U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30, M1
I bought this carbine many years ago, when you could still get one for about $250.
As far as collectors go, mine has been arsenal refinished long ago, and then has seen lots of service.
It has all the "late model" refinements and improvements which make it a better weapon...
...but remove it from the WW2 collectors scope of desirability.
Which is probably why I got it for $250 even at that late date.
Authentic WW2 sling.
Augusta Arsenal stamping.
Post WW2 bayonet lug.
"Modified" magazine release.
Underwood 9-43 barrel. The receiver is also an Underwood, but I couldn't get a good picture of that.
I have shot this rifle quite a bit in years past. It is quite accurate and unflappably reliable. I am very fond of it. I have been tempted to buy another one while they're available through the CMP, but can't bring myself to pay $500+ for a carbine that isn't very collectable. This one is a fine shooter, and the high price and anemic nature of the .30 Carbine cartridge preclude me really wanting another one. It's a great rifle...just not that great. One is enough...for now. Of course, another one sure would make a great Christmas present. Listening Dad?
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