Inland MFG M3 Carbine

We have seen a few really nifty M1 carbines out of Inland the last few years. It was just a matter of time before they offered us the version the least known or seen. The M3 was the variant done up to mount a huge active IR night vision “sniper” scope and a huge battery to run it. It didn’t really pan out at the time but it’s existence did mean the carbine Colt version of the M16 would forever be known as the M4.

Now, if you add some normal day time optic to the handy little carbine that is another story. Above you can see the base/ring mounting system Inland has developed for the mounting of optics. Simply put, the base uses the redfield/leupold turn in front ring and dual windage screw rear ring system. any rings you want to buy that work in this manner will fit and work. And it works really well. I chose to put a vintage Weaver K4 on the gun as it is more evocative of the time period this gun had its short heyday.

The machine work Inland put in on this is kinda of amazing. My friend and partner in crime when it comes to our more insane long range shooting ideas is an experienced machinist and when I showed it to him, we both at first thought the base was part of the receiver and machined into shape. It took a surefire light and a closer look to see that it was indeed not part of the gun. It really is a beautiful job.

One of the things that sticks out on the M3 was the cone flash suppressor. Inland did not forget this iconic attachment. And it is attachable. As you can see above it is a simple system. You can chose to put it on or leave it off. I found it did not really impact accuracy any amount I could determine while on and shooting at ranges the 30 carbine round was meant for. There was slight changes when shooting with our without though and depending on the mood or whichever gun you may have, the amount of re-zeroing could vary. I did not bother to re adjust the optic as it was less than 3/4 inch impact change and I was shooting for groups and location on the target did not matter to me.

As expected, being able to use some magnification helped with group size at longer ranges. The Inland M1s have been accurate for me over years since starting to test them.

Group above was shot off bags from bench at 100 yards. The group is a 10 round group and the one flyer I offer no excuse for other than I just touched it off without being ready. The group below was fired at the head at 150 yards.

All groups were fired using federal soft point LEO ammo. I have no idea where I ever got this ammo from but it is pretty accurate. Unfortunately I used all I had left for this test. Target below was fired at center body of target from 300 yards. With the optic it was pretty easy. It is still a carbine meant for combat but I can’t imagine anyone with any sense really having much to complain about its performance at this range. But I am sure some one will in the comments.

Hey, what more could you ask for considering the limitations of the round? Pair the optic with a Korean era 30 round magazine and you got one heck of a neat little carbine for something. Walking around the farm shooting ground hogs or maybe short range coyote gun. With proper bullet selection maybe even white tail at shorter ranges. I don’t know, your imagination is the limit. It doesn’t need justification if you want it. if you think it’s neat then buy one. The quality won’t let you down, nor it’s looks.

I apologize for not having a full glamour shot of the gun with optic for this review. Something went badly wrong with my camera during the uploading process. The camera decided to die after 9 years and it took the remaining pictures with it. This includes the rest of the groups shots and the glamour shots of the gun posed with period militaria collectibles and all that crap you are used to seeing when I do these. That is also why this review seems shorter than normal. It’s not just your imagination or my laziness. I have been trying to recover those photos and if so I will update this review ASAP. To add to that this was the first time I didn’t bother to back up every picture by taking the same pictures with my Iphone just in case.


The Knights Armament End Plate QD Swivel Mount (Part No. KM24103-1) is way over priced and obsolete. Now there are QD endplates that are significantly cheaper and get the QD swivel in a location where it doesn’t rub against your hand as much.

That said, I absolutely love the look of this old part when used with a Magpul CTR stock.

Long ago, in some of the M16 chopped down to be survival rifles, and KAC also produced some pistol grips where an A2 grip was cut down. I had an extra A2 grip that was in really bad shape so I tried taking it to the band saw and the belt sander and cut it down a bit.

The smooth short grip allows me to choke up higher on the gun. For a smaller light weight set up like this pistol it gives a good bit of control over the gun. I like it.

But much to my annoyance, there was a little void in the plastic where the A2 nub was. So now that it was ground off, there is a little void in the front of this grip. That is going to annoy me as long as I use this grip.

Runaway Sub Cal Popa Survival 410 Shotgun Kit

Runaway Sub Cal Popa Survival 410 Shotgun Kit

Well that is a name that just rolls off the tongue.

When I saw this, I thought it was a joke. Still think it should be one.

This is a kit to build a single shot .410 shotgun that would be completed at home using some various pipe fittings. The kit costs $119.99 from this site, and you would need to procure some pipe fittings. The major draw of this is that you can buy the kit and have it shipped right to you with out having to have it go through a dealer.

Shows how silly our gun laws are. Personally, I think it would make more sense to pick up a used shotgun locally. But it is always good to have options. I wouldn’t pay $120 for one, but I am sure there is a market for it.

Colt Goody Bag

I wasn’t a Colt fan until after I met Shawn. I had owned most of the other brands at that point and didn’t see the point of owning a Colt. Having met Shawn, his rabid Colt fanboyism rubbed off on me. Now most of the AR15s I own are Colt.

Why? Simply because I have had less trouble with Colt than other brands. Not “no trouble” but less trouble.

Anyways, I bought another Colt AR last year, and finally got it in this week. I’ll talk about it more later, but here is a teaser.

I like how the Colt used include a nice kit with each AR15. However in 2013 as a cost cutting measure they changed and reduced the kit to help keep the rifles price competitive with all the cheap low end ARs out there. I believe this kit was made back in 2012, as the kits were changing but not cut down yet.

This particular kit came with:

  • 2 30 round P-Mags
  • Cleaning Kit
  • Silent Sling
  • Manual
  • QD Sling Socket
  • Magpul RVG Vertical Forward Grip
  • 3 FDE Ladder Covers

In one way I wish more firearms would come with full kits of support equipment. But the simple truth of the matter is that most of us won’t use most of what comes in these kits. By leaving out accessories Colt was able to shave down the price a bit, and we can then buy what ever we want to use separately.