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Old October 28, 2010, 04:52 PM   #1
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M2 carbine?

well, i always wanted a full auto M1 carbine (m2) and now there's a registered conversion kit for $4500 and an inland factory gun for $5500 available.
i already have a m1 paratrooper, carbine and garand, and i'm really leaning towards making the paratrooper full auto.
problem is, the paratrooper is an all original $2500 gun the way it sits.
and just to complicate things further, i can get a dual turbo installed on my 350Z for the same price as the M2 kit.
i can't decide between going fast and shooting fast.
pro's and cons of each?
full auto is legal here and i have a class 3 to handle the transfers. also have an excellent automotive shop to do the Z conversion.
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Old October 28, 2010, 05:01 PM   #2
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there are only a limited number of old guns, cars come and go.
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Old October 28, 2010, 05:16 PM   #3
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Twin turbo for sure. You'd get more use out of it...
That's my personal preference anyway...
And it's Killer Angel... as in the book
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Old October 28, 2010, 06:23 PM   #4
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M2 Carbines are real bullet hoses; I'll be they run at over 1000rpm. Do you own an ammo factory? I would love to have a full-auto anything, but in practical terms, you can effectively hit targets as well with semi-auto fire. That's a lame reply to, "But I want it", I know.
Selling your M1A1 would get you half way to a nice M1 and the conversion.
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Old October 28, 2010, 06:58 PM   #5
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interesting responses.
rick makes a good point; it would be an expensive toy to run. BUT he also notes that selling the m1a1 would get me 1/2 way to the $4500.
but KLR.. makes a good point, i would get daily fun out of the go fast kit.
tough decision.
maybe i should get the turbo kit and an AK full auto and just call it a day!
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Old October 28, 2010, 10:24 PM   #6
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If you buy either an M2 carbine or an M2 kit, if at all possible check it out first. Many M2 kits peddled just before the 86 ban went into effect are junk. The main problem is the disconnector lever (the long lever from the slide to the disconnector). The GI ones are heavy and made of hardened steel. Some of the copies are thin and soft and will bend or break after only a few rounds. Since the lever is often the numbered part, it is tough to buy a new lever without going through the Form 4 and tax all over again.

Also, I suggest going the kit route rather than buying an M2 marked carbine. The latter is more valuable to collectors, but the registered kit can be put on any carbine, so if one host carbine breaks (cracked receiver, say) or wears out, you can move the kit to another host.

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Old October 28, 2010, 11:36 PM   #7
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Compare the cost of both items now to if you had bought them 10yrs ago.

The turbo kit car you would have spent as much now as then except the car would be trashed and worth nothing.

The M2 and Kit 10yrs ago would have cost you 1/3 of the price now. so effectivly you would have made 3 times your initial investment to shoot your own gun.
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