Inland Advisor M1 Pistol

M1 Pistol

Inland Manufacturing announced the company will begin selling the new Advisor M1 pistol in 2016. The new handgun is chambered for the classic .30 carbine cartridge and uses the same action as the M1 Carbine.

The Advisor pistols have a 12″ threaded barrel with a military-type muzzle device. Overall length on these guns is 21″. The guns use American walnut wood and ship with 15 round magazines. Unloaded, each gun weighs about 4.5 pounds.

Inland Manufacturing includes a military-style sling with each gun. The suggested retail price is $1,239.

The Advisor name comes from the use of chopped M1 Carbines by some US combat troops in the Vietnam War. In the early days of that war, US military troops were engaged ostensibly in an advisory role. Hence the name.

It is said that troops clearing tunnels (aka Tunnel Rats) used paratrooper model and chopped M1 Carbines to better navigate the tight spaces. Some years ago, I had the chance to talk to a soldier who, due to his gift of shortness, got volunteered to do that dangerous job. Although he did not mention chopped M1 Carbines, he did talk about modifying gear to meet the very specialized need of the duty.

In addition to this new pistol, Inland Manufacturing also makes reproduction M1 Carbines (both original and paratrooper style) and 1911 pistols. The current company is not the original division of General Motors that made M1 Carbines during World War II.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Kovacs Jeno

    No wrist brace? WHAAAT?

  • ShootCommEverywhere

    Practical? Meh. Shiny and chrome for your Mad Max cosplay? Absolutely. I can just see myself wielding this while rolling across the high dessert in assless chaps on an absurd motorcycle at the head of my own BDSM gear clad gang.

    • Bill

      But it’s an automatic ticket to Valhalla.

    • Sianmink

      All chaps are assless. It defines the garment.

      • ShootCommEverywhere

        I meant chaps that are assless because you’re wearing nothing underneath them.

    • Xanderbach

      WITNESS ME!

      • Edeco

        Rawr, mediocre!

  • gunsandrockets

    I was really interested until I saw that price.

  • Edeco

    The name strikes me gratuitous. I mean, obviously the advisory-role thing didn’t last and we ended up with a long, unhappy chapter in history, and it appears dubious if they chopped M1 Carbines and if they did, if the M1’s looked like that. Not that I want my history sugar-coated, but this case it’s like, yikes, why?

    Shoulda called it the Patty Hearst Edition.

    • iksnilol

      I thought advisor as in somebody you ask for advice.

      • SP mclaughlin

        The name is likely a homage to the MAAG that the United States sent to help France in Indochina that later advised the South Vietnamese before we got fully involved.

      • Edeco

        Yep, but there’s this practice of sending military advisors (or military “advisors”), like to influence a conflict without being quite a belligerent party. I’m not for or against it. Heck it was used to help us during the Revolution.

        I’m being too picky, but vis-a-vis Vietnam it was the camels-nose-in-the-tent of a long, frustrating thing… Seems like Inland just wanted ballsy historical flavor and latched onto something.

  • Bill

    I want to like it, but spending as much as for an AR pistol, with none of the aftermarket optics and doodads? Maybe for collectors.

    • Carl_N_Brown

      Collectors are definitely the intended market.

  • DIR911911 .

    I’m guessing they’ll sell about 3.

    • Adam Withem

      You must not be familiar with how many stupid people there are in the world today. As soon as someone with a million viewers swears it is amazing they will sell out their entire years production.

  • iksnilol

    An M1 carbine in “normal” calibers could be a hit. I was thinking 5.56 with AR mags and 7.62×39 with AK mags. The action is very light compared to others.

    Also, chambering it in pistol calibers with regular pistol mags would be a nice “traditional” PCC considering the Camp Carbine and Ruger PC isn’t made anymore.

    • mosinman

      you’d have a Ruger mini-14 or 30 in that case

      • 75sl

        Only if you think it dorsnt matter that one is tappet operated and the other one is a longstroke piston

        • mosinman

          basically that’s the rifle you’d have… even if the gas system is different

          • iksnilol

            Basically, but with a lighter operating system.

    • Cal S.

      If you think about it, .30 Carbine is the ultimate in PDWs. Well, at least it’s good. It’s the weight, capacity, and size of a PCC but with another 100 yards in effective range (200yds). It’s got some really good modern loads for it, and can be used for hunting in a pinch. This pistol has the same use as an AR/AK pistol does with the same capacity.

      You’re right, it’s not a main battle rifle (at least not for most guys, maybe for recoil-sensitive ladies it would be a respectable choice). Then again, you could go for a Kel-Tec SU-16C…

      • iksnilol

        I don’t like 30 carbine because it costs just as much as .308 plinking ammo.

        Yes, that’s the reason.

        • Cal S.

          Well, to each their own, haha

          • iksnilol

            No, seriously. At least here in Norway. I’ve found .308 for 5 NOK a piece which is the same as .30 carbine. Sure, it’s steel cased Barnaul but still that’s better than .30 carbine. And brass cased S&B isn’t much more expensive (7 NOK a piece, if you buy 800 it is 6 NOK a piece). Though the brass cased stuff is 8 gram bullets. :/ You can also get brass cased NATO ammo for under 5 NOK a piece (though it can be hard to find).

          • Cal S.

            Oh, here I thought you were Canadian. My bad, I think you said where you were from before, I just forgot. 124gr? Wow, that’s lighter than 7.62NATO. Dollars to donuts it wouldn’t cycle semi-autos.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, it’s a light load.Brass S&B stuff. Recommended for training (due to mild recoil) and birds (due to mysterious reasons).

            You can get NATO surplus cheaper but it’s a bit of a hit and miss to find the stuff.

    • El Duderino

      There’s a reason why they aren’t around anymore. Most people want to shoot rifle calibers out of rifles. The pistol caliber carbine always ends up as the one you maybe get after buying about five or ten other guns.

      The M1 repros are going to be niche with the cost of ammo compared to .223 and 7.62×39. One can buy an M92 AND a budget AR pistol or PLR-16 and 1k rounds for each for the price of one of these Inlands plus 1k rounds.

    • DaveP.

      Actually, I was thinking 10mm.

      • Bill

        I think some did it, or was going to.

      • iksnilol

        Meh, I don’t handload (yet) so 10mm doesn’t interest me that much. Sure, it’s an awesome cartridge and whatnot but I don’t got the money to shoot it regularily.

      • Anonymoose

        They did .45 WinMag and .50AE back in the day also.

    • Anonymoose

      Gordon Ingram (the guy who invented the MAC-10 and MAC-11) actually made those back in the 1960s, as well as an M1 Carbine in .308 (which iirc took FAL mags).

      • iksnilol

        M1 Carbine in 308?? That’s a shoulder bruiser I never knew I wanted.

  • Will

    Nothing more than easily concealable firearms, like the AK and AR “pistols”, for criminals who will never buy one. They will simply steal a rifle or shotgun and saw off parts they do not want. Same thing they’ve done since the old west days,

    • Jwedel1231

      You aren’t making any sense.

  • Spencerhut

    Looked like a poorly cropped photo at first.

    • BDUB

      Agreed. That grip looks atrocious.

  • Uncle Dan

    Priced too high, but I believe it would be a dandy defense weapon SBRed & with a Micro on it. Late Gunwrter Chuck Karwan, a Marine combat officer in Vietnam, wrote about his folks shortening both carbine and M-14s to make them handier in the thick jungle.

  • adverse

    No.

  • Full Name

    The suggested retail price is $1,239. I guess they want to actively discourage anyone from buying one.

  • Anomanom

    I may be missing something obvious, but what is the purpose of the trumpet device at the muzzle?

    • DaveP.

      It’s a flash hider. Since the barrel’s shorter than the cartridge was designed for, there’s’ probably going to be quite a bit of flash. If you’re firing at night or dusk it can be distracting, so you add a flash hider to keep from disturbing the shooter’s aim.

  • MaxPower515

    Companies tried this back in the 60’s and 70’s with the “Enforcer” pistols. If I remember correctly, they weren’t that big of a hit. I will admit, I do like the 30 carbine round, but there really isn’t a good modern day firearm that will fire it.

    • Mark Werner

      I rember those well…. Fairly popular for us coppers back then as you could fit one in your briefcase. No one had “patrol rifles” back then and some thought a bit of added firepower to the revolver might be handy at times.

  • LV-426

    Wonder what the thread pitch is? This would be fun to SBR.

    • Anonymoose

      Hopefully the normal 5/8×24…

  • Joe

    Norman Schwarzkopf carried a chopped M-2 Carbine in an M-1A1 Para-Stock as an Advisor to the ARVN.

  • Iblis

    It would be nice if they made that in the 5.7 FN round.

    • Anonymoose

      Or if they made P90s in .30 Carbine. :^)

  • Southpaw89

    Interesting, but the price would have to come down, at this point an extra four inches and I can have a folding stock without the tax stamp, and still be very compact. At around $600 it would make a fun “gee wiz” gun, but there are too many others on my list to spend the asking price for it.

  • janklow

    if this was a lower-priced gun… and .30 carbine was cheaper to shoot… i would be all over this. but i am probably going to have to settle for shooting an actual M1 carbine.

  • Robert V Martin

    EE!!!
    Why this churlish fasciation with Sawhandle grips? If I want the moral equivalent of a Sawn-off Rifle or Shotgun I want PLOWHANDLE Grips! So IF I bought one I’d need to spring for a Carbine stock and shorten it—while never getting it within ten yards of the pistol until it was properly “De-Rifle-Ized” Lest I have SBR Issues. This isn’t a lone example. {Ruger’s charger is just one other example…}
    …..RVM45

    • Edeco

      Not quite the same scenario, but I wish they did a lever action pistol with the curved grip (as is called a pistol grip on lever action rifles).

    • Carl_N_Brown

      The original Advisor was a chopped-barrel M2 carbine in an M1A1 folding stock. Thats what the M1A1 grip looks like. Why put a period incorrect grip in a repro of a military collectible? Yes, my son raised on ARs hates the ergonomics of my M1A1 carbine. The grip is not handy. But it is historically correct.

  • jcitizen

    I had a Universal Firearms Enforcer made in Hialeah Florida, that was one of the funnest guns to shoot EVER! But the cheap metal in the barrel ruined it. Until I’m convinced this thing can take high powered NATO ammo made for the M3, I’m not in on it.

  • fmike15

    An AK pistol costs half as much, has waaaaay more firepower and ammo is cheaper and plentiful, not that it’s more practical but as long as we’re talking useless guns………..

  • Anonymoose

    I need to tax-stamp one of these NOW.

  • billlll

    I still wanna see one with a Mare’s Leg style stock, I think that’d be far better, even just looks wise.