similar inquiries on this board, the concensus seems to be that functioning is not so good with 30 rounders while very good with the 15 rounders.

    I too am hoping to get one from the CMP someday and I plan on getting/having only 15 round USGIs for mine.

    ...for what it is worth.

    Q
     
  4. rcmodel

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    Of course there were GI 30 round mags.

    They were first used on the select-fire M2 version late in WWII, and later became standard for all other M-1's and M1A1's.

    They work just fine, and at least as well as the 15-round mags.

    Unfortunately, real GI mags are getting very scarce, hard to find, and expensive.

    There are a lot of South Korean 30-round mags for sale now, but I have never tried them.

    But since they were used by NATO forces to defend South Korea, I assume they will work.

    rc
     
  5. HoosierQ

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    OK. Thanks. I was not aware of those facts.

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    I have two 30 round mags, they are both kind of iffy. Sometimes they work, sometimes not. But I am not going into battle with them.
    Kind of fun at the range. Seems like I will never run out of ammo when using them.

    Lots of good sources for accessories. Just google it up.
     
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    Part of the functioning problem lies in the mag catch, and so many aftermarket 30 rd mags. Real GI 30 rounders are scarce, as so many were shipped overseas after we took the carbine out of service, and others were cut into 5/10 rounders for civilian disposal in the US. The mag catch for the M2 Carbine, designed for the 30 rounder, additionally supports the mag on a 3rd point or stud, making it lock in better. An M1 carbine can easily be swapped out to replace the M1 catch with an M2 mag catch. Some after market mags work o.k., but I would be thrifty on the price of any, and just use the ones that work with the M2 catch. There ARE counterfeit 30 round mags, so it is really hard to tell what you are getting.
     
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    CMP has GI 15-rd mags for a good price FYI.

    AIM surplus is selling 30-round Korean carbine mags that IMO are very good quality. YMMV
     
  9. mypps

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    CTD seems to have quite a bit of stuff as well. mags seem to be hit or miss based on the reviews(if you can believe all of them). sometimes i wonder if it is the difference between the usgi guns and the newer auto ordinance guns. they have 2 different kinds of 30 rounders. lots of accessories like cases slings, etc. been tempted to try a couple of the 30's in mine, but i want to get the m2 mag catch first. i've been getting old gi ones from a local mil surplus store. i just go in and pick thru the box from time to time looking for the best ones.
     
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    I bought 6 of the Korean 30 rounders last week from CTD. They came brand new surplus still in a sealed wrapper. They also seemed to lock up well, without forcing or looseness.

    I won't know how well they function untill I replace the rifle's bolt. Can't beat the price though.
     
  12. 1KPerDay

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    what's wrong with your bolt?
     
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    Can't speak to the 30 rounders, but several I know have gotten Korean 15 rounders recently and they're pretty much all as brand new in the packs and in perfect condition. They say they work fine.

    IIRC, used GI 15 rounders at CMP are $12 each.
     
  14. wideym

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    1KPerDay: one of the locking lugs has a crack.
     
  15. Quiet

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    The ROK issued the M-1 & M-2 Carbine up until the 1970s.
    The (Korean) KCI brand of 15 round and 30 round magazines were made for use by their military.

    So, KCI is not USGI, but it is ROKGI.
    Which makes it better than almost all the aftermarket magazines currently being offered.
     
  16. Dazen

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    I picked some of these mag's up last year from Aim. I have shot over 2000 rounds from both the 15 rounders and 30round mag's with out any hiccups from my Saginaw.

    http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/M1_Carbine_magazines.html

    With that said, whats bothers me about these mags is that they have GI markings on them. That would lead one to believe that they were made by Underwood, Union Hardware,Quality Hardware and Winchester .
    Those are the 4 GI stamps that i found on the 20 mags i bought from them that came in the MADE in Korea wrappers. Anyone know why they are making these mags with the GI stamps on them? I bought these so i can save the wear and tear on my Real GI mags.
     
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