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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 8/27/2002 8:31:25 AM EST
My friend is selling a nice M1 carbine .
The barrel is stamped " Blue Sky , Arlington ,VA "

The receiver is stamped " IBM " under the rear peep sight . Wood look ok . Has the m2 notch out .

I figure this to be a good receiver but am not famillar with the Blue sky barrel .

It looks to be all GI , but I am a newbie to M1 carbines . He wants $325 I will probably bite
but wanted to check with you guys first .

Thanks .

Link Posted: 8/27/2002 8:59:26 AM EST
Blue Sky was the importer back in the 80's, not the barrel maker. Blue Sky imported both Carbines and Garands, from Korea as I recall. Purists/collectors look down on them but if you're just looking for a shooter you may be okay. I say may because many of the BLue Sky guns were pretty tired, especially the barrels. Look it over closely, check the barrel very closely and then decide. The gun has almost certainly been rebuilt somewhere along the line, probably more that once.

In the present carbine market $325 is a decent price. Non-import USGI's start around $500 and quickly escalate from there. And they seem to be getting scarce, only saw one at the last show, a very nice Inland rebuild for $600.

Fun guns to shoot. Love mine.

Link Posted: 8/27/2002 10:35:51 AM EST
Blue sky is the importers mark. The barrel and all the other parts are original U.S.G.I.. Yes, it's true that many of the rifles imported back into the U.S. from Korea were "tired" but they are still U.S.G.I. weapons. These days $325.00 for that carbine is a good deal. Back in the 80's they were selling in the $200.00-$250.00 range.
Link Posted: 8/27/2002 1:13:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/27/2002 1:15:34 PM EST by Ranman223]
Thanks for the help . I looked down the muzzle and it looked ok No pitting that I could see .
Rifling seemed intact .
The barrel did have the flaming bomb ord mark . If that matters . It also had
" LEM - Corp " stamped into it .
I'll probably pick it up tomorrow .
Link Posted: 8/27/2002 9:29:32 PM EST
Your barrel is probably actually is stamped " IBM "not LEM. IBM's tend to bring a bit of a premium because of lower production #'s. I have an ex Israeli IBM carbine that I paid $ 165 for back in 93 and I thought that was alot of $$ for a carbine back than !! Value of a Blue Sky import IBM in deceant shape should be $ 325-450 depending....
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