M2 Carbine?

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  1. wildcat

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    Just read Bill Ross "IWO JIMA". Mentions several time a "BURST OF FIRE" from the carbines. I had understood the FA M2 carbine was not issued until Korea? Any concrete data?
     


  2. Hill Country

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    Interesting Wickipedia article at
    M1 carbine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Says the M2 was first produced in 1944.

    In 'Nam they were carried by lots of locals and civilian air crews, but it was more of a morale booster than an effective weapon.
     
  3. res1b3uq

    res1b3uq Active Member

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    I have, in a past life, fired a full-auto carbine brought back from WWII. My impression--a useless waste of ammunition.
     
  4. Oldfalguy

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    Lotta fun to shoot but I agree sort of a full auto 38 spcl
     
  5. Texas1911

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    It drives a 110 gr. bullet at 1900 - 2000 FPS, compared to an AK47 at 123 gr. bullet at 2300 FPS. It's not exactly a pea shooter, but it manages recoil very well.

    I want to suppress one since the round is so quiet.
     
  6. Oldfalguy

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    Dang, if those numbers are right for Ak ammo makes me wonder why they (AK) need all that case for that little bit of powder- hahahah or its kinda weak powder given lighter pointed vs flat nose bullet- as far as pure ratios are involved- What s 38 spcl? 158gr at 1100 or so.
    M1 Carbine ought to be considered a kid gun for its complete lack of recoil-
    Real fun to shoot
     
  7. Hawghauler

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    I have an M1 and it is a blast to shoot. It started me on the path of fanatical MILSURP collecting. Great starter gun for a kid too. It was originally intended as a bridge between a pistol and a long gun.
     
  8. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

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    158 gr. at 750 - 800 FPS in standard pressures.

    Most of the .38 loads out there are sub-sonic, that's why they are so quiet.

    The AK's case isn't that big, it's only 39mm long compared to 51mm for a 7.62 NATO (.308 Win) or 63mm for a .30-06.
     
  9. cuate

    cuate Well-Known

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    Had an M1 Carbine made by Winchester, sweet plinker but as useless as a deer rifle as my 9mm Luger was for killing jackrabbits...Have fired M2 Carbine but again other than the thrill of firing full auto, just another plinker out of reach by price and legality. The old 30-30 will slay deer just fine and a .38spl loaded with lead Elmer Keith hollowpoints make a jackrabbit go "bloop" like an overinflated baloon....
     
  10. Hawghauler

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    The M1 carbine was Audie Murphy's carry rifle. Okay, that little fact means nothing other than a reason to thread jack for my whore count.
     

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