The M-1 Carbine is a .30 caliber semi-automatic shoulder weapon, gas operated with an
effective range up to 200 yards. The length is 36 inches, barrel 18 inches, and weight 5
pounds including magazine and sling. In the 1942 printing of Army-Navy Guide by Crown
Publishers, it is stated that "The Army plans to replace a great many of the .45
caliber service pistols with carbines."
In Combat!, the carbine is the
weapon used by Lt. Hanley. It is fitted with bayonet stud to attach a bayonet, though this
is atypical for the period. Pictured at left is Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley holding the M1
Brian J. Wisher says of the carbine: "I just have to interject in its [the
carbine's] defense. True, the old M-1 Carbine was a poor substitute for a Garand; however,
it was not meant as a substitute for the M-1 Garand rifle, it was designed and issued as a
substitute for the M1911A1 .45 caliber pistol. The idea was to give those who would
ordinarily carry the .45 something with more utility. Now, having been in the infantry
myself [...] I will testify to the greater usefulness/utility of the carbine over the 45.
The muzzle energy (muzzle velocity x bullet weight) of a .30 caliber M-1 carbine exceeds
that of a standard caliber .45 ACP round, and is considerably greater than the current
military caliber .223 round. It does look weak compared to .30-06, but, like I said, it
wasn't competing with the Garand - just the pistol. The carbine has twice the magazine
capacity of a .45, and its accurate range is far greater than any pistol -- carbines are
accurate against a human-sized target out to at least 200 yards (three or four times the
range for a pistol)."
The M1 Carbine : A Revolution in Gun Stocking
by Grafton Cook, Barbara Cook
Ever wonder what the real story is behind the M1 Carbine? Would you like to know who
really did most of the work making these famous guns? This exciting new book will change
everything you knew about carbine manufacture during WWII. Shows you, step by step, how M1
Carbines were made, from milling the wood right through to assembly with the hardware.
Heavily illustrated with 157 rare photographs of the guns and the men and women who made
them. Also puts a strong focus on the M1 Carbine in World War II.
Paperback, 208 pages
Complete Guide to the M1 Garand and the M1 Carbine
The world's most popular and respected author on WWII firearms presents his most
complete examination of the M1 Garand and the M1 Carbine ever. Packed solid with the kind
of useful, hands-on knowledge that readers have been demanding. Detailed, close-up
photographs show the specific features that separate valuable rarities from fakes and
rebuilds. Covers all the manufacturers, with easy-to-understand explanations of all the
components, parts, variations and markings. Learn which parts are proper for which guns
and avoid being fooled. Over 300 clear, large photos show you features, markings, overall
views and actions shots of the guns being used in battle. 33 tables give you instant
reference to the facts you need the most. This is simply the most complete and useful
guide to these very important military firearms.
Hardcover, 297 pages.
War Baby! The U.S. Caliber .30 Carbine, Vol. 1
The most popular US military small arm in history is chronicled here in
over 400 illustrations and an in-depth text. Contents profile: the Carbine in War and
Peace 1914-1992; US Battle Honors In WWII and Korea; Other Military Users of the US
Carbine; and the Carbine 'For Friend and Foe Alike' In Vietnam. Coverage also includes
postwar military parts manufacture; alternate methods of production; the return of surplus
military M1s from afar; US military accessories, ancillaries and ammunition since 1940;
other military and sporting arms in .30 carbine caliber. Provides positive identification.
Hardcover., 9' x 12', 352 pgs., 414 b&w illustrations.
War Baby! The U.S. Caliber .30 Carbine, Vol. 2
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