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    M1 Carbine

    I'd like to buy my grandfather an M1 Carbine for Christmas next year, but I don't want to get the wrong one.

    He was a paratrooper and left the Army right before Vietnam began. The only thing he's ever mentioned about his rifle is that it was not the paratrooper model with the wire stock.

    Are there any specifics that his most likely would have had, so I know what to keep my eyes peeled for?

    Thanks!

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    It might've been an M2 (selectable for semi- or fully-automatic).
    It probably had a really adjustable rear sight: Something much like that on the Springfield '03A3, rather than a mere flip-over aperture.
    Maybe a bayonet lug, too.

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    I would recommend looking for a GM manufactured M-1 carbine that should get what you are looking for they will cost a bit more but you will get what most carried.

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    Guns shows are decent places to find the real McCoy. I bought one in 1998 from a hobbyist at a gun show and had it checked out by an armorer who was there before I completed the transaction. Everything on that rifle is genuine WWII vintage parts. WWII era M1 Carbines had pop up sights (from small to large peep aperture) and a "flat" bolt as opposed to the rounded bolt. Mine also has a bayonet lug.

    They can be found. You just have to do your research first to see what is real and what is not.

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    He might be happier with a Ruger Mini. They are built just like the M-1's except you don't need the "clip" for it -- it comes with a 5 round magazine.

    This way he won't need to risk smashing his thumb -- getting M-1 Thumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamSmith View Post
    He might be happier with a Ruger Mini. They are built just like the M-1's except you don't need the "clip" for it -- it comes with a 5 round magazine.

    This way he won't need to risk smashing his thumb -- getting M-1 Thumb.
    The rifle in question doesn't use a clip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamSmith View Post
    He might be happier with a Ruger Mini. They are built just like the M-1's except you don't need the "clip" for it -- it comes with a 5 round magazine.

    This way he won't need to risk smashing his thumb -- getting M-1 Thumb.
    The M1 Carbine is only superficially similar to the M1 Garand rifle.
    They operate in similar manners, but they are fed by very different systems.

    The M1 Carbine uses a box magazine which inserts from below.
    The M1 Rifle uses an eight-round, "en-bloc" clip which inserts from above.

    Further, the quest is for a duplicate of the weapon the man used during his military service.
    The Ruger Mini-14 is only very superficially like that.

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    you can generally find them at the all the gun shows I have been to, various manufactures good luck, extra mags are plenty and ammo is running about $30 for 50 rounds

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamSmith View Post
    This way he won't need to risk smashing his thumb -- getting M-1 Thumb.
    M-1 Garand thumb is entirely different and non-existant in M-1 carbines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponzer04 View Post
    I'd like to buy my grandfather an M1 Carbine for Christmas next year, but I don't want to get the wrong one.

    He was a paratrooper and left the Army right before Vietnam began. The only thing he's ever mentioned about his rifle is that it was not the paratrooper model with the wire stock.

    Are there any specifics that his most likely would have had, so I know what to keep my eyes peeled for?

    Thanks!
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