Replica M1 Carbine Rifles in both the early and late WW2 versions
The M1 Carbine was a lightweight semi-automatic .30 calibre rifle that served the US Military well through WW2, Korea and the Vietnam War.
We have great non-firing metal replica M1 Carbines in both the early WW2 and late WW2 / Korean War versions. When compared side to side the late war version has a bayonet lug, more elaborate rear sights and other slight variations to the stock etc.
The US Army requested the Ordnance Department to develop a light carbine for airborne forces in 1938. A competition between major manufacturers ensued, Jonathan Browning (brother of well-known gun designer John Browning) secured initial design rights, and it was refined for military acceptance by Winchester.
The .30 ammunition whilst much less powerful than the larger M1 Garand .30-06 rounds, was twice as powerful yet lighter than the heavy Tommy Gun .45 ammo. So soldiers armed with an M1 could carry more ammunition for better range and power.
In military use it was intended primarily as a close-range self-defence weapon with a maximum effective range of 300 meters.
It was most commonly carried by officers, NCO’s, paratroopers, forward observers and others needing a shorter lighter weight weapon than the M1 Garand.
In WW2 it saw action in Europe, North Africa and The Pacific. Whilst being known as a US weapon, British SAS and SOE units also favoured it for its lightness and effectiveness. Captured M1 Carbines were also used by the Germans who designated them as Selbstladekarabiner 455(a).
During the Korean and Vietnam wars it saw use with a wide range of units including Special Forces. Numerous other nations also adopted and adapted the M1 Carbine into a variety of roles.
The M1 Carbine replica rifle by Denix has a timber stock, working metal non-firing action and removable magazine to bring this historical weapon safely to life.