Anyone have one of the new Inland M1 Carbine reproductions or seen one? They're supposed to be faithful reproductions of the originals but everything I see about them is basically paid advertising.
Or failing that, what options are there for a nice friendly non-threatening semi auto aside from the Mini-14 and the SKS?
They varied wildly in quality by year. As the cheap milsurp parts started drying up, they tried to make inexpensive alternate versions of whatever part they needed. This is where a lot of the quality problems came from. If you have a chance to eyeball one before you buy it, check the charging handle. If it's milled and you can't see the bolt lug, it may be one of the okay ones. The ones with a stamped charging handle with a cutout for the lug are a bit sketchier.
The one's I've seen look spot-on, but they are something like $1000-$1100 per.
The only advantage the Inland repros have over a GI is a warranty, but they also lack collector value.
I just said fuck it and bought a Saginaw SG original from my dealer for $800.
>Only ones I can ever find are the shitty Auto Ordnance repros
Gunbroker has hundreds of GI guns if you aren't poor.
Price is not really an issue, I'd just like to have a gun I could shoot a lot of, and I'd feel pretty bad wearing down a historical piece.
I don't really plan on selling it either. Just curious they're reliable or like the Kahr/Chiappa ones.
>tfw grandad has an original m3 and I dont know how to ask him for it
Saw one on commercial row at the national matches in camp perry last July. It was very well done and a fine looking firearm. The guys from the new inland seemed knowledgeable and sincere. The 1911s were pretty nice too.