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chuter
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USA
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Posted - 11/25/2012 :  7:54:21 PM  Show Profile Send chuter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Haven't seen the gun yet but I hope to look at a "US Carbine Model M1A" sometime this week. It has a s/n N88x-R20xxx. Can't say I'm familiar with "US Carbine" as a manufacturer. You all familiar with them? Current owner says it's a nice shooter.
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Tuna
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Posted - 11/26/2012 :  7:58:52 PM  Show Profile Send Tuna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It is not a USGI carbine but a commercial one. Odds are if it's in an M1A1 stock it's a reproduction stock too. You should get the makers name and photos of it if possible and post them here and we will try to help you out with it. Also how much is the seller asking for it?
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chuter
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USA
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Posted - 11/27/2012 :  12:00:44 PM  Show Profile Send chuter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Tuna: the current owner is a hunter but not a "gun guy". He was reading the gun info off his receipt from 6 or so years back. The serial number is N88x-R20xxx (if it's an IAI gun he's missing a digit in the last part of the s/n). That doesn't seem to be a common s/n for a WWII gun. I'll see the gun in person Wednesday around lunch. I'll take photos, and take it apart to look for additional markings. He has put about 50 rounds through it and says it's a good shooter but the bolt doesn't like to stay open. He's looking to reduce some inventory so this is one he never uses and is on the block. A carbine buddy of mine says that's common and an easy fix. Still, a good mystery and I'm looking forward to seeing it. I'll report more then.
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chuter
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USA
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Posted - 11/27/2012 :  12:02:10 PM  Show Profile Send chuter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sorry, bad paragraph structure... the bolt not staying open is a common problem and easy to fix according to my carbine buddy.
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Tuna
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Posted - 11/27/2012 :  1:47:02 PM  Show Profile Send Tuna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Definitely not a USGI serial number. IAI has a mixed track record with quality it seems. Some get good results and some can't wait to get rid of them so be careful with your buying this carbine. The only way to keep the bolt open when shooting is to use a magazine with the follower cut for the bolt to hit against but when you pull the magazine out the bolt closes anyway unless you then engage the slide stop.
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chuter
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USA
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Posted - 11/28/2012 :  5:34:33 PM  Show Profile Send chuter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Folks: it is confirmed to be an "imi" (note lower case letters) carbine. I inspected it today You must be logged in to see this link. It's in great shape but I passed on the deal for $500. It came with four mags, repro case and sling plus 200 rounds of commercial ammo. It had a metal hand guard.
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Tuna
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Posted - 11/28/2012 :  10:25:05 PM  Show Profile Send Tuna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not a bad price when you consider the ammo which would be about $80 minimum. Four magazines if USGI at $15 each minimum. The case and sling would be at least $60 so that would be about $200 total and $300 for the carbine. At that price you can try it out and if it works OK then your all set but you can always put it up for sale on one of the auctions sites and get more then what you paid for it as the price is a low one.
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chuter
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USA
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Posted - 11/29/2012 :  5:06:59 PM  Show Profile Send chuter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Tuna: The guy called me back and "counter offered" at $450. I'm weak. Based on your advice I took it. (notice the guilt projection there so I can tell my wife I blame you :) ) I did some minor surgery on the slide stop hole in the receiver. That was one of the issues with the later imi receivers. I cleaned it up and hope to try it this weekend before it gets too cold out. And like you said, I can always sell it for what I have in it or better.
Thanks for the tips. Have a great Christmas season.
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Tuna
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Posted - 11/29/2012 :  9:01:49 PM  Show Profile Send Tuna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey you can blame it on me all that you want or need to. I've got big shoulders and can take it. A hint maybe for you would be to be sure it is clean before taking it out and to be sure you lube it. A drop of good oil on the extractor plunger and spring,ejector, the bolt lugs where they slide. Not too much just enough to make it slide smoothly. Let us know how you make out shooting it.
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chuter
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USA
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Posted - 12/01/2012 :  08:37:53 AM  Show Profile Send chuter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, a good friend stopped over last evening to look at the carbine. After I wiped the drool off of it he said he had to have it. Ok. So, I guess I'm carbine-less again. He was really happy though. It's going to a good home.
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Tuna
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Posted - 12/02/2012 :  09:54:39 AM  Show Profile Send Tuna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It sure sounds like you blamed me but the wife didn't buy it eh? Hard to fool them for sure. OH well if you made a bit on it them you can now buy a good USGI carbine. Then you can try and blame me again but no guarantee she will buy this one any bvetter then the last. You can tell her it will just increase in value each year which they do and is a good investment. Hey I'm trying here for you. (:})
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