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.
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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.