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Posted: 9/14/2005 11:30:41 AM EDT
I posted this in GD then remembered there are other areas of AR15.com

I was in another town and stopped in to take a look around. Low and behold there is a Plainfield
M-1 Carbine. They had it on their clearance rack and the guy knew less about them than me and that is sad because I know nothing. Anyway it was missing the rear sliding peephole sight but other than that it appears functional. A few little dings and decent blue left on it, nothing major. After I knocked a little crust out of the bore it looks good. The damage out the door including taxes------ $164.00. I don't know much about these except that GI models go for like 400-700 at the gunshow. Was it a good find or did I get hosed ? I figured for that price it wasn't much of a risk plus the guy said he had test fired it a couple of months ago and would give me 7 days to return it if I want. I'm going out to my uncle's this afternoon to test it out and I will post the results. If anyone has any advice on where to get the missing sight piece it would be appreciated, Brownells had the whole assembly (discontinued) but I didn't see the individual peephole part. Thanks

Lance







Link Posted: 9/14/2005 12:08:33 PM EDT
Clean it well, check the gas plug, you might have to change the springs to G I. I have a Plainfield and cleaned out the gas system, you will need a plug wrench which you can get from Karl Reutling of rhe m1 carbine collecters assn. Get a bolt tool.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 12:32:10 PM EDT
Looks very nice! Hopefully it'll shoot just as nicely for you!
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 1:44:54 PM EDT
Looks nice.

Max
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 2:12:44 PM EDT
I'd have to say good find...I have one and love to shoot it.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 5:19:20 PM EDT
Range report : After a couple of test shots with extended arms I attempted to hit a target. I remind you this darlin' is missing the rear peephole sight so I had to "find" the sight line. You can see the results, the first 5 or so shots were to the right and high then once I figured it out the last three were dead on at 20 yards.

The result ? It's a Keeper I didn't want to shoot to much ammo because locally all I could find was one 50 box of Remington UMC 110 gr. FMJ ($17) so I am saving the rest until I can get some more through the mail. It functioned flawlessly, I cleaned it well before shooting and after, the bore is not bad at all, looks very nice IMO. The safety, trigger, bolt, etc all are crisp and I like it. Dammit, now I have to get another one, a GI model, oh well there is an empty slot in the safe



Link Posted: 9/14/2005 6:07:30 PM EDT
If anybody knows, when I was picking up my brass it was all forward and right of my placement, I am assuming this is normal. Should it be kicking the casings back or throwing them forward ?
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 7:09:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LANCEMAN:
If anybody knows, when I was picking up my brass it was all forward and right of my placement, I am assuming this is normal. Should it be kicking the casings back or throwing them forward ?



The extractor "may" be worn. I don't know. Some rifles just throw them goofy. If it's functioning fine, I'd leave it for now. I don't have much experience with plainfield. You "may" be able to order a rear sight and float it in there. Sounds like a good little shooter and for a cheap price too. Enjoy it.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 7:10:51 PM EDT
Actually, now that I think about it, you may be able to just get the peep. Go to www.billricca.com. He sells usgi parts.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 9:34:42 PM EDT
You can get some USGI .30 carbine ammo from GI Brass

Before I forget,
Congrats!!!
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 11:22:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LANCEMAN:
If anybody knows, when I was picking up my brass it was all forward and right of my placement, I am assuming this is normal. Should it be kicking the casings back or throwing them forward ?



Forward is good. That's where you want them. Plainfield makes an excellent commercial M1 carbine. You got a hell of a deal. You can leave it as is or dress it up to look USGI. BTW, If you want the barrel band with the bayonet lug, I've got a nice one I can part with.
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