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Rock Ola M-1 Carbine

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by loose noose, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. loose noose

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    Speedo66, I do thank ya for your post, the serial number on mine is 4681XXX which means it was made March 1944-May 1944 The barrel and gas block all show Rock Ola as well as the trigger housing, has the Rock Ola insignia. I'm learning all kinds of things on this carbine. I got a hold of Numerich and as it turns out I, got the last of the M-1 Stocks in fair to good condition for $71.00, so it looks like I'll be doing some wood working on that little carbine when I finally take possession. Note I did see the Rock Ola on the recoil plate not the receiver.
     
  2. mrmike7189

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    Numrich has almost everything! (& their inventory is constantly changing)
    Glad you were able to find a stock.
    $71 is great price
     
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  3. loose noose

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    Received the stock, rear sights, and the other items I ordered for it on Friday, and noted the stock had "RRA" inscribed on the right side adjacent to the receiver, and at the bottom of the grip the numbers, 24 and 35 inverted. Anyway I sanded the stock and the fore piece down using 100-150-220-320, and used "special walnut" mini wax stain on it and let it dry over night. This morning I'll rub it down with burlap, and put a coat of Tru Oil on it for a bit of protection, and to bring out the grain. Next I'll have to put that puppy back together and take it out and run some rounds thru it. Incidentally the rear sight was a "Kensight" which appears to be fully adjustable for windage and elevation.
     
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  4. Slamfire

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    Rock Ola's are rare. The only one I saw was decades ago at a local range. The shooter had been in the military, during the Vietnam war, always wanted his personal M-1 Carbine, found one and had the thing drilled and tapped for a scope mount, so he could see the sights. It was of course, a Rock Ola. Collector value was lessened, but really the shooter did not care, or even know, he was just happy to be able to shoot a carbine.
     
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    If you can find it, SpeedSeed will give a more military finish for about the same level of effort.
    The product is a linseed oil blend in a solvent carrier, so that it does not have the drying time of Boiled Linseed Oil. Downside is that it does not build up the "hard" finish that BLO will.

    But, it's not my rifle; yours to decide. Just trying to offer my 2¢--and for knowing that there is something special about that specially smell a military BLO arm has. Which makes for a memorable combination with burnt powder and hot brass.
     
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  6. loose noose

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    I hear ya CapnMac, however saving the proof marks on the stock, left a few dings that just wouldn't cover with the SpeedSeed/ also known as LinSpeed, I used that on a brand new stock that I got from Numerich a few years ago just to bring the grain out a bit and that good ole smell of military BLO. BTW I had a Winchester M-1 Carbine in Vietnam, just before the USMC got issued M-16's and we had to turn in our M-14's and the M-1 Carbines, kind of felt that we were getting the short end of the stick at the time.
     
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  7. loose noose

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    Well I'm on the last leg of the stock and forearm, just have to go over it with 4-0 steel wool, looks really good, and I'll get pictures as soon as it is completed, and reassembled. So far the only parts on it that aren't Rock Ola or Quality HRM is the rear sight, and the bolt. The barrel, the trigger group, the gas piston block, the recoil plate are all Rock Ola.
     
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  8. loose noose

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    Below are the promised photos, note I didn't see a need for the bayonet stud, as was noted the original Rock Ola didn't have one, when it actually stopped production, the receiver being marked Quality HRM, was covered by the rear sight, so the only identifying marks are on the end of the barrel, and on the recoil plate. The photos show a shine, however that is because of the flash, the last picture is blurred, but I think you've got the picture.
     

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    BTW;
    There’s no such thing as a $400 WWII M1 Carbine any more.
    Prices start about $1,000 and go up from there.
    Only the Plainfield’s and Universals are going for under 1k.
    FWIW, the Plainfield I had easily was the most accurate.

    You’ve done well to restore the Rockola!
     
  11. Dr.Rob

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    What a steal
     
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    Thanks for sharing a beautiful Resurrection / Restoration.
    czhen
     
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    I totally would have bought that
     
  14. loose noose

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    I do thank you folks for the encouraging posts, I took it out this morning, and shot at least 50-60 rounds thru it with the magazine it came with as well as several others that I had, it never missed a beat, and is fairly accurate as well. From a portable bench I was able to shoot two inch groups at 50 yards, and right at just under 5" groups at 100 yards. It was a lot better than my Iver Johnson M-1 Carbine after market 30 Caliber Carbine.
     
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    I've got a couple of 30 round Korean made 30 rounders, that shot really well in my other M-1 Carbine (Iver Johnson) after I completed it, haven't tried in my GI M-1 yet. Next time out, I'll have to try 'em and I'll take the camera out also for verification.
     
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