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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