News: **** YAHOO, MSN and HOTMAIL are still blocking the forum mailbox, so you have to use a different email address, or PM the admin on facebook. ****

Subscription Status

Supporting Member : No
Pro Supp. Member : No

Join & Become a Member
Supporting Memberships

Our Local Sponsors


Forum Links

CTGUNTALK.COM Forum Links
  1. CT AWB / LCM FAQ
  2. CT Shooting Range Info
  3. CT Gun Shops


Like & Follow us on :

Author Topic: M1 carbine value  (Read 693 times)

Online Dieselcamino

  • Active Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 49
  • Karma: +0/-0
  • PROTECT the 2nd!
M1 carbine value
« on: February 04, 2019, 06:42:44 AM »
Hey guys, any good resources out there besides gunbroker for the values on .30 carbines?  I'm going to check one out of a co-workers fathers who wants 350$ said it shoots and looks decent for the age,  could not give me pictures or manufacturer (hes up there in age) I'm thinking for 350 I cant go wrong even if its bottom of the barrel no?

Online speedway

  • Highly Active Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1899
  • Karma: +2/-0
  • Freedom is NOT free. (ammo_is_expensive!)
Re: M1 carbine value
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2019, 08:25:09 AM »
If it’s a genuine US military, you are stealing it at that price.

If it’s a modern knock off like an Iver Johnson, then the price is decent. 

Online 2BearArms

  • Highly Active Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 738
  • Karma: +0/-0
Re: M1 carbine value
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2019, 08:44:32 AM »
Hey guys, any good resources out there besides gunbroker for the values on .30 carbines?  I'm going to check one out of a co-workers fathers who wants 350$ said it shoots and looks decent for the age,  could not give me pictures or manufacturer (hes up there in age) I'm thinking for 350 I cant go wrong even if its bottom of the barrel no?

Make sure to check the bore. If it ever was used to shoot corrosive ammo and then not cleaned properly it could be destroyed. I saw that once on a registered full auto rifle.

Online Bottom Rung

  • Forum Contributor Pro
  • Highly Active Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 837
  • Karma: +0/-0
  • PROTECT the 2nd!
Re: M1 carbine value
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2019, 09:46:35 AM »
Watch out for IAI M1 Carbines. The receivers are not up to par, but at $350 it’s still worth the gamble.

Everything except US GI is going to be a gamble.  Auto Ordnance, Kahr, Plainfield and Iver Johnson may or may not run well. Personally, I avoid them.  Despite my feelings $350 still isn’t bad.

US GI guns can still have issues considering most have not seen any love in 50 years. Barrels on many are heavily worn.  Reputable companies, like Fulton Armory, can fix anything you need on a USGI M1 Carbine.

I love M1 Carbines. They are fantastic little guns.

Offline Supes3

  • Highly Active Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1009
  • Karma: +0/-0
  • PROTECT the 2nd!
Re: M1 carbine value
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2019, 09:50:30 AM »
Seems like a decent deal either way if you were looking for an M1.
"It's a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun control laws." - Ronald Reagan

Offline CTSixshot

  • Forum Contributor
  • Highly Active Member
  • **
  • Posts: 7497
  • Karma: +0/-0
  • ...and the truth shall make you free.
Re: M1 carbine value
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2019, 10:41:51 AM »
Make sure to check the bore. If it ever was used to shoot corrosive ammo and then not cleaned properly it could be destroyed. I saw that once on a registered full auto rifle.

I'm not going to dispute your experience, but at least you can be assured that none of the USGI ammo was corrosively-primed. That's not to say that there isn't corrosive .30 Carbine ammo out there.

From http://www.odcmp.org/1101/usgi.pdf:
.30 CARBINE
Note: All (U.S.) .30 Carbine Ammunition made during WWII and after is NON-CORROSIVE
(regardless of manufacturer)!


If you grab this M1 Carbine and want to roll your own, come see me.... test-fire capabilities onsite.

Online Dieselcamino

  • Active Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 49
  • Karma: +0/-0
  • PROTECT the 2nd!
Re: M1 carbine value
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2019, 11:23:29 AM »
Thanks guys good info, I'll take the general consensus as if a true usgi rifle, it should be a homerun (unless it's a basketcase)  if a post war knockoff still not a bad deal (again unless poor condition)  any easy way to tell if it's a USGI? Is it obviously marked somewhere

Online speedway

  • Highly Active Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1899
  • Karma: +2/-0
  • Freedom is NOT free. (ammo_is_expensive!)
Re: M1 carbine value
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2019, 11:36:13 AM »
Thanks guys good info, I'll take the general consensus as if a true usgi rifle, it should be a homerun (unless it's a basketcase)  if a post war knockoff still not a bad deal (again unless poor condition)  any easy way to tell if it's a USGI? Is it obviously marked somewhere
USGI M1 carbines were manufactured by:

Inland
Winchester
Underwood
Saginaw
National Postal Meter
Quality Hardware
IBM
Standard Products
Rock-o-la

They are marked on the receiver.   
« Last Edit: February 04, 2019, 11:36:52 AM by speedway »

Online Dieselcamino

  • Active Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 49
  • Karma: +0/-0
  • PROTECT the 2nd!
Re: M1 carbine value
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2019, 05:59:50 AM »
I walked away, it was a national ordinance and far from decent shape, not even sure if I would shoot it without really going through it thoroughly

Online Bottom Rung

  • Forum Contributor Pro
  • Highly Active Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 837
  • Karma: +0/-0
  • PROTECT the 2nd!
Re: M1 carbine value
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2019, 07:53:17 AM »
Sorry to hear that.  Thanks for the follow up.

A good shooting M1 Carbine is a worthy pursuit.  Additionally, installing an Ultimak rail and micro red dot livens them up quite a bit.