M1 Carbine Run and Gun

    To fall in love with an M1 Carbine, you simply need to pick one up. These guns are so light and handy that it boggles the mind, and millions were made to serve the allies in WWII. Chambered in .30 carbine, the little war baby is a very sweet little shooter, but how will it perform on the run and gun course?

    Transcript …

    – [Voiceover] Hey guys, it’s Alex C. with TFB TV, and for today’s run and gun we are going to be featuring an M1 carbine chambered in the standard.30 carbine.

    This particular carbine was made by IBM, aka International Business Machines, but they were produced by a number of other manufacturers including General Motors actually.

    The M1 carbine is a very very handy little rifle.

    There’s a great book about them actually called War Baby!, and war baby is a very suiting name for these.

    There was also an M2 carbine and so on, but the M2 carbine had something that this rifle doesn’t, and that is select fire capabilities.

    I wish that I had an M2 carbine to do a run and gun with, ’cause that would add a little bit of extra fun to this video, but until such time as I can borrow one again from my friend Steve, we’re going to have a problem there.

    But anyways, to go on with the show here, we’ve got the M1, this is, like I said a standard WWII M1 with the flip sight and without the bayonet lug on the front.

    Something cool about these is the way the sling attaches is actually on to the oiler that you set into the stock.

    Now if you’ve ever fired or handled an M1 Garand rifle, this will seem very familiar to you, except for the fact that they have 15-round detachable box magazines, which is nice.

    That makes it a little more modern and quicker.

    The safety is also in a natural place that’s very intuitive to use as well.

    As for the sights, the early sights were just a simple flip arrangement, you’ve got two settings, one for a close engagement and one for a far out target, not unlike an M16 actually.

    And of course, later on a 30-round magazine was introduced, but for this run and gun we’re going to use three magazines with 10 rounds each, at an engagement distance of about 70 to 75 yards, and let’s see how the M1 carbine performs on the course.

    Alright guys, here we go with the M1 carbine.

    I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile, hope it goes alright.

    (gun cocks) (gun fires) (gun fires) (gun cocks) (gun fires) (gun fires) (gun fires) (gun cocks) (gun fires) (gun fires) (gun fires) (gun cocks) Alright guys, let’s go downrange and talk about that one a little bit.

    Alright guys, so that one was kinda weird.

    You’ll notice I’m standing not next to the target, because the sun is coming right over the berm.

    So as I was looking through the little bitty peep sight on the carbine, I really couldn’t see that well.

    I know a poor carpenter blames his tools, but yeah so that happened.

    But still, the amount of hits versus misses, pretty decent for a rapid fire in a semi-auto.

    I’ll put the total hits versus misses here.

    I really feel I could do better with this gun, especially if I revisit it at a later date.

    It’s just hard to not like these.

    They’re so light, they’re so handy, they’re very short.

    All in all, I mean realistically if I found another one for a good price, I’d buy it just to keep as a truck gun, or something like that.

    Very cool, reasonably accurate I guess, I’ve shot them at 100 yards with some luck from a static position but all in all, I’d recommend that you shoot one if you have the opportunity but, let’s go back to the room and finish this video up.

    So if there’s one run and gun that I’d like to revisit, it would actually be this one.

    I would like to take a day, correct the sights, get more familiar with the rifle, and then be able to show you guys what it’s capable of.

    The low recoil and the nice peep sights should make this a great gun to do this with, and I really was disappointed with how I personally performed.

    I’m going to absolutely blame myself and not the gun on this.

    I’ve seen people make these things dance.

    I’ve seen people take them to two gun and three gun matches before.

    Because realistically you’re not that far behind other people with 30-round magazines and a very low bore axis and things like that.

    Anyways, we appreciate you guys watching.

    Special thanks to Ventura Munitions for providing the ammunition for this video.

    We hope to see you next time.

    (gun fires)


    Alex C.

    Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.