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Among the arms of World War II, few are as distinct as the M1 Carbine. Compared to the M1 Garand, the M1 Carbine was a featherweight at just over 5 pounds unloaded. Even by modern AR standards, that is incredibly light. This in turn made the little rifle incredibly popular with troops despite its significantly less-powerful .30 Carbine chambering. Still, this rifle saw service among American troops in every engagement from WWII to Vietnam and continued use by our allies and friends long after that.

The M1 Carbine was originally designed for troops that did not need a full-sized battle rifle. Rear-echelon troops, truck drivers and specialized soldiers found that the heavy and long M1 Garand was unwieldy but wanted something more than a pistol. The M1 Carbine filled the gap between the two, being much shorter and lighter than the Garand but offering far more effective range and accuracy than a .45 ACP 1911 pistol.

It is fitting then that an actual M1 Carbine pistol should become available. The new Advisor M1 handgun from Inland Manufacturing is a completely historically accurate reproduction of this classic firearm with the exception of the barrel length. Inland has also included some interesting historic features that are not found on every M1 Carbine. The Advisor M1 is a semi- automatic, short-stroke-piston-operated pistol that uses either a standard 15-round box magazine or an extended 30-round magazine.

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