MKS Supply, LLC, of Dayton, Ohio, has announced that it has begun producing the Inland brand M1 Carbines of World War II fame.
The iconic M1 Carbine was developed in the last years before World War II as a weapon for US troops who didn’t use the standard service rifle, the M1 Garand, as their primary weapon but needed something more powerful and accurate than a pistol. Though not meant for use by front-line infantry, it was popular with officers, NCOs, and other support troops as well as those off the front lines. Many combat troops, especially paratroopers, also used the M1 Carbine, but its .30 Carbine cartridge was underpowered compared to the .30-06 M1 Garand rifles and results in frontline combat were not always stellar. It was available in several models, including a paratrooper model with a folding wire stock and, late in the war, fully-automatic models.
Over 6.5 million M1 Carbines were produced, the highest total for any small arm in the U.S. military during the war. Like many products during the war, the military spread the production out among several manufacturers to speed procurement. The largest producer of the M1 Carbine was the Inland division of General Motors.
MKS Supply’s new Inland M1 Carbine are so accurately copied from the originals that the company will mark the underside of the barrel and the inside of the stock to differentiate the new builds from originals. Otherwise, they will be identical to genuine Inland builds including the arsenal-stamped cartouches.
Three models will be available, the M1 1944 without a bayonet lug, the M1 1945 with a bayonet lug, and the M1A1 Paratrooper with a folding wire stock. The M1 1945 and M1A1 Paratrooper models come with a 15-round magazine, while the M1 1944 model comes with a 10-round magazine in order to make it compliant in states that limit mags to 10-rounds, many of which also prohibit bayonet lugs.
The M1 Carbine has an 18-inch barrel and weighs less than 6 pounds loaded.