Sunday, February 03, 2008

It Keeps Calling My Name, But I'm Going To Resist

For now, at least.

Here's the reason why: after much thought, I've come to conclusion that the M1 Carbine is a great little piece and would be the perfect truck gun-- or house gun, or whatever gun-- if you had one already, or could pick one up for a hundred or two hundred bucks. Then you could, with very little effort, slap a rail and a good sling on it and you'd have not only a piece of history but a fine functional gun as well.

Since I can't get one for a couple hundred bucks, and I don't have one already, I realized that buying one now would be to take a step backwards so that I could take a step forwards. That would be great if I had a yen for a particular gun and the money to put toward it, or indeed if I already had one. Again, I don't have either.

So, instead, I'm going to take a step forward by sticking to my original plan for the next gun: an AK-clone, preferably the WASR-10. Rough and unrefined, but cheap and effective. Plus, it's a system I need to learn. I have my sights set on taking ownership on 15 April-- National Buy-A-Gun Day.

BTW... also on the gun topic, check out the video CT found. Outstanding!


Blogger Countertop said...

I picked mine up from Saysuncle. Its got a rail, red dot, and folding stock on it.

Let me know if you want to try it out.

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got an M1 carbine, and it's a neat, very handy tool.

I'd really like to see someone make an M1-sized rifle in a 10MM magnum cartridge (155gr/1800fps), or for that matter, a regular 10MM that could use Glock 20 mags, with a decent folding stock.

It would still be only a 100 meter rifle, but just as compact as a WASR folder, and a form factor that's much more pleasant.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Mule said...

Sir, I found the PERFECT M-1 carbine for you:

It takes a moment for the page to load fully...then scroll down to Item #372. That's a serious piece of history there...

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's not bloody much to learn about the AK system - an obvious safety, an equally obvious mag release though 'rocking' the mag in place needs to be practiced to get fast at - and just push 1 button to open the top cover, and field stripping isn't much more than letting the parts fall out.

Trenton in Texas

1:53 PM  
Blogger cmblake6 said...

Well, I got one of those InterOrdnance STG 2000s. Love that thing! Fondle one of THOSE sometime.

6:42 PM  
Blogger SewerDweller said...

I have a -completely stock General Motors M1 carbine I could be convinced to part with.

add a comment after this one, or email me, and we'll talk. $400 -ish.

7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Plainfield Carbine. It is a great 100' plinker and good for 2 and 4 legged game with the right ammo. On the other hand, if you need to penetrate some Detroit sheet metal to get to the goblins on the inside, the AK is the weapon of choice. Unless you can get some surplus AP that is.

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former owner of a surplused off Israeli GI M-1 and a current owner of a Wasr.....get the carbine and 15 rd mags and you wont regret it. AK's are more fuzzydiceable and Wasr's can be surprisingly good despite the ugly magwell but....look at your golf bag and figure out what's missing! If you need an out to 300yd iron the Wasr's your club(unless you found an IMI of TX? Carbine which had tighter non GI chambers and with a ultimak forearm and a Burris 2-7 EER scope w/ the balisticplex reticle....smoking). For awile you could find carbines that were rechambered into 45WinMags and as a result were single stack mags. To many blew up.

7:16 AM  

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