Today we have another product from the company with the historic name in firearms history. I have reviewed 2 of their growing M1 family of rifles in the past two years and so far they gave all been great.
The prize for me was getting a sample of the paratrooper carbine. Man, who doesn’t want to play with such an iconic gun from WWII? I never saw a real one in the 80s or 90s. But we all sure saw them in Saving Pvt Ryan and Band of Brothers. In fact we all saw them so much the price for one went up to roughly the amount spent on the Manhattan project. Getting a real one was pretty tough even though the stocks could be bought and put on a standard model.
Then we started to see remakes come out on the market over the last few years. And in my opinion the rest of them are crap. I have played around with the ones made by the other makers and rthey are dreadful. I passed up a auto ord. example it was so crummy.
But the Inland model is another matter. After the M1 and the experience with it, I was pretty sure the paratrooper would be in the same league. And., it was.
The gun has the same rear sight as the other Inland models. The adjustable type that some dislike because its not the simple rear fixed peep but I love it. I appreciate some adjustment on any rifle I expect to want to shoot past 50 yards. And contrary to the videos of some worthies, they do stay put. I fired 500 rounds through this gun and it stayed put. On top of that I tossed it in the back of a truck bed and drove around on the top of a mountain off trail for 6 hours. That is pretty rough on stuff but it was still tight as a mouses ear.
The controls on the gun are the same as the other models with the push button safety and the button mag release that sometimes I hit by mistake. A common mistake it seems.
Now the stock. It is a metal wire stock with a leather “cheek piece” for some kind of comfort.
It doesn’t offer up much though. But it is not mean to be a McMililan fully adjustable target stock. It’s meant to be a light folding stock for guys dropping behind lines with twice their weight in gear to fight for a hand full of days. It works just fine for that.
I was a little surprised how the felt recoil of the 30 carbine was increased with the weight of the full wood stock gone. Now it wasn’t painful or anything close to that, but you do notice it when shooting the two models nearly back to back like I have been doing this past year.
To fold the stock.. well, you just fold it. It does not lock in place and require the pressing of a button . It hinges open , clicks and is held open via spring. When you want to fold it, just fold it. It lays down the left side of the gun and still allows the gun to be fired. The butt plate can rotate to the side I assume to let the gun lie more flat in its case? I really have no idea why it was made to let the butt plate rotate to the side. it doesn’t lock or lock to anything and it doesn’t function as the mechanism that you use to unlock the stock to fold or unfold it. I guess some one decided to make it that way for a reason that seemed good at the time. Maybe Dan will comment below and offer up and explanation.
The”pistol grip” is a little short for my hand and blocky. But I would want it that way for a gun I would be jumping out of a plane with. It needs to be thick, chunky and tough. It is. It also has at the bottom the rear sling mounting point which is a tough metal part that is part of the folding stock assembly.
Now, how did it shoot? Great. Even with the stock not locking and place and allowing some wiggle.
I couldn’t find as large selection of .30carbine ammo to test as I would have liked. I even resorted to some ammo from the 70s to have enough to offer a variety. There are some very high dollar high quality specialty duty loads for the .30carbine out there you can find. The bottom group in fact was shot using the federal police duty load.
I fired all groups from a bench and bags at 50 yards using the iron sights. I feel this is a reasonable test of its accuracy to shoot groups because the size of the peep is not great for my eyes. Not to mention using 3/4 inch sized dots as aiming points get hard to see through iron sights at much distance and eye strain starts fast.
I did shoot the carbine at 100 yards for group using iron sights. It took an hour to put this group on target but it was worth the extra effort. The armscor brand ball ammo shooting great. It was my favorite ammo to use in the M1s over the last years. You can see that is well within head shot sized
Like the other M1s, I fired out to 200 and 300 yards on steel man’s chest sized targets and hit without issue. That is perfectly doable with the M1 if you are a competent shot .
Not much to say about weather testing this one since it just this week got cold enough for me to treat it like I did the last two and my time with it is up. I did leave it out all night last night in snow and 7 degree temps. I walked outside , chambered a round and fired it. What a shock! It penetrate a cinderblock! How could that be when “experts” on older weapons say that it just can’t happen! ? Must have been a one off fluke.
The next day I made this little test . I soaked the gun in a frozen creek for a few hours in 8 degree temp.
The gun is reliable accurate and looks great. It is the solution if you want a nice example that you can shoot without the guilt of a real one being further worn. I think if I was a real but about WWII airborne units and their gear it would be a must have for me. If you buy your own, you can pretend to be in 101st or 82nd or 17th airborne shooting up the krauts. Or if you really did those things, it would maybe be nice to have your old friend in your hands again if you carried and liked the weapon. Some say they hated it. But the M1 carbine was much loved by Audie Murphy.
I certainly enjoyed taking some mood and glamour shots with WW2 items.