M1 carbine


  • Place of origin: United States
  • Service history: In service 1942–1973 (United States)

  • Wars
    • World War II
    • Hukbalahap Rebellion
    • Chinese Civil War (limited)
    • First Indochina War
    • Korean War
    • Malayan Emergency
    • Algerian War
    • Suez Crisis
    • Cuban Revolution
    • Vietnam War
    • Laotian Civil War
    • Bay of Pigs Invasion
    • Six-Day War
    • Cambodian Civil War
    • The Troubles
    • Angolan Civil War
    • Black September
    • Lebanese Civil War
    • Mexican Drug War

  • Production history
    • Designer
      • Frederick L. Humeston
      • William C. Roemer
      • David Marshall Williams
    • Designed: 1938–1941
    • Unit cost $45 (WW2)
    • Produced
      • November 1941–August 1945 (U.S. Military)
      • 1945–present (Commercial)
    • No. built 6,121,309 (WWII)
    • Variants M1A1, M1A3, M2, M2A2, M3

  • Specifications
    • Mass
      • 5.2 lb (2.4 kg) empty
      • 5.8 lb (2.6 kg) loaded w/ sling
    • Length 35.6 in (900 mm)
    • Barrel length 18 in (460 mm)
    • .30 Carbine (7.62×33mm)
    • Action Gas-operated (short-stroke piston), rotating bolt
    • Rate of fire: Semi-automatic (M1/A1) 750 rounds/min (M2)
    • Muzzle velocity 1,990 ft/s (607 m/s)
    • Effective firing range 300 yd (270 m)
    • Feed system 15- or 30-round detachable box magazine
    • Sights Rear sight: aperture; L-type flip or adjustable, front sight: wing-protected post

The M1 carbine (formally the United States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1) is a lightweight, easy to use, .30 carbine (7.62x33mm) semi-automatic carbine that was a standard firearm for the U.S. military during World War II, the Korean War and well into the Vietnam War. The M1 carbine was produced in several variants and was widely used by not only the U.S. military, but by paramilitary and police forces around the world. It has also been a popular civilian firearm.

The M2 carbine is the selective-fire version of the M1 carbine capable of firing in both semi-automatic and full-automatic. The M3 carbine was an M2 carbine with an active infrared scope system.

Despite having a similar name and appearance, the M1 Carbine is not a carbine version of the M1 Garand rifle. They are different firearms, and they use 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. The "M2 carbine" was the second carbine developed under the system, etc.

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