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Old 09-03-2016, 03:42 PM   #1
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I'll soon be the owner of an A/O AOM130

Does anyone have any experience with this year's edition and can relate any of their experiences with the AOM 130 Carbines?

I have already purchased 5 30-round magazines from Keepshooting and have planned to replace the magazine catch with an M2 type to keep the magazine in line and feeding properly.

Any input?
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Old 09-04-2016, 03:42 AM   #2
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Sorry no personal experience, but folks I respect like the 15 round magazine best for carry and balance.
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Who has never fired an M-1 Carbine...I'll have to fix that.
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The new issue of Firearms News (formerly Shotgun News) has a writeup on the new Inland carbine. MSRP is $1049.
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I sure hope AO and Inland have finally made decent M1 Carbines. It's just too cool of a little rifle to not flourish and live on. But the design doesn't lend itself well to cheap manufacture...hopefully modern alloys and manufacturing can compensate for that.

I'll admit, it's cool to see a return of the Inland name; even though it's in name only. While there really were no "bad" M1 Carbines (they were good about rejecting any that were outside norms), the Inlands were undoubtedly the best of all the M1 Carbines. Inland Div of General Motors was one seriously squared away organization when Uncle Sam came knocking. They took up the M1 Carbine and left Winchester in the dust, and it was a Winchester design.
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I've read the FN article now. The new Inland receivers are made by AO. I'd be willing to bet that some of the other parts are made by whoever is making them for AO as well (if not AO themselves).

There can't be any NOS WWII USGI parts still available for new manufacture, can there, as there were in the '60s? I know that many, many carbine parts have been replicated, cloned, reproduced, and/or outright faked for a couple decades now.
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The Fulton Armory and James River Armory (New Rockola) Carbines are all milled steel, but begin at a little over $1300.00 (JRA) to $1600.00 - $1650.00 (FA).

It all depends on your pocketbook.
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Wow. I'm glad to say that for once, I made it ahead of the cost curve on a firearm. I bought my GI carbine back in the '90s for just a few hundred dollars.
Too many times, I read of how prices have increased, and want to kick myself for not buying 'back when'.
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Wow. I'm glad to say that for once, I made it ahead of the cost curve on a firearm. I bought my GI carbine back in the '90s for just a few hundred dollars.
Too many times, I read of how prices have increased, and want to kick myself for not buying 'back when'.
Hah! I bought my first one--a Quality--in 1972 for $65.

In the late '80s, I had accumulated enough spare carbine parts to build another one, except for barrel and receiver. I contacted one of the outfits importing them at the time--might have been Century--and they sold me a barrelled receiver for $100 even (the whole guns were selling for like $175) and built up another one. It's an Inland with a Jan 43 dated barrel, and if there's an import stamp on it, I've never been able to find it. It shoots great.
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Hah! I bought my first one--a Quality--in 1972 for $65.

In the late '80s, I had accumulated enough spare carbine parts to build another one, except for barrel and receiver. I contacted one of the outfits importing them at the time--might have been Century--and they sold me a barrelled receiver for $100 even (the whole guns were selling for like $175) and built up another one. It's an Inland with a Jan 43 dated barrel, and if there's an import stamp on it, I've never been able to find it. It shoots great.
Thanks a lot, Snake--rub it in...
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Thanks a lot, Snake--rub it in...
Especially for those of us who were born too late to join the party.
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Especially for those of us who were born too late to join the party.
Well, I was born too late to get in on all the pre-1968 mail order fun.
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Well, I was born too late to get in on all the pre-1968 mail order fun.
Snake, on this I grieve with you; I was around, but a bit young.
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Snake, on this I grieve with you; I was around, but a bit young.
I was 13 years old at the time.
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I was 13 years old at the time.
I was a clueless 12, myself.
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Snake45,

Fwiw, I bought my first Mauser for 9.99 plus postage from KLEIN'S SORTING GOODS in 1963, - It was an 1893 SA War surplus 7x57 rifle & LOOKED "near new".

Boxes of FMJ ammo were 3 for 2.oo at the local GIANT DISCOUNT CENTER,- I bought/shot LOTS of it.
(In those long ago days, many of us pulled the FMJ bullets & replaced them with JSP for deer hunting.)

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I was a clueless 12, myself.
About my parents' age at the time.

The more I see of today, the more I wanna boost Doc Brown's DeLorean and "self-deport" into the past...
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I began shooting at the age of 6 (1961). Daddy was a "Frogman" (Underwater Demolition Team) and a member of the Navy Rifle Team. Having been trained at an early age, my tastes run to steel and wood

I was raised by a warrior to be "politically aware as a young child. Growing up in a "college town" (Corvallis, Oregon, six blocks from Oregon State University). Believe me, it's nice to learn from a man that, literally, saw it all. It is far better that one is educated and enlightened by someone that saw both WW2 the Korean Conflict from this perspective than those that live in "Ivory Towers". In your formative years, it makes a difference.
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