This is the final part in the T&E of the Inland MFG M1 Carbine. In case you have no read the pr4evious posts, I examined the gun closely with plenty of close up pictures and tested the carbine for reliability in mud, snow, water and ice. Now at last is the accuracy portion of the review.
I fired the gun with a few different loads but no match ammo since I could not get my hands on any in an amount that would have mattered. I tested the gun using ball, which is what I think most buyers will be using and a federal soft point rounds that for some reason I marked as a hollow point on the record targets I have no idea why I marked it incorrectly as HPs unless it is just out of habit. Rest assured the target groups marked as “HP” is a mistake and I actually fired the Federal jacketed soft point load.
First I fired the traditional 25 yard group for establishing a zero. I used five rounds of ball.
I then moved out to 50 yards and 75 yards. This 50 yard 10 round group is with the mentioned Fed SOFT POINT load. The carbine really shot well with this load. I believe this load is the ammo that was used by the PD in the town over in WV across the river from me. The ammo was provided by a police officer and came from the department so it may well be the load Federal intended as a LE or home defense load. It does shoot well in the carbine despite the ammo I used being at least 10 years old that I know of.
The next two pictures are of another 50 yard group and a group fired at 75 yards with the same ammo. I did not fire a 100 yard group due to the fact that my eyes have a hard time with the iron sights on M1 carbines for some reason. I can shoot them just fine for general use, but I really struggle with them when it gets down to taking precise shots in an attempt to fire groups for accuracy testing I have never done well with them and felt it unfair to shoot much further and not know if it was me or the gun. However 75 yards is close to 100 enough to get some kind of idea of what it may do.
I did fire the gun past these shorter distances. I set up the steel target at 300 yards while shooting it when it first arrives. My Dad was with us and before shooting I announced i was going to take some shots at 300 yards with the gun. Everyone chuckled and said “yeah right”. i then asked them if they wanted to bet 20 bucks on me being able to do it. Fortunately for them, they would not take the bet because I found it very easy to hit a roughly man sized target , ( head to belt buckle) at 300 yards with the carbine.
The target is a little hard to see in this picture. But it is in the center of the road. I used a home made tripod to get over the grass but none of the shots used a sand bag or laying prone. I then stood up and made a few hits off hand. The carbine is capable for shots most modern rifle shooters can not make with 308 rifles or more sad to say.
The Inland Carbine is a handy well made and faithful reproduction of the original. It is much nicer and better made than its competition out there making some really rough looking M1 carbines. You can also get the M1A1 paratrooper version of the carbine and a cut down “Advisor” model like used by US troops in Vietnam.
If you like WW2 weapons and history and want a carbine that you can shoot heavily without any guilt, or just want a small handy “trunk gun” this would be a good choice. I would certainly pick it over a SKS or nagant. The rifle comes with the 15 round mag but obviously will take the 30 round magazines. The M1 could be the answer for those people in certain states that governments that have been confusing their role with those of communist states. Or for those who want something not as scary and evil looking as an evil black rifle.
Over all I am very impressed with it. I admit that everyone who was with me during the first testing had major doubts and rolled their eyes at it when I said I was going to do some of the stuff with it I ended up doing, but they became believers. A lot of preconceived biases got busted by this gun. it certainly impressed me. This Inland M1 will perform above and beyond for you within its envelope and a little beyond.