I just had a distressing thought ...
My original comment stands.
You've got a dandy working tool and no two ways about it.
Unfortunately I just thought of a rather significant "However ..."
That particular treasure has a history, it has a family connection, making its value more than its intrinsic price.
Should you have the misfortune to use it against "Huns in the Wire" the po-po have a distressing game they play ... it's called take-away and too often that becomes keep-away.
Depending on your state's laws and the jurisdiction, if it's used in a righteous shoot it's still destroyed.
Other jurisdictions hold 'em until all appeals are exhausted (read "until the inferno freezes over and Shaitan learns to figure skate")
What you have is perfectly workable and undeniably effective, but please understand, if you actually have to make use of it, you may never see it again.
I hope not,because my dad once told me to never sell it.He was a marine in ww2.He was on IWO,GUADACANAL,BOGANVILLE,SAIPAN and I don't know how many others.In fact he once told me he was about 50 yards down the hill where they planted the flag on IWO.
I couldn't agree more. I bought a beat up M1 carbine back in the late 70s for 125 bucks and shot the heck out of it ever since. It has never misfired yet. Out of all my fancy long guns in my safe, I would still grab that old carbine in a pinch if I needed some HD medicine in a hurry. It's as reliable and easy to use as a wood burning stove!
M1 carbine is IMO the perfect HD rifle, we keep two for defense. One for me and one for the Mrs's
It is a fantastic weapon without a doubt. But........
It is not black! Every gun magazine will tell you that other than a Garand the only acceptable semi autos with wood come from communist factories.
I can remember as a kid going to Sears and looking at the Universal carbines they had for sale. The stores near me stopped selling guns before I was old enough to buy one. I will get one some day.
Friend of mine has a lot of replica guns and WWII collectibles. His M1 is my FAVORITE and is actually on the table in front of me in my avatar (can't really see it). I'd take the carbine over the AK any day, it's definitely on my list!
I don't know, but a buddy of mine has a national match M1A, and an older FN - LAR both with wood stocks, and you can shoot a tick off a dogs ass at a hundred yards with either of those rifles. My raggedy old carbine is no slouch at fifty yards. I get the notion that some of these gun magazines are more into fashion than firepower lately.:nono:
Originally Posted by mcp1810
Originally Posted by sjones
Rereading this post, I'm thinking we'd love to see some photos and detail about your particular Carbine.
My Dad was in the Navy during World War II. One afternoon he and some buds were playing football on the dock beside his ship while it was in Pearl Harbor. A Marine came by and ask if anyone wanted to buy a Carbine so my dad said he gave him $20 for it. His ship's captain (a patrol craft escort) was intrigued with it and gave him permission to bring it aboard. And, as they say, the rest is history.
While cruising the Pacific they used it to shoot at sea gulls and sharks. He still has it today.
I still have my little beatup carbine than I bought back in the 70s...it never dropped a round on the ground in all those years.....]]
If I had another M1 Carbine beside the one I inherited from my grandfather I would not hesitate to have it next to the bed. They are handy, reliable and with 15 or 30rds (I have two 30s that have never failed) on tap you cannot complain.
Luckily we have loads like the Speer Gold Dot available so I cannot see anyone arguing about stopping power with the little carbine either.
I have an Winchester late war M1 in a nice re-pro folding stock. It can hang on the clothes tree in the hall behind a coat and be invisible. The 30 round magazine is stored elsewhere (but on the way to the clothes tree). My wife loves shooting it! And it is great for in house protection. The thing never jams and has little recoil. I was very fortunate that my dad loved collecting carbines and have a bunch of really nice early war M1s that he passed on to me. Our state just made it a legal firearm for deer hunting about 3 years ago, so someday (yes I know, wait until they are close and you have a very good shot) I want to take it into the woods for deer.
My grandfather took a doe with his M1 Carbine back when he was just out of the Marine Corps in the early sixties. He said one shot to the neck did the trick nicely :D
Chances are that Marine was history also! Now I'd like to have the gun in the background!!
Originally Posted by bmcgilvray