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red caddy
September 09, 2010, 13:39
I was browsing today, in my favourite gun shop, and another customer was talking about M1 .30 carbines in general.

He said the he had seen one chambered in 22 mag. is this a conversion? an import look alike? WTFO? Google hasn't yet provided more info...

I've been wanting a semi auto 22 mag, It seems that finding a reliable one, that don't cost half a new truck, is tough. Even Ruger, aparantly, failed to get it right.

Any body out there have more info? thanks, Paul

hagar
September 09, 2010, 14:13
Marlin 922M, not made anymore, but you can find them on GB for reasonable money. I have one, and it is a very nice little rifle, real walnut stock, and I do not believe mine ever jammed on me. Worked well on coyotes, you could double tap them and put them down for keeps.

There was a version of the M1 carbine that used a necked down M1 carbine case, never heard of a 22 magnum version.

LAFAL
September 09, 2010, 15:27
I think that was a wildcat round called the 5.7 Johnson and gunpartscorp had the barrels and ammo several years back. Carbine case necked down to take a .224 bullet.

OHShooter
September 16, 2010, 18:13
Erma used to make a .22 LR replica of a M1 Carbine but as far as I know it was never made in 22 Mag. I had one back in the late 60s but traded it off somewhere along the way.

Marlin had a 992 M1 and 992 M2 that was about the size a M1 Carbine but wasn't really a replica. There was a tube fed and a clip fed version but I forget which was which. I had the clip fed version but it wasn't very reliable and a lot of the time it wouldn't fire when the trigger was pulled. I traded it off and got a Marlin 39 because it had a hammer you could thumb back in case of a misfire. Of course I don't think I have ever had a 39 not fire when the hammer fell and I've had several of them over the years.

The 5.7mm Johnson or 5.7MMJ was developed by Melvin Johnson, the same guy that developed the Johnson Rifle of the WW II era.

At first he was converting M1 carbines but for a while was building new rifles for it. I believe the Iver Johnson also made them for a while.

The cartridge is also known as a 22 Spitfire. There was also a version chambered for the 256 Winchester Magnum.

Tuscan Raider
September 17, 2010, 08:54
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=190151630

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=190576554

Not mags, but kinda cool.

warden
September 17, 2010, 10:09
IIRC, back int the lates 70's, early 80's H&K made a really nice semi 22mag. Looked just like their larger 308 semi sporter. The 22 mag was pricey and I never could afford one. I have a Marlin bolt 22 WMR. It is a tack driver and a super vamint gun here on the farm.
warden

red caddy
September 17, 2010, 11:28
Check out this link, about half way down the page is the Erma, Chttp://www.m1carbinesinc.com/carbine_em1.html

While I'm sure the 22 Mag's were not sold in great numbers, there ought to be a few availible out there somewhere.

Any ideas on how to start the search? Thanks, Paul

red caddy
September 17, 2010, 23:30
For some unknown reason, the forum will not let me edit the above post (#7)

would a moderator please remove the "C" from the front of the link. (It somehow jumped in front of the "http") Then the link will work, ( I think) Thanks, Paul.

Blackmore
September 18, 2010, 07:25
Originally posted by red caddy
Check out this link, about half way down the page is the Erma, http://www.m1carbinesinc.com/carbine_em1.html

While I'm sure the 22 Mag's were not sold in great numbers, there ought to be a few availible out there somewhere.

Any ideas on how to start the search? Thanks, Paul

Fixed and made hot. :wink: