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Old March 11th, 2018, 07:54 AM #1
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Need M1 Carbine Info

I am probably moving to a rural area of MD or VA in the next year or so. Looking to purchase a repro M1 for general use and [of course] self defense. I do not want to go with USGI to knock around with simply because I would not want it damaged.

My question is what are your thoughts on Auto Ordnance, Fulton Arms, Inland, and other M1 repros for my intended use?
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Old March 11th, 2018, 08:21 AM #2
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You're going to pay about the same for a knock off. Fulton Armory would be, I believe, a parts gun with some parts original, so you really aren't entirely preserving history with one if that is your intent.
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I considered the same sort of criteria. I found many reliability issues reported with the reproduction M1 carbines. The internet is full of gripes.

I have a Universal from 1980 that works pretty well. I have no complaints with my carbine. But I would not recommend that you search out a Universal. Research firing out of battery. Very, very bad if that happens. Also the steels used are not very hard.

Given the expertise of Fulton Armory I would not hesitate to buy from them if I wanted a M1 Carbine and I had the money. I'm sure that a Fulton gun would be absolutely top notch.

I ended up with a used stainless Mini14 (that I have not shot yet). I picked this up used a few years back - it is a used prison guard gun that i got for about $500. Note that Ruger factory magazines are very expensive and 223 is louder than M1 carbine. 223 ammo is cheaper and more available than M1 Carbine. My reasoning is that the Mini14 has a great reputation for reliability and should match the accuracy of a reproduction M1 Carbine. The Mini in 7.62x39 is another option.

It is very likely that an inexpensive AR15 would actually be cheaper and might work better for you. Parts everywhere, ammo is inexpensive and an optic would be an easy thing to add later.

Maybe this helps to answer your question - maybe it doesn't. You're the one that best knows your requirements.
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Old March 11th, 2018, 08:47 AM #4
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I think that you would be better off with a Mini 14 or Mini 30, if you want a .30 caliber carbine. The .30 Carbine round is known as a poor man stopper. A pistol caliber carbine is also a another choice, an 16' AR or a Kel-Tec Sub-2000, would be a good choice, a Hi-Point carbine is a cheaper choice.
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Getting a GI issued carbine should be okay. You can shoot it lots, can’t hurt it except through abuse or neglect
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Old March 11th, 2018, 10:57 AM #6
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You can probably find USGI for the cost of a new made. Maybe for the cost if a used new made. They are great fun and reasonable to shoot. Very light and handy. Simple handsome weapons. They will hold their value, and you won’t hurt them by shooting them. Not enough stopping power? Soft points are available and maybe JHPs. 110 gr, moving at 1950 fps is not shabby. I have a couple of winchesters imported by blue sky, prob from korea, maybe isreal. One on the rack at cabelas, the other from SOG a while back. They shoot real good.
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Military Arms Channel on YouTube just did a video on the Fulton Armory M1 carbine...gave a very favorable report.
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The .30 Carbine round is known as a poor man stopper.
If a .30 caliber 115 grain round at 1900 FPS is such a poor stopper, why is a 115 grain 9mm round at 1300 FPS such a great stopper? Of course, that's fmj against fmj. The .30 Carbine is available in hollow points which would certainly improve its capabilities.

I do agree there may be better selections and we all have our preferences but the OP is asking spefically about the M1 Carbine.
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I agree. "pistol caliber" can be as much as half the muzzle energy of .30.

Bizzare suggestion after the criticsm
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OP how much money do you want to spend theirs one in the MDS classifieds
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