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Posted: 2/17/2006 6:53:46 PM EST
Are the Iver Johnson M1 carbines any good?

I know they are commercial, but for $325 for a like new one in box can I upgrade it with usgi parts and get a good shooter?

Any help would be appreciated.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 4:26:25 AM EST
Some of the IJs were good, others had QC issues. I had one in the 80s that had a soft bolt. The locking lugs began to peen and it had to go back to the factory for a new bolt. But for $325 I'd be tempted to get it for use as a shooter, and replace any bad parts with GI. You'd still probably come out cheaper than a GI Carbine unless something was FUBAR with the receiver.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:14:37 AM EST
I'd have to agree with Dave. Besides, you can relax a little more knowing that you haven't taken a valuable collectors item out in the field. If you want to shoot it, I'd say go for the IJ.

I have one, and I like it. BTW, there is a rail available to replace the upper handguard. An Aimpoint might be fun to have on an M-1 carbine.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:40:24 AM EST
For that kind of money you can get a brand new SAR-1 AK.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:43:56 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:50:12 AM EST
I'd buy it. I had one. Ended up having to swap the trigger housing with a GI model to get to run right. After that it was a great gun.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 6:55:05 AM EST

Got one. I'd buy it.

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