M1 Carbine Review

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The Cosmoline Crate reviews the M1 Carbine (in the paratrooper configuration). This classic gun was one I lusted after as a kid. I dreamt about owning the same gun used by the Army Rangers who scaled the cliffs of Normandy. But by the time I could afford one I had lost interest. I always enjoy shooting them, but with ammo costing about 50% more than 7.62x39mm, it is a much more expensive gun to enjoy at the range than an AK or SKS.

That said



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  • DW

    Anyone trying to ban M1 Carbines should be tried with treason

    • Vitsaus

      … or any guns for that matter.

  • Curious_G

    Looks like someone is struggling with the application of a fish-eye lens.

    • iksnilol

      At first I was scratching my head wondering why the gun was so small.

      • BaconLovingInfidel

        Hobbit-sized.

        • iksnilol

          That could have made the films way shorter.

    • Riot

      So thats why it looks slightly bent

  • valorius

    I had some anti-gun troll on a forum the other day telling me that the M1 carbine is not an “assault weapon” just because the black panthers used to open carry them, and he refused to acknowledge that anyone on the left supported assault weapons.

    The internet…lol.

    • Travis

      So… you consider the M1 carbine an “assault weapon”?

      • valorius

        By the legal definition, absolutely. It holds 30 rds, and it’s a semi auto.

        • iksnilol

          You forgot the scary pistol grip, bayonet lug and folding stock.

          • valorius

            LOL, i did didn’t i? 🙂

            Functionality and effectiveness wise, an M1 carbine with a 30rd mag and run of the mill soft point ammo is every bit as good a weapon as the AR or AK series of weapons for general combat or home defense use.

            IMO you could slap some picatinny rails and a composite stock on the M1 carbine, and it would be just as effective as anything anyone else is using today out to a couple hundred meters.

          • iksnilol

            I wouldn’t mind a M1 carbine in other cartridges. 30 carbine is halfway nonexistent in Norway. Maybe doublestack 357 magnum could work (using magazines similar to the PMR-30)?

          • valorius

            They make an M1 carbine in 9mm too. That would probably suit your needs. With the long barrel of an M1 Carbine, 9mm is a lot more potent.

          • iksnilol

            I saw that one, seems interesting. Especially considering that .22 LR is illegal to use on rabbits in Norway.

            Would cost a bit to get it reviewed and made legal for hunting though I could live with that.

          • UnrepentantLib

            .22 LR is illegal for rabbits in Norway??? You must have the killer rabbits from Hell or something.

          • iksnilol

            The rabbits are pretty rabbitlike (long ears, fluffy, massive amounts of fornication, etc.) in Norway. It is just a stupid law. The law says that you can use .22 LR on animals that are the size of a rabbit or less but not rabbit.

          • Giolli Joker

            In Italy no rimfire round is allowed for hunting… 🙁

          • iksnilol

            Ouch… What do you use as a reason to buy a .22 then? Competition? Training?

          • Giolli Joker

            Cheaper fun.

          • iksnilol

            Ah, so in Italy you don’t need a “reason” to buy a gun? Seems nice. Then again, I can have suppressors without issue.

          • That is silly. They expect you to use a centerfire for small animals like rabbits and other similarly sized game?

          • valorius

            Probably shotgun?

          • Giolli Joker

            Birdshot. Shotguns are the most commonly used hunting guns anyway, in Italy.

          • Tassiebush

            I’m scandalized to hear that!

          • valorius

            I only hunt rabbits with Holy hand grenades.

          • iksnilol

            The only way it should be done.

        • Marcus D.

          And it has a folding stock, verboten in kalifornia.

          • valorius

            Yep, some of em even have scary pistol grips and bayonet lugs. o.O

            All M1 carbines are banned as AW’s in Kommiefornia arent they?

          • Marcus D.

            No, only the folding stock version, because of the folding stock and the pistol grip. The standard version is perfectly legal with a ten round mag (unless it was purchased by its current owner with a higher capacity mag prior to 2000, and even then, the mags may not be transferred in state).

      • Anonymoose

        Any weapon that has been used or could be used in an assault is an assault weapon. They’ll never stop expanding their definitions of things they want banned.

    • Peadair

      In Mother Russia, assault weapons support the left.

      • valorius

        There are plenty of them supporting our left too, the party sheeple are just too ignorant and stupid to realize it.

  • kipy

    Anybody here have any experience with the Auto Ordnace M1 carbines? I’ve been considering picking one up, but I’ve seen a lot mixed reviews on them. I know there kinda spendy but surplus carbines are pretty much unavailable in my area.

    • Had one once and regret selling it to this day. Truly the handiest rifle I’ve owned. Wood and parkerizing were above average, although the barrel band was loose. It tightened up easily enough however. Being a worse shot then than now, fist-sized groups at 50 yards and chest-sized groups at 100 yards were par for the course. I’d grab another one but I’m investing in a new PC right now.

      • kipy

        Thanks for the info, I like to hear from actual owners instead of a possible paid review in a gun mag.

        • valorius

          My dad used to carry a M1 carbine in his trunk when he was a philly narcotics cop back in the 70s and 80s, loaded with jacketed soft points.

          He swore by it.

          • Cannoneer No. 4

            M1’s were among the first self-loading Patrol Carbines. I seem to recall reading about lead soft points and Jim Cirillo stake outs around 1973.

          • valorius

            73 is the year my pop joined the force. He carried a BHP on his person when undercover, some old italian side by side sawed off shotgun (barrel and stock) in the saddle bag of his triumph motorcycle (his cover was as a biker), and the M1 carbine in the trunk whenever he was working in his car, which at the time was a Plymouth Super Bee.

            I remember he had an old style hard fiberglass bullet proof breast plate that he used to let me play with all the time too.

            Policing was much, much different back then.

    • Phil Elliott

      Used to have an Universal Carbine, absolutely never had any issues with it what so ever, used Speer 100 gr. 1/2 jacket “plinkers”. Shot probably a couple thousand of them.

    • Marcus D.

      From what I’ve read, the Auto Ordnance mags are not milspec and are marginal, with many users dumping them totally due to them falling out or failing to feed. This is the primary complaint and source of frustration on every forum I’ve read, not just gun mag reviews that had the same issues. Returning it to the factory rarely results in a fix. QC is spotty, even after all the years they have been producing it.
      And the parts are not fully interchangeable with an original. For that, you have to pay twice as much for a Fulton. A new player that has adopted the name Inland announced last October, and they are apparently produced in the same Dayton plant as Chiappa–but I have not seen one on the market yet.

  • Rodford Smith

    Handloading ammo for the M1 Carbine is easy (it’s basically a high-pressure pistol cartridge) as long as you remember it only works well with a narrow selection of bullet weights and muzzle velocities. I’ve made hundreds of rounds, just sticking to 110 grain FMJ and middle of the road loads and they all worked fine.

    • iksnilol

      What happens if you load with saboted bullets? Couldn’t you get better trajectory then to extend the range, of course?

      • Rodford Smith

        The problem there is the required bullet weight range. I don’t think it’s practical to go below 100 grains if you want reliable functioning.

  • Panzercat

    Dat photo. Your gun is melting.

  • Marcus D.

    If only someone would extend the receiver an inch or so and chamber it in .300 black, it would give you a lot more bullet choices than FMJ or SP, and would be a perfect coyote/hog gun out to 300 yards. Yeah, yeah, Ruger is going to do it, but their Minis are butt ugly!. The MI Carbine is beautiful.

    • iksnilol

      Uh, wouldn’t that be the Mini-14? It only looks different because it is bigger. Sorta like funsize chocolate bars compared to regular ones.

      • Marcus D.

        The Mini-14 uses a longs stroke piston based on the Garand, not the Williams short stroke piston, and looks funny with that large metal gas block at the end of the hand grip, plus the stock is not as elegant as the M1 Carbine. As I said, the Rugers are butt ugly.