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Winchester M1 Carbine .30 Carbine

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In full mil-spec trim, with or without M4 bayonet, and with the two-mag pouch on its butt stock, the Winchester M1 Carbine reeked of aura. In spite of its refinished stock it was probably the closest link to WWII of all four guns tested. The sling can be snugged to lie tight to the stock when not in use. We liked this version a lot.

Winchester M1 Carbine .30 Carbine

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That's a 15-round original-equipment magazine in the Winchester. The trigger group was by Inland, one of the most prolific builders of war issue carbines. Arsenal rework on most carbines has resulted in mixed parts, which doesn't really detract from their authenticity. Finding an unaltered carbine would be like finding a diamond in your back yard.
Although the stock had been given an oil finish that filled all the pores and was easy to maintain, there were still enough scars visible on the Winchester to give it a war-used feel.
Arrow points to a triangular inlay on the stock that apparently covered a deep gouge. One or two serious scars remained on the Winchester, which didn't hurt its looks, we felt. Accuracy of this Winchester was on a par with the other two .30-caliber carbines in this test, none of which were tack drivers.

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