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Old 02-12-2021, 11:40 PM
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Was at a local gun store today to pick up/transfer an item ordered online and they had an M1 Carbine for sale that just came into their shop. I have been looking to acquire an M1 Carbine but don't know much about them. Wanted to ask the community what thoughts you all might have about the condition of the rifle and the price.

Pics are here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...dj?usp=sharing

Here is what I can tell from looking at and taking pictures of the rifle:
-Receiver marked: "INLAND DIV"
-Serial #: 681104
-Rear Sight: Adjustable stamped version marked "I.R. CO."
-Front Sight Marked: "S.A."
-Safety: Lever type
-Barrel Band has bayonet lug
-Low wood stock
-Left side of buttstock near oiler cutout has "RIA EB" cartouche
-Circle P cartouche on the front of the grip
-Circle P cartouche and "A" on the underside/heel of the grip
-Top of barrel behind front sight is marked "S A 12 50" with an inverted "P" above it.
-No import marks on the barrel or receiver

Concerns/Cons:
-Stock has been refinished with glossy coat
-Brass pin repair on the handguard near the barrel band
-Brass pin repair at the wrist behind the trigger guard

Shop is asking $1300 which includes the rifle, a soft case, two magazines, and a sling. Any thoughts on this rifle? Is this a good price for this rifle in this condition?

Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2021, 12:50 AM
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I’d pass based on the stock alone. Spend some time reading and learning about the M1 Carbine and what to expect from an arsenal refinished gun (your best bet). Don’t chase “original” early M1 Carbines as there are more fakers out there than original rifles and you’ll easily be taken.
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Old 02-14-2021, 07:05 PM
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I’d pass based on the stock alone. Spend some time reading and learning about the M1 Carbine and what to expect from an arsenal refinished gun (your best bet). Don’t chase “original” early M1 Carbines as there are more fakers out there than original rifles and you’ll easily be taken.
Yeah. I've been trying to read up to become more familiar with them. It looks like I missed the bus on the CMP M1 Carbines by many years. I have no issues with an arsenal refinished gun. I was thinking I should be able to find a shootable mixmaster for around $1000. Ok, thank you for the advice on the early M1 Carbines!
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Old 02-13-2021, 07:59 AM
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It's a rebuilt rifle with later updates and a replacement barrel. I think you can do better for $1300. The shop has a business to run for sure, but I see better deals out there even in the current market.
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Old 02-14-2021, 07:08 PM
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It's a rebuilt rifle with later updates and a replacement barrel. I think you can do better for $1300. The shop has a business to run for sure, but I see better deals out there even in the current market.
Ok, thanks for the feedback! Right, the price seemed a little high to me. I didn't know if there was something special about this particular gun I was missing that made it worth $1300. Yeah, I haven't seen much locally and the gun shows in the Northern Virginia area where I would normally go to look keep getting cancelled due to COVID.
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Old 02-13-2021, 08:32 AM
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Barrel is a Springfield Armory from December 1950. M1 carbines with SA barrels are not common. Appears the Carbine was rebuilt during the Korean war. $1300.00 seems high.
At $1150.00 sounds more in line.
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Old 02-13-2021, 09:37 AM
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Sling is for a Garand.
Looks good though. What was the ME?
are mags is good condition ?
I'd say $1200 maxl
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Old 02-14-2021, 07:22 PM
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Sling is for a Garand.
Looks good though. What was the ME?
are mags is good condition ?
I'd say $1200 maxl
The gun did look good. Of all (4) M1 Carbines I've been able to physically handle in the past 6 months, this one outwardly looked the best to me. No idea on ME/TE. I do have a set of CMP ME/TE gauges for Garands, but I did not have the ME tool with me at the store (I was there to pick up an AR-15 lower). There was no mag with the gun and I did not ask to see the mags (probably should have). Yeah, $1300 seemed a little high to me. Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 02-14-2021, 07:18 PM
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Barrel is a Springfield Armory from December 1950. M1 carbines with SA barrels are not common. Appears the Carbine was rebuilt during the Korean war. $1300.00 seems high.
At $1150.00 sounds more in line.
Ok, I thought so on the barrel. The price did seem high to me as well. The gun store is mainly modern guns, so I was surprised to see the M1 Carbine up on a wall tucked behind the corner of a pillar in the middle of the room. One of the guys working there saw me looking at it and told me it had just been traded in and an expert on M1 Carbines had just happened to be in the store at the same time. He said the M1 Carbine guy said it was a Vietnam era barrel and rebuild which on the surface didn't make sense to me because of what looked like a 12 50 date on the barrel itself, but I don't profess to know much about M1 Carbines either so I didn't say anything about it. Thank you for the feedback!
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Old 02-13-2021, 09:53 AM
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Have you looked at other venues to see what $1300 buys you? From what I am seeing on the online auction sites $1000 to $1500 is the new normal. The glossy finish on the stock is no big deal to remove. The case, sling and mags if GI are another $50-$75 if you have to buy them separate. Others have commented that $1150 or $1200 is the max. To me $100 or $150 is not enough to be a deal breaker.
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