Monday, January 21, 2008

That M1 Carbine Keeps Calling My Name

I took Son & Heir in to Loudoun Guns the other day to soak in the atmosphere, when I spied with own covetous eye an M1 carbine, made by Inland. It called out to me, so I had to pick it up.

You know, I don't think I had ever really handled one before. I'll be damned if that wasn't a neat, light, handy little piece. Now I know why Farnam extolls its virtues as a solid "100-meter" truck gun, when paired with the new CorBon loadings.

Two other aspects appeal to me. The first is that it's a military antique, and so even though it's a magazine-fed military semi-auto, it doesn't suffer from the stigma attached to "black rifles" and AK clones. Nor would it be subject to bans and confiscations.

The second is that it's set up for the proper tactical carry, with port-side sling mountings. I would guess that just about any modern M4-sized two- or three-point sling would fit it.

Hmmmm...

The price tag on this one was $850, which squares with others on GunBroker.com.

Just the other day in a conversation with another Marine gunman, I said that I'd only get an original (i.e. WWII) M1, but wouldn't want to pay more than about $400 for it. Might have to reconsider.

5 Comments:

Anonymous bullnav said...

Yeah, but you will drop some major coin for that Corbon ammo...

I would consider working up a hot handload and loading your own (with, say, a Dillon).

12:18 PM  
Blogger Mule said...

Have you thought about going through CMP?

http://www.odcmp.com/rifles/carbine.htm

You could also buy an IAI or a similar repro, and put a Fulton Armory Picatinny rail on it in place of the top handguard, with a red dot, and have a hell of a little truck gun then, and probably keep it under what they want for that Inland. Of course it wouldn't have the history or the CDI factor.

5:00 PM  
Blogger vmijpp said...

mule:

yep, i found some plainfield carbines, made to gi-specs in the 60s or 70s, on gunbroker.com for not much at all. might have bump this up on the priority list. you're right-- with a rail and optics and the right ammo this would a very capable gun.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

I shop at Loudoun Guns, too. If you want to get together to go shooting, and don't mind the trip to Winchester, come on out; I need the encouragement. Bring S&H

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Windy Wilson said...

Corbon, hunh?
How does it feed? I've only used FMJ at the range until now.

6:21 PM  

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