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.


  1. It is interesting that Inland is making new production carbines. I imagine they have the potential to make some money since milsurp carbines are getting pricey. Based on your comments of good quality, they could have a home run if they did some type of ‘clone’ version with some period markings/rollmarks.

    Good article. Thanks.

  2. My pops used one for white tail. Said it worked just fine, but he did prefer spmething bigger. He actually had it made into an anchutez stocked one with a flush magazine and a little 2x scope. Not my taste but neat.

  3. The fit and finish really impressed me when Shawn showed this rifle to me . Most definitely the nicest M1 carbine I’ve ever saw .

  4. My old original Inland ($150 back then, local shop let me put it on layaway and used my lawn mowing money for it) was a groundhog dispatcher out in the garden and pasture when I was a kid. Would’ve loved this with the scope for that duty.
    I wonder if they’ll do anything in the Spitfire chambering?

  5. Man…such a lot of memories.

    When I was young (and dumb and in uniform) my unit used to shoot “irregular” weekend practices for those who liked shooting and wanted extra marksmanship training.

    We’d draw out service rifles (L1A1 SLRs) and head to the range with those and our cars piled high with our personal weapons.

    A lot of my mates had M1 carbines, and working the targets in the stop butts I’d hear the crack of a 7.62, then maybe a .303, then a .22 Hornet then a 5.56. They all made that whiplash supersonic crack we all know. Then someone would open up with their carbine and it sounded like a swarm of very large and angry bees farting rapidly overhead.

    Rapid enough to kill you for sure, but we all laughed like hell at every “vvvvvt” report between the bigger stuff.

    I swore I’d get myself an M1 carbine one day. I never had the chance to, what with two wives and three kids and divorces, then our damn gummint brought in the damn semiauto gun ban and that was all she wrote.

    I hope to make it back to the States one day and have a chance to fire one again.

    Enjoy those fine pieces, and never ever give up your second amendment rights.

    Cheers from Oz


    • I talked with Magpul recently at show, the issue is you can’t get polymer thin enough that would hold up (like an AR mag) to the abuse pmags can take. If the mag well was larger it would give Magpul more room to have to a magazine.

  6. I bought Inland magazines of various capacities along with my Inland Model 1945 Carbine. All work without a hitch except the 30-round mag which produces a jam every time. Unlike the others, it has loose “play” in its fit into the magazine well.
    On another topic, I later bought a surplus Carbine bayonet which will not secure to my Model 1945’s bayonet lug because the front sight’s barrel band holds the bayonet off about a millimeter or two from its reaching the lug.


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