All Hail The M-1 Carbine

Donald Huard, the author's father and a veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, examines an M-1 Carbine from his son's collection. Photo: Paul Huard

Donald Huard, the author’s father and a veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, examines an M-1 Carbine from his son’s collection. Photo: Paul Huard

Today in War Is Boring, my article examines the gun that nobody wanted to give up: The M-1 Carbine.

This wasn’t a hard story to report and write. The M-1 Carbine is one of my favorite weapons, iconic in its own way not only because of its use during World War II but also because of its service during the Korean War (correctly nicknamed “the forgotten war”) and Vietnam. One of my favorite uses of the carbine was in its M-2 variant, a select-fire weapon that pumped out 900 rounds a minute in full auto. In Korea, GIs and Marines carried the M-2 on night patrols, sometimes pairing it with the Sniperscope, the first night-vision optic ever put in the hands of American servicemen. To use the language of the age, there are a lot of dead commies because of that weapon system.

So, if you are interested in cool guns and military history I hope you give the article a read.

 

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