M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine was designed to personnel, normally armed with handguns, more firepower.

World War II Manufactured M1 Carbine that was rebuilt after the war shown with a canvas sling and canvas dual magazine pouch slipped over the stock.

The M1 Carbine was another semi-automatic rifle issued by the US Military during World War II.  It was primarily developed to provide personnel who would normally be issued pistols with more firepower.  When viewed in this light it is a successful design, offering far more firepower than an M1911 or .38 cal revolver, while being very handy in confined spaces and relatively light weight.  It was really the first PDW (Personal Defense Weapon).  

When, evaluated as a battle rifle, it comes up short on effective range and knockdown power.  However, its light weight, rapid reload capability (15 and 30 round mags in an era of 5 and 10 round clips), semi-automatic fire and decent accuracy made it the choice of many front line troops, especially in the Jungles and street fighting, where light load (compared to the M1 Garand) was less of a deficit.

This gun was manufactured in greater numbers than any other U.S. gun of WWII with over 6 million manufactured.  It was made in both semi and full automatic versions as well as folding stock paratroop models.


Version - World War II M1 Carbine

Caliber - .30” M1 Carbine.

Receiver - Milled with parts from many manufacturers typically found on one gun.

Action - Semi-Automatic

Barrel - 18”.  

Overall Length - 35.6”. 

Weight - 5.5 lbs.

Stock - Wood.

Magazines - 15 or 30 rd detachable box.

Sights - Notched Ladder and Post.

Bayonet - 6.75” M4 Blade

M1 Carbine below M1 Garand showing the M1 Carbine being about 2/3rds the size of M1 Garand

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