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Old 01-11-2017, 12:11 PM
zaugau zaugau is offline
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Location: GA
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Back in the CMP heyday there was a lot of parts trading on the forum, and I participated too. Not a regret, but if I had to do it over I probably wouldn't have bothered trying to correct a thorough mixmaster. At least then when it was trading from CMP releases you were generally safer from repro parts. But like others said there are lots of repro parts out there, including on plenty of built up carnines advertised as original.

On the other hand I did build up 2 complete carbines (Irwin-Pederson and Un-Quality) from bare receivers, where of course I tried to use correct parts to a degree.

Some of the associated fun stuff to collect are the stock pouches and the magazine's. I finished my mag collection for each prime contractor before I did so for the rifles themselves.
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:53 PM
cali201 cali201 is offline
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Jasper, Georgia
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Books are good to start with. Craig Riesch vol 7 at less then $20 is almost a must to own.


next up would be the War Baby: https://www.amazon.com/Baby-U-S-Cali.../dp/0889351171

I also "collected" one from each maker (I do not have an IP but my S'G' is my IP as IPs were never really made anyway.....at least that is my reason for not getting an IP...yet). While my carbines are not "collector" grade they are just fine for me.

Also this site itself is a good place to hang out, ask questions. We encourage you to do some of your own research as that is the best way to learn and not just depend on all answers to come from others, that is how they learned what they know. There are many pitfalls in the carbine world, many fake parts and those who want you to part with your money. First warning: Avoid Riverbank Armory, largest and most successful supplier of fake parts passed off as real.

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Old 01-11-2017, 04:50 PM
Chris_B Chris_B is offline
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I'd like to mention something I don;t see in this thread- you're not going to harm an original USGI carbine by firing it. They are not finely crafted old world or delicate firearms.

If you had a rare or documented collector's example you might not shoot it based on value, but else wise...it will outlive you whether you fire it or not. Plus the majority of .30 carbine ammo was not corrosive.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:40 PM
TSimonetti TSimonetti is offline
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Location: Western Pennsylvania
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Don't get into restoring carbines. You will get burned on repros and will have to learn how not to restore as much as how to restore. All that time and effort and expense would be better spent looking for original examples that do not need restoring.

I have found a deep appreciation for mixmasters and shooters and rebuilds but whenever I have an itch to have a really historic carbine, I spend alot more for an original example that does not need restoring.

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