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Old June 19, 2013, 03:21 PM   #10
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There are many reference books available that discuss individual markings, changes and manufacture dates. The carbine book most used is "War Baby" by Ruth but expensive, your best bet is paperback U. S. M1 carbines, Wartime Production by Riesch. Some of the research is contradictory however works well for you and I breaking down a carbine or two. The biggest problem is you can quickly become addicted and that means $$$, the explosion took place about 10 years ago and now they command premium prices beyond what they should. I have a bunch of carbines of every manufacturer but I have always been a Carbine nut. Gave an original M1A1 to my good friend's daughter for her 16 th birthday, she added it to the collection and not even out of high school yet !
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