[SHOT 2016] Rockola T3 Carbine from James River Armory

James River Armory's Rockola T3 Carbine

The M1 Carbine hold a special place in military history, firearms history, and in the hearts and minds of shooters all around the world. And many have heard of Rock-Ola Music Company, producers of the famous jukebox. Some might even be aware that Rock-Ola retooled during the Second World War to produce M1 Carbines and that the Rock-Ola M1 Carbines have a reputation as some of the finest available. Now, James River Armory has launched a line of Rockola firearms, including a standard M1 Carbine constructed exactly to USGI Ordnance drawings and featuring a Criterion barrel and an American black walnut stock.

Incredibly, the company is also producing T3 Carbines. This model of the famous firearm was designed to allow the mounting of a scope, originally the M82 riflescope during WW2 and, later, early night vision scopes during the Korean War. The T3 is a relatively unknown variant of the ubiquitous M1 Carbine, and fewer than 2,000 of them were ever produced. (Compare this to 6.5 million total M1 Carbines.) Virtually all of the T3s that survived service in WW2 and Korea were destroyed in the 1960s. Very few original T3s exist today.

The Rockola T3 by James River Armory was reverse-engineered from photographs of the original carbine and include a Redfield style scope mount which meets the T3’s original 1944 requirements. Also included is a faithful reproduction M82 2.5x scope from Hi-Lux.

The Rockola M1 and T3 Carbines are USGI-compatible new builds and look amazing.

Shelby Murdoc

Murdoc is a freelancer who writes at various publications and web sites including Shooting Sports Retailer and GunPundit.com.


  • Edeco

    All else being equal or better I would prefer that name to Iver or Auto-Ordnance. Yes indeed. Not saying I’d pay much more for it.

    • M.M.D.C.

      The M1 MSRP is $1,295 and the T3 is $1,695.

      • Edeco

        OK, probably never mind then :S

    • Marcus D.

      What about the new Inland M1944 and 1945 models? I remember when they were introduced, but haven’t seen any reviews. Last I heard, the MSRP was $1050.

      • Edeco

        Nifty, another historic name at lower MSRP. Surprising how many outfits doing M1’s.

  • M.M.D.C.

    That is petty cool.

  • Anomanom

    Id rather have one with an optional side mount for a length of rail, rather than a historical repro scope. For an original surplus model that is great (nyet, rifle is fine), but for a new manufacture gun, I’d rather be able to put some modern glass on it, and improve on the original.

  • Lance


    • M.M.D.C.

      Just keep reading…

    • Southpaw89

      T3 $1,695.00 M1 $1,295.00

    • RICH

      A LOT ….. ! !

  • PeterK