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Posted: 8/2/2011 5:56:15 PM EDT
I know nothing about WW2 era firearms (save the 1911) and I saw an add on the local cork-board that looked like a steal.

30 M1 Carbine - Synth stock - Spare mags - works great - purchased through DCM - rear sight covers mfg. mfg. unknown. - S/N 48280XX - $250

Should I jump on it, or let it go? I figure for that price, I can at least buy it and sell it for a profit. But then again, I know nothing about them.
Link Posted: 8/2/2011 6:47:08 PM EDT
I would go for it. What MFG is it?
Link Posted: 8/2/2011 7:34:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
I would go for it. What MFG is it?


That serial number should be from Quality Hardware's last assigned block. But I am no expert.
Link Posted: 8/2/2011 7:43:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By stinkymonkey:
Originally Posted By KimberTLE45:
I would go for it. What MFG is it?


That serial number should be from Quality Hardware's last assigned block. But I am no expert.


That appears to be correct. Are they any good?

Link Posted: 8/3/2011 3:10:44 PM EDT
For $250 I would probably buy it if it looked good. Stick a .30 caliber carbine round in the muzzle. If it does not go all the way down to the brass it may be a very good buy.
Link Posted: 8/3/2011 3:17:51 PM EDT
Well look at the overall condition. if it looks serviceable, non rusted in chamber and barrel, has rifling (they were always shallow rifled) I say for it at that price.

I'd shy away from the commercial clones like plainfield, iver johnson, etc. They tend to be junk or even dangerous.

Link Posted: 8/3/2011 3:43:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/3/2011 7:09:32 PM EDT by Sailormilan2]
Even if the barrel was bad, if it is a USGI Carbine, I would be jumping all over it. One can get new made barrels, and have it installed for un $300. So, one would have a USGI M1 Carbine for under $600, and that is cheaper than the going rate right now for USGI Carbines. Snap it up.
Link Posted: 8/3/2011 4:37:13 PM EDT
I am seeing them go for much more. If its all USGI I would get it at that price with no hesitation at all.
Link Posted: 8/6/2011 5:45:18 PM EDT
Buy it. Unless it has been used for a boat anchor for the past 20+ years, you'll be way ahead. Great little rifles.
Link Posted: 8/8/2011 12:34:33 PM EDT
Another person I know who saw the ad went and looked at it. He said it was "sporterized" and a whole mess of changes have been made to it. He is heavy into CMP and wanted to pick it up, but he had no way of telling all the changes that were made to it. He didn't buy it. He knows far more than I so I will probably pass on it as well.

Thanks for all the input guys.
Link Posted: 8/9/2011 3:39:26 PM EDT
still worth the $$$ for a parts rifle
Link Posted: 8/9/2011 4:16:49 PM EDT
Originally Posted By M1G:
still worth the $$$ for a parts rifle


Heck, at $250 it's worth it just so you can take pics and post them on the CMP forum. If it's as tricked out as it sounds, that should be fun
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 5:10:50 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Renegade13B:
Another person I know who saw the ad went and looked at it. He said it was "sporterized" and a whole mess of changes have been made to it. He is heavy into CMP and wanted to pick it up, but he had no way of telling all the changes that were made to it. He didn't buy it. He knows far more than I so I will probably pass on it as well.

Thanks for all the input guys.


If it was a WW2 Carbine it still might be worth the bucks to buy it. If it has been blued, it is fairly easy to bead blast and parkerise. Stocks can be changed, or stripped of shiney finishes. Hardest part would be fixing any holes drilled in the receiver. But even that is fixable giving a little time and effort. With USGI M1 Carbines climbing in price, it might be worth it to get and fix it up. Especially if it is one of the rarer makers.
Link Posted: 8/10/2011 2:17:23 PM EDT
Guys, I have an Inland #428XXX. Is this a very early GM Carbine? According to the posted list?
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