I ran across a M1 Carbine before the prices went through the roof after O was elected. Still is like a punch in the gut every time I think about it. It was a mid 40's IBM model, in great condition and only $550. I passed on it thinking I could get one cheaper. If I remember the average price for M1 Carbines at the time were around $375-$450 range. One of those kick yourself in the ass moments.
Nice piece though, thanks for the punch in the gut moment.