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Old April 29th, 2016, 03:26 PM   #1
 
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M1 Carbines Updated

Here are my two M1 Carbines. I decided to install bayonet lugs on them and I think they look pretty neat. I got the bayonet lugs from Ebay and the bayonets with scabbards from ArmyNavySales.com. The bayonets are repros from China but I was surprised to see how well they were made. The handles are leather but looked kind of funky. But a few minutes and some brown shoe polish had them looking like they should look.

My carbines are both Universals. I purchased front sight removal and install tools from Ebay also and I'm certainly glad I did. I would never try to remove those sights without the removal tool. The whole job turned out pretty good although it took a little fitting with a Dremel tool to get the bayonets to snap onto the lugs correctly. If you try this make sure you fit the bayonets to the lugs before installing the lugs on the guns. It makes it a lot easier.

Also they make two different sets of sight tools. One set is made specifically for the Universal Carbines and the other set is made for the GI models.

One of the carbines had been hanging on the wall so long that the web sling lost most of it's color. It was almost a gray color but I got a bottle of Rit dark green liquid dye and it turned out to be a good match for the olive drab green.





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Very nice pair!
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Nice pair of rifles. I love the look of a M1 with all the gear.
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Very nice! Did you see my Iver Johnson with all the bells and whistles, including the magazine pouch? Do like those M-1 Carbines, mine is a very sweet shooting carbine so therefore I put a walnut stock on it and it really dressed it up. I got the stock from Numercih Gun Parts as well as the magazine pouches, the bayonet stud, and the sling and oiler. The bayonet I got from Keep Shooting as well additional magazines that were made in Korea. Enjoy those rifles.
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Very nice! Did you see my Iver Johnson with all the bells and whistles, including the magazine pouch? Do like those M-1 Carbines, mine is a very sweet shooting carbine so therefore I put a walnut stock on it and it really dressed it up. I got the stock from Numercih Gun Parts as well as the magazine pouches, the bayonet stud, and the sling and oiler. The bayonet I got from Keep Shooting as well additional magazines that were made in Korea. Enjoy those rifles.
Here's another pic of my carbines from a couple years ago. You can see the mag pouches and belts. I purchased a few thousand rounds of .30 carbine all in strippers clips and cloth bandoliers. You can see one of the stripper clips on that 30 round mag. They also came in GI ammo cans. Also have a bunch more magazines of all sizes.

Yeah, I did see your carbine. Nice job on it as well. Your post was where I got the idea to put the bayonets and lugs on my guns.

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my best m1 carbine, a winchester and it shoots pretty good with ball ammo. eastbank.
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my best m1 carbine, a winchester and it shoots pretty good with ball ammo. eastbank.
Beautiful gun. The reason I have two Universal carbines is because I originally bought the first one maybe 40 or so years ago and maybe within the last ten years I saw the other one in a gun shop and purchased it.

My thinking is that if the crap hits the fan and both guns happen to go down on me, I'll have two sets of parts to possibly still make one usable gun from. I think I gave around $400 for the last one, the one with the wooden hand guard.

I probably paid around $100 for the first one. I love these little guns.

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Back in the late 70's looking for my first rifle, I picked up a homely looking Iver Johnson M1 carbine in a pawn shop for around 85 or 90 bucks. It had no magazine, but the bore was crisp and bright and the action worked, so I took a shot on it. I bought some cheap surplus 15 rd mags at Numrich Gun Parts and started shooting. Over the years I picked up some 30 rd mags with a stacking clip, a bayonet, sling and oiler, and a flash hider all from Numrich. The gun already had the bayonet lug, and it also had some kind of faded inventory number painted on the stock in front of the magazine well. I was going to refinish the stock in the beginning but decided against it. I have a truck load of firearms in my collection, but this lowly carbine has put more rounds downrange than all my other guns combined...hasn't failed me yet. She's my first 'sweetheart'...





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GONRA sez if you're collecting carbnes, keep an eye out for one of the Japanese Howa manufcture imported back in 1990's. Rear sight looks funny - 'cause its different.
Front barrel bands had bayonet extension sawn off before sale/import ation.
Best to get a new recoil spring. Then they shoot great of course!
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Here is the 1943 M1 Carbine with a 1943 Winchester M1 Garand and a 1943 Remington Rand 1911-A1

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Nice pair of carbines
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