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I have my eye on a 30 cal carbine at a local shop for under $150 and wanted some input on whether or not this is a good deal and the general opinion of this gun. The gun appears to be in pretty good shape to me, no excessive wear.
 

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Is it a M-1 carbine? If so, you had better buy it before I get there! I haven't seen one for that price since the '60's. Lately, they are going for $500 or so unless they are Plainfields.
 

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Is it a M-1 carbine? If so, you had better buy it before I get there! I haven't seen one for that price since the '60's. Lately, they are going for $500 or so unless they are Plainfields.
Yep...USGI M-1 carbines are plenty spendy ! The "copies" much less so, but "under $150" is a bargain for even one of them. Do a scan on gunbroker.com and you'll get a good picture of what they're going for.
The USGI's are reliable, dependable, "handy" rifles that are in the .357 magnum power class...with the proper bullets (ie. not fmj) and responsible shooting they'll perform well on what you'd use a .357 for. IMHO of course.
 

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After WWII the US M1 Carbine was copied and produced by a number of manufacturer's including Plainfield (Iver Johnson), National Ordnance, and Universal. Most copied the GI design, and used surplus government parts except the Universal. It is not compatible with government parts and used cost-cutting features such as a stamped-and-welded operating rod and cast pot metal trigger guard assembly.

If it is an M1 Carbine copy, $150 is a reasonable price. If it is a real GI M1 Carbine in good condition, it is a bargain. Inspection of the manufacturer's stampings behind the rear sight will show either one of the ten WWII GI manufacturer's markings (Saginaw, IBM, Rock Ola, Winchester, Irwin-Petersen, etc) or the post WWII commercial makers.

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John
 

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Thanks for the input. I am pretty sure it isn't a M1. I figured it would be a good plinking gun and would be a good low recoil rifle for a young shooter.
 

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Thanks for the input. I am pretty sure it isn't a M1. I figured it would be a good plinking gun and would be a good low recoil rifle for a young shooter.
Please find more about the rifle and let us know the particulars...there were few chambered for that cartridge other than the M1.
 

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I am pretty sure that is was a copy, it was gone by the time I made it back to the shop though. :'(
 
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