I always wanted a M1 carbine. But they are so expensive I never got one until a few years ago. So when my friend wanted to sell his carbine cheap so he could buy a motorcycle, or fix his motor cycle I know I had to jump on it. For the first few years it was just a boring wood stock carbine like every other one out there. Then I decided to upgrade. I got the synthetic M4 style stock for $100 from midwayusa. Then I started bayonet shopping, learned I needed a bayonet lug kit, that was cheap only $45 for a new WWII surplus lug. Lastly the icing on the cake the bayonet its self. I found a lot of ones that looked like junk or were cheap junk. I wanted a good one so I found a WWII bayonet that was in good shape with a scabbard. That was $135. All the decent ones started at $100. Best of all it still fits in the kaki canvas GI case.