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Old 11-29-2021, 01:54 PM
slufstuff slufstuff is offline
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Default SC "revenuer" M1A1 paratrooper carbine

I just picked up this US M1A1 paratrooper carbine. It is an Augusta Arsenal rebuild (marked AAM) with a Standard Products carbine installed (Inland would be correct as built, but the arsenal rebuilds were often mixed with other makers). Stock and hand guard are correctly marked IO. The stock had the leather replaced and a new pistol grip installed when it was reworked. The stock metal was painted at some point, most likely after the rework. It came with an original WW2 magazine and sling, plus a Vietnam era M60 barrel bag, which fits the M1A1 like it was made for it.

Bought it from a retired Lexington county, SC revenue agent. He told me they got these carbines from the army, and he carried it on liquor still raids and similar activities back in the late 60's all through the 70's. He said the sheriff allowed him to keep the carbine when he retired in the early 90's. It has been sitting in his closet ever since. He never shot anything with it except liquor stills, he would use the carbine to punch the still full of holes rather than have to tote an axe into the woods.

Just thought I would share it here.

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Old 11-29-2021, 02:11 PM
Durango56 Durango56 is online now
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Nice, I like it! Interesting history as well.
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Old 11-29-2021, 05:03 PM
6 Ring 6 Ring is offline
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It would be nice if you could get him to give you a letter, and get it notarized as a way to save its history.
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Old 11-29-2021, 05:15 PM
Johnny Conroe Johnny Conroe is offline
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Very clean example with a super cool bag.

Nice score!
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Old 11-29-2021, 06:22 PM
LeadSnowstorm LeadSnowstorm is offline
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I'd definitely get a letter if possible. Anything that fills in 50 years of a weapon's history and how it arrived in its condition in the present day is worthwhile. Especially how this particular one ended up in civilian hands, presumably non-import marked, and not sold through the DCM/CMP.

Just my $0.02.
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Old 11-29-2021, 07:36 PM
bobco bobco is offline
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Get the history. It's not just about the value, it's about preserving the history. If it happens to increase the value....even better.
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Old 11-29-2021, 08:54 PM
BSAGuy BSAGuy is offline
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Cool gun and great story. I would document it as well. Folks in the future might not believe it unless it was written down.
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Old 11-29-2021, 09:44 PM
weimar_police weimar_police is online now
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That is a very cool paratrooper, I foolishly sold the one I had.
Very cool - I love its post military history
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Old 11-29-2021, 10:36 PM
sigman2 sigman2 is offline
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I'd get it documented. He might tell you he used in the firefight against David Williams!
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Old 11-29-2021, 10:59 PM
GotSnlB28 GotSnlB28 is offline
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Great looking carbine + accessories, and cool history. You got a nice one.
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