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My M1 carbine arrived from Royal Tiger imports today. Heres my initial impressions:

(Please be aware that Im not a M1 guru. I know some guys worship them, I just love the history)

Shipping: Ordered on 7 May, delivered on 22 May. Ill blame Covid.

Gun arrived with cosmoline in all the expected metal places, but not very heavily. Dirty to the touch but not greasy or smelly.

The gun turned out to be an Underwood, with an Underwood BBL dated 3-44. Later style slide sight (SA), SA trigger housing and what I think are a few Winchester parts. Both bolt and receiver have small ping on them which I believe indicates an arsenal rebuild. BBL looks nice and shiny. All parts have some finish/bluing wear but overall fall into NRA good/very good condition. (No rust or pitting anywhere, bluing is 60% on most of the gun). Like I said, Im not an expert but I dont see any special or collectable parts. Import stamp is dot matrix style on underside of the bbl and not too obtrusive.

The stock has a nice crossed cannon cartouche on the right side and circle P on the heel. There was a small gouge missing and it has the expected dents and dings. I think its a Winchester and has the M2 selector cut. These stocks had very little use before the Ethopian Army threw them in a pile and left them to the goats.

Now heres the bummer......the stock has a 3 inch long hairline crack in the middle of the gun. (Totally undetectable until I gave the gun a mineral spirits bath. Ill fix it.

All in all, Im happy with the purchase. For 900 bucks, I think I paid high retail but I love cleaning and refinishing old guns and exploring their markings.

Oh, and the gun came with half a sling. Literally looks like it was cut in half while still attached to the gun. (Oiler is still present). May have been the munching goats.
 

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It sounds like you did ok on the buy after watching some of there videos from the condition they where stored in I was scared to even jump on one especially after seeing all the goats, LoL
Can you take pictures I gotta see gun porn!
 

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It sounds like you did ok on the buy after watching some of there videos from the condition they where stored in I was scared to even jump on one especially after seeing all the goats, LoL
Can you take pictures I gotta see gun porn!


I was worried too. The gun is now completely taken apart. There were no other unpleasant findings. The stock was given a mineral spirits bath and Ill fix the crack tomorrow.
 

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Picture update.....The gun cleaned up well. The crack (or the remaining hairline) is only visible when you really look for it. Some of the cosmoline was REALLY baked dry and required several hours soaking in mineral spirits and a dental pick. When RTI calls these guns 'unissued'.....I think they mean they were never issued to units once they were shopped to Ethiopia. (yes, I think the wording is kind of shady, but anyone in the C&R game knows that you need to have realistic expectations) Both the stamps in my stock look damn near new and show no signs of 'field use'. I really think they were just thrown on pallets like fire wood and moved every so often. For 900 bucks and a little elbow grease, Im very happy. Its a high retail price, but a definate investment.


 

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Forget this high retail stuff. You could have bought one with all the Korean War update parts, and had to buy ww2 replacement parts, and in the end you would have spent more money. You did fine. And you have a carbine. Life is good.
 

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Forget this high retail stuff. You could have bought one with all the Korean War update parts, and had to buy ww2 replacement parts, and in the end you would have spent more money. You did fine. And you have a carbine. Life is good.
Well, I had to get another one actually. I currently own a Rock-Ola (receiver and BBL) but its a Blue Sky import so the gun is obviously unsafe to shoot and worth only $13 dollars. :cry:
 

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Congrats on the carbine Scott but your dog looks very sad so you should send him to my house. Looks like my old dog Casey who we lost 4 years ago.
 

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Congrats on the carbine Scott but your dog looks very sad so you should send him to my house. Looks like my old dog Casey who we lost 4 years ago.
Shes not sad, shes just chillin'. Ruby, the small one, just turned three. Our older dog, Zoey, is 13 and other than being a little slower than the 3 year old, is still in great health.
 

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Great looking dogs Scott and I tell all my friends they are BETTER than people. I also tell them that if you really want to understand unconditional love and how it should be is to lock your wife and dog in the trunk of your car and wait ten minutes them see who is happy to see you when you open it lol BTW make sure you don't leave a gun in the trunk, just sayin'
 

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Have you shot it yet? From recent gun show sightings I'd say you got a pretty good deal,I saw some ugly rusty stuff listed for more then that. I like a gun with a little field time on it.
 

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Have you shot it yet? From recent gun show sightings I'd say you got a pretty good deal,I saw some ugly rusty stuff listed for more then that. I like a gun with a little field time on it.
I have not shot it yet. It seems that the more guns you own, the less and less time you actually spend shooting.
 

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These are perfect girl guns,I have 4 daughters and they all loved shooting these things,our exchange student this year was from China,so naturally she has never held a gun,but she was very eager,within three shots she was hitting 2 liter soda bottle set on the 100 yard line,with one of my carbines!
 

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Scott,

that gun looks pretty good for whats being sold now days..... dont refinish it though... its your gun & you can do what you want with it..... but if you change the stock or refinish the stock it will drop in value.

couldnt really see the crack in your pix. is it anything more than cosmetic?
 

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Scott,

that gun looks pretty good for whats being sold now days..... dont refinish it though... its your gun & you can do what you want with it..... but if you change the stock or refinish the stock it will drop in value.

couldnt really see the crack in your pix. is it anything more than cosmetic?
I glued the crack, its still somewhat visible on close inspection but like you said, I dont want to start sanding things. I didnt really 'refinish' it, I gave it a very thorough cleaning.
All I did to the stock was give it a mineral spirits bath to clean it, fixed the crack and then gave it a stain wash (very washed down, like 10% stain, 90% spirits) just to even the colors out from the previous bath. Gave it a few coats of 1/3 Finn mix and called it a day.
 
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