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Carbine, Caliber .30 - M1

The M1 carbine (formally the United States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1) is a lightweight semi-automatic carbine that was a standard firearm for the U.S. military during World War II,

It was originally intended as a replacement for the pistol normally carried by Officers, drivers, radiomen. In practice, many soldiers wanted a carbine because of its small size and light weight.


Despite having a similar name and appearance, the M1 carbine is not a carbine version of the M1 Rifle. They are two different firearms, they also used different ammunition. On July 1, 1925, the U.S. Army began using the current naming system where the "M" is the designation for "Model" and the number represents the sequential development of equipment and weapons. 

Therefore, the "M1 rifle" was the first rifle developed under this system. The "M1 carbine" was the first carbine developed under this system

Although listed as .30 caliber, the M1 carbine round is nothing like the M1 Rifle round, and is little more than a high-powered pistol cartridge.

The WWII carbines did not have the bayonet lug attached. 


Shown in the pictures are the standard 15 round magazines and ammo pouches. Also shown is the standard-issue khaki web sling.

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Technical Information

- Operation: M1, M1A1 Semi-automatic.

- Length: 35.65 in. (905 mm)

- Weight unloaded: 5 lb 7 oz (2.48 kg)

- Barrel: 18 in. 4 grooves, right hand twist

- Magazine: 15 or 30 round detachable box

- Muzzle: velocity 1990 fps, 967 ft-lbs.

- Rate of Fire: M2 on full auto, 650-700rpm 300 yds: 1035 fps, 262 ft-lbs

- Ammunition: 108 gr bullet, 13 gr charge, US Service M1

- Effective Range: 300 yds

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