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aardq September 26, 2019 00:11

Plainfield M2 durability?
 
Hi Folks,

I'm thinking about a Plainfield M2 at $7K, but wonder just how strong and how durable are the Plainfields. I suspect that they may not be the same quality as the GI guns, but know nothing about them. Also wonder about the price.

thanks,
Dan

yovinny September 26, 2019 06:51

I would imagin durability and quality is not much different then it is with their semis.
The early ones were very good and all completely usgi parts outside of the receiver.
As usgi parts started drying up, they made or bought other commercial parts to continue production.
They also had a bunch of versions, including some in 22 carbine and 9mm.
Ive owned a few, including a 22 carbine and still have one standard plainfield model that as far as Im concerned, is every bit as good as any usgi produced carbine.
Afaik, they never had any major issues or receiver problems that would make me run from buying or owning any of their carbines,,unlike some of the other carbine copys out there.
They were made in NJ and very popular in the NE before they started importing carbines again like blue sky, etc.
Cheers, yv

D P Six September 27, 2019 10:26

Is the Plainfield register or the M2 parts?

aardq October 06, 2019 22:37

I believe that the rifle is registered. Could the bbl and receiver be switched with a GI gun, since the M-2 parts are in the trigger guard assembly?
Thanks

Or did I just answer my question? If the rifle is registered, then the rifle and trigger ass. would have to remain together since he rifle has a serial.

Icer October 07, 2019 14:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by aardq (Post 4792498)
I believe that the rifle is registered. Could the bbl and receiver be switched with a GI gun, since the M-2 parts are in the trigger guard assembly?
Thanks

Or did I just answer my question? If the rifle is registered, then the rifle and trigger ass. would have to remain together since he rifle has a serial.

The paperwork (Form 3/4) will tell you how it was registered.
If it is a registered receiver transferable then every part other than the receiver can be swapped out legally. Receivers however can be permanently damaged by bad loads or worn out thru extremely high round counts.
If it is a registered trigger group than the serialized part in the trigger group can be moved between host guns allowing you to convert them to full auto.
The most desirable trigger group conversion has the trigger guard serialized as it is quite bullet proof and unlikely to be damaged or wear out.
The other parts allowing it to shoot full auto need to be swapped into the new host as well but they can be replaced when they become worn because they are not serialized.
Wearing out an M-2 is quite unlikely since they are reasonably strong designs, shooting a fairly low pressure cartridge, in a design that isn't terribly controllable in full auto. They just don't get shot as much as other full auto's out there.
People buy them because they are a fantastic piece of history not because they shoot like a dream...but they're still fun as hell to play with at the range. :biggrin:

aardq October 20, 2019 00:40

Thanks to all for your input. It sounds like the M-2 is harder to shoot than I thought it would be. Probably a gun to pass up, since I thought that it would be a fun and easy shooting gun.
Dan.

Invictus77 October 20, 2019 02:25

Quote:

Originally Posted by Icer (Post 4792671)
a design that isn't terribly controllable in full auto.

Did you mean to say "isn't terribly UNcontrollable" ??? If not then I disagree with your assessment.

yovinny October 20, 2019 08:01

I concur with mike,, 30carb is basically a hot pistol cartridge, perfectly at home in the handy light weight carbine, a pleasure to handle and learn to shoot well and a guaranteed smile maker.
Its also very strait forward in design, easy to work on and keep running, simple and relatively cheap to reload for and has good replacement parts availability.
Its a well handling auto, one of my all time favorites and much better then any 9mm from a balistics standpoint.
The only time a 9mm may offer more, is maybe in the way of ammo choices. Like if your fascinated with that whole subsonic 'Slow and Weak' thing...:

flgunguy October 21, 2019 09:19

I handled a Plainfield M2 not that long ago, and it was awesome to shoot and felt very sturdy. I ended up buying one recently. For the prices today, it is hard to pass up.


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