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Old 03-08-2005, 04:08 AM   #1
 
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Riverbank Armory M1 Carbines?

Has anyone done any business with Riverbank Armory, and if so what were your impressions?
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Old 03-08-2005, 04:57 AM   #2
 
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Riverbank operates under the names Riverbank, m1carbineparts and, on eBay and GunBroker, under the additional name of abcleigh. Their "other" business is selling and repairing pachinko machines, which are the Japanese version of our "pinball" machines.

I personally would not recommend that you purchase anything from them.
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Old 03-08-2005, 05:13 AM   #3
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While I personally, have never gotten anything bad from him, I know many others have not had good results. So be advised, that his reputation leaves a lot to be desired.
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Old 03-08-2005, 06:14 AM   #4
 
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Hmmm. Doesn't sound too good. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 03-08-2005, 07:42 AM   #5
 
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Um, isn't this the seller who routinely sells complete cartouche punch sets on e-bay? If so, then would that not indicate that they might also be using said punches on their merchandise?

I don't know that they do, but the possibility is too frightening for me to trust them.
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:08 AM   #6
 
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Well with as much fake or mismarked parts that a handful of our local experts on here point out to less informed people like myself, I would avoid them.
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:29 AM   #7
 
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I saw that the cartouche punch is sold on Numrich to anyone who wants to buy it. It will soon occur that looking at the cartouche will not determine authenticity. sucks.
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Old 03-08-2005, 05:39 PM   #8
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No, George is NOT the guy who sells the stamps.
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Old 03-08-2005, 07:14 PM   #9
 
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http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIt ... m=29601746

He says this is a consignment and therefore sold as is no returns. The cartouches look to fresh to me when looking at the bruises and scratches around the stock. The finish on the major parts looks wrong. That bolt is not blued and is a lot lighter than the receiver. The recoil plate looks like a casting. Am I right or am I applying a much to critical eye?
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Old 03-08-2005, 07:46 PM   #10
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No, you aren't too critical. About the only thing in his entire ad that is accurate, is that it IS a highwood stock. Everything else looks to be repros and restamped.
 
Old 03-09-2005, 04:12 AM   #11
 
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SirMissalot: I came across his website 2-2 1/2 years ago, maybe longer ago. This is before I knew much at all except I did have one book by Bruce Canfield. Even before I found Battlerifles. My impression of Riverbank was that he was taking a lot of good collectable carbines and re-phosphating them incorrectly and doing to them whateverelse he does and then pricing them to high. He sometimes comes across a real gem and he knows it, but then his price is astronomical. Considering the obvious fakery that he does, I am not inclined to trust anything he says about anything he is selling. I haven't even been to his website for many moons now.
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Old 03-10-2005, 01:05 PM   #12
 
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I guess the bottom line is that, whatever carbine part you need, no matter how rare, George can make it for you.

Trust me, I know from painful experience. Barrels made in WW2 just should not have fresh metal turnings stuck to the threads...
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Old 03-29-2005, 09:11 PM   #13
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i am glad to see that other people have figured out that George is a fraud. I have first hand knowledge of his dealings. He also is know to sell reproduction (made in asia) WW2 firing pins and gas plugs trying to pass them off as usgi and charging the appropriate price as if the parts were the real deal. anyone dealing with George should beware! i would not recommend him or his business to anyone.
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