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Security Department at my company wants to sell one, so looking to find out values for them. Plainfield Machine (Dullen, N.J.) 30 M1 Carbine clone. Mint condition with 2 pistol grip wood stock (pull out wire buttstock), 4 +1 clips and 3-4 boxes of ammo. Any idea where I can find info on this rig?

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Plainfield Carbines are commercially produced rifles and are not USGI in any way. That being the case, their value is far less than a military carbine would be. The "Blue Book of Gun Values" shows the following values depending on condition:

100% - $195
98% - $175
95% - $160
90% - $150

Magazines can be found for $15 each and a box of 50 rounds of ammo is about the same.

Remember, what the "Blue Book" shows and the price the owner want's for a gun can be two different things. Good luck. I hope you can get it for a good price.
 

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A very similar Plainfield with PG and Wire stock sold at our local gunshow for $475! GI guns in less than beat-up condition begin around $650.
So the price depends on where you are and the supply/demand.
 

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Ladobe - they probably paid around $100 or less for that new with the Police/Security discount. The gun show price was way overboard. Those are simply commercially produced M1 Carbine loook-a-likes. A lot of the look-a-likes wouldn't function worth a schmidt. Basically, what you are buying is just a semi-automatic carbine in 30 M1 Carbine caliber - no major cash outlay should be expected. I would start with a low-ball bid, but only if the darn thing works right. Mikey.
 

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The Plainfields were just a step up from the Universals.
The operating slides were bad to crack at the point where
they made contact with the Bolt Lug.
Both of the above mentioned carbines are unusually accurate
though. Mine has that crack so I "Modified" the gas piston so it would not work. I now have what amounts to a bolt action .30 carbine.
I cannot find a new slide for it. I load 150 grain ballistic tips.
for it that are sub-sonic. Very accurate, Very quiet.
Kind of a .30 carbine "Whisper" load!
Very effective on Feral dogs.
 

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Plainfield carbine value

As described, in the $400 range for the carbine by itself.
The Plainfield carbines have next to zero collector interest, but the wire stock is in itself uncommon now a days.
The magazines and ammo would add about $100 to the deal, so total package value is in the $500 range.
Regards, Gregg
 
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