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Always a GOOD IDEA to dis-assemble any gun you buy used.

Glad I didn't fire this Iver Johnson s.s. M1 Carbine. Check the gas block!


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LoginName: I'm checking on it, but unlikely. I bought the rifle in mid- August, just before moving the household from the Great Northeast to New Mexico.

When moving, I typically pull the bolts/firing pins on all guns, and hand-carry the small parts. I didn't notice this when I disassembled the gun & packed it away; probably because I was in a hurry to pack all the guns to meet the movers' deadline.

I just today got to the point in unpacking where I could open up the rifle crates & put them (the rifles) in their safes. I noticed this when I started to put the bolt back in the carbine.
 
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Looks like a weld-fix that just split again... and not surprising that it did!
I'm not so sure it was a repair. It does look like the gas block is a welded-on assembly, at least for this commecial IJ, not machined as in a military barrel.

Edited to add: Did you notice the little flecks of brass material in & near the joint?
 

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You should be able to find a replacement.

Also, if you use advanced edit, you can change the misspelling "Stip" in your title to "strip" which would be cool.
 
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Well I said it looked like a repair because of the bubbled and eneven appearance of the weld... if thats original it was VERY shoddy work to begin with!
 

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It looks like the original weld was defective. No penetration on the gas block.
It is probably safely repairable if you can find someone who is handy with TIG.

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Well I said it looked like a repair because of the bubbled and eneven appearance of the weld... if thats original it was VERY shoddy work to begin with!
Understood & I agree on the poor quality weld. It could very well be a repair. I thought it might be original work from the evident fit-up between the block and the barrel. Substituting welding for machining is a typical commercial cost saving re-design. Don't really know if IJ did this on their commercial carbines.
 

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Yep, always a good idea to completely disassemble and inspect before firing any used gun. Never know when you'll get something with bad pitting or a crack in the receiver. Not to mention a gas tube full of crud or worse a stuck firing pin.
 
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