Review and shooting test of the .30 M1 Carbine, a 1943 Inland-General Motors model. I included a segment with close-ups to view the condition of the rifle in detail and any markings. Shooting segments are at 100 yards on steel targets and include a picture-in-picture aspect of the target camera.
In the video, I cited the M1's use in WW2, but it was also a standard in Korea, and according to my research, very early stages in Vietnam.
Based on the condition of this rifle at the time of purchase, I suspect it had not been fired in several years, although I could be wrong. The rifling is in very good condition, and there wasn't even the hint of smell of burned powder or cleaning solvents. Just a dry, old rifle that possibly had been sitting in someone's collection for nostalgic purposes.
There were just over 6 million M1's produced from 1941 to 1945. Obviously, many have been lost or destroyed. These are becoming more difficult to find in good condition, and prices are triple what they were 20 years ago when I first had the desire to acquire an M1. It is also great to see the M1 gaining somewhat of a cult status with the current generation based on its inclusion in POV video games.
The only element I might add to this rifle is a sling, that's it. No plans to add optics or convert it to a folding stock model. I like it the way it is, and plan for the M1 to be a permanent item in my collection.