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Old December 3rd, 2016, 05:19 PM   #1
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The Wife's Battle Rifle M1 Carbine

My wife is about 100 pounds soaking wet. I have a M1 carbine she wants to start shooting and get good at shooting. She's not intimidated by the M1 carbine not sure why maybe its the wood stock IDK.

Heres my question, What magazines should i get for the rifle sling etc. Mine is a USGI M1 Carbine i got from the CMP a while back i think its a rack grade, but it shoots.

I was also wondering what web gear and other accessories go with it. I was also wondering what you think about mounting a Red Dot sight on it via a ultimak. I know some will say ITS ABSOLUTLY PERFECT THE WAY IT IS AND IT WAS TACTICAL IN KOREA, before we go down that road its for my wife.


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Old December 3rd, 2016, 05:24 PM   #2
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no pink stock?

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 05:32 PM   #3
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I would look for fifteen round USGI magazines.
If you can not find them within your means you might
look at South Korean mags.

I suggest fifteen round over thirty round as you wife will have
an easier time loading them.

If the G.I. sights work for her then you might want to leave it alone.
If not, some type of optical sight would be a consideration.

If she can't hit what she aims at, it is just a smoke pole.

My wife has a Leupold 1-4 scope on her Ruger Ranch Rifle.
She can not use the iron sights.

Keep yer powder dry,

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 05:54 PM   #4
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Be cautious when purchasing magazines because there is a wide variety of aftermarket magazines, both 15 rd and 30 rd, and many have poor feeding or won't feed at all. I remember when NIW 15 rd mags could be purchased for 50, but those days are long gone. Even Seymour 30 rd mags have turned up with fake SEY markings, so the novice must really be careful.

There is a wide variety of GI accessories for the carbine, all of which have increased in price over the years , so much so that many are expensive these days. However, most repro slings and mag pouches are generally serviceable.

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 06:29 PM   #5
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That is my wife's weapon also. When we started dating about 30 years ago I noticed it in her bedroom. I knew I had found true love!
Her's is set up G.I.. All of the mags she had at the time were ones my Father-in-law had set her up with. They were 15 round G.I. mags. I acquired a few 30's for her and added a few more 15's to the collection, also all G.I., tested and proven reliable.
Great weapon! It looks weak on paper but I am told it does a fine job of eliminating adversaries. My Father, a USMC Veteran, carried an M2 in S.E. Asia as a contractor. He got real attached to it, so much so that he tried to bring it home!

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 06:36 PM   #6
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I suggest sticking to the 15 round mags and a repo web sling as stated above.

As far as any other accessories I would let her decide what she wants.

Show her the things that are available, she may just like the rifle the way it is.

Remember it is going to be HER rifle.

Depending on the condition of the carbine (beater, shooter or collector) and if the finances are available, I would look at the Fulton Armory carbines, either a complete rifle or just the receiver/barrel/bolt deal.

I have a well worn carbine that will get the receiver/barrel/bolt replaced sometime next year.

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 07:13 PM   #7
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i am single, but i am a gun person.

first i would give her the rifle.
myself i would give her a good stash of ammo with the rifle.
then i would give her a some of cash.
next i would show her what add ons are out there.
it will be her gun.. set up as she wants it to be.

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 08:01 PM   #8
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Get at least 1 "Stock Pouch" for the buttstock, that will hold 2 - 15 round magazines. As was mentioned you need to watch the 30 rounders, most are aftermarket junk. There are still new in wrap GI 15 round magazines available, they just cost a lot more. Check with Springfield Sporters, @, they list having some USGI in stock.

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 08:09 PM   #9
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I have 8 or 10 15 round GI mags and none have proven reliable as my new Korean ones. People are nostalgic about GI gear but some of it was pretty much crap built quickly by the lowest bidder. Whatever you choose make sure you actually run some ammo through them and prove them. For defensive purposes you might consider a top rail setup and a red dot. One of mine is set up like this and it's a lot easier to get accurate hits quickly than with the partially obscured iron sights.

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Old December 3rd, 2016, 09:48 PM   #10
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For using 30 round magazines you should replace the magazine release with one which has the 30 round magazine support tab on it.

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Old December 4th, 2016, 06:46 AM   #11
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I have set up 2 of my CMP carbines with the Ultimak railed handguard and the Aimpoint Micro T1 red dot sight. It works great.

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Old December 4th, 2016, 07:37 AM   #12
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I would just stick with 15 rnd mags. And a GI sling. Keep things light for the little lady and keep it simple. Then after a few hundred rounds if she wants to change things up then go for the upgrades.

My wife's weapon of choice is my K31. Even though she threw a sh!t fit when I bought the rifle, she has claimed it as hers. I talked to her about changing the rifle but she wants to keep it in its original configuration. She's pretty accurate too, hits the steel plate at 200yards. now we practice at 100 on paper to teach her proper shooting etiquette and so she can see where everything is hitting.

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Old December 4th, 2016, 08:33 AM   #13
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Check out for magazine pouchs. New made stock pouchs, grab n go pouchs, and all the garand pouchs also fit 15rd carbine mags. awesome company ran by a vet.

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