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    Addition to the collection - M1 carbine

    I picked up only a couple of M1 carbines during the blackout. Both are IBM's.

    A few months ago I became acquainted with a gentleman who's father worked for IBM during the WWII period and actually worked on the design team for the modified stamped/brazed trigger housing for the M1 carbine that was first implemented by IBM on their production M1 carbines. This fellow is not a gun guy, but when I discovered this little tidbit of information about his father I told the gentleman that I owned a IBM manufactured M1 carbine and would be glad to show it to him some time.

    Later, I invited him to my home and showed him my humble M1 carbine collection. He was especially interested in seeing my IBM. I disassembled the IBM to show him the trigger housing, and also disassembled a Winchester made carbine with a milled trigger housing to compare the IBM. We spent over an hour looking over the two trigger housings and it was obvious that the stamped/brazed trigger housing would be much simpler and faster to manufacture than the milled one, yet it was just as serviceable. He found it fascinating that he was looking at an important component that his father had a big part in developing during the expediency of wartime.

    At the end of the visit he asked if it was possible to find a IBM carbine for sale as he would love to have one. I advised him to find a nice one wouldn't be cheap, he said he understood. I told him I would see what I could do . . . and the hunt was on.

    After a month I'd ended up with two IBM carbines. One I purchased through GunBroker.com and the other from another carbine collector of my acquaintance. Both were all IBM and in very nice condition. One had post war features (adjustable rear sight, flip safety, bayonet lug) while the other had early features (flip rear sight, push safety, no bayonet lug), and both were collector grade carbines. I took the two carbines to the gentleman and after explaining to him the differences between the two, I let him pick the one he wanted and he chose the late featured carbine and I sold it to him for what I paid for it. He already had a very nice glass case made for the carbine to hang it on the wall next to a picture of his father.

    I added the other IBM to my collection.

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    Original IBM M1 carbine

    Here is a picture of the early featured IBM M1 carbine that I added to my collection. This one was originally purchased in 1964 when the DCM released a hundred thousand or so for sell to NRA members. I have several of the NRA M1 carbines in my collection and they are all in exceptional condition, and this one is no exception.

    This one obviously skipped a post war rebuild as it's all IBM and does not show any signs of a rebuild or restoration.

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    Wow, great story. I've been picking up some of the current batch of CMP carbines as funds allow.

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    i second the great story.

    finding current "real life" connections to historic rifles is always fascinating. thanks for sharing that.
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    Nice pics and story. Especially like the old WW II-era "pineapple" prop in the last photo. I recently acquired one just like it at an area militaria show. Have it sitting on my office desk as a paper weight.

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    That is a nice looking rifle.

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    Nice picture and description.

    For a person of my stature (small) the Carbines are easy and accurate to shoot offhand.

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    Great story and a very nice addition to your collection. Congratulations.

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    Good looking carbine.
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    Faulkner, great post for the new forums and as usual you seem to scout out unbeliveable condition carbines! You are da man of carbines!

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    Great story.
    I've always (well, not always, just when Florio's "assault weapon ban" in NJ made them illegal) wanted one.
    Saw some Inlands in the SGN a few issues back but was sucking wind on funds being Christmas time and all. Supposedly buy/give backs from the Israelis.
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    Haven't seen them in the last 2 issues I got.
    Maybe someday.

    PS
    I thought the 10/22 and .44 carbine were kind of take-offs on the carbine.

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    Cool sotry and congradulation on the new carbine. It looks nice.
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    That just adds to the aura of the firearm. My buddy's dad did some work post war on some kind of arial mounted ordinance IIRC - he was on a bomber in WWII...

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