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The lightweight M1 Carbine was intended to be a rear echelon weapon of last resort, but it served on the front lines in both WW II and Korea, and even Vietnam in the hands of South Vietnamese troops.

M1 Carbine

M1 Carbine with double Magazine pouch slipped over the stock.

The M1 Carbine was developed to provide GI 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 error 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.

Caliber - .30” M1 Carbine.

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

Action - Semi-Automatic

Barrel - 18”.  Rifle is 35.6” long and weighs 5.5 lbs.

Stock - Wood.

Magazines - 15 or 30 rd detachable box.

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