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Old 03-21-2008, 07:32 PM   #1
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Hey guys - I just got back from my grandfathers place and have brought some rifles and pistols home, most are nothing special.

One of the guns is an old M1... serial #30115, which tells me it's a WWII era right?

There is also a couple of pistols, one is a Colt Police Positive Special WCF .32-20 with a serial #313xxx(don't remember the rest of it).

Those are the only two worth mentioning and was wondering if you can give me any info on either?

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Well, that all depends. I'm not big on serial number ranges - but if you want help, you'd need to tell us if it's an M1 Garand or M1 carbine, and who made it (Win, Springfield, etc - a lot of people made both rifles during both WWII and Korea). The M1 will have tons of info available - whether it's the rifle or carbine. All original of either in good shape are nice collector pieces - but they're not worth a fortune.

Anything with Colt on it will have some collector value, but also will not be a winning lottery ticket. Both are better to keep than sell (as are all vintage firearms).

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Old 03-21-2008, 08:01 PM   #3
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No sales going on here. Keeping them all as family values.

The M1 is a Carbine(says "US Carbine" on top) and I believe that Springfield made it. There is also a circle with a "P" on it under the stock.

Doing some quick Googling, the Colt seems to be fairly old by this pages numbers - http://www.textfiles.com/anarchy/WEAPONS/polpos.txt But I don't know if it's true.
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I had an M-1 carbine a while back but in a brain lapse and in dire financial straights I sold it to pay bills. Sure miss that gun and now their value has made it out of reach to get another one. My mom wasn't happy, she gave it to me. Now that's a rifle made for close quarters combat.
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So I've been reading. A newly rebuilt one will cost you ~$1200 and all originals much higher... I haven't found out much info on this one yet but am waiting on answers from some M1 guys. I'm guessing this one is rather old though as it has a "highwood" stock meaning it's pre-44/45... but that doesn't mean the whole gun is that old.
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Sorry - they are all locked up... I'll take some tomorrow for ya Chris.

There were a couple of nice plinker .22's in the set that I'm probably gonna clean up and use.
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Okay cool. Vintage guns are awesome! Take care of them.
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Oh yeah I will.
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So I've been reading. A newly rebuilt one will cost you ~$1200 and all originals much higher... I haven't found out much info on this one yet but am waiting on answers from some M1 guys. I'm guessing this one is rather old though as it has a "highwood" stock meaning it's pre-44/45... but that doesn't mean the whole gun is that old.
Where have you been reading?

http://www.surplusrifle.com/m1carbine/index.asp

Brand new $814
http://www.auto-ordnance.com/ao_aom110.html

Originals from CMP $419 to $675
http://www.odcmp.com/rifles/carbine.htm

I had an M1 carbine my folks gave me when I was 15. Excellent, extremely fun rifles.
I sold it for $75 when I was 18, teenagers are stupid!!!!
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If I owned one it would look like this.
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:32 PM   #12
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If I owned one it would look like this.
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Thats a "Low Wood" stock meaning built after '44/'45... mine is a "High Wood" meaning it was built before that, or so I've read.


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Where have you been reading?
I was looking at a rebuilt one that used NOS parts. Not newly machined stuff.

I'll get pics in a bit if I can.
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Thats a "Low Wood" stock meaning built after '44/'45... mine is a "High Wood" meaning it was built before that, or so I've read.
Its actually (mine) not worth much at all. Its a Natl Ord model buitl in the 60's. Its a Knock-off.
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My prized possesion firearm is an Arisaka 6.5 mm with original bayonet and sheath. My dad took it off a dead japanese soldier on Bouganville. The Chrisanthemum and insignias are all in tact. Looks like it's been through the war though. One of the scars on the stock look like a bullet strike. Never fired it, but a gunsmith told me it would be functional.

I mounted it and it hangs in the living room.
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Now that is pretty cool!
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My prized possesion firearm is an Arisaka 6.5 mm with original bayonet and sheath. My dad took it off a dead japanese soldier on Bouganville. The Chrisanthemum and insignias are all in tact. Looks like it's been through the war though. One of the scars on the stock look like a bullet strike. Never fired it, but a gunsmith told me it would be functional.

I mounted it and it hangs in the living room.
If old guns could talk!
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My prized possesion firearm is an Arisaka 6.5 mm with original bayonet and sheath. My dad took it off a dead japanese soldier on Bouganville. The Chrisanthemum and insignias are all in tact. Looks like it's been through the war though. One of the scars on the stock look like a bullet strike. Never fired it, but a gunsmith told me it would be functional.

I mounted it and it hangs in the living room.
Cool, my dad has an Arisaka.
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Very cool, Oldgus.
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Thanks for the nice words everyone. The gun is a tribute to OldOldGus, my Dad who died in 1991.

After my mom died ten years later I found a whole bag of photos and letters in their house that were my Dad's from WWII that I never knew existed. I spent hours going through those. Went through a lot of tissues for the watery eyes I'm not ashamed to tell ya. He went through hell.

I could go on, but I've brought this thread down enough already - I just get nostalgic and I miss him.

It's all good.

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