Sneak Peek: Inland T3 Carbine

Inland Manufacturing posted on their Facebook page pictures of their new Inland T3 rifle. It is a reproduction of M1 Carbine with T3 scope mount, also known as T3 Carbine.

Inland T3 Rifle - 2

They’ve developed this rifle based on huge customer request of a scoped version of the M1 Carbine. The rifle features an integral T3 scope mount with Redfield type scope rings. They’ll also offer a version equipped with Hi-Lux vintage reproduction William Malcolm M82 scope. The scope is a 2.5X fixed power one. Inland T3 Carbine will also come with an era correct cone-shaped flash hider.

Inland T3 Rifle - 3

Historical Note

T3 Carbine was the modification of M1 Carbine with an added integral scope mount. The mount was brazed and pinned on the receiver. These T3 Carbines had a very limited production of less than 2000 made, and most of them were demilitarized after WW2. It was initially used with a similar scope as one on the replica, as well as with an infrared scope and spotlight. This configuration of the rifle saw action during WW2 in Okinawa (1945). Later, in Korean War, the carbine was upgraded with M3 package, which included a slightly different scope base for the infrared scope.


I think they will definitely show this T3 Carbine in SHOT Show 2017. It would also be nice to see them offering an M3 Carbine replica too, although the scope will be quite of a challenge to make a replica of.

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  • Just say’n

    ‘Cause most of us who remember the M1 Carbine have eyes that are too old for open sights…

  • alex waits

    Is this the same (remake) gun that wasn’t very well received? Kinda worked, kinda didn’t?

    • Joe

      That might be the Kahr, the godawful Chiappa 9mm’s, or the old Universal or Iver Johnson.
      I’d be willing to buy an Iver Johnson blowback 9mm Carbine and gift it to Inland Mfg as a template to build their own.
      Anyway, neat receiver, and I think this goes a bit better with the Carbine than a giant retro night vision optic.

      • Anonymoose

        I’d like to see this scope setup with a more modern scope on one of those Adviser SBRs, with an Amega scout rail so that you could put an clip-on night-vision scope on it.

        • DrewN

          I have a couple of the Hi-Lux Redfields and they are pretty decent. The “tombstone” ranging reticle is fast as hell. I’d happily rock this 2.5.

    • UCSPanther

      The M3 “night ops” carbine, which was just an M2 fitted with a very early first-gen night vision scope…

      • iksnilol

        Ahh… the days when NV scopes were big enough to use as a bludgeon to replace any sidearms. 🙂

        • UCSPanther

          The battery that powered that scope was practically a car battery in a backpack, with automotive-grade battery cable leading to the scope.

          Early night vision scopes are one electronic device that makes one appreciate the research, engineering and development that went into downsizing and improving electronics since the late 1940s…

        • Amplified Heat

          Now we just have thermals & ACOG to fill that role

  • Tim Pearce

    Guh. Hopefully, that flash hider is removable without mangling the bluing/parkerization. It ruins the looks of the whole thing.

    • UCSPanther

      To me, it is reminiscent of the old M3 carbine, which was an M2 fitted with a very bulky and awkward looking night vision scope. They were issued to perimeter guards during the Korean War.

      Some had the old conical flash hider to reduce muzzle flash at night.

    • codfilet

      not to me-that is the correct GI flash hider for that rifle.

      • Billy Jack

        Correct doesn’t mean purty

        • Joshua

          the old style “rocket nozzle” flash hiders are beautiful to me, I’d take one of them over a lot of modern looks.

          • Charles Applegate

            Nah – gotta replace it with a big-ass tanker brake, slap an Archangel stock on it, and add some Picatinny rail and a lay-zor or two… We’d-a held at Chosin if we’d been tacti-cooler!

          • Joshua


            (can someone translate for me? I don’t think we’re speaking the same language)

          • Charles Applegate

            I’m just mocking kids these days, like a geezer is wont to do.

  • rambo jones

    Would buy one in a heart beat if it was offered in 10MM

    • Longslide7

      I want a 10mm Magnum. Looks like a .40 caliber Carbine round.

      • JustAHologram

        That would be a decently powerful package

      • maodeedee

        That would be even better ballistically, and would use magazines that were closer in size to 30 carbine mags but you’d have to be a reloader and make your own ammo.
        I’d like to see both standard 10mm auto and 10mm Magnum auto offered.

        • Longslide7

          overall length of the round “should” fit GI mags . If I did the math right you can get 12 rounds in a 15 round box mag

  • Jsim

    Would love to see a m1 carbine manufactured in 44 mag

    • Xtorin O’hern

      then the weapon you are lookin for is a Ruger Deerfield Carbine

      • tts

        Discontinued in 2006 and seems to go for $900-ish used. :/

        Nice gun though.

        • Xtorin O’hern

          so… about the same price as an Inland M1 carbine

    • maodeedee

      10mm magnum would be nearly as good. and it’s easier to make a rimless cartridge feed reliably.

  • Nimrod

    Or maybe just put a scope on a regular m1 carbine. Just saying

  • Captain Obvious

    The only value an M1 Carbine has is as an original, vintage, historical firearm. As a stand alone, the M1 carbine and it’s cartridge are obsolete so a replica, even a replica of an obscure rifle, has little intrinsic value.
    “Oh man, is that a T3?”
    “No, it’s a replica.”
    “Dude, you got ripped.”

    • maodeedee

      The M1 carbine, Obscure??? Obsolete??? not hardly, it’s a beautiful, rugged, reliable, lightweight little carbine but it’s only weakness is that it fires an underpowered cartridge. if they’d make one in 10mm auto they’d have something worthwhile.

      And even in the original cartridge it’s a fun little plinker. Inland makes a nice replica but it’s overpriced. I think the Kahr/Auto Ord M1 carbine sells for a couple hundred less. Now if we could talk Kahr into making a 10mm auto version…

      But I do like the looks of the scope mount for this rifle. sure, it’s not original, but it LOOKS original.

      • iksnilol

        .30 carbine is stronger than 10mm Auto IIRC.

        • Charles Applegate

          They’re remarkably close. A 10mm from a 16″ barrel (actually, it’s all the same from 10inches or more) makes between 600 and 1000 lb/ft of energy, depending on the load. A standard military-load .30 Carbine throws 950 lb/ft; handloads will add 100 lb/ft or so.

          Given that, and given how hard it is to find a reliable pistol in .30 Carbine, I’d go with the 10mm.

          • iksnilol

            Hacksaw + M1 Carbine = reliable pistol in .30 Carbine.

          • Charles Applegate

            That equation also equals “illegal SBR and time in a federal pen…”

          • iksnilol

            Are you chicken?

            *Clucking noises*

            But yeah, get the tax stamp and its a’okay!

          • Charles Applegate

            I’m not chicken – I just own guns in Kalifornia.

  • Sledgecrowbar

    For a long time, the M-1 Carbine has been unobtanium in New Jersey because of the banned-by-name list, and Inland’s repros are subject to it, but this will be legal. Considering that 15-round mags are authentic for it, I see this really taking off specifically in this state.

  • TechnoTriticale

    Apart from whether this makes sense as a retro repro, did it make sense in the original military applications? (and I’m asking about the daylight scope models, not the NV scope models)

    What were the engagement scenarios where this would have been more effective than an M1C/D, M1903A4 or scoped M1903A1?

    Strikes me as being in the category of: here’s a better view of
    the target you are not about to successfully engage (and if you do
    anyway, you didn’t need a scope for it).

    The first time I ever saw one these was in a movie, employed by a sniper bad guy at some preposterous distance. I recall thinking: who would bother putting a scope on an M1 carbine? Given rarity of originals, I’m guessing it was deliberate, and not just something the prop department had lying around.

  • Curtis_15

    Odd that carbine looks just like my Mossburg New Haven 22 rifle I bought in 1964. Minus the butt sling slot of course.
    Maybe it’s time to upgrade that old 4 X scope I put on it as a boy for squirrel hunting. I’ve even got 3- 10 round magazines to complete the look.