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bobby magee
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Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2007
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M 1 Carbine

Excuse my ignorance bc I don't know much about guns nor do I hunt. My dad gave me my grandfathers old M 1 carbine that he used in the Korean War, also later while he was a state policeman. And it does still work, and I am not looking to sell it since it looked like a pretty big deal for my dad to give it to me.
Are these guns rare?


DrTyger
LSU Fan
Lake Charles
Member since Oct 2009
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re: M 1 Carbine
No they're not rare. They made millions of them.

But they're great guns, and the fact that your Grandpa took it to war makes it a great heirloom. Hold on to it.

My grandpa gave me his a few years ago.


BFIV
Virginia
Member since Apr 2012
1637 posts

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No they're not rare. They made millions of them.

But they're great guns, and the fact that your Grandpa took it to war makes it a great heirloom. Hold on to it.

My grandpa gave me his a few years ago.


This. Just curious, though. Is it a Singer, Johnson, Remington???


bobby magee
Michigan Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2007
3438 posts

re: M 1 Carbine
Ok, I'm not going to get rid of. Thanks for the info.


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BFIV
Virginia
Member since Apr 2012
1637 posts

re: M 1 Carbine
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My dad gave me my grandfathers old M 1 carbine that he used in the Korean War, also later while he was a state policeman.


How did your grandfather get that gun home, much less get to keep it? I thought that most veterans had to turn in their weapons upon discharge?


Tchefuncte Tiger
Bat'n Rudge
Member since Oct 2004
25238 posts

re: M 1 Carbine
Look at the manufacturer as well. If the gun was manufactured during the WW2 years, it may have been made by a non-firearm producer like Singer Sewing Machines or General Motors.


flyAU
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ATL
Member since Dec 2010
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re: M 1 Carbine
Wish my Grandpa would have handed down his Sherman tank... :(


bobby magee
Michigan Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2007
3438 posts

re: M 1 Carbine
I have no idea how/why he still has it from war but my dad was military also, and he usually doesn't bull shite about stuff like that.

I'm not home right now but i will check and see who made it and other specifics and post it when I do.


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BFIV
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Geauxtiga
TBD Fan
No man's land
Member since Jan 2008
28791 posts

re: M 1 Carbine
The Korean War was a proxy war. There's a reason it's called "The Forgotten War." I'd sell it.


bapple
LSU Fan
Capital City
Member since Oct 2010
8293 posts

re: M 1 Carbine
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like Singer Sewing Machines or General Motors.


I believe Singer only made 500 copies of the 1911. A Singer 1911 can run around $100k these days or even more if the parts match up. Most of the parts from original Singers were swapped into other 1911s that many of the other manufacturers made, like Ithica, Union Switch and Signal, Colt, and Remington Rand.

GM actually made a lot of receivers for the M16 rifles used in Vietnam. The lower receivers were made in the Hydra Matic division, or the ones that make transmissions. They also made some M1 carbines though. Here are some examples.



Image: http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/military_photos/firearms-ordnance/60759d1256795757t-my-m1-carbine-general-motors-ind-pa262712.jpg


But as others have said, keep that carbine. They are great little pieces and heirlooms that should be passed down. Ammo is a bit pricey but if you get into reloading you can save a good bit of money.

Here's to America's soldiers, past and present!


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IFF_Radar
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Ice Station Zebra
Member since Nov 2012
17 posts

re: M 1 Carbine
Did hear some fables back in the day about some AKs that made their way back to the States from the Middle East inside some mobile Radar Units. I have an Uncle that got a Luger back home from WW2. Americans have always found unique ways to get things accomplished.


bapple
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Capital City
Member since Oct 2010
8293 posts

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I have an Uncle that got a Luger back home from WW2


They've found interesting ways to get rid of them. My grandpa bought his old German Luger P08 at an auction after the war.


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NASA_ISS_Tiger
LSU Fan
Huntsville, Al via Sulphur, LA
Member since Sep 2005
4987 posts

re: M 1 Carbine
Yeah I got a similar deal. I've got a Russian or Yugo SKS from my Dad from Vietnam. Regular blade bayonet, not the Chinese style poker kind.


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CajunCowboy35
LSU Fan
Member since Feb 2012
646 posts

re: M 1 Carbine
My grandpa was also in the Korean war and I have his carbine. It's an awesome gun and I use it all the time


hehatedrew
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Member since Oct 2009
21333 posts

re: M 1 Carbine
Same here


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swampdeer57
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GeauxMe
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Member since Aug 2008
522 posts

re: M 1 Carbine
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Americans have always found unique ways to get things accomplished.

An old man I used to work with was in the Korean War. He had a buddy, who work at one of the supply depots over there, give him a couple of brand new 1911s out of the back door. The supply depot was overrun 2 weeks later. Now he has 2 un-fired 1911s that he will leave to his son when he dies. I wish my dad could have snuck some shite like that home from Vietnam.


hashbrowns
LSU Fan
Shitholeastan
Member since Nov 2011
2380 posts

re: M 1 Carbine
My grandfather mailed a Japanese Arisaka piece by piece home from his time on Okinawa towards the end of WWII. I was told a couple years ago the I'd be getting it, but hopefully not for many years to come.


CoastieGM
Member since Aug 2012
3185 posts

re: M 1 Carbine
I have my Grandfather's 1911 from WWI (that's not a typo). Only has 5 digits in the serial number and the first digit is a "1".

It has no collectors value (family value only) because he had it chromed or nickel plated while on R&R in Paris. That was common practice among NCOs & officers because the chlorine gas played hell on blued weapons.


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