The above photo shows it all
cleaned up, and a M1 type sling on it, and a ammo pouch on the stock. These were made for the
pistol belts, and not intended to be installed on the stocks, but GIs used them like this to
have 2 extra 15 round magazines available. I was in the 101st Airborne on 3 tours, so used a 101st
patch to cover the hole left from removing the snap so it did not scratch up the stock. I have a ww2
Carbine Sling, but prefer using the M1 style sling for its adjust-ability.
I have heard many people over the years say that the GIs did not actually use the Ammo Pouches mounted on Carbine stocks, that it was only done by some afterwards. Hear are some GIs on a Troop Ship cleaning there Carbines while headed to War. I think this pretty much clears it up.
A little story about my initial use of the M1/M2 Carbine.
So after being assigned a Carbine as my weapon, I needed to get fully knowledgeable with it in every way. We had Battalion Guard, so I did some fast studying of the FM on Manual of Arms for the Carbine, which is completely different than a rifle, and closer to that of a 45 Pistol. So, there I am, the only assigned Carbine in the Battalion, on Guard Mount, and here comes the OD, a Lt, down the row, grabbing the M1s from the guys, holding them up to inspect them, then briskly handing them back. When he got to me, he stood there with a lost puppy look on his face, made a nice snappy right face, and moved on to the next guard. Now I was starting to really like the Carbine. After a couple more similar Guard Mounts, my Plt Sgt told me that I needed to use a M1 for Guard in the future, but still use my assigned Carbine for for anything else.
My second time using a Carbine was in Vietnam. I had a Modified M2 Carbine as a back up gun, that was very neat. It had a cut off stock at the pistol grip, and the barrel was cut off just past the hand guard. I called it "Sweet Thing", since it was so compact, easy to use, and never failed me.
Inland Manufacturing has released there Advisor Pistol, a replica of these unique Carbines used in Vietnam. This is being made and sold as a legal pistol, so It does not need a normal stock, and can have a very short barrel.
I purchased one, and then purchased a M1 Carbine stock to put it in to replicate the one I had in Vietnam. The Carbine stock is cut off at the grip. It will be a nice little gun with the sling mount I fabricated to go on the bottom of the grip. This lower sling mount that I made also helps prevent my hand from slipping off the grip.
I am a Carbine Enthusiast, not a Collector. As far as I am concerned, a Carbine sitting in a gun safe year after year is a waste unless it is a extremely rare one. I was introduced to the Carbine as a Tool of War, and I use them as tools still today.
The M1 Carbine, when used in a pistol configuration, has better overall ballistics than an AR Pistol in 5.56. The 5.56 is a little faster, but just slightly out of a short barrel, and the little 22 cal bullet has low energy with out high velocity of a rifle barrel. An AK47 Pistol beats them both from a short pistol length barrel, but the down side of the AK pistols are they are very bulky and heavy compared to my little Advisor Pistol. These top 2 Carbine rounds are from longer barrels that would be about 200 fps lower from a pistol length barrel, and the engery drops only slightly, with the heavier bullet from the Carbine.
I replaced the push button safety with a rotating one, that could cause
the magazine release to be hit by mistake. Since the Advisor uses
all USGI spec parts, I picked up a spare bolt, bolt rebuild kit, and spare
trigger assembly to take care of any problems in a SHTF situation with either Carbine.
This also takes care of any needed parts for decades.
The majority of M1 Carbine owners enjoy learning about the history of there Carbine, and taking it to the range periodically to just enjoy it, and stay proficient in shooting. Most like to have them look nice, by keeping them clean and lubed, and looking close to the way they were when used by the Military. I use traditional cleaning equipment, but use a bore snake to clean and lube the barrel and chamber. All the receiver, trigger and bolt parts should use normal gun lube, but the bolt lugs and operating rod should have a small amount of gun grease applied.
For those that wish to have the original look, with quality parts, but at a affordable price, I have found that Worldwarsupply on Amazon, and there Web Page is a very good company to do business with.
These are a few of the good places to find quality Carbine Parts, at a decent price. There are many dealers and eBay and Amazon, but most offer repo parts and accesories
Dealers with web sites:
Amherst Armory, FL
Fulton Armory, MD
Both of the dealers below have SOME original parts for M1 carbines. Both have a fair number of after market parts as well. Numrich Sarco
I wanted to do some sighting in of my Carbines, and especially the laser on my Advisor Carbine, so decided to try one of these light weight Plastic Bi Pods. This ended up being very handy, and so light weight and compact, I now keep it inside the side pocket of my range bag. You can do a google search and find them several places. Very Handy for the range, and only about $9. These pivot near the top, and are held snug against the barrel by a spring. I ordered mine from CH Kadels. Get on there mailing list. They have some unique items, and free shipping perioticlly.
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