Plainfield Machine M-1 Carbine???????s

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  1. OWUTFUN

    OWUTFUN New Member

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    I have an M-1 Carbine and hoping someone might have some info on it. The stock is all wood. The Receiver has..

    PLAINFIELD MACHINE
    DUNELLEN, N.J.
    CAL .30 M-1

    On the side the serial # is Y824

    I'm fairly sure this is Plainfield pre-sale to Iver Johnson in 1973 but could be from existing parts that's about it. Anyone have any thoughts or info? Any idea of approximate manufactured date? Any indication of value? It is in very nice shape with sling, ammo pouch, bayonet, darkened stock and military butt plate. Can be seen on calguns.

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

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    I am not sure what I can tell you that you don't already know. Plainfield was the successor to Milliville Ordnance Co., Millville, NJ, and was also in business in New Jersey, first in Dunellen, then in Middlesex, from about 1967 until it was bought out by IJ in 1975. Most of their carbines were copies of the GI M1 Carbine, but they also made full auto (M2 copies) for LE and foreign sales, and had a under type folding stock that was like that on the German MP.38 SMG and was better than the GI carbine side folding stock. Most of their parts were GI surplus, but the receivers were cast. They had at least some barrels made by a subcontrator who turned down surplus M1903 barrels.

    IIRC, quality control was not high, and buyers experienced a lot of problems. Ruth, in War Baby Comes Home says their record keeping was poor and that there is no good record of serial numbers or of total production figures.

    HTH

    Jim
  3. OWUTFUN

    OWUTFUN New Member

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    Thanks! Appreciate the info Jim!
    RJ
  4. schutzen-jager

    schutzen-jager New Member

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    lived close to them - 1967 to 1973 was about right - they were made to GI specs - plant was robbed during the 1967 newark riots causing new jersey to tighten all firearms restrictions on dealers + manufacturers - it was one of the last non governmental producers in this state -
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