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!