Auto-Ordnance M1 Carbine

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Auto-Ordnance has a new “Tactical Folding Stock Model” M1 Carbine out later this year.

Black polymer folding stock, metal handguard

The Auto-Ordnance M1 .30 Caliber carbine is produced in Kahr’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Worcester, MA. The Auto-Ordnance carbines are produced using newly manufactured parts on high precision computerized machinery.

Markings include the following: Auto-Ordnance, Worcester, MA behind the rear sight; U.S. Carbine, Cal. 30 ML on the receiver in front of the bolt and the serial number is engraved on the left side of the receiver.


Barrel 18″
Length 36 1/2″ overall, 27 1/2″ (Folded)
Weight 5 lbs 13 ounces
Finish Parkerized
Sight Post front sight, flip style rear sight
Stock Polymer
Magazine One 15 Shot stick
Price $792.00

Hat Tip: Cryptic Subterranean

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Bear Bear on Sep 27, 2013

    I wish I had read all these comments BEFORE I purchased this very large Paper Weight. Right out of the Box it had multiple problems that it could not have passes a firing test at the factory. OK, the feed ramp was not even finished and had to do an extensive throat job. Bolt sticks, extractor works less than one out of eight times, it jams every two or three shots. with several different mags, several different types of ammo, this gun is a LEMON. It looks great, pretty stock, but it doesn't WORK and I believe that is lets see THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF A FIREARM... It freaked me out because I almost gave it to my daughter who lives in a Big City for home protection untested by me--ALMOST,,,,thank God I did Not.

    • Dave Dave on Feb 17, 2014

      @Bear Bear,
      Despite the warnings I too picked one of these up. In Canada they only come with a 5 round magazine and I got it for $900 with the tax. Took it to the range and had fail to ejects in first couple of mags then it ran fine for the next 75 or so rounds....except the upper hand guard came off. Looks like this was an issue with WWII guns too as they changed the barrel band twice. I did some filing, made the sling swivel narrower so the band is tighter so we'll see. I have some after market 30/5 round mags and they seem to fit fine and have the bolt hold open feature. It sure is fun to shoot though! I also have the Chiappa / Citadel .22 M1 carbine and it runs fine with round nose but doesn't like hollow points.

  • Little Lady Shooter Little Lady Shooter on May 14, 2014

    I just purchased the AO 30 M1 and I have to say I have not had one of the issues mentioned in this blog. I looooove this weopon. Super fun! I am a novice shooter and I was able to hit a cantaloupe dead center at 200 yards with the factory sights. I do not believe that you are ever going to be able to purchase a military grade weapon right off the shelf. If you are interested in a rifle that shoots 3/4 or 1/2 MOA you are going to have to build it yourself ( and you definitely are not going to find it at Big 5 ). I wish everyone had the experience that I did with this weapon. I got 2 15 round clips and my only complaint is that the ammo isn't that cheap (it's not .375 ruger expensive, but it's not 22LR cheap), and you can really run through it with this weapon!