View Full Version : Why am I all of a sudden lusting after an M1 Carbine?

01-13-2011, 10:32 AM
Not really all of a sudden, I've wanted one on and off for years. I like historic weapons, especially WWII era. I think buying that old .45 for my kid brought it back. Not really usefull for much other than plinking, but I still want one. I'd like to get a Saginaw model just because it was made in Mich, but I think my price range is probably more toward the Inland or Winchester.

01-13-2011, 01:57 PM
i would love to get an M1..

01-13-2011, 03:03 PM
After doing some research odds are the only thing I'll be able afford is a mutt. Inland was the most prolific builder at over 2.5 milllion guns, and even they're going for upwards of $1700 for an all original matching parts gun. Guns made up of parts from different years/manufacturers can be had for $4-600.

WWII M1 Contractors:

Inland Division, General Motors (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors) (production: 2,632,097), sole producer of the M1A1 Carbine. Receiver marked "INLAND DIV."
Winchester Repeating Arms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_Repeating_Arms_Company) (production: 828,059) Receiver marked "WINCHESTER"[34] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_carbine#cite_note-33)
Irwin-Pedersen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pedersen) (operated by Saginaw Steering Gear and production included with Saginaw total)
Saginaw Steering Gear Division General Motors (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors) (production: 517,213 ) Receivers marked "SAGINAW S.G." (370,490) and "IRWIN-PEDERSEN" (146,723 )
Underwood Elliot Fisher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underwood_Typewriter_Company) (production: 545,616) Receiver marked "UNDERWOOD"
National Postal Meter (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=National_Postal_Meter&action=edit&redlink=1) (production: 413,017) Receiver marked "NATIONAL POSTAL METER"
Quality Hardware Manufacturing Corp. (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Quality_Hardware_Manufacturing_Cor p.&action=edit&redlink=1) (production: 359,666) Receiver marked "QUALITY H.M.C."
International Business Machines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Business_Machines) (production: 346,500) Receiver marked "I.B.M. CORP."
Standard Products (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Standard_Products&action=edit&redlink=1) (production: 247,100) Receiver marked "STD. PRO."
Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock-Ola) (production: 228,500) Receiver Marked "ROCK-OLA" [35] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_carbine#cite_note-34)
Commercial Controls Corporation (production: 239) Receiver marked "COMMERCIAL CONTROLS"
It'd be pretty cool to have one made by Rock-Ola, the jukebox company. I can't even imagine how much one marked Commercial Controls would cost!

One thing that's appealing is the small round size. They're relatively inexpensive, sold like pistol ammo, and can be reloaded on a pistol press. Basically one step up in cost from a .22 for plinking.

01-13-2011, 03:41 PM
My favorite gun. I've wanted a Saginaw for a very, very long time :(