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Old May 1st, 2012, 05:53 PM   #31
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Any m1 carbine manufacturers I should stay away from if I buy one?

My father has had a Planifield forever that I never really paid attention to till I recently bought my M1A and after going over it the other day I'm thinking it's a good, no great, inexpensive rifle to buy a couple of for my wife & son to familiarize themselves with.

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The Korean 15 round mags with the hold open followers work fine on my carbines. Also the 15 and 30 round mags from keepshooting.com have functioned well. Obviously, the USGIs are good.

Between thorough cleaning, replacing some recoil springs, and some new bolt parts all of mine function fine with both FMJ and SP ammo. One cure was from one of your posts on another forum concerning replacement with an updated chamfered gas piston nut. Thanks for that one, Gus! As to defense ammo, the Speer Gold Dots have a good rep and the Cor-Bon with the Barnes DPX bullet looks plenty wicked. Any of the available SPs should perform well. I wouldn't be afraid to step into the night with any of them loaded in any of my carbines.
I've now seen about a dozen carbines that after changing to the late war chamfered piston nut, the carbine ran right after being problematic with the early war nuts.

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Any m1 carbine manufacturers I should stay away from if I buy one?

My father has had a Planifield forever that I never really paid attention to till I recently bought my M1A and after going over it the other day I'm thinking it's a good, no great, inexpensive rifle to buy a couple of for my wife & son to familiarize themselves with.
I would not advise purchasing a Universal or a Plainfield because repair parts are almost nonexistant. ANY GI carbine is good for the most part, but I prefer the ones that do not have the separate (early) spring tubes, as the tubes can be damaged somwwhat easily or even lost.

I've heard SOME good reports on the new Auto Ordnance Carbines made by Kahr, BUT THEY ARE NOT LEGAL FOR CMP GAMES MATCHES. CMP requires the receivers be G.I. for their games matches. Those carbines cost MORE than what you can often buy a good G.I. carbine rebuilt gun, so for both reasons, I won't be buying one of them until and unless CMP does authorize them.

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Great video, thanks. I really need to go shooting soon.

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The GF and I put several rounds thru a couple of M1 Carbines yesterday. As always they are a pleasure to handle and shoot.
We use mostly USGI 15 round magazines, but have a few Korean 30 round mags that we use for plinking. So far the Korean mags have worked very well.
On one of these Carbines I replaced the handguard with an Ultimak and installed an Aimpoint H1 and a little Surefire G2 light. That changed the little Carbine into a better self defense/home defense gun.
The Speer Gold Dot load is said to be excellant self defense ammo. It is way too expensive (for me anyway) to be shooting much of it, other than enough to zero the gun.

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Great video, thanks. I really need to go shooting soon.

Thanks, Zandor.

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I have owned and shot an M1 Carbine for many years. I much prefer it to the AR 15 which I've also had many years. Neither the AR 15 nor its cartridge are completely satisfactory in my view. If I need more "punch" than the .30 Carbine round then the M1A or M1 are on hand to provide it.

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I have a National Postal Meter that I bought from Woolworths for $129.00, It is a import marked gun but I dont care. Years ago SarCo had 15 round mags for sale that had a little rust on them for $2.00 I think, I bought 20 of them, most of them were very clean with only some small rust spots that came right of with a little WD-40 and some 0000 steelwool. I bought a 1000 rounds of some GI ammo [not USA] that shoots great and I loaded up about 1000 rounds my self. I also have a AMT "Auto Mag III" that is my companion gun for my carbine.

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I would not advise purchasing a Universal or a Plainfield because repair parts are almost nonexistant. ANY GI carbine is good for the most part, but I prefer the ones that do not have the separate (early) spring tubes, as the tubes can be damaged somwwhat easily or even lost.

I've heard SOME good reports on the new Auto Ordnance Carbines made by Kahr, BUT THEY ARE NOT LEGAL FOR CMP GAMES MATCHES. CMP requires the receivers be G.I. for their games matches. Those carbines cost MORE than what you can often buy a good G.I. carbine rebuilt gun, so for both reasons, I won't be buying one of them until and unless CMP does authorize them.
The Plainfields can use any USGI part. At least mine will. Mine was made in the 60's.

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I modified a 15 round mag to hold the bolt open on the last round...

It ain't pretty but It works, but I dont know how time before it starts to tear up the follower.

If you are going to shoot any 30 round mags out of you carbine you should also get a M2 mag catch, they have a third contact point to hold them in because the mag is twice as heavy and the vibes from "Rock & Roll".

Are there any really desirable manufactures to keep a eye out for?

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Here's a picture of my M1 Carbine, Its a National postal meter in the 4.2 million serial number range...

it has a birch M2 stock that has been refinished and a 4 rivet hand guard. I think it has a Winchester barrel on it, it just has a "W" stamped the front sight.
It is a fun gun to shoot and it runs great. I have a buddy that has a Rock-Ola but he wont turn loose of it.

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Nice looking M1 Carbine!

And I'm relieved to lean in this thread that an empty 15 round magazine does not hold the bolt open.

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