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    new carbine

    Two weeks ago I picked up a Saginaw M-1 carbine in wonderful condition for $600 to go with my Winchester. I also have a Inland general motors div 12-44 on hold for $700. both non import marked. all coming out of a guy collection. there is a Rockola but it is blue sky marked its $700 also and it is got a fair bit of wear on it. now does the blue sky mark hurt it much? id like to get it also.

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    The Blue Sky import mark does hurt the value of a carbine. A few have the import mark stamped so heavily that a flat spot can be seen inside the bore. Most Blue Sky's were used by the Korean army, which means that they had hard use. When they ran out of spare parts, their armorers sometimes made repairs that we would consider unsafe; e.g., a broken lug might be welded back on a bolt. Carbines that were refinished look like they were rubbed with chalk, & the phosphate can be abraded by rubbing with your finger nail.

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    the Rockola is in very used condition. the inland I have on hold its very nice and my Winchester and Saginaw look near new.I belive the Saginaw was redone at agusta arsenal in Summerville GA by the AA mark in a square on the stock. Friday I pick up the inland and may lay another inland away.

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    While the Rock-Ola may be $700 and have a Blue Sky marking, remember that you would normally be paying a higher premium on one because of scarcity. That isn't a high price for one. And if it is original finish, even if worn, that is a good deal.

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