The M1 Carbine is a lightweight, semi-automatic rifle. It costs 2 TP, comparable to the M1 Garand. (In reality, unlike most carbines, the M1 carbine has one part in common with the M1 rifle—a short buttplate screw—and it fires a different cartridge.) The Carbine has the best pinning capability of any rifle in the game.
The Scout deploys with this rifle.
M1 Carbine compared to M1 Garand
Pictured above from left to right: M1 Carbine , M1 Garand.
Advantages of M1 Carbine against the Garand
- Faster reloading time
- Greater close-range bonus
- Larger magazine
- Target Switching
Disadvantages of M1 Carbine against the Garand
- Less damage
- Shorter range
The M1 Carbine was a weapon that people rarely used, but after the Springfield was nerfed it became frequently equipped to soldiers. Not much can be said about this weapon due to the mystery of its true potential. Well-trained and experienced shooters can fire this weapon at a very high rate, making it uber-deadly in the hands of a NCO. Those who think this gun is the best argue that it combines and balances the fire rate of a machine gun with the stopping power of a Tommy Gun.
The M1 carbine was designed to be a weapon for soldiers who did not see combat extremely often, like officers, or for those who could not afford to carry heavy weaponry. The M1 Carbine was the standard weapon for troops within a support role needing a mode of defense. This included paramedics, drivers and artillerymen/bombardiers. It was supposed to be highly portable, yet also provide more firepower and be more accurate than a pistol. The weapon fulfilled all of these and was mostly successful, although there were some reports of the inadequate ballistics of its intermediate cartridge. Its .30 carbine round performed more similarly to a small diameter high velocity pistol bullet than a proper rifle projectile, but the .30 carbine was superior in terms of penetration, velocity, and range compared to the slow .45 slug. The M1 Carbine was used in WWII (obviously), the Korean war, and even by ARVN units in Vietnam.
The M1 Carbine was invented by a man named David Marshal Williams, who invented the "Short stroke piston", which took up a lot less space, allowing much smaller, lighter rifles like the M1 Carbine to be made. It was much lighter then the M1 Garand, which made it easier to operate. The short stroke piston also expelled the shell after each shot, so the cartridge did not have to be taken out manually, and didn't make that famous "ping". The M1 carbine is not dissimilar to the M1 Garand, but rather has a smaller barrel length and often came with a foldable wire stock rather than the traditional solid wooden stock. The roll of a carbine was to provide an adequate form of defense, whilst being more portable and lighter than its battle rifle compatriot at the cost of superior accuracy.
Amazingly, this rifle is still in production and is likely at a local gun store near you. More astonishingly, in South Korea, most of the reserve forces use this gun since they have too much ammo for this gun to just throw away. If you can see them, you may think that you traveled time way back to WW2!