Re: M1 carbine
Back in the early 1960's, when the Carbine was still being issued, and DCM was selling em for about $12, my father and quite a few other employees of the local steel mill purchased em, and gave them to another steel mill coworker, who was also a fairly well known local gunsmith. The 'Smith would cut off the finger handle on the bolt, and weld a length of square barstock in its place, that extended forward (towards the muzzle) approximately 10" or so. He would then weld a Ushaped "collar" to the end of the barstock, slim the forend to about 1/2 its original thickness, and make a "slide handle" that would fit OVER the narrow forend and screw it to the "U" - converting the Carbine to a "pump." He would then drill and tap the receiver and mount weaver type bases. Since semiautomatic rifles arent permitted for hunting in Pennsyltucky the owners had "pump" Carbines with scopes; ours wearing an old Bushnell Banner 4x. Many were left in .30 Carb, while others were rechambered to Hornets or Bee's. Dad's remained a .30Carb and was my first "deer rifle" @ age 12, using "Peters High Velocity 110gr Softpoints." I have never seen this particular conversion anywhere outside of our little central PA community. Dad has been gone nearly 40 years now, but I still have that little "oddity" and it will hopefully remain in our family always. When I get the chance, I will provide a photo of this cute/ugly little duckling. FYI - when hunting in very wet conditions, the removal of the wood-on-wood pump handle and the application of Pledge to the underneath forend is a NECESSITY. I also have an "unbutchered" Carbine as well, and love to shoot that little thing with its original "peep/ghost ring."
Last edited by Inthewind1976; 12-30-2010 at 05:42 AM..