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    Posted: Oct 08 2018 at 2:26pm
Hello, I read some of the threads on this forum over the last while, building my M1 (mutt) carbine from a parts kit and a new Criterion match grade barrel, and a new Fulton Armory receiver.  I became interested once more in the rifle after buying a newer Universal and gifting it to one of my sons, as I liked it, but wanted a true to form USGI issue, though I wanted a shooter, not a wall piece.  I am well pleased with my build, it is for practical purposes, new, or near new.  It looks great and functions excellently. I may have to build another one now.  What amazes me about the rifle, is the ballistics of the cartridge, the little .30 carbine round is just a smidge behind the 7.62x39 russian, and not by much at that. I really like the simplistic design of the cartridge and the rifle as well.  A great choice in a "SHTF" scenario, I think. I am very pleased with the decision to build one, and with the acquired knowledge gained in the process, a very worthy endeavor for anyone so minded to do so.
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Hi and welcome to the forum from New Mexico!

Building a M1 Carbine from scratch using all new or NOS parts must have been a daunting process. How did the cost compare to either a new commercial carbine or a USGI original in "near new" condition? Also, how long did the process take?
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the process wasn't too bad, I have the army tech manuals, which are great in providing all the data required to do the job right. I did call the guys at Fulton to confirm proper clocking of the receiver anad barrel.  That was the hardest part.  I had ordered the bolt disassembly and reassembly tool, and also the gas piston nut spanner, as well as a set of headspace gauges, and another special tool. That said, I think I put it together for around 800-850, including the headpace reamer rental.  Reaming the headspace took all of 15 minutes to do.  After the setup of the critical items, assembly was kind of like a reassembly after field strip and cleaning.  If one has a modicum of machining experience and is comfortable with disassembly and reassembly of semi-complex machinery, it can be accomplished. Ovwerall once I had all the pieces, and could schedule th etime, it took about 12 hours of concentrated time to accomplish.  Of course with all my daily routine and work, and stuff, i streched that out over about a month.  My day job is an aircraft mechanic, so nothing was really outside of my comfort zone, having built a few firearms (mostly black powder) in the past.  It pays to know your stuff inside and outSmile
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Originally posted by mad murdock mad murdock wrote:

That said, I think I put it together for around 800-850, including the headpace reamer rental.


Welcome to the forums. It sure does sound like a rewarding build but I expected the total cost to be much higher. The parts kit from Northridge alone is $495.95 on their website, you must have got great deals on the receiver and barrel.
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I found the barrel for 115.00 online auction and 249 for the FA receiver
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I'm sure you have a special fondness for something you built yourself. Being a retired cabinet maker, I know the feeling.
Welcome and happy shooting.
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mad Murdock, did you actually buy the receiver from Fulton? If so was there an option to pick or customize your own serial#?
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W5USMC-It had not occurred to me to ask for a custom SN, I just ordered it from them directly, and they sent it via a local FFL, as the receiver is the part of the rifle that is recorded by ATF, none of the other parts matter to them as they are just that, parts. 
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