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 So, I want to buy an M1 Carbine. What do I need to know??
Jason280  [Team Member]
3/16/2005 11:13:47 PM EDT
I've been toying with the idea of buying an M1 Carbine, and I think I'm ready to pick one up. Only problem is, I know very little about them. So, what do I need to look for? Which brands should I stay away from, and who makes the most reliable mags?

I'm not looking to spend a lot, as this will be a plinking gun for the range. Are the Universal guns any good? Do they use a standard rear peep? Thanks!
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dpmmn  [Team Member]
3/16/2005 11:16:33 PM EDT
Universal is one to stay away from, Get a USGI, try to avoid if you can the re-imports (Blue Sky stamped on the barrel)

USGI 15 round magazines are always the best
Jason280  [Team Member]
3/16/2005 11:19:21 PM EDT
Any particular reason to stay away from the Universal guns?
Sawgunner101  [Member]
3/17/2005 2:35:41 AM EDT
the universals are not fully GI compatible (ie, most new stocks will not fit them), and the quality is considered to be below GI standard. Universals are at the bottom of the M1 Carbine shitlist.

My Iver Johnson is a decent clone except for the fact that the front sight is canted to one side. it *is* accurately zeroed with the rear however. my brothers iver joihnson also has a vcrooked front sight. At some point i will get it fixed properly but for now it's a fun plinker.

you best bet is probably to get a new IMI carbine. they're good quality and not too expensive. an old WWII carbine will likely be worn, or it may be too valuable to use as a shoote. there are a few other companies that are still making them i think. springfield armory may be one of the others...
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Dog1  [Team Member]
3/17/2005 4:27:04 AM EDT
Once you get it check the gas might need a new one or just cleaned.

If you want to use 30 round mags, you need to get a M2 mag release. The M2 carbine was the select fire one. Peronally I would stick with the 15 rounders.

Fun little guns to shoot...

coltshorty14  [Member]
3/17/2005 5:19:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dog1:

If you want to use 30 round mags, you need to get a M2 mag release.

I think you'll find that most GI carbines have allready been converted with the M2 catch..
Dog1  [Team Member]
3/17/2005 6:03:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By coltshorty14:

Originally Posted By Dog1:

If you want to use 30 round mags, you need to get a M2 mag release.

I think you'll find that most GI carbines have allready been converted with the M2 catch..

Some are and some are not...of my last 2, one was and one was not...
Jason280  [Team Member]
3/17/2005 10:59:34 AM EDT
I've actually played with a select-fire M2 a couple of times. Fun little gun to shoot!

One of the local stores has a Universal for around $250, but I'm not so sure about it now.
0ldGuy  [Member]
3/17/2005 11:34:38 AM EDT
Also avoid National Ordnance. GI parts on a commercial receiver.
bmick325  [Member]
3/17/2005 9:18:23 PM EDT
Like anything USGI, there are lots of people out there selling quality stuff, and just as many selling fakes.

First, ask yourself if you want a shooter/M-1 carbine clone or the real thing.

If you want a clone I would go with some of the newer builds like Fulton Armory.

If you want the real thing, read & learn before you go to buy. I would ask around and find some good dealers that specialize in Carbines & have a proven track record. Be prepared to pay top dollar, but you will be getting a quality product.

I inhereted a 1943 Inland/ Blue Sky when my FIL died. It's a great rifle and I'm not worried about the extra import stamps.

Funny how the re-import marks are only an issue when you go to sell one and your rifle is supposedly "worthless". I've seen plenty of individuals and dealers who would look you in the eye and tell you the markings mean nothing when they are selling the rifle (at full USGI price).
USMC_LB  [Team Member]
3/17/2005 9:20:17 PM EDT

Atreides  [Member]
3/18/2005 3:08:31 AM EDT
Everyone has given you great advice so far Jason.

If you do end up getting an M1 Carbine, KNOW that this is one of the very BEST "Scout" rifles ever made.

The M1 Carbine does use a rear peep sight.

The problem with "Universal" M1 Carbines is that many USGI parts don't fit on them. They may look like a GI Carbine, but they are not built like a USGI Carbine as the others said.

The Original M1 Carbines were manefacturered by several different companies: Inland, Winchester, Saginaw, and Rock-Ola to name a few. Parts for the M1 Carbine are still pretty easy to find, and for less than you might think. After market parts are limited, but synthetic stocks, weaver rails, and compensators are readily available to "tune up" your M1 Carbine.

USGI 15 round magazines work best. Original 30 rounders do too, but they are hard to find. The cheap aftermarket 30 rounders are a waste of money. (As are the 5-10 round mags as well.)

I have found most of the stuff I needed to rebuild my Inland M1 Carbine at Riverbank Armory: The service is good, and they ship fast too.

Stay away from the weaver scope mount that attaches to the reciever via rear sight dovetail. The scope position is akward at least for me. I got a weaver rail that replaces the front barrel shroud and mounted a Aimpoint on mine. I LOVE THIS RIFLE.

Good luck in finding your Carbine. If you do get one, you will never regret it.
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