The Return Of The Wilkinson Arms Linda 9mm Carbine

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What was old is new again. I will admit, I know very little about Wilkinson Arms and the Linda 9mm carbine except for the fact that they have a cult-like following and are *unique* enough to actually be beautiful. After being discontinued for many years, Wilkinson Arms and the Linda are now back in production and available for purchase.

Besides the traditional Linda, other versions that include an underfolding stock, optics and light rail mounts and AR-style stock adapters will be available. Parts, accessories and magazines will also be sold directly from the Wilkinson website.

I had the opportunity to speak directly with Patrick McFarland, the owner of Wilkinson Arms via email. Here’s what he had to say:

The Linda is indeed blow back operated with a telescoping bolt similar to an Uzi. Tight tolerances between the bolt and barrel help contribute to an accurate platform.

The magazines are proprietary. Following Ray Wilkinson’s passing there was a period of time where magazines were difficult and expensive. Some people did claim to have success adapting certain brands of Hi-Power magazines. However supply is no longer an issue and the price is comparable to the market. Magazines are available in 18 and 31 round capacities with discounts for multi-mag purchases.

Turning the Linda into an SBR is a simple process. The barrel is held in with a barrel nut that can be undone with the hand and a short barrel installed. Following submission of a form 1, of course. We do intend to build some factory SBR’s in the future.

Unfortunately I can’t comment yet on the suppression of the Linda, still waiting on the SOT to arrive. It should suppress very well for a 9mm carbine due to the tight tolerances between the bolt/barrel and the heavy weight of the bolt.

Currently the Linda is being sold in four configurations and customers can submit requests for different stock/hand guard combinations.

Ultimately the Linda is built like a tank capable of handling +P+ ammunition pushing the 9mm cartridge out to impressive velocities.

Wilkinson Arms Linda Carbine @TFB

Wilkinson Arms Linda Carbine @TFB

 

Wilkinson Arms Linda Carbine @TFB

Wilkinson Arms Linda Carbine @TFB

 

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Wilkinson Arms History:

In the 60’s Ray Wilkinson lived in Covina, CA producing parts for both go-karts and motorcycles. In a neighboring building was Bob Penney, owner of Alpine who were known for their “Tanker Garand,” a shortened version of the ubiquitous WWII battle rifle.

One day Ray showed up to Bob’s office with a wooden model of a 9mm carbine. The purpose of the visit was to sell Bob on the idea of forming a partnership to produce the handy little carbines.

At that point J&R Engineering was formed and development of the M-68 began. The M-68 was a 9mm blowback carbine featuring a closed/telescoping bolt and a 31 round magazine capacity.

Orders for the carbine were instantly strong and J&R knew they had developed a good rifle. At this time mail orders for firearms were legal and this constituted the bulk of the sales. These orders were killed with the advent of the Gun Control Act of 1968. Not long after, J&R ceased operations. The remaining parts were assembled into carbines and sold under the name PJK by Bob. In addition to the M-68, the M-80 had been developed which moved the charging handle from the top to the left side.

Ray Wilkinson believed in his carbine and felt there was a market for it. He went back to the drawing board to resolve a few issues present, namely with extraction, and took the opportunity to also update the hammer, feedramp, receiver, barrel, among other parts.

The new carbine would be named Terry after Ray’s daughter. Later a pistol version would be produced and named Linda. In addition to these two models, Wilkinson would also produce Diane, a .25acp pistol and Sherry, a .22LR pistol.

The common denominator with all of the models produced by Wilkinson was quality. Tight tolerances and robust designs lent themselves to accurate and reliable firearms. When Ray passed, the company was bought by Boyd Gray who fell in love with the carbine during a trip to Idaho. Boyd renamed the business to Northwest Arms and moved it to Washington. This brings us to today. Wilkinson is back!

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Barrel

  • 16″ barrel
Upper Receiver
  • Aluminum alloy extrusion
  • Fixed front and rear sites with weaver style rail
  • Ejection port dust cover
  • Supplied with wood handguard
Lower Receiver
  • Aluminum with polymer hand grips
  • Cross-Bolt Safety
  • Thumb operated magazine release
Stock
  • Tubular steel fixed stock with wooden buttplate
Accessories
  • One 31 round magazine included (additional 31 or 18 round magazines available)
1980's Linda Awesomeness @TFB

1980’s Linda Awesomeness @TFB

From Wilkinson Arms’ Website:

Wilkinson Arms is a Type 07 FFL

Wilkinson Arms has a long but scarcely known history, however, more important than where we’ve been is where we’re going.

Currently Wilkinson Arms is bringing back the Linda Carbine and will provide current Wilkinson owners with a source for parts and accessories.

In the future we will revitalize the brand with new and exciting products based on the premise of quality. We thank you for your interest and welcome any inquiries you may have.

A SBR’d and suppressed version of the Linda will have my full attention. McFarland says to keep an eye on the Wilkinson Arms social media pages for further updates. I know I will.


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Wilkinson Arms

Wilkinson Arms on Facebook

Phone: 208-495-4958

Email: wilkinsonarms@gmail.com



Pete

LE – Science – OSINT.
On a mission to make all of my guns as quiet as possible.
Pete.M@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • That 1980s ad is flippin fantastic.

    • Swarf

      Jesus, Linda, breathe out before you pass out!

    • Nomar Abdiel Vazquez Vazquez

      Si, Linda es linda!

      • Nunya Bidniz

        Muy linda certamente!

    • Bob

      Classic, exotic, and too the point.

      Classic ads like that are great. Less is more attitude.

    • valorius

      Yeah, that chick is very hot in an 80s sort of way.

      • Nunya Bidniz

        It’s the big hair. Gets’m every time… ;-D

        [Hey, I lived through it so I can joke about it! No Millennials allowed…]

        • valorius

          Same here bro, i loved the 80s. I still got my long rocker hair too. LOL.

          • Nunya Bidniz

            [JEALOUS] You’ve still got HAIR?[/JEALOUS]

          • valorius

            Hehe, yep 😀

          • valorius

            That’s me in the picture 😀

          • Nunya Bidniz

            Wow, I know Mr. Ed can talk, but a horse who can type? Did they give you special shoes for that? Watch out, there’s a brain sucker [you can tell it villainous by the black hat…] attacking your friend in the pink jumpsuit! Run!
            ;-D

          • valorius

            LMAO, the horse is my trusty sidekick trigger. 😉

  • BryanS

    “At this time mail orders for firearms were legal and this constituted the bulk of the sales. These orders were killed with the advent of the Gun Control Act of 1968.”

    So much for a free people being able to arm themselves in step with the founders intent…

  • iksnilol

    Sooo… classy hipoint?

  • Like a bad penny, it just keeps coming back.

  • Lou

    I have two M-68s which I restored – most of the time the plastic feed ramps are cracked or missing and there are issues with the fire control group which take some experience in getting the gun to function properly. Having said that, these carbines are extremely accurate. The new versions have some improvements over the M-68 and I’m happy to see them back on the market. I have many memories of seeing the M-68, M-80, Terry, and Linda models in gun shops and gun shows during the 70s and 80s.

  • Hoplopfheil

    It’s like a PPK, a Hi-Point, and a TEC-9 all had a freaky orgy baby.

    • Russ Kell

      Puppy. Monkey. Baby.

      • Hoplopfheil

        Dammit. I nearly drank myself into a coma to forget about that.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    Does Lindas younger GF come on go with the gun? I’ll take two.

  • DIR911911 .

    Linda Osmond maybe?

  • Here is an M68 with a forerunner of the Brunswick RAW rifle grenade.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/54b5dbfd5631bf58ec890b1d122052e089305596cfc1b06197b9e355281c4249.jpg

    • gunsandrockets

      Dude! I remember that issue. I was just thinking of it as I read the TFB story. Did the M101C have some connection to the M-68? Or was it a case of parallel development?

      That spin stabilized-rocket is wild. Neat concept, but I wonder about the backblast.

      That negative in-line stock is an interesting idea in recoil control. Did it really work in practice?

      I remember that dot sight was an OEG style device, but who made it?

    • Mr Saturday Night Special

      I remember that issue.
      Did thd grenade adapter work in real life?

      • I don’t know how well it worked on the Morgan SMG, but Brunswick chased the concept on 5.56mm rifles until the early 1990s.

    • janklow

      that magazine cover is HORRIFYING

  • Sulaco5

    And pretty pricey as I recall, 700 – 1500 and up even in the 80’s as I remember seeing them at gun shows…

  • Harry’s Holsters

    There look cool and I’m glade to see them on the market as I like retro guns but for $850 these aren’t even making my list.

    It looks like a neat little package if it were under $450 bucks MSRP.

    I hate to be that guy but I’m failing to see what these offer over others option at the same price point besides cool looks.

    • maodeedee

      I’d rather have a Glock 17 with a Mech-tech upper and 33 round Glock factory mags that were relatively inexpensive, easy to find and 100 percent reliable.

    • Wow!

      When it comes to small arms, the reality is there is little need for much more than a Mossberg 500, AR 15 (with a variety of uppers), and Glocks. Everything else is literally fluff, but we buy them because it is cool. Never underestimate the cool factor for hobbyists.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        Completely agreed but I think it’s going to be a hard sell vs a CZ EVO.

  • 🐒👊
  • Nimrod

    I’m a geologist, I want one!

  • gunsandrockets

    Aluminum receiver, +1

    Single position feed proprietary magazine, -2

  • allannon

    Put a flattop on a sidefolder, and I’ll be interested. I mean, I’ll want to see final pricing and some performance testing first…but I’ll still be interested. 🙂

  • UCSPanther

    I would be interested in a new version of the old Czech SA vz 24/26 SMGs, but with glock magazine compatibility…

  • SP mclaughlin

    There’s having a raifu, and then there’s naming a carbine after your waifu.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    It’s so sad just how much amazing work was done designing firearms in CA up until the 80’s. Now that industry has all but disappeared from CA, just like the aerospace industry, and many others.

    • Bob

      The UK and France was the same. Both were rivals in the arms industry and developed some fantastic firearms. Now they have to go foreign to get their rifles. HK 416 will replace the FAMAS abd the Brits had HK fix their bullpups since they couldn’t do it themselves.

    • J Garcia Sampedro

      The same happenned in Spain. In the 90’s, the government started dismantling all our weapons industry and almost nothing is left anymore.

  • Chris

    I may be in the minorty but this is the type of 9mm carbine I’ve been looking for. Folding stock, minimalistic, and good capacity magazines. I hope they are good quality.

    • jamezb

      They were the Rolls Royce back in da day.. so the potential is there

    • LumberJaq

      I saw one the other day, the magazines were pretty stout and looked like a quality product. I didn’t use it so couldn’t tell ya for sure.

  • jamezb

    You had my money as soon as I saw the heading.

    I kicked myself for not buying one of these for 30 years.
    …It’s on.

  • Pete – TFB Writer

    That’s awesome.

  • valorius

    Meh.

  • LumberJaq

    This is amazing! I met a guy the other day who owns serial #1. I had never seen nor heard of these firearms until a couple weeks ago. Long story made short, he asks me “Have you ever seen one of these?” The story he told me about the way and why the company stopped production along with changing ownership is different than the way Pete tells it.

    Next time I see him I’m going to show him this article. If I get to shoot it I’ll definitely get some pictures.

  • Nameson

    It’s not cheap enough to be interesting.

  • Tritro29

    The 919 Kashtan always reminds me of this.

  • #datamine

    Looks like you copied the title from a site that posted this in August…

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Just googled it. I’ve never seen the Aftermath Gun Club web page.

      Besides, why the heck would I copy a headline? Seems counterintuitive to a plagiarism scam.

      But thanks for the vote of confidence.

  • L. Roger Rich

    Nice the variety of firearms now days. The Linda was indeed not expensive back in its day. But the new Linda is not bargain priced.

  • Nunya Bidniz

    Really happy to hear the news. It’s too bad they’re banned by name behind the Granola Curtain here in the PRK, but at least those of you in Free America can enjoy them once again!

  • Mr Saturday Night Special

    I owned a M68 and a Sherry back in the 1980’s. I would not ever use the word quality for either.
    I stll own the Sherry.