Hi everyone! I am very pleased to have found this forum.....I've done some reading here and there is some great knowledge to be found. Well....here's the story... I have been wanting an M1 Carbine for some time and from my research online over a few weeks really only knew that the Auto Ordinance was one to steer clear of due to lack of windage adjustments and other issues. I was at a gunshow this last weekend and found a dealer with several carbines for sale. I picked up the nicest one and was very happy with the price....based on gunbroker averages...and brought it home. Having felt I had done a good job I get back online and typed in the name of the manufacturer only to be extremely depressed/mad/frustrated and most importantly SCARED to death when I read all the Universal horror stories about out of battery firing and terrible quality issues. The good news is that this rifle is the early version with a serial number of 68XXX. It also has the single recoil spring. I have stripped it down and cleaned the heck out of it and now want to know if it is safe to shoot. Can someone please explain the out of battery check in plain language? Here is what I've done.... 1) Placed a primer only casing in the breech, closed the bolt then pulled slightly back on the charging handle just enough to get the bolt to rotate a small amount. 2) Pulled the trigger...it does not fire. -If I let the bolt rotate just a hair it will put a small dent in the primer. -If I rotate the bolt any noticable amount it won't fire the primer or dimple it. Have I done this procedure correctly? Last question..... With the gun totally assembled, if i grab the barrel I can giggle the whole barrel/trigger group assembly about a 1/16th of an inch back and forth (not side to side). This wobble doesn't exist in the barrel/trigger bolt assembly itself but in the slot in the wood stock against the metal recoil section. Is that "normal"? Thank you in advance for any info.