I have an early version, I got it not long after they were on the market. It has a metal heat shield as a hand guard, so it is more of a post WW2 replica.
After a several hundred rounds a jamming issue developed. The customer service was very good and I quickly got the heavier spring in the mail. It shoots just fine now and is accurate at the minute of pie plate level I expected. I can hit a paper plate at 100 to 150 yard reliably.
I get very favorable feedback from people who only handle it and those shoot it.
Mine feeds Remington Soft points, Lake City and Wolf ball with no trouble.
A local commercial reloader can load sabot rounds that are 85 grain and provide a higher velocity.
It is a great shooter and I have picked mine up in a bump in the night situation. I'm confident that is a good choice. I have other guns; and also both training and experience with firearms.
Someday I'll get a Rock-Ola and treasure it but this one is, once again, a good shooter.
My Paratrooper carbine doesnt not work with Russain ammo. Was working good with Agulia, Remington but last outing the Aguilia wasnt working. Bolt was slow to return to battery. Took like a 1/4 sec ,Like it got tight(slowed) as it closed up the bolt. For the 900$ I paid. Im dissapointed in this rifle. 30 carbine is now getting too expensive to shoot. Recommend a AK/SKS for a shooter and get get 2 of them.E2Stamps states the have bad return springs,Maybe Ill try that before selling it for 300$ as for parts or hope a GUN BUY BACK program might take it.
I love my M1a1. It is very accurate. Like all weapons, except the AK-47, its needs to be clean and lube to function flawlessly.
Funny I've read a lot of reviews and they all tend to cry about this and that about the AO M-1 Carbine. I just bought one and it's a shooter! Folks remember this is a brand new rifle! Needs to taken home, taken apart cleaned, oiled, and greased! Work the bolt about 100 times, works wonders. I've done this for new rifles and pistols I've owned and they have never failed! Even my CMP M-1 was cleaned greased before I took it to the range.
This is the only time I've seen an Auto Ordnance M1 Carbine shoot reliably. Clearly, they knew this one would be used for a review and put some extra effort in its construction.
Every one I've seen at the shooting range has jammed with AO magazines, though real GI mags tend to work better. They consistently use bad return springs. In several cases, the bolt does not enter battery and rotate without some heavy bolt-slapping, or some gunsmithing that would surely void the warranty. And good luck calling in the warranty; I've heard gun store owners say that they won't stock AO guns because when (not if) they get returned with complaints, AO customer service almost never gets back in touch with them, or even shows signs of deliberately avoiding them (i.e. hanging up mid-conversation after several fruitless attempts at refunds.)
$700-900 is too much for a gun that requires new parts and gunsmithing right out of the box. Original M1s are still available for decent prices, and their quality is consistent.
On the bright side, Hollywood armorers claim that Auto Ordnance's pistols work well when converted to fire blanks. Whoopity doo.