The Inland Mfg. M1 1945 Carbine and Auto-Ordnance M1 Carbine Paratrooper are reproductions of carbines built in the mid 1940s. The Inland is a copy of the last style of Carbine built for the military. The Auto-Ordnance (A-O) is a copy of the Model M1A1 designed for Paratroopers with a folding wire stock. These reborn Carbines offer a lot for collectors, competitive shooters, and home defenders.
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The Chiappa M1-9 Carbine looks like your granddad’s GI Carbine in dim light. However, a glance at the magazine gives notice that something is indeed amiss. The M1-9 is chambered for 9mm and is blowback operated. The M1-9 is fed from standard Beretta handgun magazines, but the similarities do not stop there.
Collecting is a journey through the colorful history fraught with fakes and poor quality examples of an otherwise highly desireable firearm. In this final installment of our M1 Carbine overview series, the author covers the good, the bad and the ugly of collecting M1 Carbines, as well as stories of the M1 Carbine for hunting and comparisons to other self-defense guns and calibers.
Part two of this three part series focuses on the reputation of the M1 Carbine from returning GIs, the wave of popularity generated by the $24 rifles offered through the NRA and DCM in the early ’60s, and Hollywood’s contribution—plus a whole lot more!
In part one of a three-part series, the author covers the genus of the M1 Carbine, its role in WWII and Korea, and the popularity it has enjoyed with shooters, plinkers, Hollywood movies for over 75 years. In this article, he delves into various versions employed in combat and the feedback—both positive and negative—from the GIs who carried into it harm’s way.