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Old 12-31-2017, 02:35 PM
Carbine Fever Carbine Fever is offline
 
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Default Type 1 M1 Carbine Band

Is this type 1 band an original or reproduction? It has three weld marks. Also appears to have been sand blasted and possibly gray parked but not sure. Thanks.

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Old 01-01-2018, 09:25 AM
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I'm not an expert, but it looks real to me. The three weld marks are right where they should be, and the barrel band screw is correct...designed so a cartridge case could be used as a screwdriver. The finish does look odd.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:03 AM
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Purchased it as an original and was going to return it if it was a reproduction. Cartridge case does fit in the screw head if forced in.

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Old 01-01-2018, 06:56 PM
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Anyone else have thoughts about this band?
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:25 PM
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Can't tell from your pics, but if the band & barrel sleeve are flush in the front, it's a repro. Should be off set by about 1mm or so.
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Old 01-01-2018, 08:30 PM
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I think type 1 bands have the flush barrel band and sleeve. It's he type 2 bands that have the one recessed.
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:42 AM
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Wish I had more advice on this one. My gut feeling is that it is a reproduction but would like more input before sending it back.
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:37 AM
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I am much better at identifying repro flip sights than some of the fake barrel bands. Some of the fake barrel bands are really easy to identify. At least to my eyes, some of the fake barrel bands are closer copies of the real ones, so from pictures alone, I have a hard time make the call at times. One thing for sure is that the band that the OP posted pictures has a surface texture and finish that looks nothing like an original finish.
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:04 AM
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Someone posted once that you can remove the screw and squeeze the band together to check the rebound. If it's usgi it will spring back and a repro won't. Or did that apply only to a type 2?
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:27 PM
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Boy I'm 50/50 on this. Not sure how much you have into but if it is not too much I'd keep it as even if it turns out to be an reproduction it doesn't hurt much. If you paid good money and are not 100% confident it is an original USGI part then you may need to return it for a piece of mind.

I just sold a type one band with narrow sling slot in the swivel here on the forum. It is 100% USGI and when comparing the two I'm just not sure. There are some guys here that know this stuff better than I do, hopefully some more will add their thoughts.
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