More M1 Carbine Info – Parts and Magazines

With the CMP getting ready to sell surplus M1 carbines again, here’ s some information on where to buy some things you’ll need.

As with anything gun-related and old, you can find some things at Gunbroker, eBay, and CheaperThanDirt (click on the categories to drill down to specific products). CTD has some original GI parts and some reproductions, and they’re pretty good about making clear which is which.

Here’s an M1 parts diagram from Chestnut Ridge, which sells carbine parts. So does Tank’s Rifle Shop, which offers carbine gunsmithing services.

MCB-303.jpgI always thought the M1 carbine stock magazine pouch was a cool idea. There’s a Leapers reproduction for seven bucks. (Or you can buy the same thing from this guy for twelve bucks on eBay.) For the real thing check eBay and Gunbroker, where they seem to go for $15-20.

Magazines

Indications are that the CMP received carbines with no magazines. Even if they scrounge some up to include with the guns you’ll need some extras.

A lot of people seem to think the original GI magazines are the best. GI issues came in 15 and 30 round (sometimes called M2) versions, with 15 being the more common by far.

J and G Sales has GI mags. They’re $24.95, which is high, but they’re advertised as new condition still in the wrapper. They’ll also hand pick by manufacturer for an extra $2. If you want, say, a Rock-Ola magazine to go with your Rock-Ola carbine that’s not a bad way to go.

I bought the last two carbine magazines at Coal Creek Armory. They were $9.99 each, with some bluing wear and light surface rust which both seem to be common on surplus mags.

I noticed numbers stamped on the back of the magazines. After Googling around I discovered the M1/M2 Carbine FAQ by James Wesley, Rawles. According to the FAQ those are manufacturer codes. That’s how J&G Sales knows who manufactured the magazines they have in stock. My magazine marked OI-S’G’ was made by Saginaw (a division of GM). The other one is marked OI-Q and doesn’t appear in the FAQ.

(Side note: When I saw “James Wesley, Rawles” I knew I had seen a name written that way recently, along with an explanation. Sure enough, I had seen a link to Rawles’ FAQ on hard-core survivalism. The way he writes his name is intended to separate his Christian and family names. People who are into hard-core, the end of the world as we know it type survivalism strike me as a bit out there. Then again, some people think I’m out there because I’m into guns and believe in being prepared for short-term emergencies like blizzards and earthquakes, so I try not to judge.)

I didn’t realize it before, but there are stripper clips for M1 carbines.

Ammo

If you’re interested in using a carbine for self-defense, you many to consider the Cor-Bon DPX. From John Farnam’s informal tests:

Cor-Bon DPX

28May06 30M1 Carbine At an Urban Rifle Course in PA this weekend, we again shot ballistic gelatin through the standard, four layers of denim. This time, I wanted to compare 223 DPX (53gr Barnes bullet) with the new 30M1 Carbine DPX round (100 gr Barnes bullet). Mike Shovel from Cor-Bon was on hand with a supply of both. The 30M1 Carbine round is now available from Cor-Bon, and I, for one, made sure I have an adequate supply! Interestingly, the 30 M1 Carbine bullet penetrated nineteen inches, while the 223 penetrated fifteen! Both bullets expanded in the classic Barnes way. Four layers of denim doesn’t retard Barnes bullet expansion at all, in any caliber. Who have and use an M1 Carbine will benefit immensely from this round, the first new round in this caliber in a long time, and the most effective one of all available, by far. Recommended!

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16 Responses to More M1 Carbine Info – Parts and Magazines

  1. anon says:

    Fulton Armory also has Carbine parts/ books/ mags/ accessories available on their web site.
    Their magazine prices are pretty reasonable too.

  2. Jay G says:

    Re: Stripper clips. Got a couple dozen of ‘em. Remind me later, I’ll post a picture tonight when I can get a good shot. IIRC, they’re all up in the ammo locker upstairs with the mags and mag pouches.

    They work about as well as any stripper clip for magazines, which is to say that the time you spend trying to get the rounds on the stripper clips and then off said clips into the magazine is roughly the same as grabbing a handful of rounds and just loading the damn mags by hand… :)

  3. diamondback says:

    Don’t forget a couple of stripper clip guides! Magazine pouches for the stock are usually for the 15 round mags. A belt pouch is made for 30 rounders tho…
    M1 Carbine was the first rifle I ever bought myself. It is in my opinion, one of the most enjoyable rifles ever made.

  4. Les Jones says:

    Thanks, anon.

    So the stripper clips are for reloading the magazines, rather than reloading the gun directly? That takes a little shine off of the appeal. Still handy, I guess.

  5. Jay G says:

    Les, let me see if I can find where I put the M1 carbine mags and stripper clips and see if I can’t put together a quick “how-to” pictorial. It all depends on how long Mrs. G spends at the PTA meeting tonight – I have a mental image of her coming home with several of the other PTA hens to find her gun nut husband has spread out several dozen rounds of M1 carbine across the kitchen table.

    Again.
    :)

    -Jay

  6. TD says:

    I gotta get me one of those! I’m wondering if anyone will tool up to produce new GI-spec mags…

  7. Andy says:

    Don’t forget that in the Demokratic People’s Republik of Kalifornia, you can only get 10 rd mags for M1 carbines.

  8. ANGRYWOLF says:

    Supposedly one of the young men involved in the carjack murders here in Knoxville had an M1.Don’t you find that interesting ? How hard is it to get one of those guns and how prevalent are they..how many people would you think ..who live in the Knoxville area..own one ?

  9. Les Jones says:

    Availability-wise, they’re no different than any other gun. Lots of them are out there. The U.S. produced millions in WWII and many of them were sold as surplus.

  10. Barry in IN says:

    Just an FYI on M1 Carbine stripper clips. There are two different styles.
    The later style is similar to those used on the M16, with a 10-rd stripper clip and seperate guide.
    The early style has the guide built-in. It slides on the stripper body, and pulls out to load a magzine, then slides back in out of the way. I prefer these, so I’m not always hunting for a guide.

  11. tony says:

    where does one get 30 round mag pouches at for our carbines? Ive never seen the REAL way g.i.s carried their 30 rounders.

  12. tony says:

    where does one get 30 round mag pouches at for our carbines?

  13. Dave in FL says:

    CMO list many different manufacturers. Is there any that are better than the others or are there ones to avoid?

    I would really like to know as I will be buying one as a ‘big brother’ to my 1974 Universal Arms M1 carbine.

  14. Dave in FL says:

    Oops, I meant CMP, not CMO (fat fingers :) )

  15. thomas jones says:

    m looking for m2 selector switch.
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  16. I JUST BOUGHT A NEW M1 CARBINE FROM CHEAPER THAN DIRT IN FT. WORTH TEXAS LAST WEEK. WHICH WAS THE FIRST WEEK IN DEC. 08. IT WAS MADE BY AUTO ORDNANCE. THE SAME COMPANY AS THOMPSON MACHINE GUM. THE M1 COST ME A COOL $800.00 PLUS SHELLS AND OTHER STUFF. IT WAS THE LAST ONE THEY HAD. I ALSO BOUGHT A AR15 .223 LAST MONTH FROM THEM AS WELL. GOOD PEOPLE TO BUY FROM. HAVE BOUGHT SEVERAL HUNDRED ROUNDS OF AMMO FROM THEM. ALSO BOUGHT A BARRETT 9MM 92F FROM GUN BROKER THIS MONTH ALSO. GOOD PLACE TO BUY AMMO AS WELL.