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photo of Chinese soldiers wearing MKII & M1

Article about: A Chinese Nationalist soldier, age 10, member of a Chinese division boarding planes in Burma bound for China, May 1944. The boy soldier appears to have a British MKII helmet & web gear t

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    Wow. Quite a story. Awful, that the memory still haunts him.
    I wonder how he managed to 'liberate' the M1, when he came home ....

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    Wow. Quite a story. Awful, that the memory still haunts him.
    I wonder how he managed to 'liberate' the M1, when he came home ....
    He said he broke it down and packed it into his bag. When his superior officer asked him about a missing rifle, he said he had no idea where it went, and he had to pay for it.

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    There you go. I hope for him, its the non-selective fire version then

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    There you go. I hope for him, its the non-selective fire version then
    When I was at the Vet's house he allowed me to handle his carbine. I held it for a few mins and tried to do a quick comparison of it to the M1 Carbine that I own. I noticed that it had an IBM barrel and if memory serves me correctly, a Natl Postal Meter receiver. I don't remember seeing a selective fire switch... I think that would have stuck out like a sore thumb.

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    Here the M2 selective fire switch on the left side of the receiver (for some reason, I remembered it as a turning switch on the guard not to be confused with the push-button safety)
    The National Firearms Museum: U.S. M2 Selective Fire Carbine w/ flash hider

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    Here the M2 selective fire switch on the left side of the receiver (for some reason, I remembered it as a turning switch on the guard not to be confused with the push-button safety)
    The National Firearms Museum: U.S. M2 Selective Fire Carbine w/ flash hider
    I could have sworn the selective fire switch on the carbine was a little unique... Thanks for keeping me on my toes... I had to 2nd guess myself! I'm almost positive the vet's carbine was semi-auto only.

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    Seems many of the carbines found their way home in the duffle bags of vets as souvenirs.
    Says so in the text to the link from the Firearms Museum, so your friend was not the only one to 'liberate' a carbine.

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    Seems many of the carbines found their way home in the duffle bags of vets as souvenirs.
    Says so in the text to the link from the Firearms Museum, so your friend was not the only one to 'liberate' a carbine.
    If I had the chance I'd probably do the same thing!

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    Quote by GIZMO8Z View Post
    Speaking of hoping that a kid made it out alive...

    I recently was introduced to a Korean War vet..........
    Really nice story man! I hope George was OK.

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    Quote by GIZMO8Z View Post
    If I had the chance I'd probably do the same thing!
    Many guns were also brought back quite legally by vets from WWII. Paperwork and all. Of course, that was mostly cold steel, handguns and ordinary rifles.
    If you are into guns, go see the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum (330 North J M Davis Boulevard Claremore, OK 74017). I have been there and believe you me; itll blow your mind! (well, not literally).
    J. M. Davis bought guns by the shed load. Many were vet bring-backs.
    One mans staggering collection of firearms and other weapons. Talk about being at the right spot at the right time.
    Welcome to the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum

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