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Old 02-13-2006, 05:23 PM   #1
 
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Best “All-Around” Book on the M1 Carbine...

Last week, on the M1 Garand forum, I started a thread asking for the best all-around book on the M1 Garand. The hands-down winner was the "Book of the Garand" by Julian Hatcher.

Can someone make a similar recommendation for the M1 Carbine? What book stands above all others?

Here was my original "wish list" for a comprehensive M1 Garand book:

"The ideal book will be hardbound; oversized; chock-full of B&W and color photos of Garands on the assembly line and in action in WWII and Korea; filled with relevant schematics and cut-away diagrams; include anecdotal stories from soldiers who used the M1 on a daily basis; and have lots of advice on everything from cleaning and maintaining an M1 to accurizing a Service Grade Garand for target competition....It shouldn’t cost more than $40 bucks...and it needs to be well-written and carefully edited."
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Old 02-13-2006, 05:39 PM   #2
 
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I would have to say "War Baby" by Larry L. Ruth but you will be looking more at the $60 to 75 for one if you keep your eye open you may see one for about 50 or so
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Old 02-13-2006, 06:11 PM   #3
 
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It looks like "War Baby" is actually a two-volume series, and it ain't cheap: $64.00 for Vol. 1, and $50.00 for Vol. 2. But we're talkin' 900 pages and over 800 illustrations. Wow...

http://www.rayrilingarmsbooks.com/cgi-b ... d=6USZBfay

Still, that's a bit more than I want to spend. So, other than "War Baby", what else is out there that tells the story of the M1 Carbine from start to finish?
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Old 02-13-2006, 06:26 PM   #4
 
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If you can find one "M1 Carbine Design,Development & Production" also by Larry L. Ruth if you find one around $35.00 is a good price. I like this one because it listed my 2 digit SS# Inland in it, so I think that was very cool. For you guys going for your book to look it up its on page 68 top left one of the frist ten to go to aberdeen.
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:35 PM   #5
 
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If you can find one "M1 Carbine Design,Development & Production" also by Larry L. Ruth if you find one around $35.00 is a good price. I like this one because it listed my 2 digit SS# Inland in it, so I think that was very cool. For you guys going for your book to look it up its on page 68 top left one of the frist ten to go to aberdeen.
Hey you're torturing us here. Let's see some pics. I'm already starting to drool.
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Old 02-14-2006, 05:31 AM   #6
 
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Magnum Mikie posted:

Hey you're torturing us here. Let's see some pics. I'm already starting to drool.

gotammo may post his two digit Inland.

Here is a non-issued experimental Inland and as you can see there really isn't much difference between this and any old run of the mill Inland, except maybe condition.
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Old 02-14-2006, 05:57 AM   #7
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I don't have a picture of it. However, one of our club members in Maryland has an experimental carbine from Aberdeen Proving Grounds, where he retired from. It's in .25 caliber, using necked down .30 M1 Carbine brass. The serial number is an overstamp x model.

I did notice that virtually all of the original brass, from the 1940's, had been reloaded numerous times, and cracked in the neck. He said that the necking process was hard on brass, and that it rarely made it past a total of three firings. I'm supposing that the military could have solved that with properly formed cases, or just wouldn't have cared about reloading.



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Old 02-14-2006, 10:16 AM   #8
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Sounds like they were formed ok, but no one bothered to anneal them.
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Old 02-14-2006, 04:05 PM   #9
 
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Here you go ss# 1x
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Old 02-14-2006, 06:06 PM   #10
 
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"Stay on target! Stay on target!"

Don't forget to toss in a word or two about M1 Carbine BOOKS now and then.
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Old 02-15-2006, 03:35 PM   #11
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Ok, back to the books! #1. War Baby, vol. 1, #2. Complete guide to the M1 Garand and the M1 Carbine by Canfield. I really don't think there is anything comparable to these two for a comprehensive history of the Carbine. Now for parts by manufacturer: War Baby, Vol. 1, #2 U.S. M1 Carbine Wartime Production by Craig Reisch. For Serial nuber/production date info, maintenance and service, M1 Carbine Owners Guide by Ruth and Duff.
There are a lot of other books on the market, but you asked for the best, and as far as I am comcerned, those are the top choices.
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