The M1 carbine (formally the United
States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1) is a lightweight semi-automatic
carbine that became a standard firearm in the U.S. military during
World War II and the Korean War, and was produced in several
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For many specialist soldiers serving in the rapidly evolving
modern U.S. Army just prior to World War II, the full-size
infantry rifle as an individual weapon had proved unworkable. U.S.
Army Ordnance decided that a new weapon was needed for these other
roles but determined that a weapon for non-combat soldiers should
add no more than five pounds to their existing equipment load. The
requirement for the new firearm called for a defensive weapon with
an effective range of 300 yards, much lighter and handier than the
rifle, with greater range, firepower, and accuracy than the
pistol, while weighing half as much as the submachine gun.
2) When was the standardization of the M1
- October 22, 1939
- October 22, 1940
- October 22, 1941
- October 22, 1942
3) The M1 carbine and its reduced-power .30
cartridge was never intended to serve as a primary weapon for
combat infantrymen, nor was it comparable to more powerful assault
rifles developed late in the war. Nevertheless, the carbine was
soon widely issued to infantry officers, and the American
paratroopers NCOs, ammunition bearers, forward artillery
observers, and other frontline troops.
4) The M1 carbine's bolt mechanism is
similar to the M1 rifle, though the carbine has a different gas
system and trigger mechanism design. The gas system is a
lightweight tappet-and-slide gas system. What is the initial size
of the rifle's magazine?
- 5 round magazine
- 10 round magazine
- 15 round magazine
- 30 round magazine
5) From the M1 carbine's 18 inch barrel,
what is the .30 Carbine cartridge muzzle velocity?
- 900 ft/s
- 1,600 ft/s
- 1,970 ft/s
- 2,800 ft/s
6) Most authorities list the effective
combat range of the M1 carbine at around 200 yards. What is the
effective combat range of the AK-47?
- 210-250 yards
- 230-270 yards
- 250-300 yards
- 275-325 yards
7) The military issued field conversion kits
(T17 and T18) to convert an M1 to an M2. (Legally a carbine marked
M2 is always a machinegun for national firearms registry
8) Inland Division, General Motors produced
2,632,097 M1A1 Carbines. What was the Receiver marking?
- INLAND DIV
- SAGINAW S.G.
- I.B.M. CORP.
9) Who is holding an M1 carbine during her
infamous bank robbery attempt?
- Robin Miller
- Patty Hearst
- Marge Chapman
- Mildred Hill
10) A variant was produced shortly after
WWII by the Japanese manufacturer Howa Machinery, under U.S.
supervision. These were issued to all branches of the Japan
Self-Defense Forces, and large numbers of them found their way to
Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.