Erma EM1 .22 carbine

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by DixieLandMan, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. DixieLandMan

    DixieLandMan Member

    Oct 18, 2011
    Anyone have any comments about this weapon? Likes/dislikes? Thinking about getting one from a buddy and want to know how much is too much to pay for it. Thank you!
  2. StoneChimney

    StoneChimney New Member

    Nov 27, 2010
    You will find those listed on auction sites occasionally in the $400 range, but I wouldn't pay that much for one.

    That said, depends on what your purpose is? Buying to resell? Buying to help out your buddy? Buying to keep?

  3. DixieLandMan

    DixieLandMan Member

    Oct 18, 2011
    I will be buying to keep and shoot. Not looking to sell it. Just looking to get one to keep and shoot. Maybe hunt with it.
  4. CHW2021

    CHW2021 Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    Fun gun, light and great to shoot; on the other hand you can have feed issues, usually involving the magazine or crud. I would love to get one. If you can get it around 200 you have done good, I would not go over 250.
  5. grumpy66

    grumpy66 New Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Magazines are EXPENSIVE!!!!

    Around $50 a pop.

    That being said, I like mine(even though I only have one mag).
  6. I have no personal experience with the Erma M1 22, but they are a really neat looking carbine. I dont know what they might be going for price wise. Depending on what you find price wise, I DO own a Ruger 10/22 which is very similar looking and functions similarly, and the 10/22 is available everywhere, they are reasonably priced both new and used, and there are all sorts of readily available accessories and adaptations for them as well. There may or may not be any "collector" market for the Erma; I rather doubt it; so in my mind, I probably wouldnt pay more for it than I would for a good used 10/22 by comparison. Just a suggestion for thought. Good luck. :)

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  7. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    Simla, Colorado
    Had one - didn't really like it much. Like Grumpy66 said, the spare mags are pricey. If you can find them. I didn't like the bolt design much, and I think Erma could have made it look more like a real M1 Carbine with just a little work. I wouldn't buy another, but if I did I would not pay more than $150 for it.

    I know this is an old post, I've been out of town a while - but my two pennies here is that you'd be better of just buying a very used M1 Carbinbe and loading ammo for it. You can do just about the same thing with a .30 carbine anyway. It's really just a pistol round. Might make 'bunny burgers' more than a .22, but they are fun little carbines.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2012
  8. Kestral

    Kestral Member

    Have two,the 10 rd mag is fine,but have had feeding probs with the 15 rd,Also had a cocking lever snap as they are only a cast alloy, lots of fun to use,and quite accurate.
  9. Kestral

    Kestral Member

    Forgot to add to previous note, buried the 10 rd mags inside genuine M1 mags,makes them look much more authentic.
  10. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    Simla, Colorado
    Good going, Kestral! I wanted to somehow put the factory mags in a Carbine mag body - never got around to doing it. Bet that looks MUCH better.
  11. Bigdog57

    Bigdog57 Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2005
    North Florida
    I had the Iver Johnson version some years ago, and really loved that little rifle! Unfortunately, someone broke into my home and stole several rifles, that on among them.
    I had paid $150 for it at the local gunshow. I had two issues with it.
    1) Installing a scope requires tall rings, as the lower mounting causes ejected brass to bounce down into the action cauisng jams.
    2) Had quirky performance til I put some washers onto the recoil spring unit to increase tension - easy fix. A new spring would be better.

    The Sportsman's Guide sells an M1 Carbine styled stock set for the 10-22 - looks good, and I am considering going this route for a Faux-Carbine.
    Also, Chiappa is coming out with an M1-22 Carbine - need to see some range reports before I plunk down money on one - their 1911 pistol has mixed reviews.
  12. todd51

    todd51 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Central, Ohio
    Some one gave this Iver Johnson version of the Erma to one of the Old Guys. It was missing the rear sight which turned out to be next to impossible to find and when you did locate one it was very pricey. He had a local smith put an inexpensive scope on it instead and he plinks with it occasionally. Seemed accurate enough with out trying any different ammo and just sticking in what was on the table at the time.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2013
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