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One of 5 sent back to Colt and changed from .357 to .30 Carbine. This one has been for sale for quite a while in NM. One of the others was sold by James Julia and belonged to one of the Carradine brothers....David, I believe. Not sure where the other 2 are located.
 

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Guess things were different back in 1981. Wouldn't it be fun to be able to get creative without a 2+ year wait these days?!
 

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Didn't I read somewhere that there was one 2nd Gen. made in this calibre? I figured at the time that it might have been a returning G.I. wanting a mate for his carbine.

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Yes, there was an American Rifleman article in the late 40's about that SAA in .30. That article was part of the original inspiration for the USFA guns in 30 carbine. I had a couple of them back then, one standard finish and one two tone green and black ceracote(or similar). Not a lot of recoil but what a fireball. Steve
 

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Despite all the gun show tales about 'veteran bring-backs', no returning WWII GI owned a Carbine - those were a brand-new weapon in the inventory and were being improved - Uncle Sam liked them, kept tabs on them and gathered them all up from souvenir-happy GIs and Jarheads by vigorous inspection by MPs and SPs.

Carbines finally made it on to the civilian market through the NRA's offering in about 1963 - sold as 'unserviceable' because they were sans magazine, sling and oiler - all of which were needed for a fully-functional weapon for issue.

That the ads right next to the NRA's offering in the 'American Rifleman' were full of those items seemed a moot point.

Continuing on the .30 Carbine cartridge vein, Ruger chambered their single action in that caliber - one of my gunship pilots carried his in a nifty buscadero rig he'd bought on Tu Do Street, and the fireball (and noise) was truly impressive...
 

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I still have the Carbine my dad purchased through the NRA back in the '60s...with invoice. It was $17.50 + $2.50 mailing costs.

I've considered buying a Ruger Blackhawk in .30 Carbine...every now and then. I've just never have gotten serious enough about getting one to "pull the trigger"...yet. They're still being made and prices aren't bad.
 

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Somewhere, I still have that copy of the magazine.

Different times...

GI .45s were right at $15 if you bought a one-year's membership.

They were mailed directly to your home address, too.

Back when I was collecting them, I had several of the NRA sales Carbines - all still in their odd, triangular cardboard boxes and all with sales paperwork.

Because of careless handling/inspection, M2's would often filter out, as well - with M1 parts - a lot were then over-stamped with a '1', and those used to show up, too, but they were illegal as hell - the then ATF's ruling was 'Once a Machinegun, Always a Machinegun', and it's the same, today.
 

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Because of careless handling/inspection, M2's would often filter out, as well - with M1 parts - a lot were then over-stamped with a '1', and those used to show up, too, but they were illegal as hell - the then ATF's ruling was 'Once a Machinegun, Always a Machinegun', and it's the same, today.
I understand mistakes happen...but when the government makes them...you're held responsible and pay the price.
 

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and the fireball (and noise) was truly impressive...
I have an old model 7.5" bbl Ruger in this caliber and yes the report and associated blast was rather excessive. When hand loaded with proper pistol powder/bullets this is a really great shooting cartridge with a flat trajectory.
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A reloading ability was something we just didn't have, but the ARVNs had cases of .30M1.

I always wondered what EDM slots might do, but I think they'd just enhance the fireball.

He had to tell us he was going to fire the damned thing - otherwise, it sounded like we were being hit, and my head was already on a swivel.

Ah, to be young...
 
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