Midway USA Importing A Large Batch Of WW2 Era M1 Carbines

Midway USA recently announced that they’ve purchased a large lot of M1 Carbines, which is great news for people that are still looking to get their hands on a genuine World War 2 production model. Some of you may recall that last year, a batch from Ethiopia was in the importation process, however this lot, according to Midway USA is coming from Italy, with evidence that they were in the European Theater, and stored since the 1950s.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Carbine Companion or Clown Act Contraption?

Welcome everyone to the 62nd edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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HOT GAT OR FUDD CRAP? Sweet 1911 in 30 Carbine or a Fudd's Wet Dream?

Welcome everyone to the 40th (WOW 40th!) edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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The M1 Carbine, A Great Gun For Youth And Small Framed People

The M1 Carbine was originally designed in the early days of World War 2 as a scaled-down version of the M1 Garand, the main battle rifle.  The intent wasn’t to issue the Carbine to smaller people, but for those keeping the war machine logistics running.  The idea was that people packaging or driving supplies for the front line didn’t need a large weapon or even full-power ammunition.  Because the M1 Carbine is scaled down in size and power, I’ve always believed that it was well suited for youth that have already learned the fundamentals of marksmanship on rimfire rifles.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine was in service for three decades with the United States military (and others) and served in quite a few wars.  After the retirement of the M1 Carbine, it was still in use by police departments around the world.  The M1 Carbine gets mixed reviews online, but I’ve always found them a joy to shoot.  You can look back at the Carbine’s TFB coverage  HERE.  You can also view the M1 Carbine Field Manual HERE.  For a deeper look into the M1, M2 and M3 Carbines and its intricacies, you can view the Technical Manual HERE.  I’d like to thank my Father-in-law for the use of his Carbine for this article.

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[Big 3 East 2019] Hands On The Inland Mfg M30-IMP & HiPoint Carbine Threaded Barrels!!

Inland Mfg has been a regular at Big 3 East. This year they brought out something new, the M30-IMP. The Inland Manufacturing Patrol Pistol is a 7.5″ barreled pistol variant of the M30-C carbine.

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Review: Buffalo Bore "Full-Power" 30 Carbine Ammo

There are millions of United States Carbine, .30, M1 Carbines out there.  There’s a lot more to these light, handy, and once-affordable carbines than one might think if one hasn’t handled them before.  Despite their oft-repeated combat ineffectiveness, they make a well balanced and light home defense carbine.  I personally know someone who uses the M1 as their carbine of choice for such a purpose.  My personal version is a papered, 1943-dated carbine of General Motors manufacture.  While I enjoy taking it to the range, the .30 Carbine ammunition that I’ve been able to get for it  has been somewhat low-powered.  I’ve often wondered if I had to use this carbine for defensive purposes, what would be available as quality ammunition for such a purpose?

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[SHOT 2018] Winchester's WWII Victory Series is a NEW Throwback Ammunition

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of World War II and to honor those firearms of old Winchester has some new throwback ammunition. With packaging appropriate for the time period as well as correct grain weights, pressures and components they are now proudly announcing their WWII Victory Series.

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.30 Caliber I.M.P. – The New Inland Motor Patrol Pistol

Inland Manufacturing announced another firearm that it will be offering in the near future. Called the Inland Motor Patrol (IMP) pistol, the new handgun appears to be based on the recently announced M30-P. Differentiating itself from the M30-P, the M30-IMP has a shorter barrel and no arm brace.

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Inland Announces a New .30 Carbine Pistol: the M30-P

Inland Manufacturing announced a new .30 Carbine chambered pistol that it plans to ship in 2018. The new pistol has a design similar to that of the reproduction M1 Carbines the company already makes. However, this gun is definitely different.

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Frankly, Pistol Caliber Carbines Don't Make a Lot of Sense – Here's Why

I know that I am not going to make any friends by writing this, but that never stopped me before, so why not? Here goes: Pistol caliber carbines don’t make a whole lot of sense for the American rifle buyer, or at least not most of the offerings on the market right now.

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Modern Historical Personal Defense Weapon Calibers 006: The .30 M1 Carbine

The US .30 cal M1 Carbine is one of the most important developments in the personal defense weapon story, being one of the very first* intermediate calibers to be adopted as standard issue by a nation, and arguably the first purpose-designed PDW caliber in history. Even today it occupies a strange halfway point between pistol and rifle cartridges, being similar in design to a long pistol round or magnum revolver round with its straight-walled case and round-nosed bullet, but loaded with rifle powders designed for the 18″ barrel of the handy little M1 Carbine.

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Modern Personal Defense Weapon Calibers 005: The 5.56x30mm MARS

Today on Modern PDW Calibers we’re going to look at what might seem like a humdrum round, but which represents an important performance band for the modern personal defense weapon. That round is the 5.56x30mm MARS, a purpose built “micro assault rifle” cartridge from Colt designed to fill a similar niche to the WWII-era .30 M1 Carbine.

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Modern Personal Defense Weapon Calibers 004: The 7.5x27mm FK Brno

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these Modern PDW Calibers installments, but we’re back, and today we’re looking at a very new round on the market, one that is currently making some pretty big waves in the pistol world. I am talking of course about the 7.5x27mm FK Brno, designed for the CZ-75-derived FK Field Pistol from the company that shares its name. A high velocity .30 cal pistol round is not a new idea, having predecessors in the .300 JAWS, 7.62×25 Tokarev, and others, but what makes the 7.5 FK so interesting is just how powerful it is: A 103 grain monolithic bullet is advertised as leaving the 6″ Field Pistol barrel at an incredible 2,000 ft/s! This means that, if the company’s performance claims are true, the FK Field Pistol is ballistically the equal of the old WWII-era M1 Carbine!

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Firearm Showcase: The Williams Sporter Carbine at the Cody Firearms Museum - HIGH RES PICS!

In January, just before the 2017 SHOT Show, I got the opportunity to travel to Cody Wyoming to visit the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, to see some of their rare firearms and bring photos of them to our readers. The folks at the Cody Museum were tremendously helpful in getting high quality pictures of the weapons in their collection, and so I’d like to give a big “thank you” to Ashley and Danny!

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