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Legend of the $20 M1 Carbine

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by doc540, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. doc540

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    mowed yards in '63 to raise the $20 ($17.50 plus $2.50 S&H)

    Dad bought it through the NRA when they were decommissioned

    It has "Winchester" stamped under the rear sight behind the serial #.

    Feb-Nov 1944 build

    Looks to have been built, stored, and never issued.

    Shoots like new.



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  2. JDSTG58

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  3. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

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    Dad has a Winchester he bought through CMP/DCM in the 80's, but nothing like that. That's about the best looking one I've ever seen.
     
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  4. Baba Louie

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    Pretty sweet little Winchester WarBaby you got there doc.

    No bayonet lug, but it has the post war stamped rear sight?! Curious.
     
  5. doc540

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    thanks!

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  6. Bruce M

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    Wow very nice - wonderful condition. I remember when Woolworths had barrels of them, but not in that condition.
     
  7. pennlineman

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    Incredible Winchester and story. Thanks for sharing.
     
  8. md2lgyk

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    Don't know why, but I've always wanted one of those. Should've bought one at Woolworth's when I had the chance.
     
  9. Road Dog

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  10. doc540

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    Yessir, they sure were.

    I think Colt 1911's were $17.
     
  11. countrygun

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    I bought the one on the top in 1980. I was at a gun show and had decided I wanted a carbine. While I knew a fair amount about a lot of guns, all I knew about the carbine at that time was that the older ones didn't have bayonet lugs.

    One guy had two table of guns. one tale had three carbines on it with a "$195 Ea" sign on it. The other two had the adjustable sights and the bayonet lug. This one had a thin film of dried cosmoline on it and looked like a gray mess, but yet it looked different enough to catch my interest. I noted the 6 digit serial number when I picked it up. The guy saw my interest when I put it down to look at the others. He said,

    "I don't want to clean that one up. If you want it you can have it for $185"

    I thought about it for a split second and whipped out my wallet.

    As a collector can tell you it is an early all correct model that only differs from the very first issue in that it lacks the "I" cut stock. It has all of the features of the first issue otherwise.

    AH, the "good ole' days"
     
  12. If you convert $20 back then to our current dollar value it is about $250

    I'd love to find a carbine for $250.

    posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.
     
  13. series1811

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    I had one of the Iver Johnson copies, but I would have loved to have got my hands on a real one. The father of a high school buddy brought his home from WW2 and we used to take it out and shoot it all the time.
     
  14. wjv

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    Guess that means my two are "newer".

    Both are made by Underwood, 1942 & 1944

    Paid under $150 each. . Many years ago.

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  15. countrygun

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    Well the '42 isabout the age of mine but has been "updated"at some time with the sights, bayonet lug handguard and maybe a round bolt, and I can't see if it has the later safety.

    The '44 would definitely qualify as "Later" since they were only produced for a few short years ending with the end of the war,
     
  16. JDSTG58

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    Well since no one else said it, if you're board of it after all these years and want to double you're investment I'll take it off your hands for $40.:whistling:
     
  17. M2 Carbine

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    Those were the days.
    Buying guns from "OUR GOVERNMENT".
    Now "THE GOVERNMENT" is doing their best to take our guns away.:steamed:


    In 1962 I bought the M1 Carbine ($20), two new 03A3 and 03A4 rifles ($14.50) and a new GI 1911A1 ($17).
    Delivered to the front door by the Postman.

    I still have all of them except the Carbine. I "papered" a M2 Conversion kit and eventually cracked the Carbine's receiver shooting full auto.

    The 1911 and 03's have gone through some changes.
    But still not bad for a $17 pistol and a couple $14.50 rifles. :)

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