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History Of Gastonia Cut M1 Carbines

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    Posted: Nov 13 2021 at 4:03am
This is the Story of William Edward Anthony Sr.  A Man of many and I do mean many interests. His story and the story of tens of thousands of cut M1 Carbines starts when his father passed away. Ed Anthony or Big Ed as we all knew him was sharp as a tack when it came to business. He and his brother inhereted a Farm from their father when he passed and Ed would sell Shotguns and Rifles around the Gaston County Area of NC to high end hunters and collectors. Gastonia during this time was a much smaller place and more rural and Ed would do this as a side hobby. He was a veteran of the US Navy and a mechanical engineer who had an interest in firearms. He was able to take his inheretance and purchase property in different areas of Gaston county in which he would rent out. One of these properties was a Flea market he opened up on 74 heading towards Kings Mountain NC. Through his many travels he would run across firearms and buy and sell them. In the late 1950's Ed had heard about the burgeoning market of scrapping guns by the US Military. Attending several events, Ed would end up in Charleston SC and Anniston Alabama. Back then, you had to bid on scrapping material for the military. So Ed Put in his but and he won several train car loads of M1 carbines, Garands, M14's, and other firearms to be destroyed. The trick to it though was they would pile the guns up in piles and with a VERY Large torch cut down a line with the guns on top being cut the most and the guns on the bottom remaining unscathed. In this way he would retain about 1 in 20 guns that were spared the torch although some did have some heating issues. He then had them loaded onto a Rail car with a big magnet from the scrap yard (This is why so many barrels were bent), and had them sent up to NC. Once they arrived, he had them trucked over to his Farm and Dairy which he inhereted and he would store them in the several buildings on the farm. There was a large barn, A Dairy shop where he sold Milkshakes and the lot, Several Block building with one converted to machine shop. Ed had this Black guy named Benny who worked for him, he would Task Benny to help him strip the parts off of the demilled guns and would match the correct parts up on the guns that were not cut. Thus was the beginning of Linwood Shooter Supply because he lived on his farm on Linwood Rd. in Gastonia NC. He would sell for many years and even added more parts from other Military Scrap sells over the years. He listed in the Rifleman, Shotgun News and several other periodicals during those years and well into the eighties. All in all, well over ten thousand M1 carbines would be completed by Ed, along with this, he rebuilt BAR's, 1919's, M2 50's, Antitank rifles, bazookas, mortars and many more weapons. This is part one of this story, I will tell another part a little later. I hope this helps many of you who have weapons from this part.
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We did Ed's Obituary in CCNL 318-2

Ed helped the club with information that was really helpful early on.

There is a lot more to the story!

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Indeed there is, although I thought many people in the area would like to know where there rifle most likely came from. Who the players were and the like. I only give names of people who have passed away out of respect for them and to keep people from bothering them. There was a serious industry in an underground way in Gaston county that revolved around rebuilding and building guns. It is an interesting history.
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Looking forward to more of this fascinating story....
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