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Plainfield M1 .30 Carbine Rifle - Commercial Manufacture


Specifications for the M1 Carbine:

Operation: M1, M1A1 Semiautomatic, M2, M3 Selective
Length: 35.5" (905 mm)
Weight unloaded: 5 lb 7oz (2.48 kg)
Barrel: 18" 4 grooves, right hand twist
Weight: 5.5 lbs.
Magazine Capacity: 15 or 30 round detachable box
Muzzle: velocity 1990 fps, 967 ft-lbs.
Rate of Fire: M2 on full auto, 650-700rpm
300 yds: 1035 fps, 262 ft-lbs
Ammunition: 108 gr bullet, 13 gr charge, US Service M1
Effective range: 300 yds


Plainfield Machine Corp, produced M-1 Carbines from 1960 to 1977, when they were bought out by Iver Johnson Corp, who has manufactured them at least until a 50th Anniversay model in 1993. Universal Sporting Goods also made M-1 Carbine copies, but theirs were slightly different and some of the GI parts won't fit them

MILITARY M1 Carbine Production Information.

Up until just recently, the M1 Carbine had the distinction of being the most mass produced U.S. service rifle. The M1 Carbine is gas operated with a rotating bolt that locks into the barrel. The charging handle is similar to that of the M14/Mini-14 rifles and the safety in the front of the trigger guard is somewhat like them, though the "switch" of the lever is much different. Oddly enough the magazine release is a button on the right side of the receiver--an arrangement that was later apparently copied by designers of the AR-15 rifle. The Carbine was the most unusually produced service rifle. It was designed by David M. "Carbine" Williams, a convicted killer. Williams helped engineers at Winchester perfect his basic design. The Army was looking for a semi-automatic rifle more powerful than a handgun, but less powerful than the M1 Rifle, effective out to 300 yards and light enough to be issued to personnel who needed a weapon, but didn't need the M1 Rifle. The Carbine was one of over twenty designs submitted to the Government. It took over a year and a half to decide on this example. There were over 6 million Carbines produced over a span of just 38 months (the first carbines were delivered in June 1942, the last in August 1945). The original gun was designated by the US military as the M1 Carbine. Later a selective-fire version was fielded in an effort to create a more potent weapon. The M2 carbine was designed to permit both semi-automatic and fully-automatic fire, allowing a soldier to select which mode of operation he required in the heat of battle. Finally a selective-fire version that could accept early infrared viewers was created and designated the M3. In addition there were many experimental configurations of the firearm created for the commercial as well as foreign military markets. The M1 and M2 were the only ones to be made in large numbers. The M1 Carbine was appreciated, first and foremost, for its weight. Half as heavy as the M1 Rifle, it was quite handy and its fifteen, and later in the war, thirty round magazine gave a fair amount of firepower.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 19 March, 2008.

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