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Dug out one of my all time favorite rifles recently. Almost forgot how fun it is to shoot and how handy it is.

The venerable M1 Carbine manufactured by National Postal Meter, circa 1944. 76 years old and still runs flawlessly.
 

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Dug out one of my all time favorite rifles recently. Almost forgot how fun it is to shoot and how handy it is.

The venerable M1 Carbine manufactured by National Postal Meter, circa 1944. 76 years old and still runs flawlessly.
My father carried one of those in WWII. I always wanted one.
 

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My father carried one of those in WWII. I always wanted one.
To be honest, when I went to the gun store and bought it I wasn't looking for one. I was actually looking for an M1 Garand, but all they had was the M1A1 Carbine. I liked how it handled and felt so I bought it. Got home and did some research and and initially regretted it because I bought into the hype of how underpowered the round was. Those myths were the reason I started reloading.

Once I started researching the history and purpose behind the M1 Carbine, I realized it was actually quite excellent in its designed role as the original PDW. When you realize most defensive shootings occur well inside of 100 yards, the 30 carbine round is more than adequate. While not a truly effective deer round, it does wonders on varmits and small game too.

I eventually removed the awful folding stock that made it a M1A1 and went with a traditional full length walnut stock from WWII to make it closer to period correct and more comfortable to shoot. Got the added bonus of a steel buttplate firmly attached to a solid walnut stock in case some well placed buttstroke attitude adjustment is required on something.
 

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Dug out one of my all time favorite rifles recently. Almost forgot how fun it is to shoot and how handy it is.

The venerable M1 Carbine manufactured by National Postal Meter, circa 1944. 76 years old and still runs flawlessly.
That's a .30 cal, yeah?
 

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You guys who build what you shoot -- I am in awe. You may outlive the rest of us.
The awe factor isn't really warranted. For the most part., the process simply involves buying the right parts and assembling them. The awe factor is definitely warranted in those cases where the builder machines their own barrels or receivers.
 

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Dad's got a safe full of WWII stuff. Too bad years ago he sold his pre 86 Thompson.

But he got a garand, M1Carbine, a luger, a nagant, etc. That ping of the clip ejecting... ugh. So good
 

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80% lowers are the way to go.
True, but I'm still not a huge fan of AR or even AK platforms. No matter what you do, there will still be some play in the stock, especially on adjustable stocks. There's just something about wood and steel with the Garand rotary bolt that just feels right.

Seriously considering putting my M1 carbine into my survival kit. It will do everything I need it to do and carrying 300 rounds of ammo is still pretty light.
 

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True, but I'm still not a huge fan of AR or even AK platforms. No matter what you do, there will still be some play in the stock, especially on adjustable stocks. There's just something about wood and steel with the Garand rotary bolt that just feels right.

Seriously considering putting my M1 carbine into my survival kit. It will do everything I need it to do and carrying 300 rounds of ammo is still pretty light.
AR’s and AK’s are meant to be loose. That’s the primary idea of the design so debris can pass through without impeding function of the gun.

AR, AK, bolt guns, I love em all.
 

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AR’s and AK’s are meant to be loose. That’s the primary idea of the design so debris can pass through without impeding function of the gun.

AR, AK, bolt guns, I love em all.
And yet a tight fit between the stock and receiver is not an issue on any other platform. I love them all too...I just love some more than others.
 

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Still have the custom 1911 my dad made me. I keep it in the box in the safe. Gotta keep it nice and pristine.
My preferred carry weapon is a Springfield Armory Range Officer Elite in 10mm. Good 1911 trigger with the weight of a steel gun shooting hot 10mm ammo there is no two or four legged critter it won't work on if I do my part.
 
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To be honest, when I went to the gun store and bought it I wasn't looking for one. I was actually looking for an M1 Garand, but all they had was the M1A1 Carbine. I liked how it handled and felt so I bought it. Got home and did some research and and initially regretted it because I bought into the hype of how underpowered the round was. Those myths were the reason I started reloading.
I am envious. I'm a big fan of the M1 platform. I would love a both carbine and a Garand.

I have a Springfield SOCOM 16 and a Ruger Mini-14 and I regularly drool over the other M14 clones, especially from Fulton Armory and LRB.

Once I started researching the history and purpose behind the M1 Carbine, I realized it was actually quite excellent in its designed role as the original PDW. When you realize most defensive shootings occur well inside of 100 yards, the 30 carbine round is more than adequate.
Absolutely. I recently bought a Daniel Defense DDM4 PDW in .300 BLK and it has quickly become my favorite firearm. I know it is blasphemy, but I am really not a big fan of the AR platform…..this DD PDW is the first one that I really, really liked.

I haven't gotten around to my 80% build yet, but I might do another PDW in .300 BLK.
 

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I am envious. I'm a big fan of the M1 platform. I would love a both carbine and a Garand.

I have a Springfield SOCOM 16 and a Ruger Mini-14 and I regularly drool over the other M14 clones, especially from Fulton Armory and LRB.


Absolutely. I recently bought a Daniel Defense DDM4 PDW in .300 BLK and it has quickly become my favorite firearm. I know it is blasphemy, but I am really not a big fan of the AR platform…..this DD PDW is the first one that I really, really liked.

I haven't gotten around to my 80% build yet, but I might do another PDW in .300 BLK.
Well, you're really going to hate me. I have an M1 Carbine, M1A Squad Scout, and a M1A SOCOM. Sold my Mini14 and Mini30 a few years ago when I was consolidating calibers. Also sold my full sized M1A since it was too unwieldy compared to the Squad Scout for only a couple hundred FPS increase in velocity.
 

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