Newly Manufactured M1 Carbines By MKS Supply

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Very exciting news for M1 Carbine fans – a company named MKS Supply is marketing new production, American-made M1 Carbines in three varieties (Early, Late, and A1). From the press release:

MKS Supply Brings Back the M1 Carbine!

Almost too cool to be true

Dayton, OH, October 2014–MKS Supply, LLC announces that production of the original Inland brand M1 Carbine is again underway and the iconic .30 caliber, World War II-era M1 Carbine will be marketed exclusively by MKS Supply, LLC.

These newly manufactured M1 Carbines are 100 percent American-made with 100 percent American parts. These are faithful copies of the original Inland Manufacturing carbines, right down to part construction and stampings. They even include the arsenal-stamped stock markings known as cartouches!

In fact, these carbines are so precisely copied from the original specifications that the company marks the underside of the barrel and the inside of the stock of these current models to prevent potential fraudsters from passing these new carbines as mint WWII originals, or using these new-production parts to “upgrade” original models (these markings are not visible unless the action is removed from the stock).

Three Inland M1 Carbine models are just now available:

M1 1944 Wood stocked original design without bayonet lug……….MSRP $1049.00

M1 1945 wood stocked original (above) design with bayonet lug…MSRP $1049.00

M1A1Paratrooper. Original design folding heavy wire stock……….MSRP $1179.00

  • All carbines include an original-looking cloth sling and oiler.
  • The 1945 and Paratrooper models come with one 15-round magazine.
  • The original 1944 Model did not have a bayonet lug, so MKS chose the new Inland 1944 model to come with a 10-round magazine in order to comply with the law in states that limit magazine capacity to ten rounds and prohibit the sale of firearms with bayonet lugs (to prevent millions of “drive-by bayonetings” we assume).

One magazine is included with each carbine. Extra 15- and 30-round magazines are not available with this offering, but all models will accept original and correct replica 15-and 30-round magazines. All models feature the same original-type adjustable 1944-era “peep” battle sights.

A total of 150,000 Paratrooper models were produced in WWII by all manufacturers. The Inland M1A1 Paratrooper is modeled after the late-1944 production model, which had a low wood walnut forend, Type II barrel band, folding wire stock, and no bayonet lug.

The M1 Carbine is a great little firearm. It has cool, classic looks, is fun to shoot and packs a low-recoil even as the 110-grain .30 caliber bullet is pushed at nearly 2,000 FPS.

Quick history:

Of the 6,232,100 M1Carbines produced overall, almost half were produced by the Inland Division of General Motors between 1941 and 1945. During that time, Inland produced three basic models: The 1944 model without a bayonet lug; the 1945 model with a bayonet lug (probably at the urging of the troops); and a wire stock Paratrooper model that also had no bayonet lug. Also produced by various manufacturers were an additional 570,000 select-fire M2 Carbines and 2,100 M3 Carbines (with flash hider and without sights to allow space for the addition of an infrared sniper scope).

The long-lived M1 Carbine was used into the early 1960s by U.S Special Forces advisers in Vietnam and by indigenous troops throughout the war due to its compact size and light weight (5lbs, 3oz). It is still used around the world by various military and police units.

It’s difficult not to get too excited at this news. I’ve wanted an M1 Carbine since before I can remember, and for new production rifles these are very reasonably priced!



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Zachary marrs

    Really? Fakes? They should put their own name/cartouches on it, instead of faking it.

    Im going to feel sorry for the uninformed when these hit the market

    • Sickshooter0

      Meh. I agree that their name or cartouche should be more visible as not to be passed off as an original. BUT, with Obama’s executive order banning the re-importation of military weapons, original M1 Garands and M1 Carbines are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.

    • In my case, I have an interest in using (and abusing) historical-pattern firearms without destroying an actual piece of history, so this does appeal to me.

      • Zachary marrs

        I’d imagine that a m1 carbine could take the punishment, unless you are trying to make it kb

        • Right, but I’m interested in preserving the actual historical articles. A close replica is a better “chew-toy”.

    • This sounds like it must run afoul of ATF marking requirements somehow.

      Firearms with false manufacturer markings? Does that not sound sketchy to anyone else?

      I understand the intent, and I highly doubt that there was any malicious intent at all by the manufacturer, but it just doesn’t seem like it would be legal for a variety of reasons.

      • Zachary marrs

        Its really a common practice, Springfield armory, Henry, depending on how deep you want to go, marlin, winchester, etcetera

        • I guess. I’m moderately familiar with “marking variances,” but Springfield Armory is still responsible for quality, liability, and service of Springfield Armory 1911s made in Brazil. Browning is an active company, and is responsible for the firearms marked with the Browning name in Japan. Both companies, I imagine, keep records of the serial numbers.

          Inland, however, is long gone, unless I’m missing something, and there is a new company of the same name?

          • Zachary marrs

            I dont, I doubt it.

            I refuse to do business with the companies I mentioned, its the simple fact that they are tapping into the reputation the original companies built.

            Also, Springfield armory has no connection to the original, the original Springfield armory went kaput in 1968, iirc

  • SD3

    Really, really neat firearm. Unfortunate cartridge.

    If it were chambered in something more readily accessible, I’d seriously consider it.

    • Sickshooter0

      You can find 30 carbine ammo as low as $0.28/round. They’re a dream to reload, if you reload; straight walled cases easily sized. With a max pressure <40K CUP, I get a lot of use out of the brass.

      • m1guy4life

        tapered case, like a 9mm. It’s easier to load than a bottleneck case, but not as easy as a true straight walled case like a 357 or 45acp. It still requires a little lube and some trimming. My biggest problem is just losing the brass, and it’s kind of scarce, so I wind up really hunting around for it. Perhaps these will flood the market, causing demand to surge, and the ammo makers will start making vast quantities of 30 carbine again and brass will become readily available. I can dream right?

        • Sickshooter0

          Technically you are correct and as a reloader I should have been more precise. The taper, however, is only roughly 0.5mm (0.020″) from the top of the extraction groove to the mouth. The brass has certainly become scarce over the past two years. I look like a gold prospector after each shoot having adopted the “leave no soldier behind” motto. Plays right in to my OCD…

      • James

        I saw one if these carbines at a gun show in Dayton last weekend. I was told that they are built by the new Inland Company in Dayton.

        They looked like the real carbine.

        This is the Web address on their card http://www.inland-mfg.com

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  • Noakes

    I’m so excited for a new A1, originals are few and far between (and almost $1000 more it seems)

    • Randy Maness

      You must not check out gunbroker a lot. There are a bunch on there for under 800 bucks, and no I ain’t talking about universals.

  • Pete Sheppard

    The ‘original’ model should come with the flip rear sight, to be truly accurate.

    • James

      The adjustable sight was transitioned in late ’44 and was found on some original M1A1’s, the push button safety was phased out during the same time period, so there was a combination of both on 1944-1945 Inland manufactured carbines.

    • FWIW: The T21 adjustable sight was developed at Inland, and would have started popping up on new production in 1944. The rotary safety was approved late in the war. Most were added during post-war arsenal refurbishment.

      • Pete Sheppard

        Thanks for the information!
        I have a Rock-Ola/Inland carbine with the upgrades (I’ve seen a few references to them as M1A2 carbines–correct or rumor?). I have often thought about returning it to its original condition.

        • Inland’s original T21 sight prototypes didn’t quite line up with the existing front sight when mounted on a standard receiver. Army Ordnance was in a hurry to test the new sight, so they authorized Inland to fabricate a few receivers with an appropriate dovetail cut, resulting in the M1E2 variant. After favorable tests, this configuration was then approved for standardization as the M1A2. However, the M1A2 was obsoleted as soon as Inland redimensioned the T21 sight so it could be retrofitted to existing carbine receivers.

  • Lloyd

    I think with a ten round mag and no lug this is a semi I can own in Chicago. Add me to WANT!

  • DrewN

    These cost almost as much as a Fulton Armory version, which is pretty stiff competition quality wise. That said, my absolute favorite rifle of all time, so the more selection the better.

    • They cost more than four hundred dollars less.

    • You’ll likely pay every dollar of the Fulton Armory price, plus shipping and transfer fee. Gun shops around here typically charge less than MSRP, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the new Inland carbines for $900 or less.

  • Drew Coleman

    Uh, the link to MKS Supply goes to a Cabelas listing for Hi-Point magazines…

    • aweds1

      I googled the company and it looks like MKS Supply is a Hi-Point and Chiappa distributor. I think I’ll stick to lusting for a Fulton Armory instead. They’re not that much more expensive than these and their quality is excellent from every review I’ve read.

      • n0truscotsman

        Fulton M1 carbine. Best chunk of change on a cool range toy I have ever spent.

        • DrewN

          Awesome right? His M1A’s make Springfields look like a joke as well. I also have an AR10 by him that shoot like a dream.

          • n0truscotsman

            You should shoot the M1 Garand from them, which I bought shortly after the Carbine. Yeah you wont even look at springfields again. They definitely have their shit together when building guns.

        • The Fulton is certainly the best option for those with the scratch.

      • Mark N.

        So if MKS is the distributor, who is the manufacturer? Chiappa makes nice looking guns with terrible reputations for reliability. which means this rifle may not be any better than the Kahr (Auto Ordinance–which still has not fixed the magazine issues from a 2013 review I read a few days ago) or the universal, generally described as junk.

        • Mark N.

          Checked around a bit, and it is almost certainly manufactured by Chiappa. Seems they’ve produced a .22 M1 in the past, so this would be a natural progression, particularly given the sustained popularity of this rifle.

          • David K.

            Incorrect Mark N. This M1 Carbine is produced by Inland Manufacturing in Dayton OH. Not Chiappa Firearms.

          • Mark N.

            Did you notice that Inland and Chiappa occupy the same building in Dayton? The only differences between the picture of the Inland location and the Chiappa location is the name on the sign out front (and the age of the photo, the Inland being more recent). Doesn’t this raise a reasonable inference that there is an interrelationship between the two, corporate formalities aside?

        • Matt Ranzt

          Use only Kahr clips, that fixed mine.

      • David

        aweds1, the new M1 Carbines are being manufactured by Inland Manufacturing in Dayton OH. We (MKS Supply) are a Dayton company and work with Ohio and Dayton companies like Hi-Point and Chiappa.

        • Mark N.

          What is the relationship between Chiappa and Inland?

    • I did not put it in the article.

    • Tom Currie

      I’m not sure what IDIOT did the links for this article but it was clearly some nitwit who knows absolutely nothing about guns and even less about the M1 Carbine. Yes the links for MKS Supply go to Cabelas listings for HiPoint magazines, but check out the other links to see just how stupid the people managing this site really are.

    • Cymond

      Every single link in this post is one of those “viglink” things that I’ve complained about. It seems they’re a company that provides additional revenue for bloggers. Viglink auto-generates links and imbeds them in blog posts, which lead to various things that viglink wants to promote.

      So yeah, automatically generated links.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Another company that ALMOST gets it. Bayonet lugs are not illegal in CA, for example. So the 1945 model would be perfectly legal here, except that it comes with a 15rd mag. *headdesk*.

    Just ship both models with a 10rd mag and let the end-user decide to purchase larger capacity magazines if they live in a state where it is legal to do so.

    • Asdf

      Or, instead of imposing California laws upon the rest of the states, why don’t you find a dealer that will ship you the gun sans magazine. Then you can go out and buy 10 rounders.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        I’d be fine with that too, if there were dealers that would do that. Too many take the stance of “no” though for no reason that I can discern. Just give us the freaking option of buying the legal gun we want with the legal magazine that we have to have. It’s not so difficult.

        • Cymond

          It’s a bit shocking, isn’t it? You offer to let them keep the magazines that they can sell separately for more profit, but they refuse. I guess opening the box and taking the magazines out is too much work.

          • Echo5Charlie

            I am registered with CA to ship firearms into the occupied state. I will not ship or sell anything that is not legal as manufactured to CA. Why? I’d rather retain my ability to sell items to CA residents than risk that ability over making a few extra dollars on a magazine sale.

          • Cymond

            How would removing a magazine risk your ability to ship to CA? We’re not asking you to ship an illegal gun, just remove a magazine or swap it with a 10-round version.

          • Echo5Charlie

            Have you thought about how hard that would be to prove?

          • DrewN

            It has to have the correct sku # before it can be shipped to Ca.

          • Lucas

            We don’t pull magazines or swap magazines because we lose money on the pulled magazine. If I pull a magazine from your package and replace it with a brand new 10 round magazine I now have to convince a customer that the 15 round magazine I pulled, which does not have any packaging, is in fact brand new and not used. Now we can do this with AR style rifles because they almost always ship with MagPul PMAGS sealed in their packaging, so my shop has no issues with swapping AR mags for our CA customers.

          • Cymond

            hmmm… that is a good point, but I bet that many CA buyers would be satisfied with no magazine, or would pay extra for that 10-round mag.

            I just remember being frustrated when I lived in CA that some sellers refused to send legal items into CA, even dealers who were registered to ship guns to CA. I’ve seen companies refuse to send threaded barrels to CA, even though it is legal to possess a threaded barrel, and legal to install one if you modify the pistol a little bit.

    • kipy

      We can’t have a bayonet lug in NY so the vanilla model would be the one we would have to order. Guess California doesn’t deserve 100% of the gun community hate it normally gets.

      • Cymond

        Oh yeah, NY is far worse than CA from what I’ve read. The one thing, though, is that CA tends to lead the country on gun control, and they’re constantly pushing for new restrictions. Basically, CA is the testing ground for whatever the rest of the country will be facing in a few years. You may have noticed that NY’s “assault weapon” ban was written specifically to close the “loopholes” in CA’s ban.

        • kipy

          The thing that kills me the most is seeing a sweet deal on ammo somewhere online and not being able to order it. All the local places tend to be outrageous.

    • gunsandrockets

      Actually the company does get it; they never mentioned California. Bayonet lugs are not illegal in Commiefornia, but that is only one of several states and localities which ban so-called “assault weapons”. For example both Connecticut and New York now consider just the presence of a bayonet lug enough to ban an M-1 carbine, and those are just the first two states I checked.

  • dan citizen

    What a nice little gun.

    I never had a great love for the M1 or .30 carbine but I have met more than a couple people who loved theirs, as farm guns they perform pretty well.

  • lolwut?

    hmmm m1 carbine for the same price as a brand new M1A…..i think not.

    this thing won’t be able to compete against the used market, auto ordnance and the iver johnson models that can be found for as little as 400 dollars.

    anyone that has 1100 dollars to drop on a rifle buys an AR or something better.

  • ColaBox

    That awesome, but for that price ill buy an FA M3.

    • Zachary marrs

      Let me know if you can find a complete m3 (with night vision scope) for 1000

  • John

    Why would I want to spend a grand on one when my 1944 Underwood I paid $500 for works just fine?

    Although if they did sell true drop-in GI paratrooper stocks for a reasonable price I’d buy one.

  • Mike Halvorsen

    No, thanks…I already own an EARLY M-1 Carbine (all original, “I”-cut stock, type 1 barrel band, etc.) Why on earth would anybody want a carbine for the price of an M1A? Or an AR15 clone? sheeesh!

  • Lance

    WAY too much money for what a M-1 Carbine is worth they are at best a $400 carbine!

    • Zachary marrs

      Do you even know what you are talking about?

      • Cymond

        Do you even know who you’re responding to?

        • Zachary marrs

          A person called “lance”

          • Cymond

            sorry, that was meant to be sarcastic.
            Lance has been around here for as long as I can remember. He’s well known for spouting opinions that are … well, let’s call them “unfounded”. He slowly devolved to the point that he was basically just writing gibberish, then disappeared, and eventually came back writing complete sentences again. Back when Disqus still had useful downvotes, I could usually spot a Lance comment because his ‘downs’ outnumbered his ‘ups’.

            I try to ignore him, and I suspect that many others do as well.

    • n0truscotsman

      A quality M1 carbine is worth more than a quality AR nowadays. Are you looking at 1970s gun catalogues?

      • ColaBox

        In Lances defense, I have seen decent M1’s going for around that price. Just last year I saw one made by General Motors for $650. If only I had the money…

        • Zachary marrs

          There were no GM carbines, there was inland division, who is (was?) A part of GM, but ive never seen a general motors m1 carbine

          • Guide-Lamp made some M1 Carbines, and was a division of General Motors.

          • Zachary marrs

            Must just be prototypes, I know guide lamp made m3 grease guns, among other things, but ive never heard they made m1 carbines

          • Ratus

            Are you sure you don’t mean the Saginaw Steering Gear Division of GM?

          • I can only find ONE reference to Guide-Lamp M1 Carbines. It is possible that this person was mistaken, or confused M1 manufacturers and M3 Grease Gun manufacturers.

            So, maybe my bad for passing on bad information.

  • Cymond

    This sounds very promising, it seems like they’ve gone to a lot of effort to make sure these are correct reproductions. Hopefully they’re reliable, too. I’ve wanted an M1 Carbine for years, but I’ve been torn between buying an original (which I would rather preserve than shoot) or a new one that is basically an immitation (and some like the Universal had reputations of poor quality).

    But from reading the comments, maybe I should check out Fulton Armory …

    • kipy

      I’m in the same boat. I’ve been eye-balling the kahr arms reproductions but there was a lot of negativity about them when they came out and I really don’t see too many reviews of the ones produced recently.

    • Pablo

      Originals work fine if they are in reasonable condition and maintained. I now have my father’s Inland carbine and it shoots great (though I don’t plan to dump hundreds of rounds a week through it). The cartridge is a great choice for smaller statured shooters. Very little flash or blast compared to 5.56 which makes it a good home defense gun with good ammo (Gold Dot, Hornady CD, or DPX). A 100 or 110 gr bullet at about 2000 fps is nothing to sneeze at.
      As a side note, I ordered some of the Kahr/AO mags from Brownell’s. None of them would even fit into the mag well of my Inland! Def. need to stick with original USGI mags at least with originals.

      • Cymond

        Yeah, I’m sure they work but I don’t want one that’s beat up, and I don’t want to be the one that puts a beating on a nice one. I would certainly shoot an original, but I wouldn’t keep it by the bedside for my wife, either. Heck, I’m going to buy a suppressor this year, so I’d like to have a gunsmith thread the barrel.

  • Zachary marrs

    Lots of people here seem to be ignoring the fact a late war inland division m1 carbine in good condition can fetch around $1500.

    Any chance tfb will get one in for a review?

  • Bunglezze

    The value of an M1 carbine is as a historic WWII firearm. Take that away and it is not a particularly all that desirable. Consequently a replica, particularly a very expensive replica, doesn’t seem like it would do very well in sales. I think that is probably why commercial versions never really were all the successful. They don’t have the history involved. Good luck to MKS but suspect this version will end up as just another footnote to M1 carbine history.

    • DrewN

      Not that desirable? Why do you hate fun? Are 10-22s not that desirable either just because they are overpriced now? Carbines are ridiculously fun to shoot and the cartridge is shamefully underrated. Look at the old Army training films, they are putting holes through both sides of German helmets at over 100 yds.

      • Bunglezze

        Yes they are fun, but so is a 10/22 or just about any other carbine at a fraction of the price . The real value of an M1 carbine is not it’s fun factor it is because it was in WWII. Take that (WWII) away i.e, commercial copy, and it is not worth even close to $1K. The cartridge may be underrated but there are a helluva lot better bangs for the buck. Hey, I have ’44 Winchester, it is lots of fun but the only reason I own it is because of it’s history.

  • David K.

    Link to the Inland Mfg site that is now live.

    http://www.inland-mfg.com/

  • Fruitbat44

    Speaking from my armchair, I’ve always thought that an M1 carbine was pretty close to being a PC firearm. Well as PC as a firearm can get, I mean it was used by the good guys in WW2 and it’s got lots of wood on it so it looks like a rifle, rather than an “assault rifle.”

  • mjc104

    Another company is also going to produce M1 carbines in Connecticut. Glad to see this fun gun having a resurgence.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/27/company-aims-to-be-torringtons-first-gun-maker/?page=all

  • atfsux

    Aw,…a $900 version of a $600 gun. How sweet. Tell you what,…come out with new 30 round mags for the damned things that actually work,…then I’ll get excited.

  • Jeremy

    Just found they have updated their site, http://www.inland-mfg.com