Written by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Gary Prisendorf
I have always enjoyed collecting and shooting old military firearms. One of my favorites has always been the 30 caliber M1 Carbine.
Though many people will claim they are useless for anything more than plinking, I respectfully disagree. They are plenty accurate for small game and varmints out to 100 yards or so and I feel it is more than adequate for a home defense/personal protection weapon.
It was never designed to be a powerful long range rifle, it was designed to be a lightweight easy-to-use carbine that had more power and accuracy for troops that would ordinarily be issued a 1911 45 caliber pistol. Many officers, NCO’s, Tank and Artillery crews were issued the carbine.
I bought my little carbine in 1990 at a local gunshop, at the time I paid $185.00. Today the price of them has skyrocketed.
My carbine was manufactured by the Inland division of General Motors, which produced over 2.3 million of them during World War 2. Many companies manufactured the M1 Carbine for the war effort. Companies such as IBM, Underwood Typewriter, Rock-Ola Jukebox, Saginaw, National Postal Meter, Inland and Winchester who originally designed it, all combined produced some 6.5 million M1 Carbines.
Last weekend I loaded up some ammo with Hodgdon H110 and the Sierra 110 gr. FMJ Pro-Hunter #2105 and went to the range with my General Motors stamped, 1943 M1 Carbine.
First I set up a bunch of clay pigeons at 100 yards and was breaking them fairly easy. I decided to set up a target and see just how well it would group at that distance. I think it did fairly well, I shot a 5 shot group of 2.541”.
The M1 Carbine is a lot of fun to shoot. Lightweight, low recoil and has a 15 round magazine, what’s not to like?