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Old 11-18-2005, 12:46 PM   #1
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Fulton m1 carbines?

Hello,
I'm new to carbines but have been into M1's for awhile. I want something historic, but that I can shoot without worrying about cutting value.

I've heard bad things about Miltech rebuilds, so that's not a good option.

I do remember seeing Fulton rebuilt carbines, but haven't seen them on their site. Are they still making carbines?
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Old 11-18-2005, 12:57 PM   #2
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I noticed that too. Give them a call and see what is happening. their customer service is a bit inept in my opinion, but they have
a rep for putting together decent shooters. They do not use USGI barrels or stocks.
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Old 11-18-2005, 01:23 PM   #3
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I noticed that too. Give them a call and see what is happening. their customer service is a bit inept in my opinion, but they have
a rep for putting together decent shooters. They do not use USGI barrels or stocks.
I gave them a call and they said that they're not building them right now. They mentioned that they can't build them because govt. issue receivers have dried up. They are working with an importer to get some more but can't make any promises...

BUMMER!
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Old 11-18-2005, 01:39 PM   #4
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My guess is that they buy up imports cheap to rebuild and there source has indeed dried up for now. It has nothing to do with recievers....they buy import carbines, rebarrel, restock and sell them for a big profit.

Fulton is a strange place. I have recieved excellent items from them and have recieved POS parts the next order. It's not a bummer, it is actually going to save you hundreds of dollars...buy a $600 mixmaster all USGI with a good barrel and you will be in business.

bolt internals and small spare parts are plentiful and cheap as long as you are not looking for specific makers. You will probably want to change the springs and bolt internals when you get your carbine.
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Old 11-18-2005, 01:53 PM   #5
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Oh ok... I always heard good stuff about them, so it's good to hear a second opinion. I'm just trying to get something from someone reputable so I don't get screwed. I've heard way too many carbine horror stories than with garands...
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Old 11-18-2005, 02:08 PM   #6
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Just as a note relative to your vernacular, among soldiers, vets and collectors, when you say "M1", that's the M1 Rifle----the Garand. Carbines are just that, "Carbines"----not M1's.
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Old 11-18-2005, 02:17 PM   #7
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Just as a note relative to your vernacular, among soldiers, vets and collectors, when you say "M1", that's the M1 Rifle----the Garand. Carbines are just that, "Carbines"----not M1's.
I know... I've got a few M1's but would like to get into M1 Carbines as well. This site is very helpful for someone starting out!

Thanks!
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Old 11-18-2005, 02:21 PM   #8
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Praetorian. I know what you mean, that is how I felt. I will give you this hard earned advice.

If you buy a carbine from someone you do not know or even trust...just read a lot about them, ask questions here, take it apart, and if you have any concerns find a good gunsmith and have him give it a once over...should only cost about 50 bucks.

The most important thing is to start with something that will require the least effort to "fix" up....with USGI carbines that means one thing...a good barrel. Shiney, sharp lands...a given...check the muzzle for cleaning damage! That is the biggest problem that would lead to a barrel job.

USGI carbines were made to last. period. Horror stories are just from those that are easily scared. LOL....sounds like me a year ago. Good luck.
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Old 11-18-2005, 02:26 PM   #9
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btw, the carbine was my first gun. I now have 5 different guns...a SMLE, a Tokarev, and two pistols..a 1911a1 and a P38. The carbine is the MOST user freindly gun ever built. You can take it apart to your hearts content and put it back together (after the barrel band screw is untightened) with NO tools other than a simple punch, and the bolt tool (a must have).

the only thing to not touch without some experience is the gas piston nut. The threads are easily damaged.

I love the engineering of the carbine. It is simple, and it works...the best rifle ever made for its intended purpose. Just make sure you buy USGI...don't let anyone talk you into something else. they knew how to build em back then.
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Old 11-18-2005, 04:11 PM   #10
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Audie's right. Its a great little gun. Its the only rifle (besides rimfires) that my wife can shoot without getting tired. Its light enough for her to shoot offhand, simple enough for her to learn centerfires on, and the ammo's cheap enough to supply lots of shooting sessions.

Strangely my wife doesnt like shooting the AR. When I bring it to the range she says i should sell it or trade it. But she likes the Carbine a lot. In fact I hardly get to shoot my Inland anymore. I had to buy a second Carbine (Rockola) just so I could shoot a Carbine. Go figure.
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Old 11-18-2005, 04:58 PM   #11
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Its also the only semi that I can put 15 rounds in the black in under 10 seconds. The low recoil means you can get into a rythm of fire and recovery very, very fast. Once you do that you can let the whole mag go and be on target. Very fun to fire the carbine like that unsupported. I actually shoot better like that than taking a long time to aim.
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