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Posted - 03/05/2018 :  6:42:07 PM  Show Profile Send garryj a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I actually purchased this gun 2 months ago, but I wanted to get all of the issues corrected before I reviewed it. The Auto Ordnance M1 Carbine is a solid firearm. There were, however, two issues which I will discuss.

The good:
This is probably one of the most underrated firearms I have personally dealt with. It is a solid, reliable (with the right magazine and rear sight) and accurate shooter. With my reloads (14gr H-110 behind a 110gr Speer TMJ) I was consistently hitting an 8 steel plate at 100 yards. I read other reviews that discussed feed ramps being very rough, causing feeding issues. I am happy to say that was not the case with the one I received as the feed ramp was polished to an almost mirror finish. I don't know if this was typical of all AO M1 Carbines or if I was lucky enough to get one that got a little extra attention. Either way, I had zero feeding problems with the JG Sales magazine.

The bad:
The supplied AO magazine's floor plate came off during my second trip to the range with it. I had bought 2 aftermarket magazines when I ordered the gun (one from Keep Shooting and one from JG Sales). The only magazine that has proven 100% reliable is the one I got from JG Sales for $9.95. I will be buying more of these.
The second and biggest issue I had was the almost useless rear flip sight. It was nowhere near on target at either 25, 50 or 100 yards with either the short or long range peep. I replaced it with a $15.00 stamped steel replica of the late issued adjustable sight from Sarco (You must be logged in to see this link.) and everything improved greatly. I'll never understand why Auto Ordnance doesn't offer the adjustable rear sight as an option.
Both of these issues were easily corrected.

Overall, I would encourage anyone looking for an M1 Carbine to consider the AOM130.


Caliber: .30 Carbine
Barrel: 18
Length: 35 3/4
Weight: 5.4 lbs
Finish: Parkerized steel
Sights: Blade front and flip style rear
Magazine: One 15 round
Stock: Walnut wood stock and handguard
Warranty: 1 year


There is no such thing as overkill - only open fire and I need to reload!


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Posted - 03/08/2018 :  4:06:15 PM  Show Profile Send jimb16 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If the flip sight is "GI spec" it would be set up for 150 yards and 300 yards. So if it was shooting too high, that is probably why.

OGCA Lifer,NRA Life member, son of a 325th GIR Glider Rider
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