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IAI American Legend .30 M1 Carbine

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We'd spend the extra money to get a wood hand guard up front,though the vented steel one cools the barrel well, if you want that.The tighter chamber of this investment-cast-receiver carbine mayhave helped give slightly better accuracy. Nice wood on this one,but it had a crack. IAI says all GI parts will fit. It worked with GImagazines, but failed to fire mil-spec surplus ammo that workedperfectly in the two GI-based carbines. We don't know why this onefailed with GI ammo. It worked perfectly with modern ammunition.

IAI American Legend .30 M1 Carbine

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IAI uses investment casting to produce a receiver out of SAE 4140 steel, a material similar to that used in the forged and machined GI-issue receivers. The IAI barrel is also new.
That nice wood had an almost-hidden flaw, but made for a good-looking carbine, and was well worth saving.
The arrows (right) point to a crack in the lovely forend wood. This should be easy to fix, though the company would surely replace it if you preferred. We'd fix it, and keep the good wood on this carbine.

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