M1 Carbine Information
History of the M1 Carbine
The M1 Carbine was designed primarily to offer noncombat and line-of-communications troops a better defensive weapon than a pistol or submachine gun, with greater accuracy and range, but without the recoil, cost, or weight of a full-power infantry rifle. The carbine was also easier for less experienced soldiers and smaller-framed people to fire than the .30 caliber infantry rifles of the day. The carbine was more convenient to carry for officers, NCOs, or specialists encumbered with weapons, field glasses, radios, or other gear.
Tankers, drivers, artillery crews, mortar crews, and other personnel were also issued the M1 Carbine in lieu of the larger, heavier M1 Garand. Belatedly, a folding-stock version of the M1 Carbine was developed, after a request was made for a compact and light infantry arm for airborne troops. The first M1 Carbines were delivered in mid-1942, with initial priority given to troops in the European theatre of war.
CMP Sales of M1 Carbines
Due to limited quantities we may come across, M1 Carbines, M1Carbine barreled Receivers, Bavaria-Marked M1 Carbines and M1A1 Paratrooper Carbines will be offered on the CMP Auction Site.
Each M1 Carbine rifle sold by CMP is an authentic U.S. Government rifle that has been inspected, headspaced, repaired if necessary and test fired for function. Each rifle is shipped with safety manual and chamber safety flag.
CMP offers free S&H to the continental U.S. Contact CMP for additional S&H information in Alaska & Hawaii. CMP no longer ships to Puerto Rico.
NOTE: Carbines will not be sold or shipped with magazines, slings or oilers.
M1 Carbine Resources
- Carbine Parts Marking Information
- Carbine Shooting Tips
- Carbine Shooting with Accuracy
- M1 .30 Caliber Carbine Assembly & Disassembly
- M1 Carbine 30 Round Magazine: Identifying The USGI From The Others
- Zeroing Problems with the M1 Carbine Adjustable Rear Sight