I originally wrote a glowing review about how much I loved the M1 carbine (original post), with only a few minor complaints. Well, after the honeymoon phase I started to see the cranky side of the rifle. I actually went back a couple weeks after the original post and added an edit to the end:
"EDIT (02-10-2013): I love my M1 carbine. I love the history, the looks, and how it shoots. However, the rear sight drives me bonkers. It comes with a non-adjustable flip sight, one for 100 yards, one for 200 yards, in a dove tail joint. On mine, it was really off to the left. To "adjust" this sight you need the proper vice/tool, or a hammer, punch, and patience. I ordered an adjustable sight for it, tried a dozen times to replace the flip sight... and broke down and ordered the proper removal tool. These typically go for $150, the cheapest I could find was with Sarco for $70 (E-Sarco Inc). It's been frustrating, especially since I'm probably only going to use it once. So, great rifle, just keep that rear sight in mind. On a plus note, the original M1 needed to have the front sight ground down in the field, whereas the front sight on my replica seems spot on."
So, let me summarize the time and money I put into getting my M1 accuracy even close to where I wanted it.
$55 Adjustable Rear Sight
$40 Various Vices, C-clamps, and scrap (trying to find something cheaper than the proper removal tool)
$20 Boresight Laser for 30car
$70 Proper Vice/Removal tool for Rear Sight
$20 on TWO new sets of Hex drivers to fit the Removal Tool
$60 on some 30 round magazines (ok, not entirely necessary, but why not?)
$265 (the cost of the entire rifle was only $900)
From start to finish, about TWO MONTHS of F****ing around to get it finally figured out...
I am pleased to say, with confidence, that it was totally worth it. Check my baby:
I know there are plenty of AR-15 fan boys out there, lots, and lots of them! However, I don't care what kind of rifle you like, you can't tell me this is not a helluva sexy rifle. Folding stock, fully adjustable rear sight, 30rd mag, weights less than 6 lbs, full wood stock, that shoots like a dream? Hell yeah!