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Old 06-11-2007, 09:37 AM
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Recently we had a thread that discussed guns, what guns you have, had, and what guns you liked. I be the first you to say I am by no means a gun collector, or even have any specific knowledge about guns.



Saturday my father decided it was time to pass one down to me. While I am happy and honored to get this weapon it, I do have a lump in my throat. After all Dad's no getting any younger 82 now and in moderately good health for a man his age. Still we all know he's had more summers than hehas yet tohave.



I have always had my eye on thisone and never said anything about it because I am not one towant. But obviously, Dad must have noticed my wondering eye.







M-1 .30 cal. carbine.

The story behind this weapon: It was given to my dad by a friend of his who was in failing health and has now passed away. The guy was kind of a local legend, veteran of WW-II, participated in the D-Day assault at Utah Beach, highly decorated. the local VFW and American Legend both have a dedicated plaque in his name. Any how he was suppose to have brought this gun home after the war.



As stated before I don't collect guns, but the few I do have all have stories behind them, the stories don't mean anything to anyone but me. But still I cherish each and every one.
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:48 AM
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I don’t know much about guns. I thought those carbines came from the Korean Conflict?!? You see that big notch in the stock?...there is a small oil can that goes in that and it integrates with a sling.

I walked away from everything gun when daddy-Shrub (the original Pres. George Bush) jumped at the chance to rip another, significant piece of the second Amendment out from under us by signing the assault weapons act.


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Old 06-11-2007, 10:11 AM
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what a great gun and even better story to go with it. Something like that is so much more than a gun. Knowing the history just makes it extra special. What an honor to have your Dad pass that on to you. I did a quick web search on it and that model gun has a ton of history to go along with your personal history. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-11-2007, 10:58 AM
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I have a pretty good collection of guns, but the ones I value the most are the ones with personal family history which would be worth much less to anyone else but me.

You better get yourself a safe if you don't have one already. Insurance won't do a darn thing about replacing something like that.
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Old 06-11-2007, 11:28 AM
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Twentynine - here's some history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_carbine It was used in both WWII and the Korean Conflict.
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:32 PM
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Eyeball - 6/11/2007 11:28 AM Twentynine - here's some history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_carbine It was used in both WWII and the Korean Conflict.


Thanks Eyeball.



I am kind of a history buff, I knew that the M-1 cabine was used in WW-II and Korea,I didn't think it was right to point that out to you in your earlier post.



I already had an M-1 carbine that I bought from a pawn shop 20+ years ago, just because I wanted to have a weapon from WW-II. And I didn't have the money to buy a M-1 Garand. I have even seen the Jimmy Stewart movie about Carbine Williams. Like I said earlier I am not a collector, but the weapons I have read about in the historical accounts mean something to me. I would dearly love to have a '05 Springfield , Garand, Lee Enfield, Mauser 98, or even a Moisant Nagant (spl?)but time and money always hold me back. Don't have any wishes to shoot them, just kinda want them to look at.



Dad still has a cheap Chinese version ofthe RussianSKS, I guess that one is going to my brother. Which is perfectly okay with me, I am tickled pink with this carbine.
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Old 06-11-2007, 04:07 PM
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That looks like a nice M-1. It was used in WWII as you pointed out. I believe it was the issue rifle to support troops (supply truck drivers, etc) and tank crews. Also there was a folding stock model used by paratroopers. Front line main force guys used the M1 Garand. I have a Garand and it is really nice.

I also have a K98 Mauser, an Enfield, a few Mosin Nagants (long and short barrel), some unfired SKS rifles, and a bunch of other stuff. My dad had a collectors license for a while and I went a little overboard ordering stuff from dealer only sources. The Russian rifles were only $50 each, the unfired perfect condition K98s with teak stocks were only $125. Or something like that.

Still no M-1 Carbine. Those are harder to come by in good shape.

I did find an American Enfield. That is somewhat of a good find. It is made by Savage, and of course chambered for the British .303. Stamped on the gun is "US Government Property". It is a Lend-Lease rifle, "leased" to the British in exchange for something else. This way the USA could claim to be "neutral" while still sending tons of supplied to our friends the British. Before Pearl Harbor.
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Old 06-11-2007, 10:37 PM
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.30 cal carbine - first rifle I ever shot, it was my grandads. I carried it on deer hunts with him. Great memories, wish I had gotten his, one of my uncles has it now.
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