I was going to keep this rifle as a collectible firearm, but I decided to buy an antique dining room set for my wife, so the things I don't shoot ever need to be sold. Hate to do it, but it doesn't get shot, and I have other rifles that fill its role well.
Basically what we have is an M1 carbine built by Howa on what is believed to be US equipment after World War II. The story goes, that during the rebuilding of Japan we gave them machinery to be things, and during the Korean war, we were making all our own M1 carbines, but we had contracts with other countries to produce carbines for their use. One of these contracts was for the Royal Thai Police. The contract was for 10K rifles, and since our capacity was full, Howa manufactured them in Japan to fill the contract. The rifle ressembles a post war built carbine, with the adjustable rear sight, etc. Anyways these carbines were used by the Thai police up until the 60s or 70s, possibly later, and were later reimported in 1994 by New Helevtica Arms or some such company in Southern California. Old Sacramento Armory also had something to do with it, but I'm not entirely sure what. The bayonet lug was milled off, but otherwise the rifles appear pretty much like they came over.
As far as condition goes, the stock is well worn, and includes a tag of the officer I suppose it was assigned too. Staff Sargeant Kam Mee Chin Chet, I had it translated by a site that does Thai. Anyways, I'll let the pictures speak, but the metal is in good condition through out. The barrels appears to be very good as well. PM with questions etc. http://usera.imagecave.com/dk8019/DSCF0001a.jpghttp://usera.imagecave.com/dk8019/DSCF0002a.jpghttp://usera.imagecave.com/dk8019/DSCF0003a.jpghttp://usera.imagecave.com/dk8019/DSCF0004a.jpghttp://usera.imagecave.com/dk8019/DSCF0005a.jpghttp://usera.imagecave.com/dk8019/DSCF0006a.jpghttp://usera.imagecave.com/dk8019/dscf0008a.jpghttp://usera.imagecave.com/dk8019/DSCF0009a.jpghttp://usera.imagecave.com/dk8019/DSCF0011a.jpghttp://usera.imagecave.com/dk8019/DSCF0007a.jpghttp://usera.imagecave.com/dk8019/trigger/DSCF0001a.jpghttp://usera.imagecave.com/dk8019/trigger/DSCF0002a.jpghttp://usera.imagecave.com/dk8019/trigger/DSCF0003a.jpg
I'll add some more pictures later tonight, but basically the first $500 takes it, but I will entertain other offers as well, including possible trades for N-SSA gear, as I need to buy somethings to start this year anyways.