WED | MARCH 1, 2023

The 54th USA Archery Indoor Nationals and 2023 JOAD Indoor Nationals provided top quality competition across the country, concluding this past weekend with records broken and titles regained and retained.
Team Berger’s Justin Skaret won the Sling Division of the 2023 Southwest Nationals. Fellow Berger teammate, Amanda Elsenboss finished in third.
Meprolight is excited to participate and showcase the latest aiming solutions in this year’s IWA Outdoor Classics, March 2 - 5, Nuremberg, Germany.

Steambow announced the company is attending the 2023 IWA OutdoorClassics in Nuremberg, Germany. The world’s leading trade fair for hunting, shooting sports, outdoor activities, and security, the event is scheduled for March 2-5.
PARD announced that they will be attending the 2023 IWA show in Nuremberg Germany, March 2-5. PARD manufactures a wide variety of consumer products that are distributed worldwide.
Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc. will be exhibiting at IWA in Nuremberg, Germany, from March 2 – 5, 2023. Stop by to meet members of the Barrett team and see the MRAD.

Alien Gear Holsters will be exhibiting at the Enforce Tac trade show, on Feb. 28 – March 1, 2023, in Nuremberg, Germany. The Alien Gear Holsters (Tedder Industries) booth is in Hall 9, booth number 9-414.
Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc.will be exhibiting at the 2023 IWA Outdoor Classics in Nuremburg, Germany. POF-USA will showcase all their latest firearms, accessories, and products, in addition to their legacy offerings, in booth number 3-447.
MidwayUSA is pleased to return as Official Sponsor of the 2023 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. The 152nd NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits will be held at the Indiana Convention Center on April 14-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

AGM will be attending the IWA OutdoorClassics 2023 show in Nuremberg Germany 2023 on March 2-5. AGM is an emerging leader in the electro-optics space with 4 very strong years of continued growth.
While many American families continue various honored traditions, Buck Knives continues many traditions as well, including the manufacturing of various traditional—or classic—pocket knives.
Pnuma Outdoors, a provider of high-performance hunting apparel and gear, announced its sponsorship of Dan Staton and ElkShape Camp. ElkShape Camp is an immersive hunting experience designed to help hunters of all levels improve their skills and become more successful in the field.
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. announced personnel changes within its sales and marketing department. Bill Brown will be shifting from his role as Director of Sales into the role of Senior Director of Product Management and Brian Krouse moves into the role of Director of Sales.
Southwick Associates identified top brands of hunting and shooting equipment purchased in the market, based on more than 9,000 surveys of hunters and shooters conducted through 2022.
After launching 8 new crossbow models, TenPoint Crossbows is excited to announce they have been named “Best in Archery” in Kinsey’s inaugural Dealer’s Choice Awards.

MidwayUSA’s Kyle Smarr was recently promoted to the position of Logistics Manager – Outbound. Kyle joined MidwayUSA in December of 2008 as a Logistics Specialist and became Logistics Shipping Supervisor in June of 2020.
Lyman Products Corp. announced two key appointments in their Sales and Marketing Departments. Alex Hayowyk was appointed National Sales Manager and Spencer Karoll was promoted to Product Manager.
Inc. Magazine announces that C&H Precision Weapons is ranked as the fastest growing business in the manufacturing sector and 16th overall among privately held companies in the southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Tennessee).

Liberty Ammunition announced a partnership with the Navy SEAL Foundation, America’s premier non-profit organization serving the Naval Special Warfare community.
Shaylene Keiner, President of HeadHunters NW, a recruiting firm focused exclusively on talent acquisition for the shooting, hunting, and outdoor industry, has made a significant donation to the National Shooting Sports Foundation Political Action Committee, in support of the Second Amendment.
A defendant in the Second Amendment Foundation’s challenge of New York’s gun control law has filed a brief with the federal appeals court supporting the plaintiffs’ application for a preliminary injunction, a move which SAF’s Alan Gottlieb welcomed as a pleasant surprise.

SIG SAUER introduces the MCX-SPEAR, the civilian version of the U.S. Army’s new XM7 rifle chosen for the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) program. The MCX-SPEAR is available in 7.62 NATO and 6.5 Creedmoor and coming soon in 277 SIG Fury.
Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. introduced its new folding pistol carbine, the M&P FPC. Chambered in 9mm, the optics-ready FPC has a length of 30 ? inches and a compact folded length of 16 ? inches. It comes equipped with three double-stack M&P pistol magazines, including one 17-round and two 23-round mags.
CrossBreed's Custom Shop offers a wide range of custom print designs for the Kydex pockets featured on their leading IWB holster styles. Now, the company expands their custom pocket portfolio with the all-new Sprinkles design — a fun and vibrant pattern further accentuated by colored hardware accents.

The DeSantis Gunhide #189 Wild Hog Field & Range Holster is now available for the Ruger 22, Mark IV 22/45, S&W Model 41, the Browning Buckmark and more.
RC Cartridge, manufacturer of Olympic, World, and National Championship-winning clay target cartridges has joined the long list of industry supporters of the Scholastic Clay Target Program. helps new adult hunters gain the necessary experience to build the confidence to pursue hunting on their own. Over 270 instructors from 34 states have signed on in just two months.
Brownells invites customers to help celebrate the grand opening of the new Brownells website at The new version of the site is optimized for mobile devices and features upgraded search functions along with a blog and content section.
Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk Radio expands its affiliate listings, adding WKCT AM/FM in Bowling Green, Kentucky to its growing list of radio stations.
Shooting USA is featuring the Open and Limited divisions -- paired together at the USPSA Racegun Nationals. Plus, The Wild West is well represented in Indiana by the Westside Renegades.

In an oft-told history, we know that the US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1 (and variants) was the most-manufactured military small arm in US history. At six million units, it was (and is) plentiful and non-military variants are being built to this day.

Original Inland Division M1 Carbine with sling, oiler, mag pouch.

I had an original, an Inland (the most common US carbine), that featured the later adjustable peep sight, a barrel band with bayonet lug and the rotating safety.

It’s a remarkable firearm, light and with a shorter length of pull. The idea was allegedly to replace the US sidearm – the 1911 (and variants), of which we never seemed to have enough. A smattering of revolvers filled the void as did the smaller guns meant for general officers. The Army determined that enough was enough.

The carbine, weighing in at just over five pounds, held fifteen rounds of the short 30 caliber cartridge. The most commonly encountered round is the 110 grain round nose full metal jacket projectile that gets around 1,900 feet per second from the M1’s 18” barrel.

It’s not the 30-06, a battle rifle cartridge, but it’s still better than most conventional handguns. And the carbine is vastly easier to shoot well than conventional handguns.

Current manufacture M1 Carbines come from Auto Ordnance, pictured above, and Inland Manufacturing. Below, the Carbine is better suited for people of small to average stature than a regular battle rifle.

According to the Civilian Marksmanship Program website, “The M1 Carbine was designed primarily to offer noncombat and line-of-communications troops a better defensive weapon than a pistol or submachine gun, with greater accuracy and range, but without the recoil, cost, or weight of a full-power infantry rifle. The carbine was also easier for less experienced soldiers and smaller-framed people to fire than the .30 caliber infantry rifles of the day. The carbine was more convenient to carry for officers, NCOs, or specialists encumbered with weapons, field glasses, radios, or other gear.”

It accomplished that mission nicely.

The 30 Carbine got a generally crappy reputation from a number of folks – some of whom were actually “there,” but mostly “I heard from someone who heard from someone …”

A personal friend’s dad saw significant combat in the unpleasantness of Korea. He preferred the carbine over the M1 Garand for the most common engagements he’d faced, the “human wave” assaults by the ChiComs. He’d said that people alleged that the 110gr FMJ didn’t adequately penetrate the quilted field coats of the Chinese in winter battles.

That wasn’t his experience and he also considered “shooting a bit high” regardless of the rifle to be a good plan.

The Inland Division that made my carbine was part of General Motors. Other makers of the GI carbine included Winchester, Underwood, Saginaw Steering Gear (also GM), National Postal Meter, IBM, Rock-Ola and others.

Current makers are Auto-Ordnance (Kahr), Inland Manufacturing, and Fulton Armory.

Of what value is the M1 Carbine today? Well, it’s a piece of history, a part of a solution to a seriously bad time. For collectors, it’s a deep dive into the myriad variations of the most-manufactured military rifle in U.S. history. If it’s early, it’s got the “L” rear sight, no barrel band bayonet lug – and does the barrel manufacturer match the receiver’s maker?

According to friend and mentor Jim Cirillo, it seemed to be the most effective at stopping fights during the various battles involving the old NYPD Stake-Out Unit – even better than shotguns!

It’s handy, light, easily used by smaller statured individuals. There’s not much to dislike – unless you count the variability in ammo, and its availability.

The typical round, the 110gr. FMJ is fine for range use. There is – or was – a 110gr. hollow point load from Winchester, a 110gr. softpoint offering from Remington and, for a while, Cor-Bon loaded a DPX 100 grain HP in 30 Carbine.

If you’d like a compact, reasonably powerful close range firearm for hunting, ranch & farm use or just to take to the range, the M1 Carbine serves well – and you’re holding history in your hands.

-- Rich Grassi

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