I saw this beauty on a local forum yesterday and met with the gentleman to look at it. He was asking $900 but after looking it over I decided to think it over last night and do a little research while I was thinking. We texted back and forth a few times and decided on a trade plus cash. I traded an Italian Beretta 92FS and $200 cash for the M1, 3-GI 15rd mags and ammo.
The carbine is a Quality Hardware with a Buffalo Arms 1943 barrel. From what I read, they made 6% of the carbines that were manufactured. The rear sight is a little loose, but the gun shot amazingly well at 25yds, was more that adequate at 50yds and easily hit man sized targets at 100yds. I fired close to 100rds with zero issues other than 2 rds not feeding correctly. When I got home, the mag that had the issue was all gummed up inside.
When I returned from the range, I took the gun apart and cleaned it. I also put a few coats of linseed oil on it. That made a huge difference in the look of the wood. I think I got the best part of this deal. Now to the pics.
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Posts: 494 | Location: Orange Park, FL. | Registered: November 26, 2000
That was a good deal you can get another 9 and did not have to lay out all that cash . I used to have a Rockola with the right parts and I cut stock but sold it a while back , then I picked up an Inland and my friend had all the parts new in the foil wrappers and match them up to my Inland .
Wow, you got a very good deal on that Carbine. Beautiful! There are actually several early features on that gun, Im not an expert, but you may have gotten an excellent deal. If you look around the barrel, is there wear or other evidence that the bayonet lug barrel strap was removed? Also, that stock is a high wood, which is very desirable. However, there is a reason the highwood stocks were modified, they tended to crack just in front of the charging handle. If you plan for this rifle to be a "shooter", I'd buy a GI stock online, and try and keep that stock pristine. If this is more of a collector, then I'd leave it just as she is.
The M1 Cabine is one of the best little rifles out there, even today. Great shooters, good looking, lots of history, but several modern features that you don't find on most guns of that era. Great pickup!
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Originally posted by Shackelford: If you plan for this rifle to be a "shooter", I'd buy a GI stock online, and try and keep that stock pristine. If this is more of a collector, then I'd leave it just as she is.
No need to swap out for a "shooter" stock. That high wood stock has been sanded and refinished already, so I wouldn't worry about trying to keep it pristine.