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The American M1 Carbine


(gun fires) – [Narrator] If I were an American combatant in World War II, I would probably take an M1
carbine if it were up to me. Not because it was the most powerful, or the most accurate, but because it was plenty
powerful and accurate enough. All while weighing 4.5 pounds, with sling and oil bottle attached. The M1 carbine was the
result of the military’s desire to bridge the gap between a 1911 handgun and full powered rifle as a small arm to distribute to personnel who were not front-line combatants, such as officers, artillery
men, drivers, and so on. But the advantages of a small, lightweight semi-auto rifle that held
15 rounds in the magazine were soon recognized. And they were generally very well-favored among troops in World War II. The M1 carbine is a
brilliant piece of hardware. It’s the product of
many talented designers including the famous Carbine Williams. And it shoots brilliantly. But let’s take a look at a
few of this gun’s features. As mentioned, these are
exceptionally lightweight and quite small. The length of pole is very short, but a person with a large wingspan can adapt to a short length of pole. Whereas a person with shorter arms may be unable to use a weapon effectively if one is too excessive. So there is a bit of a
compromise here, I suppose. The M1 carbine has a simple aperture sight with a 150 yard setting
and a 300 yard setting. Detachable 15 round magazines are present, although later on a 30 round
magazine was developed, and these work quite
well in the select-fire M2 carbine, which is a
rifle I really wish I had. The safety is a simple cross bolt design, and you can go from safe to fire with a simple press of a button. It’s very easy to do
for right-handed users. It has the same style operating rod and horizontally opposed
dual lug rotating bolt of the M1 grand. And there is a provision to manually lock the bolt to the rear. Interestingly, this gun
was made by IBM Corp., as indicated by the rear of the receiver. And here you can see the
flip adjustable sights. The front side is a simple post,
but with wings to guard it, as present on many American firearms. Also cleverly, in the back of the stock, what retains the sling is the oil bottle. But let’s do a little bit more shooting. (gun cocks)
(gun fires repeatedly) The gun shoots 30 caliber
110 grain projectiles at an impressive 2,000 feet per second. But even still, the gun
generates very low recoil, and is incredibly fun to shoot. In fact, it’s my
girlfriend’s favorite rifle, and she’s gotten pretty handy with it. Really I’ve found that
these are just great rifles to teach new shooters with as well, due to the low recoil and weight. The rapport is also significantly quieter than an AR-15 or AK type rifle. (gun cocks)
(gun fires repeatedly) While a bit less than
ideal given modern options, if you had to use an M1 carbine
in a self-defense situation, well, you could do a lot worse. With 30 rounds of a zippy and reasonably potent cartridge on tap, the humble M1 carbine could
hold it’s own in a skirmish. Typically they group
about three to four inches at 100 yards, which isn’t great, but these guns were
not designed to replace the 1903 or M1 rifle. They were designed to
hit man-sized targets at short distances. And for that, they are perfectly adequate. If you’d like to own
an M1 carbine yourself, ProxiBid has a lot of auctions coming up this weekend as well. And, one of these would look great in
any firearm collection. They really are great
pieces of American history. Thanks as always to Ventura Munitions for helping us out with the
ammunition in our videos. And a special thank you
to you all for watching. We sincerely hope to see you next time. (gun firing)

100 thoughts on “The American M1 Carbine

  1. I have an old Winchester and I LOVE it. So fast and light, and my grandfather passed on to me that same exact watch.

  2. Why in every video game and movie (and 1 extremely accurate documentary I've seen) have this weapon depicted as having a almost metallic sound. go listen to it in literally any type of media

  3. Of all of the rifles that I own, this just feels the best.

    I have had some problems with feeding due to cheap magazines.

    I got mine from CMP.

  4. I love my all original Winchesters type1 M1 Carbine my grandfather brought back from the war. Awesome gun.

  5. "If I were an American combatant in WWII, I would probably take an M1 carbine if it were up to me". Well, you would be in good company as that is exactly what Audie Murphy did. He chose the M1 carbine. If you haven't read his book "To Hell and Back" it's worth time spent. This rifle was WAY ahead of it's time. Good video !

  6. I have an Inland version from WWII. Be careful buying the 30 round magazines. I bought two at a gun show and they jam all of the time.

  7. In Thailand, high school soldiers use this gun in training. It's a gun that's broken. But still beautiful traditional.
    ที่ประเทศไทย นักศึกษาวิชาทหาร มัธยมปลาย ใช้ปืนนี้ในการฝึก แต่มันคือปืนที่เสียเเล้ว แต่ยังคงความสวยงามดั้งเดิมไว้

  8. I have a Frankengun post war rebuild. Winchester stock, Underwood receiver, Rock-ola Barrel. It is a ton of fun to shoot. hasn't malfunctioned for me. The soldiers learned 2 things about the M1 carbine..The magazines were flimsy and it needs to run wet (oiled) Told to save the magazines, they learned to discard them and pick up new ones. The gun comes with an oil bottle in the stock and I wonder if that is why. Any doubts about the effectiveness of the 30 carbine round or the accuracy of the rifle will be dispelled by watching TNoutdoors9's videos on his M1 carbine in ballistic gel and shooting steel at 300 yards.

  9. My grandpa carried the m2 carbine in Korea saldy he didn't bring his rifle home. But he did say most soilders were spolied for choice with the m2 as it bridge the gap between smg and rifle

  10. Not a good hunting rifle for Australia, won't stop pigs (just pisses 'em off), has difficulty dropping roos at more than 50m, and you can't find the rabbit after you shoot one.
    It was a good rifle for smaller troops and vehicle drivers/crews out to about 200m.
    Had one back in the 80's.

  11. "Self Defence situation", lol.
    The Constitution gives you the "Right to bear arms, or arm bears, whatever the hell you wanna do".
    "I bought this cruise missile to stop them kids playing ZZ Top too loudly".
    Robbin Williams. LMFAO.

  12. Si have a few: IBM, GM, SEARS, Rockola, and International Harvester. They are my favs, I have a few others and a few M1 Garands. Great rifles

  13. Love my M1 Carbine. I've owned 3. The first was a universal. The second was a new manufacture Auto Ordnance, and then I finally found an Inland Division WWII example.

  14. I rember one of the biggest reason i am always exited visiting my grandfather is he will let us shoot is m1 carbine paratroper version. His an oldskul ww2 vet. Now his dead we hang his carbine along with his picture on out wall. Honestly i feel the itch to fire that carbine everytime i see it.. 😂😂😂

  15. I always assumed it was a semi automatic but after watching the eagle has landed they portrayed it as being fully automatic.

  16. Every weapon has it's pros and cons
    The M1 carbine was designed as an in-between for the 45auto and the M1 Garand
    Issued to rear echelon troops, tankers and then found it's way to frontline troops
    I watched an interview with a Korean War vet and he said that the 30 caliber carbine round wouldn't penetrate the winter clothing of the North Korean and Chinese troops
    I have a carbine and it's a fun shooter

  17. Whenever i see the M1 Carbine i always remember Rick Jason aka Lt. Gil Hanley in the 1960s TV series Combat! This was his weapon on all 5 seasons of the series. R.I.P. Rick Jason.

  18. My great uncle told me when he was in during the Philippines campaign, US troops would throw away their m1 carbines or deliberately brake them in order to get a second line M1 Garand. The 30. Carbine had no power when it came to punching through the thick jungle brush.

  19. i have the same m1 but mine has like holes on the top of the barrel and its from korean war but its not from a dead soilder its from my great grandpa

  20. The danish army used it after ww2 in ww2 we had the outdated "krag Jørgensen" and for lmgs we used the "Madsen maskinegevær" and we later used the mg3 i think its called

  21. A fantastic design limited by poor magazines and poor ammunition. The .30 Carbine round should have been a game-changer but wartime loads were never hot enough to run properly with the varying qualities of wartime production Carbines.

    Modern reproductions aren't too special either, again being limited by the ammunition they run. Problem is that there is so much .30 Carbine surplus still on the market you can pick up them up for pennies, so modern production ammunition which typically runs hotter is far less economical (though still relatively inexpensive).

    Folks with a good stock of quality magazines have it much easier, and there are now plenty of those making their way onto the market. Frequency of magazine failure is noticeably higher with worn out surplus magazines, and even BNIB wartime surplus magazines are hit and miss per their construction quality.

    The best M1 Carbine these days is a Fulton or Universal reproduction running reproduction magazines and modern loads It might not be the full monty, but I'd rather give up the bragging rights of a GI surplus rifle in exchange for a more reliable system.

    Having said that, you still get the authentic feel of the M1 Carbine running a quality reproduction with modern loads. It's a quirky little rifle to shoot, but it's comfortable, reliable and cheap to feed. It's the right rifle for hiking and home defense if you don't want to invest in anything particularly fancy or are limited on room in the safe.

  22. Collectors with more money than brains have driven the prices up into outer space! I will never have enough money to enjoy one!

  23. So what kind of weapon the M1 Carbine is eventually?
    – Assault rifle? The cartridge is made to fill in the gap between a pistol cartridge and a rifle cartridge, and later M2 Carbine is capable of selective fire. But .30 Carbine is weaker than 7.62x39mm, 7.92×33 Kurz and 5.56×45 NATO, and there's a pistol that can fire .30 Carbine.
    – PDW? The weapon is to be issued to second-line troops (medic, driver,…), and it can defeat body armor better than your average pistol/SMG, yet not as good as those intermediate cartridges. But a PDW has to be smaller.

  24. The US were like the germans in WW2 carrying a wide variety of small arms making logistics a nightmare.

  25. This was the weapon used in the murder of sheriff's deputy Kyle dinkhellar in 1998. The video of his murder is here on YouTube if interested in watching it.

  26. The M-1 Carbine was a terrible weapon! It jammed regularly requiring a "boot adjustment" to free up the breach. It SUX!

  27. Probably the best home defense rifle possible. Compact, light, easy to bring to the ready position, pretty damned effective cartridge especially with new cavatitor rounds. I would prefer it to a pistol or shotgun form home defense by far.

  28. It's hard to believe they used this pistol caliber carbine in WWII, against the German Mauser K98 and MG42.

  29. To anyone whom hasn't seen on in real life, this is a tiny, tiny gun!
    Not even kidding. It really is between a pistol and a rifle.

  30. I've used one of these once, snuck up on pigs and quietly chambered a round sighted and "Click"! Ejected the dud round and the pigs are moving fast. The second round jams and so I'm chasing pigs on foot and clearing a jammed weapon. To chamber a round the bolt needs to slam home otherwise the extractor doesn't engage and the firing pin hits nothing which means you can't load at the last moment. By the time I got the weapon operating the pigs were out at 150 yards and I let go with five rounds into the chest of a boar with no effect. I thought I had missed but my friend said he could see the mud flying off the animal's forward rib cage with each hit. The ball ammo went straight through. I still love this firearm, but it has limited uses and I would not buy one.

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