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Need some M1 Carbine Advice

victorj19victorj19 Member Posts: 3,643 ✭✭✭
edited November 2011 in Ask the Experts
Just paid a nephew $150 for it. It's beat up. The stock is cracked severely in several places (glueable), exterior of barrel is pitted, light rust on receiver, missing handguard, etc. On the plus side, it shoots, feeds and ejects, is otherwise complete and comes with a couple of two 15 round magazines, a box of ammo.

I know little about these carbines other than this isn't a rare version and would like to end up with a dependable shooter.

I'm considering replacing all the springs. I'll check for and replace any parts with obvious wear after I get the gun. Anything else I should consider replacing?



  • dcs shootersdcs shooters Member Posts: 10,969
    edited November -1
    I'd look for a better stock and handguard for it.
    Sometimes they can be had reasonable. There a bunch listed on the auction side.
    Some on ebay with $15 starting bids.
    If it's shooting good it might not need any other parts.
  • fordsixfordsix Member Posts: 8,722
    edited November -1
    you did not say what manufacture
  • victorj19victorj19 Member Posts: 3,643 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Not sure of the manufacture. Nephew originally said it was Winchester but later said it wasn't. I forgot the make he told me.

    Maybe Singer? Nahhh.
  • Laredo LeftyLaredo Lefty Member Posts: 13,452 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    The manufacturers name should be under the rear sight above the serial number. As mentioned replacement stocks and handguards are easy to find. If it feeds, chambers, fires, extracts and ejects reliably, there should be no new parts needed.
  • andrewsw16andrewsw16 Member Posts: 10,729 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Also, there are a bunch of M1 Carbine fanatics over on the CMP web site. They can give you advice on parts you may need and where to get them. [:)]
  • v35v35 Member Posts: 13,200
    edited November -1
    The potbellied stock is stronger and the result of common breakage of original slim style.
  • nmyersnmyers Member Posts: 16,793 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Since your carbine has been abused & neglected, it should be considered "unsafe to fire".

    If it were mine, I would take it to a gunsmith who specializes in repairing & refinishing US military firearms, preferable a "service trained armorer". There are too many parts that need inspection by someone with a trained eye (& gauges); a "technical inspection" will cost < $100. If it can be repaired for a reasonable cost, then refinishing might be a good option.

    Good condition USGI wood is not longer common or cheap; I would expect to spend $100-200 for a decent stock & handguard.

  • 11b6r11b6r Member Posts: 16,725
    edited November -1
  • givettegivette Member Posts: 10,886
    edited November -1
    If you want to re-spring, see the links below. One link is disassembly, the other assembly of the trigger/hammer group!

    You will also find bolt teardown videos. As long as you have healthy resistance on the extractor spring (push it up with your thumb), then Leave The Bolt Alone!

    Here's the links:

  • ManygunsManyguns Member Posts: 3,837
    edited November -1
    Sounds kinda beat up. Why don't you just send it to me and I'll give it a good home?[:)]
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