found M1 Carbine in an attic What's it worth?

k_rad

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My buddy does bank clean ups for probates etc. and found this in the attic. I picked it up for a good price. Where can I get ammo for it? May sell it or may get talked into a trade for a 40 cal glock or sig. Anyone know what it's worth? It says Natl ord. inc. under the peep sights
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JTA6498

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Wow Kevin. I just sold my .40 sig on Saturday. I will call you later today and try to catch up with you this weekend to check it out.
 

k_rad

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I would gladly take that old relic off your hands.....:bag-on-head:
I wouldn't want to do that to you Dann, What if it missfired while you were defending our country? Why I couldn't live with the guilt...:skeered:
 

Marty

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What does the barrel stamp say?
Any markings on the stock? Stamp marks or paint? What does the butt-plate look like?
 

k_rad

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What does the barrel stamp say?
Any markings on the stock? Stamp marks or paint? What does the butt-plate look like?
no barrel markings that I can see, no markings on the stock sling well. The butt plate is cross hatched not smooth so that and the slide are probably GI but the receiver is definitely after market. it has no bayonet sleeve on the barrel but it does have the holes in the peep sight. It has to be surplus parts put together with the National Ordinance receiver... I'll post up more pictures tomorrow .
 

k_rad

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That is page three of what Dann put up http://www.m1carbinesinc.com/carbine_NATORD2.HTML

The page you posted is page three and is about the federal Ordanance co. This casting is National Ordinance and the options I listed give a clue to the date of manufacture I'm thinking early sixty's with some GI parts. (Slide, trigger, sights and butt plate.) It is a pretty good read and kind of facinating how many times this gun has come back into popularity.
 

Marty

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The fact that there is an 'El Monte' stamp on it seems to imply that Fed-Ord put together the parts to assemble the rifle from items on hand; like the N.O. receiver.
Also, all of the original issue GI rifles l have seen have barrel markings. If the numbers and markings do not match, then you cannot verify the date of original assembly.

Ammo is not hard to find. You could even check the banner link to the JHO sponsor; Lucky Gunner.
 

BelchFire

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The M-1 carbine was a VERY cool gun, however, the cartridge is all but useless for anything but combat and plinking. And it's much too expensive for plinking. I agree with everyone else; that's not a mil-issue model. No bayonet lug and metal hand guard are the give-away. But it's still a ROCKING COOL find.
 

inchr48

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Sweet! I shot one in the 60's (when I was just a lad) that my Uncle brought home from Korea. Don't know what ever happened to it.
 

Live2hunt

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I have one of those handed down to me from my older brother that move away to Alaska. 6" grouping at 50 yards with Tula and wolf ammo. Win/Rem ammo will be all over the paper target. After 300 rounds, the gas piston and nut came out. The thread in the gas block bald out. The bridge between the edge of the gas block and the notch hole had split apart. One side of the trigger housing with the retaining pin hole broke off. The M1 carbine specialist doesn't want to try and fix it, although I think the bridge can be welded back and re-thread the gas block. I found a replacement trigger housing (stripped) for the exact make and model of my gun for $49. Worst case I have to replace the barrel on mine. One website have an exact same replacement barrel for $100, but I can't justify the $149 in parts + $250 labor to repair it. For that kind of money I can add another $40-$50 and get me a brand new AR15. I would suggest you put it in the safe for souvenir if you want to keep it. And if you take it out to the range, my advise is "do not rapid fire it" because that's how mine broke.
 

k_rad

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Thanks L2H I will eventually sell it anyway but wanted to make sure it was safe and shootable so I took it to the gunsmith and had it checked out and then took it to the range with 50 rounds and shot at 25, 50 and 75 yds. It shot straight as an arrow but really high. I expect out to 150 yds the drop would be perfect but need to figure out how to dial down the elevation. IT IS A GAS TO SHOOT! The best part is the sound. It sounds just like the sound effects in all those old John Wayne War movies! Got a clip coming mail order and maybe Dave and Jeff and me will go shoot it again. What a great toy! Maybe I'll figure out how to post video up here...
 


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